Some have jobs, some will have to win them. It starts now for the four draft picks and other free-agent signees from Nebraska heading into their first NFL training camps.
Quick looks at a few:
>> Lance Zierlein of the Houston Chronicle ranks fourth-round draft pick Jared Crick among those going to camp with the Houston Texans. Zierlein writes of the defensive tackle, whom he has at No. 40: “In Wade Phillips’ defense, Crick has a chance to be a solid rotational player who is allowed to cut it loose up the field when called on. Crick will fight for snaps this year.”
>> Tampa Bay second-round pick Lavonte David will have the highest expectations of the former Huskers. David signed a four-year contract for $3.47 million, including a $965,000 signing bonus, and the linebacker told the Tampa Bay Times that he has dug into his playbook since mini-camp.
>> Cornerback Alfonzo Dennard has some doubters, but the seventh-round draft pick heads to New England with a four-year, $2.2 million contract.
>> At least one observer says offensive tackle Marcel Jones, a seventh-round pick for New Orleans, passed the “eyeball test” during mini-camp with the Saints.
>> KCChiefs.com wrote last month about receiver Brandon Kinnie, who played high school football in the Kansas City area and will try to make the Chiefs as a free agent.
Among other free agents, offensive lineman Yoshi Hardrick checks in at 6-foot-7 and 320 pounds with Tampa Bay, defensive tackle Terrence Moore is with Baltimore, center Mike Caputo with Minnesota and safety Austin Cassidy with Seattle.
Here is the list of report dates and training camp sites.