Defensive tackle Dek Bake (New York Giants), offensive lineman Gabe Hall (New York Giants), wide receiver Jarrett Hicks (San Diego), offensive lineman Glenn January (Tampa Bay), punter Alex Reyes (Minnesota), and linebacker Brock Stratton (Tennessee) all inked deals with their respective teams and participated in rookie mini-camps earlier this month.
Hall, a Lubbock native and graduate of nearby Coronado High School, spent two years as a fixture at right tackle for Tech after making the switch from tight end during his redshirt season in 2002. He signed with the Giants following the draft and could contribute at either the guard or tackle position at the next level. The Giants added Bake on May 15 after he completed a three-day tryout at the team's mini-camp. Bake appeared in all 13 games as a senior in 2006, racking up 47 tackles including 6.5 for loss. He now finds himself competing in a defensive line rotation that includes Pro Bowlers Michael Strahan and Osi Umenyiora among others.
Hicks became the first Red Raider receiver to sign with the Chargers since Wes Welker, who briefly joined the team on an undrafted free agent deal prior to the 2004 season. Despite finishing his career with a school record 30 touchdown receptions, Hicks looks to benefit from the tutelage of NFL Hall of Famer James Lofton, who is entering his sixth season as the wide receivers coach for San Diego.
An All-Big 12 second-team selection following his senior season in 2006, January heads to Tampa to try his hand at the professional game. Part of an offensive front that yielded a mere 19 sacks in more than 650 pass attempts last season, January's pass blocking experience may give him an advantage in adjusting to the complexities of head coach Jon Gruden's offense.
After mastering the Lubbock winds for four seasons as Tech's punter, Reyes closed out his collegiate career with sole possession of the school record for punting average. He averaged 45.2 yards per attempt in 2006, pinning opponents inside their own 20 yard-line on 14 occasions. He enters mini-camp in competition with three-year veteran Chris Kluwe whose 43.2 yard average ranked 25th in the NFL (14th in the NFC) a season ago.
Stratton will join former college teammates Joel Filani (TennesseeR17;s sixth round pick in April's draft) and Daniel Loper on the Titans. The starter for all 13 games at middle linebacker in 2006, Stratton led the team with 88 total tackles, while also adding a career-high two interceptions.