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Three Bobcats get chances with NFL teams

Ohio is already set to send three 'Cats to NFL camps.

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Three Ohio Bobcats earned chances to claw their way into NFL roster spots within just 24 hours of the draft coming to an end.

To kick things off for the ‘Cats, offensive lineman Mike McQueen signed as an undrafted free agent with the San Diego Chargers just minutes following the draft.

Sunday brought camp invites for two more Ohio graduates in Ian Wells and Lucas Powell.

Wells signed on with the Detroit Lions to compete for a spot on the mediocre defensive backfield whose biggest name is Quandre Diggs. With his physicality to play bump and run coverage and five years in college of development, don’t be surprised to see Wells land himself on the 53 man roster in need of a cover corner come August.

Powell became the sixth Ohio offensive lineman to reach the NFL since 2013 when he was added to the camp roster of the Cincinnati Bengals. Although a center at Ohio, Powell likely will be a guard in the NFL.

Still looking for a contract is Ohio linebacker Jovon Johnson who had 40 total tackles, 1.5 sacks and a forced fumble in 10 games during his last season in Athens. Johnson is undersized for a linebacker in the NFL but showed his athleticism and hands with three interceptions, which could strengthen his case as a potential nickel corner and special teams asset.