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Nebraska cornerback Dicaprio Bootle (23) tackles Iowa tight end Sam Laporta last season at Memorial Stadium. Content Exchange

If Dicaprio Bootle gets his way, he'll be challenging some Patrick Mahomes passes in practice next fall.

The former Husker defensive back will sign a free-agent deal with the Kansas City Chiefs after going unselected in the NFL Draft.

Bootle was one of three undrafted Huskers to reach agreements on free-agent contracts. Running back Dedrick Mills told the Journal Star that he'll sign with the Detroit Lions, and tight end Jack Stoll landed with the Philadelphia Eagles.

Offensive linemen Brenden Jaimes and Matt Farniok were selected by the Los Angeles Chargers and Dallas Cowboys, respectively, in the later rounds of the draft.

Bootle will look to build off a strong showing at Nebraska's pro day, where he ran a 40-yard dash in 4.38 seconds and had a 36½-inch vertical leap. The 5-foot-10, 195-pound cornerback had 25 tackles, five pass breakups and one interception in an abbreviated senior season.

Bootle had the option to return to Nebraska for another season, but he decided he was ready to turn pro. Then he went to work.

"It wasn’t really different than anything I expected," Bootle told reporters at pro day. "Every morning I woke up, if there was a task at hand, I did it. If there was a phone call I needed to take, I took it. If there was an interview I needed to have, some type of testing, I did it."

The Lions will get a look at Mills, who started five games last fall and rushed 84 times for 396 yards and three touchdowns. Mills also caught 13 passes for 86 yards.

Stoll, who was limited by injuries in his final season at Nebraska, had seven catches for 89 yards. The 6-4, 260-pound Lone Tree, Colorado, native caught a career-best 25 catches for 234 yards and one touchdown as a junior. 

Reach Clark Grell at 402-473-2639 or On Twitter at @LJSSportsGrell.

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