Watching all seven rounds of the NFL Draft pass without hearing his name called was difficult for Lendy Holmes.
Now, the ex-Oklahoma free safety is determined to prove he belongs in the NFL.
After the draft, Holmes signed a rookie free-agent contract with the Washington Redskins.
He'll report to Redskins mini-camp Thursday.
"It was real tough watching everyone passing me up," Holmes said. "There were people go above me who I've seen that were nowhere close to being better than me.
"I'm going to go out there and show what I can do and prove them wrong, prove they should've chosen me."
Holmes' agent took calls from several teams who hoped to sign him as a free agent, but in the end, Holmes felt Washington was the best fit and his best chance of making a roster.
To do that, Holmes will need to showcase his skills on special teams, where he played throughout his career in Norman.
Holmes will be joining former teammate and Sooner wide receiver Malcolm Kelly, now with the Redskins, who'll give a Holmes a friendly face in Washington.
"I'm excited about seeing him up there right off the bat," Holmes said. "I feel good about the situation."
Three other Sooners who weren't selected in the draft also signed free-agent contracts.
Center Jon Cooper will be going to Minnesota and could end up competing for a starting job there. The Vikings currently have only one center on roster in second-year player John Sullivan. But Sullivan was just a backup last year behind Pro Bowler Matt Birk, who left for Baltimore in March.
If Cooper makes the team, that would put two former Sooners on the offensive line in Minnesota. Saturday, the Vikings drafted OU tackle Phil Loadholt.
Besides Holmes and Cooper, Sooner guard Brandon Walker signed a free-agent deal with the Houston Texans and wide receiver Quentin Chaney agreed to terms with the St. Louis Rams.