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Report: Undrafted Cats picked up by NFL teams

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nfl-logo1.jpgMel Kiper Jr. can put the hair gel away for a day, Todd McShay can breathe and NFL hopefuls can finally sit back and relax. After three days of drafting, seven rounds and months of speculation, the 2010 NFL Draft is over.

Three Wildcats were selected in this year's draft, the most since four players were selected in the 2008 draft. Defensive tackle Corey Peters, who we profiled last week, was selected in the third round (83rd overall) by the Atlanta Falcons cornerback Trevard Lindley was taken in the fourth round (105th overall) by the Philadelphia Eagles and fullback John Conner was picked in the fifth round (139th overall) by the New York Jets.

Several UK hopefuls, including linebacker Micah Johnson, linebacker Sam Maxwell and offensive lineman Zipp Duncan, did not hear their names called. However, several are reportedly signing deals with respected teams as undrafted free agents and will still have a chance to fulfill their lifelong dreams.

According to, four different Cats have signed a free-agent deal. Reportedly, tailback Alfonso Smith has signed with the Arizona Cardinals, tight end T.C. Drake has agreed to terms with the Kansas City Chiefs, Duncan has inked a deal with the Philadelphia Eagles and offensive tackle Justin Jeffries has signed with the San Diego Chargers.

All of this, of course, is unofficial for the time being. Tony Neely, UK's sports information director for football, is in the process of calling the former Wildcats and confirming with each player. He will likely have an official updated release on the website later Monday.

One name you might notice missing is Johnson, who led Kentucky in tackles last season. While unfortunate, there is still time for Johnson to be signed. Should he get picked up, don't be surprised to see a Wesley Woodyard-like career.

Woodyard, if you remember, did not get selected in the 2008 draft but has since gone on to start a very successful career with the Denver Broncos.

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