Now that the 2023 NFL Draft has come and gone, it’s time to see where former Nebraska football players could end up as UDFAs.
Trey Palmer and Ochaun Mathis are the only former Nebraska football players who were drafted right out of Lincoln. It took a while for them to get there.
There was some doubt that they would get drafted at all as both lasted until the sixth round. Then the two players were selected within a couple of picks fo each other, as Mathis was drafted by the Los Angeles Rams and Palmer was taken just two picks later by the Tampa Bay Buccanneers.
That meant that any former Huskers who wanted their shot at the NFL were going to have to get it as undrafted free agents. Commonly known as UDFA’s it took no time at all for some teams to start signing up players who could make a run at sticking on the roster this fall.
Plenty of former Nebraska football players have already signed UDFA deals with. It will certainly be interesting to see where people go as the week plays on. Keep checking back here for any undates.
Travis Vokolek is a Baltimore Raven
Vokolek was apparently the first former Husker who got himself a UDFA deal. Not long after the draft ended, he was signed by the Baltimore Ravens.
That makes sense since he was the third former Cornhusker to get invited to the NFL Combine.
Garrett Nelson signs with Miami
Nelson didn’t get invited to the combine, but it appears there were plenty of NFL teams that were interested in him. One report claimed 11 teams came calling but he chose the Dolphins.
Caleb Tannor a New York Jet
Not long after Nelson was announced as having signed a deal with the Miami Dolphins, it was reported that Caleb Tannor will be trying to make a name for himself in the AFC East as well. The linebacker who has been a considered a longshot to make it in the NFL will get his shot with the New York Jets.
Long snapper gets a shot
One of the more interesting UDFA stories so far is that of Brady Weas. He was a long snapper for the Nebraska football team last year and now he’ll try and ply his trade with the Houston Texans.
Chris Kolarevic is a Chicago Bear
Some Husker fans might have forgotten that the linebacker was officially done in Lincoln and looking to play at the next level. Luckily for him, Chris Kolarevic wasn’t forgotten by the Chicago Bears. He’ll be given a chance to make the roster and try to get on the field this fall. Kolarevic played in every game last year for the Nebraska football team, finishing with 33 tackles with one tackle for loss
Oliver Martin to the Jags
Wide receiver Oliver Martin got overshadowed by Trey Palmer but he’ll now be looking to blaze his own trail in the NFL. He’s gonna get a shot thanks to signing as an UDFA by the Jacksonville Jaguars. The former Iowa Hawkeyes transfer finished 2022 with 11 catches for 195 yards a touchdown.
Former Nebraska football players gone elsewhere
There are more than a few players that transferred out from under Scott Frost the last few years who also got some UDFA deals. That includes former Kansas State Wildcats Adrian Martinez and Kade Warner.
Martinez landed himself a deal with the Detroit Lions and Kade Warner is a Tampa Bay Buc.
Tyjon Lindsey, who transferred to the Oregon State Beavers a few years back was signed by the Seattle Seahawks.