While Tulsa didn’t have any players taken in this year’s NFL Draft, quarterback Dane Evans and receiver Keevan Lucas received free agent opportunities shortly after the draft ended, along with defensive lineman Hayden Carman and punter Dalton Parks.
Evans, the top passer in Tulsa history, signed a free-agent deal with the New York Jets, announcing the news on Twitter.
J-E-T-S!!! ✈️✈️ !!!
— Dane Evans (@daneevans9) April 30, 2017
Lucas initially announced he was signing with the Buffalo Bills, but unfortunately had to back track after the Bills called back minutes later to rescind the offer due to concerns from team doctors.
“The Bills withdrew their offer,” Lucas said on Twitter. “When the opportunity comes along, I will make the most of it.”
Lucas suffered a left knee injury in high school and a right knee injury at TU, but he still became one of the Hurricane’s all-time leading receivers. Fortunately, Lucas will get other opportunities, including a tryout with the Jets.
Tulsa WR Keevan Lucas is headed to the Jets as undrafted rookie on a tryout contract ...
— Greg Auman (@gregauman) April 30, 2017
— Cayden McFarland (@caydenmc) April 30, 2017
Carman, a former walk-on who was put on scholarship prior to the 2014 season, was invited to the Minnesota Vikings mini-camp. He started all 13 games as a senior, racking up 27 tackles, 4.5 tackles for loss, three pass breakups, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery.
Parks has received an invitation to the Kansas City Chiefs mini-camp. Also a former walk-on at Tulsa, he kept the starting job as the Hurricane’s punter all four seasons of his career beginning in 2014.