Former Illinois football players Jonathan Brown, Ryan Lankford and Evan Wilson have all signed NFL free agent contracts with three separate teams.
Brown, Lankford and Wilson weren't among the 256 players selected during the three-day NFL draft, which ended on Saturday, but they should all get a chance to crack a team's roster.
Proud of our Fighting Illini! Lankford-Dolphins Brown-Cards Wilson-Cowboys
— Tim Beckman (@coachbeckman) May 11, 2014
Well I joined Americas team. I'm a Dallas Cowboy!!
— Evan Wilson (@IHaveA_Evantage) May 10, 2014
Looks like I'll be taking my talents to South Beach! #FinsUp
— Ryan Lankford (@Playmaka3x4) May 11, 2014
Illinois didn't have a player drafted for the first time since 2006, and only the second time since 1973 that has happened.