Immediately after the draft, several people rush to compile lists of undrafted free agent rookies for the Boys to pursue. I figured with all the analyzing I have been doing lately, this might be a good time to get a head start on that list.
Each year, there are players everybody expects to be drafted who are not. When the draft is over, I'll add a number of them to my watch list. Conversely, some of the players I mention here might wind up drafted by a team; though at this point, I consider it unlikely. I'll be identifying players who might be drafted by putting them in bold fonts.
In each position, players are rated according to my draft grades for each, the highest rated players listed first.
David Johnson, Tulsa: 6'2", 220 lbs, 4.9-second 40-yard dash
Drew Willy, Buffalo: 6'3", 216 lbs, 4.85-second 40-yard dash
Chase Holbrook, New Mexico State: 6'4", 240 lbs, 5.06-second 40-yard dash
Greg Micheli, Mount Union: 6'1", 210 lbs, 4.95-second 40-yard dash
Keith Null, West Texas A&M... 6'3", 225 lbs, 4.95-second 40-yard dash
Billy Malone, Abilene Christian: 6'2", 235 lbs, 5.05 second 40-yard dash
IMO, there's an usually high number of intriguing QBs who might not be drafted this year.
Chris Ogbonnaya, Texas: 6'0", 220 lbs, 4.5-second 40-yard dash especially effective as a receiver out of the backfield
Bernard Scott, Abilene Christian: 5'10", 200 lbs, 4.45 second 40-yard dash
Jamall Lee, Bishop's: 6'1", 220 lbs, 4.4-second 40-yard dash perhaps the best RB prospect to ever come out of Canada, rare size/speed ratio
Tyler Roehl, North Dakota State: 5'10", 235 lbs, 4.55 second 40-yard dash
could also be a prospect at FB, but I think he has skills as a power ballcarrier
Stan Zwinggi, Texas State: 5'10", 186 lbs, 4.35-second 40-yard dash
raw speed, he might get a look at WR if he can't cut it at RB
The Boys don't have much of a need at RB, but one of these players might interest them after the draft.
Marquez Branson, Central Arkansas: 6'2", 245 lbs, 4.55-second 40-yard dash
unusual speed for a fullback
Frank Summers, UNLV: 5'9", 240 lbs, 4.65-second 40-yard dash
squat, compact, powerful...
David Johnson, Arkansas State: 6'2", 260 lbs, 4.7-second 40-yard dash
has the size I like in a FB
Jason Cook, Mississippi: 5'11", 245 lbs, 4.7-second 40-yard dash
Zeek Zacharie, Lousiana-Monroe: 6'2", 235 lbs, 4.65 second 40-yard dash, he might eventually wind up moving to H-back
Jake O'Connell, Miami-Ohio: 6'3", 250 lbs, 4.65-second 40-yard dash, another possible H-back conversion??
If one of the three players in blue slides out of the draft, I sure hope the Boys show an interest.
Carson Butler, Michigan: 6'5", 250 lbs, 4.7-second 40-yard dash, moved to DE as a senior, which suggests he's a physical player...
John Nalbone, Monmouth:. 6'4", 250 lbs, 4.65-second 40-yard dash
I'm not real impressed with the TEs this year.
Jamarko Simmons, Western Michigan: 6'2", 230 lbs, 4.5-second 40-yard dash,
is he a king-sized receiver, or a super-swift TE??
Marko Mitchell, Nevada: 6'4", 216 lbs, 4.4-second 40-yard dash, a favorite of mine...
Dudley Guice, Northwestern State (La.): 6'3", 210 lbs, 4.4-second 40-yard dash,
I'm not shocked to learn he's rising on a lot of draft boards, not with those computer numbers.
Jason Chery, Louisiana-Lafayette: 5'11", 190 lbs, 4.45-second 40-yard dash, coveted more for is abilities as a kick returner than his skills as a receiver
Brennan Marion, Tulsa:. 6'0", 186 lbs, 4.5-second 40-yard dash, might not be a burner, but he can apparently stretch the field, as evidenced by his amazing 27.6 yards per reception average the last two seasons
Charly Martin, West Texas A&M: 6'1", 206 lbs, 4.5-second 40-yard dash, pretty much dominant at a low level of competition
Julian Edelman, Kent State: 5'11", 195 lbs, 4.5-second 40-yard dash, a conversion project from QB, seems to be similar to Patrick Crayton coming out of college
There are a few nice WRs still likely to be looking for work when the 09 draft concludes.
