- Adam Rittenberg, ESPN Staff Writer
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Thirty Big Ten players heard their names called during the 2014 NFL draft, but many others received phone calls immediately after the event. The undrafted free-agent carousel is spinning, and players from around the Big Ten are hopping aboard.
Unlike the draft, the UDFA list is somewhat fluid, and other players could get picked up later today or in the coming days. To reiterate: This is not the final list.
Here's what we know right now from various announcements and media reports:
LB Jonathan Brown, Arizona Cardinals
WR Ryan Lankford, Miami Dolphins
TE Evan Wilson, Dallas Cowboys
WR Steve Hull, New Orleans Saints
WR Spencer Harris, New Orleans Saints
Notes: Illini OT Corey Lewis, who battled knee injuries throughout his career, told Steve Greenberg that several teams are interested in him if he's cleared by doctors.
WR Kofi Hughes, Washington Redskins
RB Stephen Houston, New England Patriots
Notes: S Greg Heban and K Mitch Ewald have tryouts with the Chicago Bears.
LB James Morris, New England Patriots
OT Brett Van Sloten, Baltimore Ravens
G Conor Boffeli, Minnesota Vikings
WR Don Shumpert, Chicago Bears
LS Casey Kreiter, Dallas Cowboys
LB Marcus Whitfield, Jacksonville Jaguars
CB Isaac Goins, Miami Dolphins
LB Cam Gordon, New England Patriots
S Thomas Gordon, New York Giants
Notes: RB Fitzgerald Toussaint (Baltimore), DT Jibreel Black (Pittsburgh), LS Jareth Glanda (New Orleans) and DT Quinton Washington (Oakland) will have tryouts.
LB Denicos Allen, Carolina Panthers
S Isaiah Lewis, Cincinnati Bengals
T/G Dan France, Cincinnati Bengals
WR Bennie Fowler, Denver Broncos
LB Max Bullough, Houston Texans
DT Tyler Hoover, Indianapolis Colts
DT Micajah Reynolds, New Orleans Saints
OL Fou Fonoti, San Francisco 49ers
Notes: LB Kyler Elsworth has a tryout scheduled with Washington.
LB Aaron Hill, St. Louis Rams
QB Taylor Martinez, Philadelphia Eagles
OT Brent Qvale, New York Jets
CB Mohammed Seisay, Detroit Lions
DE Jason Ankrah, Houston Texans
C Cole Pensick, Kansas City Chiefs
OT Jeremiah Sirles, San Diego Chargers
Notes: CB Ciante Evans has yet to sign but will do so soon. DB Andrew Green has a tryout with the Miami Dolphins.
WR Kain Colter, Minnesota Vikings
K Jeff Budzien, Jacksonville Jaguars
WR Rashad Lawrence, Washington Redskins
DE Tyler Scott, Minnesota Vikings
S C.J. Barnett, New York Giants
K Drew Basil, Atlanta Falcons
WR Corey Brown, Carolina Panthers
G Andrew Norwell, Carolina Panthers
G Marcus Hall, Indianapolis Colts
WR Chris Fields, Washington Redskins
OT Garry Gilliam, Seattle Seahawks
LB Glenn Carson, Arizona Cardinals
S Malcolm Willis, San Diego Chargers
Notes: OT Adam Gress will have a tryout with the Pittsburgh Steelers.
DE Greg Latta, Denver Broncos
S Rob Henry, Oakland Raiders
G Devin Smith, San Diego Chargers
DT Bruce Gaston Jr., Arizona Cardinals
Notes: P Cody Webster will have a tryout with Pittsburgh.
WR Brandon Coleman, New Orleans Saints
WR Quron Pratt, Philadelphia Eagles
LB Jamal Merrell, Tennessee Titans
DE Marcus Thompson, Miami Dolphins
S Jeremy Deering, New England Patriots
Notes: According to Dan Duggan, DE Jamil Merrell (Bears) and G Antwan Lowery (Baltimore) will have tryouts.
G/T Ryan Groy, Chicago Bears
TE Jacob Pedersen Atlanta Falcons
TE Brian Wozniak, Atlanta Falcons
DE Ethan Hemer, Pittsburgh Steelers
Quick thoughts: Martinez's future as an NFL quarterback has been heavily scrutinized, but Chip Kelly's Eagles are a fascinating destination for him. Whether he plays quarterback or another position like safety, Kelly will explore ways to use Martinez's speed. ... The large Michigan State contingent is still a bit startling. The Spartans dominated the Big Ten, beat Stanford in the Rose Bowl, use pro-style systems on both sides of the ball and had just one player drafted. Bullough, Allen and Lewis all were multiple All-Big Ten selections but will have to continue their careers through the UDFA route. ... Colter certainly looked like a draft pick during Senior Bowl practices in January, but that was before his ankle surgery and his role in leading the unionization push at Northwestern. I tend to think the injury impacted his status more, but NFL teams have been known to shy away from so-called locker-room lawyers. ... Other Big Ten standouts like Jonathan Brown, Morris and Pedersen were surprisingly not drafted. Morris should be a great fit in New England. ... Coleman's decision to leave Rutgers early looks questionable now that he didn't get drafted.
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