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Post-lockout, next few days important for undrafted UK alumni

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Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for nfl-logo1.jpgThe NFL is open for business again. So too are a handful of a former Kentucky football players.

The NFL lockout officially ended Monday after nearly five months of no football. That means UK's next crop of NFL players can finally start to negotiate with teams and get started on the next phase of their football lives.

The proposed timeline for the NFL to return to league business slates Tuesday as the first day teams can reach agreements with rookies and undrafted free agents. That process is supposed to begin at 10 a.m.

Yes, that means a guy like Randall Cobb, who was selected in the second round of the NFL Draft by the Green Bay Packers, can finally start negotiating for his first professional contract. But for guys like Mike Hartline, Derrick Locke, Chris Matthews, Moncell Allen and Ricky Lumpkin, players who did not hear their names called on draft day, they can finally begin the process of finding a team.

Kentucky has made a remarkable improvement over the last few years of placing more of its alumni in the NFL, but the abbreviated offseason could certainly have significant implications on several former players. With such a short time until training camp begins - which, for most teams, is at the end of the week - the next few days are going to be frantic for both current and past UK players alike.

Below is a list of former UK players that were with teams at the end of the 2010 season. Keep in mind that players like former Kentucky wide receiver Keenan Burton are still trying to make their way back to the NFL.

Jennifer Smith of the Lexington Herald-Leader wrote a story about a month ago on what some of the undrafted players were doing during the lockout to prepare for the NFL. Check that out here.

Randall Cobb - Green Bay Packers
John Conner - New York Jets
Jeremy Jarmon - Washington Redskins
Micah Johnson - Kansas City Chiefs
Steve Johnson - Buffalo Bills
Braxton Kelley - Denver Broncos
Trevard Lindley - Philadelphia Eagles
Tim Masthay - Green Bay Packers
Glenn Pakulak - Oakland Raiders
Corey Peters - Atlanta Falcons
Myron Pryor - New England Patriots
Alfonso Smith - Arizona Cardinals
Jacob Tamme - Indianapolis Colts
Gary Williams - Carolina Panthers
Wesley Woodyard - Denver Broncos

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