Robby Felix, UTEP: 6'3", 305 lbs, 5.2-second 40-yard dash, a little smaller than I generally like my offensive linemen, but he compensates by being hardnosed and scores major points with me for being a Miner.
David Washington, Oklahoma State: 6'3", 310 lbs, 5.25-second 40-yard dash, can play guard too
Jonathan St. Pierre, Illinois State: 6'3", 310 lbs, 5.3-second 40-yard dash, another who can play guard
Jonathan Bedore, Kansas State: 6'3", 310 lbs, 5.25-second 40-yard dash, and a third center who can swing to guard in a pinch
Brandon Johnson, Iowa State: 6'3", 320 lbs, 5.25-second 40-yard dash, the biggest of my sleeper center prospects
As far as I'm concerned, there aren't a lot of centers out there who would be worth a look after the draft, but this bunch isn't too shabby
Matt Slauson, Nebraska: 6'5", 316 lbs, 5.25-second 40-yard dash, might be able to play tackle as well
Travis Bright, BYU: 6'4", 320 lbs, 5.25-second 40-yard dash
Juan Garcia, Washington: 6'2", 306 pounds, 5.3 second 40-yard dash, had his last two seasons ruined by injury, but if he's past that injury bug, he might be a steal, can play center too
Cedric Dockery, Texas: 6'3", 316 lbs, 5.3-second 40-yard dash, I can't figure out why Dockery isn't higher rated, to this Horns fan he looks as good as his brother Derrick did coming out of college, I'd definitely be targeting Dockery if he goes undrafted
Tim Henderson, Northwestern State (La): 6'3", 325 lbs, 5.3-second 40-yard dash, love his size, worry about his level of competition...
Calvin Dority, North Carolina: 6'3", 310 lbs, 5.3-second 40-yard dash, another guard who can play some center
Ben Person, Ohio State: 6'3", 325 lbs, 5.3-second 40-yard dash, I wonder why he wasn't more dominant in college...
Chris Jamison, Troy: 6'2", 316 lbs, 4.95-second 40-yard dash, any time you're over 315 lbs and can run the 40 in under 5 seconds, you're gonna wind up on my draft list
Terrell Nemons, Tulsa: 6'2", 330 lbs, 5.3-second 40-yard dash, a DT in college, he's too slow to stay on the defensive side of the ball in the NFL, but might make a nice guard
Matt Eichelberger, Washington State: 6'4", 316 lbs, 5.25-second 40-yard dash, another DT conversion project...
Sam McNaulty, Clark (Atlanta): 6'4", 320 lbs, 5.1 second 40-yard dash, from a very small school, he can really motor for such a big guy
Chet Hartley, Kansas: 6'4", 316 lbs, 5.25-second 40-yard dash
Jovan Potter, Central State (Okla.): 6'1", 316 lbs, 5.3-second 40-yard dash, I worry about how short he is
Curtis Crouch, North Carolina State: 6'5", 325 lbs, 5.05-second 40-yard dash, terrific computer numbers, but was a huge disappointment for the Wolfpack, should be better than he was
Brent Todd, Memphis: 6'3", 320 lbs, 4.95 second 40-yard dash
That's a pretty big group of guard types who should still be on the board after the draft.
Jose Valdez, Arkansas: 6'5", 316 lbs, 5.15-second 40-yard dash, one of my pet cats
Ryan Delrosal, Dixie State: 6'5", 316 lbs, 4.95-second 40-yard dash, terrific workouts the last few weeks might have boosted his stock to the point where he'll be drafted
Sean Sester, Purdue: 6'8", 325 lbs, 5.3-second 40-yard dash, tall, and from a passing offense, his career has been derailed by a series of injuries...
Jeremy Ashcraft, Arkansas Tech: 6-7, 316 lbs, 5.25-second 40-yard dash, hope Jerry has his Hillbilly Mafia working overtime, keeping him up to date on all the small college prospects from the great state of Arkansas
Bob Swift, Northern Iowa: 6'7", 316 lbs, 5.2-second 40-yard dash, obviously, I like my tackles tall
Kyle Howard, Wyoming: 6'6", 316 lbs, 5.2-second 40-yard dash, can play some guard, too
All in all, I'm not impressed with the quality of the tackles likely to still be on the board at the end of the draft, but these few caught my attention.
Next up, the likely defensive undrafted rookie free agents.
(Written by SilverBear, SilverBear is a CP Contributing Writer and Draft Guru. If you'd like to read more of SilverBear join us at cowboyspride.net )