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Undrafted Cats find new homes: Boom to Bengals, Harmon to Browns

Kentucky running back Boom Williams (18) cut back upfield against New Mexico State defensive back DeMarcus Owens (4) on Sept. 17, 2016.
Kentucky running back Boom Williams (18) cut back upfield against New Mexico State defensive back DeMarcus Owens (4) on Sept. 17, 2016. cbertram@herald-leader.com

The NFL Draft lasted three days and 253 picks, but there were no Kentucky Wildcats among the selections.

It was the first time UK had been shut out in the draft since 2007.

Kentucky’s players immediately turned their attention toward signing on as undrafted free agents.

Running back Boom Williams agreed to sign with the Cincinnati Bengals.

Defensive back J.D. Harmon, a former Paducah Tilghman standout, is joining the Cleveland Browns.

Center Jon Toth, who had been widely projected as a fifth- to seventh-round pick, was the fourth-best player to go undrafted, according to Pro Football Focus. That website had Toth ranked fourth at his position and 132nd overall.

Initial reports had Toth agreeing to sign with the San Francisco 49ers, but NFL.com’s Ian Rapoport tweeted that those reports were false.

Other reported free-agent deals

▪  Western Kentucky offensive lineman Darrell Williams Jr., San Francisco 49ers.

▪  Louisville tight end Cole Hikutini, San Francisco 49ers..

▪  Western Kentucky quarterback Tyler Ferguson (previously Penn State and Louisville), Tennessee Titans.

▪  Louisville defensive tackle DeAngelo Brown, Tennessee Titans.

▪  Louisville linebacker Keith Kelsey, Pittsburgh Steelers.

▪  Louisville tight end Keith Towbridge, Buffalo Bills.

▪  Western Kentucky defensive tackle Omarius Bryant, Baltimore Ravens.

▪  Western Kentucky long snapper Nolan Dowling, Kansas City Chiefs.

Dennis Varney: 859-231-3514, @ExCats

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