Just hours after the NFL lockout ended, two recent Pitt graduates inked rookie free agent contracts, and will report to their respective team this afternoon. Dom DeCicco signed with the Chicago Bears Monday night, while fullback Henry Hynoski signed on with the New York Giants.
DeCicco received interest from other teams, including the Pittsburgh Steelers, but opted to sign on with the Bears. A three-year starter at safety, DeCicco finished his three seasons as a starter leading or tied for the team lead in interceptions for the season. As a senior co-captain, DeCicco led the Panthers with 94 tackles and five interceptions. He will head to the Bears as a safety.
Hynoski lands with one of the few NFL teams still employing the fullback, in the New York Giants. The Meadowlands is only a three-hour drive from where Hynoski grew up, attending Southern Columbia High School.
While DeCicco used up all four years of his eligibility, Hynoski was redshirted as a freshman, and therefore had one year of eligibility left. He chose to forego his final year of eligibility at Pitt, and has already graduated.
At the NFL Scouting Combine, Hynoski met with representatives from virtually every NFL team. DeCicco, despite not being invited to the NFL Scouting Combine, visited a few teams and participated in some individual workouts following the Combine. Chicago was one of those teams.