COLUMBIA — After watching the 2012 NFL Draft come and go without hearing their names called, several Missouri football players have said they've agreed to free agent contracts with NFL teams.
Defensive end Jacquies Smith, whom many analysts projected would be drafted in the seventh round on Saturday, said he has agreed to sign with the Miami Dolphins, joining former Missouri teammate Michael Egnew, who was drafted by the Dolphins in the third round of the draft.
Wide receiver Jerrell Jackson will return to his hometown to play with the Houston Texans next year. Jackson said he talked to the Texans' wide receivers coach and made a verbal agreement to sign. More official conversations will be held on Sunday, Jackson said.
"It's always good to come back home and play for your hometown crowd," Jackson said. "When I told the family, man, they were more excited than me, so it's a blessing."
Defensive lineman Dominique Hamilton, who attended the NFL Combine with Egnew, Smith and Jackson, said he is headed to the Oakland Raiders and is motivated to prove himself after going undrafted.
"I feel great, but at the same time I'm about to go in there with a chip on my shoulder," Hamilton said. "I'm ready to get in there and ball hard."
Jackson said he is proud of his teammates for still making it to the professional level after being passed over in the draft.
"It's not about getting drafted man," Jackson said. "It was always about just getting that opportunity, and those guys got that opportunity. You have to take advantage of it and show the (teams) what they missed out on in the draft, so we're just motivated to get into camp."
Other signings include offensive guard Austin Wuebbels, who is going to the Denver Broncos, according to team's website. Defensive tackle Terrell Resonno has hooked up with the Minnesota Vikings, according to Sports Illustrated and the Minneapolis Star Tribune, and kicker Grant Ressel has been picked up by the Pittsburgh Steelers, according to the team's official website.
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