Luke McNitt knew there was interest from the Atlanta Falcons. 

After all, he'd talked with Dan Quinn and most of the coaching staff at some point or another in recent weeks. 

Still, in the minutes after the NFL Draft had finished, he still couldn't quite believe that he had signed with the franchise as an undrafted free agent. 

"It's pretty surreal right now; it hasn't really set in," he told the Journal Star. "These three months you're working, lifting and training every day. Just to feel all that hard work come to fruition with all your family here, it's pretty cool experience. I'm still trying to soak it all in right now." 

The Kearney native said he heard from several teams in the run-up to the draft, but knew the interest from the Falcons was serious. 

"I could always just tell that the Falcons had the most interest," he said. 

McNitt also impressed during NU's pro day, completing 26 repetitions on the bench press. 

"It's awesome, it's a dream come true," he said. 

Jones signs with Detroit: Cornerback Chris Jones is headed to the Detroit Lions as an undrafted free agent.

“I mean, it feels good now just to know that I’m on a team and I’m trying to get ready to work,” he told the Journal Star.

Jones said he first heard from the Lions about the end of the sixth round.

The 6-foot corner injured his knee over the summer and missed NU’s first five games before appearing in the final seven, including six starts.

Jones could have opted for a redshirt season, but rehabilitated ahead of schedule and was set on trying to help the Huskers last fall.

Hoppes "excited" to land with Minnesota: Tight end Tyler Hoppes confirmed that he signed with the Minnesota Vikings. 

"It's all coming to a head now and I'm excited to get to camp," Hoppes told the Journal Star. "I'm glad a team picked me up because we were talking with a few teams and the draft is kind of a crazy process." 

Hoppes, a Lincoln Southwest graduate, said he heard from several teams with varying degrees of interest, but felt like the Vikings were a good fit. 

"Really, there were probably four or five teams with interest heading into the draft and we narrowed them down during the draft," he said.

Hoppes didn't earn a scholarship until before his senior season, but had 34 catches for 377 yards and three touchdowns as a senior, his lone season seeing significant playing time. 

Pierson-El headed home to Washington: De'Mornay Pierson-El indicated that he has signed an undrafted free agent deal with Washington. 

Pierson-El was the Huskers' third-leading receiver in 2017, catching 45 passes for 623 yards and five scores. 

While he was held in check as a punt returner in 2017 outside of one big return, he was regarded as one of the most dangerous return men in the country early in his college career. 

Kalu joins Compton in Tennessee: Defensive back Joshua Kalu confirmed to the Journal Star that he's signing with Tennessee. 

“I’m going to be up there with (former Husker) Will Compton," he said, adding, “I’m going to work hard, do everything I need to do — and everything’s going to take care of itself.”

Kalu moved to safety for his final season at Nebraska in 2017 after playing his first three years at corner. 

Gates to the Giants: Draft Analyst reported that former Husker left tackle Nick Gates signed with the New York Giants. 

Gates joined Tanner Lee as the only players with remaining eligibility to declare for the NFL Draft, but went undrafted before agreeing to head to the East Coast. 

Gates started 35 games in his NU career, including all 25 the past two seasons. 

Brown has options, should know destination soon: Kicker Drew Brown said Saturday evening that he's still working through his options, but that he's had multiple teams interested.

"We should have something finalized soon, probably (Sunday)," Brown said.

The four-year starter made 59 of 76 field goals in his career, good for 77.1 percent.

Knevel to try out in Oakland: HuskerOnline reported Saturday night that tackle David Knevel was invited as an unsigned player to tryout at Oakland's upcoming minicamp. Knevel, an Ontario, Canada native, is also expected to be selected in the upcoming Canadian Football League draft.

Others still waiting: No reports of signings for either outside linebacker Marcus Newby or defensive back Kieron Williams. 

Newby said Saturday evening that he was still working through information with his agent. 

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