Their names might not have been called during the three-day spectacle that is the NFL Draft in New York City, but their opportunity to play at the next level came in a different form – free agent contract.
For the second-straight year after the final pick of the NFL Draft was called out, but after everything was said and done four former Red Raiders found homes with NFL teams.
Deveric Gallington – OL(Oakland Raiders)
Offensive lineman Gallington, who was signed by the Oakland Raiders, finished his Red Raider career playing 47 games, starting every game the last three years.
The North Richland Hills, Texas native finished his career making 38 consecutive starts. Gallington was a part of an offensive line that really opened up the lanes for the running backs that totaled 1,674 yards during the regular season, marking the most since Tech running backs rushed for 2,219 yards in 1998.
LaAdrian Waddle – OL (Detroit Lions)
Another offensive lineman joining Gallington was teammate Waddle.
Waddle was one of the Tech players that were expecting to possibly be drafted in the late rounds of the draft after working out for multiple teams this past week.
But Waddle, like all of his teammates, went undrafted.
Following the draft, Waddle did find a team to play for – the Detroit Lions.
Waddle entered the draft coming off a stellar senior campaign where the Columbus, Texas native was named to multiple first-team groups.
Waddle was named to the Dallas Morning News All-Big 12 firs team, AP All-Big 12 first team and All-Big 12 first team, just to name a few.
Waddle made 40 starts in his Red Raider career, ending his career starting 38 consecutive, just like Gallington.
Cody Davis – S (St. Louis Rams)
Davis was a player the Red Raider defense could always depend on in his four-year career in the red and black.
Davis played 49 games with 362 tackles, which ranks eighth in the Tech record books, 282 of those solo and 80 assisted in his Red Raider career.
The Stephenville, Texas native also registered 16 tackles for loss and grabbed four interceptions, three in his senior season including an 88-yard return for a touchdown against Texas State.
In his senior campaign, Davis' 84 solo tackles ranked four in the NCAA and second in the Big 12 Conference.
Davis was named an honorable mention for the All-Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year, All-Big 12 second team and a National Football Foundation National Scholar-Athlete.
Seth Doege – QB (Atlanta Falcons)
For five years, Seth Doege didn't take a snap in a football game.
But for the last two years, the Wolfforth, Texas native has been under center for the Red Raiders leading a high-flying offensive unit.
Not Doege gets to trade in the red and black of the Red Raiders for the red and black of the Atlanta Falcons after signing an undrafted free agent contract on Saturday.
Doege finished his Tech career playing 31 games going 819-for-1,187 for 8,646 yards and 69 touchdowns.
In Red Raider history, Doege finished third in passing yards, touchdowns, passing attempts, completions, total offense and touchdowns responsible for.
Doege's final campaign as a Red Raider finished as one of the best of his career finishing 380-for-541 for 4,215 yards (2ND in the NCAA) and 39 touchdowns (2nd in the NCAA).
Doege's accomplishments were also recognized on a national level, making his way onto multiple awards watch lists – Meieneke Car Care Bowl of Texas Most Valuable Player, East-West Shrine Game, All-Big 12 Honorable Mention and a Davey O'Brien Award Semifinalist as well.