HUNTINGTON — Five Marshall University football players are confirmed to begin their NFL journey in the near future.
Marshall had four players sign as undrafted free agents (UDFAs) on Saturday following the completion of the 2018 NFL Draft while another will choose between tryouts for the rookie mini-camp.
Former Marshall quarterback Chase Litton decided to forgo his senior season with the Herd in hopes of becoming a selection in the 2018 NFL Draft.
Those hopes did not surface during the seven rounds of the NFL Draft over the three days of the event this weekend, but Litton made the selection to sign with the Kansas City Chiefs following the draft's completion.
In Kansas City, Litton joins a wide-open quarterback battle as the Chiefs look to find a solid replacement for former starter Alex Smith, whom the Chiefs traded to the Washington Redskins on Jan. 30.
Litton will play for Andy Reid and join a quarterback battle that includes Patrick Mahomes, Chad Henne and Matt McGloin.
The interesting thing about the scenario is that Litton and Mahomes are represented by the same agency: Steinberg Sports and Entertainment, led by Leigh Steinberg and Chris Cabott.
Former Marshall special teams standout Kaare Vedvik was also a high-priority free agent following the draft and ultimately chose to sign with the Baltimore Ravens.
Vedvik was impressive in his Pro Day efforts at Marshall on a cold, snowy day and now joins a Baltimore special teams unit that is among the best in football.
Vedvik will be battling with two of the game's best in the business in punter Sam Koch and kicker Justin Tucker. It is likely that Vedvik will be utilized as a punter, but could see time working with kickers, too, due to his strong leg.
Koch, who turns 36 in August, has spent all 12 of his NFL seasons with the Ravens and averaged 44.8 yards per punt in 2017.
Tucker is one of the game's most consistent kickers and has also spent his entire six-year career with the Ravens.
A pair of defensive players also got the call as UDFAs on Saturday.
Defensive end Davon Durant, who shined in the Gildan New Mexico Bowl then blew scouts away with his numbers at Marshall's Pro Day, inked a free agent contract with the Washington Redskins.
Safety C.J. Reavis also signed a free agent contract with the Jacksonville Jaguars on Saturday. Reavis sent a message out on social media Saturday evening announcing the signing.
"Undrafted but not unwanted! Just signed with Jacksonville Jaguars! All I needed was an opportunity baby. It's on," Reavis said in a tweet.
While those four are locked in to begin rookie mini-camp in two weeks, Marshall tight end Ryan Yurachek is still pinning down teams with which he will participate in rookie mini-camp tryouts.
Yurachek confirmed by text message that several teams contacted him about a tryout and he will make his decision in the coming days.
More Marshall players, such as offensive tackle Sandley Jean-Felix and cornerback Rodney Allen could agree to tryouts in the next few days as well.