Grading Every Team's Undrafted Free Agent Signings
The 2013 NFL draft was an organized affair where each team attempted to improve by adding young talent, but immediately after Mr. Irrelevant was selected, all organization went out the window as each team participated in a frantic frenzy to sign on as many undrafted free agents as possible.
Now the dust has settled on the undrafted chaos, so it's time to review each team's haul.
Keep in mind undrafted free agency is not a joke. Plenty of quality players such as Houston Texans running back Arian Foster and Cincinnati Bengals linebacker James Harrison were found via the undrafted market—just to name a few.
In the following slideshow we will list each team's undrafted free-agent haul, point out some of the highlights and assign an overall grade.
Let's take a look.
Note: All undrafted signings courtesy of NFL.com.
All pertinent prospect info courtesy of CBS.
All pertinent statistics courtesy of College Football at Sports Reference.
Undrafted Free-Agent Class: Clemson WR Jaron Brown; Arizona WR Dan Buckner; Colorado State OT Joe Caprioglio; Michigan LB Kenny Demens; Cincinnati DE Dan Giordano; Oklahoma DB Javon Harris; California CB Josh Hill; Wyoming LB Korey James; Oklahoma S Tony Jefferson; Alabama A&M Jamaal Johnson-Webb; Louisiana Lafayette WR Javone Lawson; California OT Matt Summers-Gavin; Tennessee CB/S Prentiss Waggner; San Jose State DB Ronnie Yell; Marist WR Michael Rios; Florida A&M NT Padric Scott; Northwest Missouri State WR Tyler Shaw.
The Arizona Cardinals seem to be taking a "more is better" approach to undrafted free agency this offseason, which is perfectly fine.
Hidden in the overwhelming amount of names is Oklahoma safety Tony Jefferson, a big-time player who recorded over 100 tackles last season alone and has versatility to play either safety position. He'll join Rashad Johnson, Yeremiah Bell and Tyrann Mathieu at the position.
Another sleeper name to watch is receiver Jason Brown after recording over 1,000 receiving yards and eight touchdowns last year.
All in all, the Cardinals did well reeling in talent this offseason.
Undrafted Free-Agent Class: Boston College LB Nick Clancy; Fresno State WR Rashad Evans; Texas Tech QB Seth Doege; Syracuse DL Dan Googins; UCF OG Theo Goins; UCF DE Cam Henderson; SMU WR Darius Johnson; Alabama State OL Terren Jones; Northern Illinois WR Martell Moore; Eastern Washington OT Will Post; Indiana DL Adam Replogle; Georgia State RB Donald Russell; App State DB Troy Sanders; Utah P Sean Sellwood; Valdosta State OT Ryan Schraeder; Tennessee-Martin WR Quentin Sims; Kentucky C Matt Smith; Colorado State CB Momo Thomas; Arkansas Pine-Bluff OLB Brandon Thurmond; Arkansas RB Ronnie Wingo; Delaware LB Paul Worrilow; North Carolina K Casey Barth; Texas State LB Joplo Bartu; Maryland FB Devonte Campbell; Ohio DT Neal Huynh; McNeese State OT Alec Savoie.
It seems as if the Atlanta Falcons front office could have done so, it would have signed almost every undrafted free agency available.
After sifting through the ridiculous amount of names the Falcons brought in, one should really stick out in the form of Boston College linebacker Nick Clancy.
Clancy was a stud on a horrific team last season, compiling 145 tackles, but disappointing in workouts leading up to the draft. He has a realistic shot of competing for a roster spot with the likes of Brian Banks and Pat Schiller.
However, overall the Falcons appear to have a lot of filler, training-camp body material and not much else.
Undrafted Free-Agent Class: West Virginia OL Jeff Braun; Florida International CB Jose Cheeseborough; Pennsylvania LB/DE Jermaine Copeland; Memphis OL Jordan Devey; Maryland TE Matt Furstenburg; Louisiana Tech RB Ray Holley; Mississippi TE Murphy Holloway; Utah CB Moe Lee; Towson WR Gerrard Sheppard; Southeastern Louisiana QB Nathan Stanley; Army QB Trent Steelman; Troy DB Brynden Trawick.
Coming off a Super Bowl victory, the Baltimore Ravens are in a position to take a few risks. That's exactly what the franchise is doing with Ole Miss tight end Murphy Holloway.
