Hull to Saints, Lankford with Colts
Steve Hull has added his name to the list of recent former Illinois football players who will get a shot with an NFL team.
The wide receiver was invited to a minicamp tryout with the New Orleans Saints that took place Friday through Sunday after he wasn’t picked in the NFL draft, and he signed a contract with the Saints on Sunday.
Officially signed and became apart of the Saints roster earlier this afternoon.. Such a blessing. #WhoDat
— Steve Hull (@SteveHull5) May 18, 2014
Another former Illinois wideout, Ryan Lankford, is already on his second NFL team.
Lankford, like Hull, wasn’t drafted but signed a free-agent contract shortly after the draft ended with the Dolphins.
Miami released Lankford on Thursday, but he signed with the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday after he went through that team’s rookie minicamp.
— Ryan Lankford (@Playmaka3x4) May 18, 2014
New Orleans is slated to have offseason workouts May 27-29 and June 3-5 before minicamp arrives June 10-12. Indianapolis will also have offseason workouts May 27-29 and June 2-4 before holding minicamp from June 17-19.
Proud of Ryan Lankford and Steve Hull for signing with the Colts and Saints. Always great to be a Fighting Illini!
— Tim Beckman (@coachbeckman) May 19, 2014
Lankford and Hull are two of the five Illini who have a chance to pursue a roster spot with an NFL team.
Linebacker Jonathan Brown signed with the Arizona Cardinals and tight end Evan Wilson landed with the Dallas Cowboys (both as undrafted free agents).
Wide receiver Spencer Harris took part in the same Saints’ rookie minicamp Hull did, but Harris has not signed a contract yet.