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Marshall Football Sends Five Undrafted Free Agents to the NFL

Five Marshall players moved one step closer to playing in the NFL after signing undrafted free agent contracts at the conclusion of the 2016 NFL Draft Saturday night.

Deandre Reeves (19) makes a juggling catch last season at WKU.
Deandre Reeves (19) makes a juggling catch last season at WKU.
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The NFL Draft has come and gone without a member of Marshall football hearing their name called in the class of 2016. However, once the draft concluded, six former Herd players received calls from NFL organizations and five have signed as undrafted free agents. Here's a look at who's headed to the league with hopes of continuing their football career.

Davonte Allen: WR- Buffalo Bills: Allen is tall and athletic at his position but has had some questions regarding his physicality. Allen led the Herd with 58 receptions for 715 yards and five touchdowns last season. The 6-foot-3 wideout hauled in 101 career receptions for 1,612 yards, good for 19th in the record books. The Belle Glade, Fla. native turned in a career performance at Charlotte last season, totaling 232 yards on 12 catches.

Deandre Reaves: WR- San Diego Chargers: Reaves was an offensive juggernaut in his final season with the Herd, finishing with 56 catches for 705 yards and four scores. However, that was just on the offensive side of the ball and Reaves had plenty more to offer on special teams. The special team speedster added three more touchdowns to his season total, returning two kickoffs and a punt to the house. For his efforts, Reaves was name the 2015 Conference USA Special Teams Player of the Year. Reaves also earned first team All-CUSA for kick return and second team for punt return. Reaves rewrote the record books before saying leaving the green and white, amassing 2.548 career return yards.

Sebastian Johansson: OL- San Diego Chargers: Before Johansson took the field for the Herd, Doc Holliday didn't know if he would ever play. Now the man known as "Big Swede" is headed to the west coast. Johansson started 38 games in his time in Huntington while earning All-CUSA first team honors as a senior.

Devon Johnson: RB- Carolina Panthers: Two seasons ago, Johnson arrived in fall camp as a tight end. One practice into the 2014 fall camp and the man they call "Rockhead" moved to the backfield and took the nation by storm. Johnson rumbled for 1767 yards in his junior campaign, scoring 17 rushing touchdowns while racking up 10 100-yard games. Johnson's senior season was plagued with injuries, but the bullish back still rushed for 593 yards and five scores in only seven games, including two he had fewer than five touches due to injury. The biggest issue surrounding Johnson is his durability in a full season, something he failed to do in each of the last two seasons.

Keith Baxter: CB- Minnesota Vikings: After battling injuries thougthout much of his time with the Herd, Baxter had an injury-free senior year and made the most of the opportunity. Baxter finished his career with 66 tackles, 14 pass breakups, two interceptions, one sack and a fumble recovery.

Corey Tindal: CB- Cincinnati Bengals: Although the lockdown corner did not sign as an undrafted free agent, he did receive a workout invitation by the Cincinnati Bengals for this Thursday. Tindal worked mainly as a nickel back until last season when he was called upon to fill the void created by Darryl Roberts being drafted by the New England Patriots. In only his junior season, Tindal finished fifth in the team in tackles with three sacks; two interceptions and a team-high 13 pass breakups. Tindal registered 31 breakups in his career with three interceptions and five sacks.

Neville Hewitt was Marshall's last UDFA to make a 53-man roster, eventually earning two starts with the Miami Dolphins last season in his rookie campaign.