Holloway is entering the NFL after spending his college days playing basketball. The 6'6" and 240 pound athletic freak has a chance to prove this preseason that he can live up to the hype of a former basketball standout turned football tight end.
Other than Holloway, another name to watch is the ever-versatile Trent Steelman, who could land on the roster because the team can use him in multiple ways.
Undrafted Free-Agent Class: Syracuse OG Zach Chibane; Georgia Tech DE Izaan Cross; Towson FS Jordan Dangerfield; Missouri CB Kip Edwards; Richmond RB/FB Kendall Gaskins; Eastern Washington WR Brandon Kaufman; Lane CB Vernon Kearney; Stony Brook WR Kevin Norrell; Howard LB Keith Pough; USC CB Nickell Robey; Tennessee Tech WR Da'Rick Rogers; Catawba CB Jumal Rolle; Albany FB Drew Smith; Cal DL Aaron Tipoti; Washington State QB Jeff Tuel; Pittsburgh C Ryan Turnley.
Buffalo arguably made the biggest splash of undrafted free agency by signing receiver Da'Rick Rogers out of Tennessee Tech.
Were it not for his being kicked off of the Tennessee squad in 2011 for failed drug tests, he would have easily been a first-round pick this year.
Rogers look the part of a No. 1 receiver with Tennessee in 2011 as he caught 67 passes for 1,040 yards and nine touchdowns.
The rest of the class isn't horrible, but any time you land a potential No. 1 receiver in undrafted free agency, you're doing something right.
Undrafted Free-Agent Class: San Jose State WR Michael Avila; Wofford FB Eric Breitenstein; Louisiana Tech QB Colby Cameron; Rice TE Taylor Cook; Sam Houston State WR Trey Diller; USC DE/OLB Wes Horton; William & Mary DL Bryan Jean-Pierre; South Carolina LB Damario Jeffery; East Carolina OG Robert Jones; Colorado State P Pete Kontodiakos; Alabama S Robert Lester; Abilene Christian K Morgan Lineberry; Jacksonville State G Tori Mobley; Georgia Tech LS Tyler Morgan; Wheaton OT Jesse Peterson; Michigan DE Craig Roh; Louisiana Lafayette CB Melvin White; Penn State FB Michael Zordich.
The Carolina Panthers certainly have a lot of names to sift through, but only one truly stands out as an undrafted free agent who can make a difference.
Alabama's Robert Lester was underrated during his time with the team, but he's a playmaker at safety who can make a difference for the Panthers.
Part of it is because of the horrible safety situation in Carolina, bu Lester's combination of physicality and great coverage skills make him almost a lock as a member of the final roster despite going undrafted.
Unfortunately, one gem in the midst of a plethora of mistakes does not build a Super Bowl team.
Undrafted Free-Agent Class: LSU RB Michael Ford; Rutgers WR Mark Harrison; Oklahoma CB Demontre Hurst; Iowa State WR Josh Lenz; LSU C P.J. Lonergan; Montana State DT Zach Minter; Memphis WR Marcus Rucker; Georgia Southern DT Brent Russell; Oklahoma P Tress Way; N.C. State CB Curtis Wilson.
The Chicago Bears managed to put together a well-rounded undrafted class with exciting talent on both sides of the ball.
Defensively, corner Demontre Hurst is someone who could have an impact after a few years of development, although his height at 5'9" is something he is going to have to overcome.
Offensively is where the Bears really hit the jackpot, especially because of Rutgers wide receiver Mark Harrison. At 6'3" and 230 pounds, Harrison has the athletic potential to develop into a solid contributor sooner rather than later.
Undrafted Free-Agent Class: Indiana DT Larry Black Jr.; Stanford CB Terrence Brown; New Mexico-Highlands OLB Jordan Campbell; NW Missouri State DE Travis Chappelear; Central Oklahoma LS Bryce Davis, Southern Illinois OLB Jayson Dimanche; Kentucky DE DeQuin Evans; Eastern Kentucky WR Tyrone Goard; Indiana State WR Justin Hilton; Arkansas State LB Brandon Joiner; Arizona State OT Dan Knapp; Auburn RB Onterio McCalebb; Michigan WR Roy Roundtree; Oklahoma State PK-P Quinn Sharp; Minnesota CB Troy Stoudermire; Auburn OL John Sullen; Virginia Tech LB Bruce Taylor.
The Cincinnati Bengals came away from the 2013 NFL draft with 10 players who can have a nice impact in all phases of the game.
That didn't stop the front office from finding some quality talent in undrafted free agency.
Headlining the class is Onterio McCalebb, a running back the team is planning on converting to cornerback (per Bengals.com).
Where McCalebb may have the biggest impact, which could also land him a roster spot, is in the return game on special teams. As you can see in the video above, he's a talented player when given a chance with the ball.
Undrafted Free-Agent Class: Eastern Kentucky OT Aaron Adams; Arkansas State QB Ryan Aplin; Northern Illinois WR Perez Ashford; Stephan F Austin CB Josh Aubrey; Notre Dame C Braxston Cave; Youngstown State RB Jamaine Cook; Central Arkansas WR Dominique Croom; Iowa WR Keenan Davis; UTEP WR Michael Edwards; Hawaii DE Paipai Falemalu; LSU OT Chris Faulk; Florida International OG Caylin Hauptmann; Eastern Michigan FB Garrett Hoskins; Utah DT Dave Kruger; Wisconsin-Platteville SS Ryan McWethy; Stephen F. Austin WR Cordell Roberson; Illinois DE Justin Staples; Kansas State TE Travis Tannahill; Delaware SS Ricky Tunstall; Temple OT Martin Wallace.
Cleveland was one of the more busy franchises on the phones after this year's draft concluded. The result was some quality talent that may be able to have an impact sooner rather than later.
One name to keep an eye on may be former LSU offensive tackle Chris Faulk. The 6'6" and 335 pound tackle has had weight and injury issues in the past, but if he can stay healthy, Faulk is athletic enough to fight for a starting job in the coming years.
The Browns did a solid job here, but there don't appear to be any names who can contribute from day one.
Undrafted Free-Agent Class: Clemson CB Xavier Brewer; Virginia TE/FB Paul Freedman; South Carolina State FS Jakar Hamilton; Texas A&M CB/KR Dustin Harris; Saginaw Valley State SS Jeff Heath; Eastern Washington WR Greg Herd; Mississippi State LB Cameron Lawrence; Missouri RB Kendial Lawrence; Arizona State LB Brandon Magee; SMU LB Taylor Reed; Cal Lutheran WR Eric Rogers; Wisconsin CB Devin Smith; Akron QB Dalton Williams.
Say what you want about owner Jerry Jones and his team the Dallas Cowboys, but the front office knows a thing or two about undrafted free agency.
Just ask Tony Romo.
The highlight this year is Arizona State linebacker Brandon Magee, who Jones and Co. loved enough to throw a $70,000 signing bonus at in order to bring him in, according to The Fort Worth Star Telegram.
To be fair, Magee is a heck of an intriguing prospect. Last year he racked up 114 tackles and 6.5 sacks. He leads the way it what is quietly another quality class for Jones and his front office.
Undrafted Free-Agent Class: California RB C.J. Anderson; New Mexico State WR Kemonte' Bateman; Kansas State P Ryan Doerr; West Texas A&M OL Manase Foketi; UCLA CB Aaron Hester; San Diego State QB Ryan Katz; BYU LB Uona Kaveinga; Baylor DE Gary Mason Jr.; Florida LB Lerentee McCray; Central Florida WR Quincy McDuffie; Arkansas S Ross Rasner; New Mexico TE Lucas Reed; Colorado LB Douglas Rippy; New Mexico WR Lamar Thomas; Temple DE John Youboty.
When perusing the list of Denver Broncos' signings, one name should jump out—Florida defensive end Lerentee McCray.
McCray fell into the realm of undrafted free agency after having an injury-riddled collegiate career. Still, he's a versatile player who can provide some pass-rush help to a team seriously needing it.
Also watch out for receiver Lamar Thomas, a player who has untapped potential and could shine in camp catching passes from Peyton Manning.
Undrafted Free-Agent Class: Ohio C Skyler Allen; Western Michigan QB Alex Carder; East Carolina DT Michael Brooks; UCLA TE Joseph Fauria; Ball State OT Austin Holtz; Appalachian State RB Steven Miller; Albany LB Jon Morgan; Kentucky CB Martavius Neloms; Texas Tech OT LaAdrian Waddle; Central Michigan WR Cody Wilson.
Detroit elected to stay a little more quiet than most this offseason in terms of undrafted free agents, which is just fine.
Out of the short list of names the Lions have brought in, tight end Joseph Fauria is the one that should jump off the page.
Fauria is a monster of a tight end, standing at 6'7" and has great hands. He's easily a guy who coudl sneak onto the roster in a backup capacity.
The rest of the names on the list aren't that noticeable, nor do they have skill sets that lead you to believe they will be making a difference for Detroit anytime soon.
Green Bay Packers
Undrafted Free-Agent Class: Illinois State QB Matt Brown; Illinois State S Ben Ericksen; Texas A&M C Patrick Lewis; Eastern Michigan DE/OLB Andy Mulumba; Kansas State RB Angelo Pease; Mississippi DT Gilbert Pena; Ohio State TE Jake Stoneburner; Oklahoma State OG Lane Taylor; Louisiana College OT Jeremy Vujnovich; Louisiana Tech WR Myles White; Oklahoma LS James Winchester; Northern Arizona CB Devin Willis.
In the not-so-shocking news category, the Green Bay Packers' front office put together another nice offseason overall, capped off by a quality undrafted free-agent class.
Perhaps the player with the most potential to have an impact right away is tight end Jake Stoneburner. He's a versatile weapon who can play a variety of roles within the confined of the Green Bay offense.
It helps that the fate of Jermichael Finely is unknown after this upcoming season, but Stoneburner could easily find himself on the final roster as a depth option.
Undrafted Free-Agent Class: Michigan State CB Johnny Adams; Ohio State FB Zach Boren; Central Florida CB A.J. Bouye; Georgia WR Marlon Brown; SMU G Bryan Collins; Ohio WR Andy Cruse; SMU ILB Ja'Gared Davis; Illinois State ILB Evan Frierson; Pittsburgh RB Ray Graham; Ohio State CB Travis Howard; Arkansas RB Dennis Johnson; Ohio State S Orhian Johnson; Kansas State QB Collin Klein; Louisville G Alex Kupper; Syracuse WR Alec Lemon; Texas A&M WR Ozoma Nwachukwu; Florida DE Earl Okine; Western Michigan T Dann O'Neill; Illinois C Graham Pocic; Fresno State P Andre Shapiro; Connecticut WR Michael Smith; USC S Jawanza Starling; Kansas State LB Justin Tuggle; Cincinnati RB George Winn; Notre Dame RB Cierre Wood.
The Houston Texans have too many undrafted free agent to even begin to count. That's not necessarily a bad thing.
Michigan State cornerback Johnny Adams is an intriguing, physical cornerback to watch this preseason as he fights for a roster spot.
There's also Pittsburgh running back Ray Graham, an interesting running back who bounced back nicely in 2012 after tearing his ACL the year prior.
Of course, the Texans made a head-scratching move in taking a chance on Collin Klein, known by some as Tim Tebow 2.0.
As you know, quantity does not always equal quality.
Undrafted Free-Agent Class: Boston College OT Emmett Cleary; Alabama A&M OL Jamaal Johnson-Webb; Marian College K Michael Josifovsk; Temple K Brandon McManus; Montana FB Dan Moore; Lindenwood University RB Denodus O'Bryant; UCLA CB Sheldon Price; Wagner LB C.O. Prime; Idaho State WR Rodrick Rumble; Baylor WR Lanear Sampson; San Jose State CB Daxton Swanson.
Flying under-the-radar in an awkward rebuilding process, the Indianapolis Colts managed to have a stellar undrafted free-agent class.
Offensively the team picked up a project who could turn out to be a gem in Rodrick Rumble, a 6'2" receiver who piled up over 2,800 receiving yards in his career at the FCS level.
Defensively the Colts picked up a similar high-ceiling prospect in cornerback Nigel Malone, who is a bit undersized at 5'10", but played much bigger during his career in college.
All in all, the Colts found quality depth via the undrafted market.
Undrafted Free-Agent Class: Georgia Tech DT T.J. Barnes; Cincinnati LB Maalik Bomar; Delaware CB Marcus Burley; Tulsa RB Willie Carter; Rutgers OT R.J. Dill; Ole Miss DT Uriah Grant; Nevada LB Jeremiah Green; Western Michigan DE Paul Hazel; Georgia DT Abry Jones; Southern Oregon WR Cole McKenzie; Arizona State WR Jamal Miles; Massachusetts G Stephane Milhim; San Jose State TE Ryan Otten; N.C. State WR Tobias Palmer; Florida State FB Lonnie Pryor; Nebraska TE Kyler Reed; Virginia OLB LaRoy Reynolds; Vanderbilt QB Jordan Rodgers; Arizona QB Matt Scott; Texas A&M Steven Terrell; Alabama LS Carson Tinker; Murray State OT Roderick Tomlin; Vanderbilt CB Trey Wilson; Illinois State LB Mike Zimmer.
The Jacksonville Jaguars went a long way toward fixing its issues at the defensive tackle position by bringing in Roy Miller and Sen'Derrick Marks via free agency.
That did not stop the staff from making a huge signing in undrafted free agency.
Georgia Tech tackle T.J. Barnes comes in at 370 pounds and has a reputation for being a nasty run defender. There are some other highlights in the Jaguars' class, but Barnes is the one to watch as he makes a name for himself this preseason.
Kansas City Chiefs
Undrafted Free-Agent Class: Tennessee QB Tyler Bray; Kansas QB Dayne Crist; Maryland LB Darin Drakeford; Ole Miss DE E.J. Epperson; West Alabama DB Otha Foster; Florida WR Frankie Hammond; UW-Milwaukee Demetrius Harris (basketball player); Ole Miss OL A.J. Hawkins; Texas DB A&M C.J. Jones; Oregon State OL Colin Kelly; Alabama A&M RB Kaderius Lacey; Sacramento State TE TJ Knowles; Vanderbilt DL Rob Lohr; Missouri DE Brad Madison; Columbia DE/OLB Josh Martin; Kansas S Bradley McDougald; Columbia OLB Josh Martin; Kansas DE/LB Toben Opurum; Jacksonville State WR Rico Richardson; Charleston RB Jordan Roberts; New Haven DT Raheem Stanley; Michigan WR Darryl Stonum; West Alabama LB/DE Ridge Wilson.
Like Oakland and San Diego, the Kansas City Chiefs brought in a ridiculous amount of undrafted free agents after the draft ended.
The difference is, the Chiefs landed a player who could change the franchise entirely if he develops properly.
That man would be Tennessee quarterback Tyler Bray. Physically, he has everything you want in a prototypical NFL quarterback. Last season he threw 3,612 yards and 34 touchdowns, but proceeded to go undrafted.
Bray has a chance to develop under Alex Smith and take over as the starting quarterback in a few years.
Undrafted Free-Agent Class: Nevada G Chris Barker; Findlay QB Clay Belton; Utah C Sam Brenner; Mississippi State WR Chad Bumphis; Old Dominion DT Chris Burnette; Oregon LB Michael Clay; Mt. Union WR Junior Collins; Maryland DT AJ Francis; Arkansas LB Alonzo Highsmith; Arizona State S Keelan Johnson; Michigan S Jordan Kovacs; San Jose State FB Ina Liaina; Arizona State RB Cameron Marshall; Georgetown LB Rob McCabe; Fresno State DE Tristan Okpalaugo; Louisiana (Lafayette) DE Emeka Onyenekwu; Northern Iowa WR Terrell Sinkfield; Arkansas State WR Taylor Stockemer; Northwestern T Patrick Ward.
Like their rivals in New England, the Miami Dolphins managed to find plenty of talent overall in its undrafted haul.
The highlight of the class very well may be Mount Union wide receiver Jasper Collins. He has the skill set to fill in as a replacement for Davone Bess in the revamped Miami offense. Last season alone he posted over 1,600 yards receiving and scored 22 times.
It's going to be a very, very interesting camp to watch in Miami this preseason, in large part thanks to the undrafted class.
Undrafted Free-Agent Class: Furman TE Colin Anderson; N.C State S Brandan Bishop; Penn OL Joe Bonadies; Eastern Washington WR Nicholas Edwards; Georgia Southern LB Darius Eubanks; North Carolina WR Erik Highsmith; Portland State DE Marquis Jackson; Southern Methodist FB Zach Line; Fresno State RB Robbie Rouse; Winona State RB Rayon Simmons; Florida State WR Rodney Smith; Kentucky DE Collins Ukwu; Iowa QB James Vandenberg; N.C. State C Camden Wentz; Furman RB Jerodis Williams; Ohio State DE Nathan Williams.
Like the rest of the NFC North this year, the Minnesota Vikings managed to put together quite the undrafted class after the draft concluded.
Headlining the class in a major way is safety Brandan Bishop. Last season alone, he recorded 103 tackles and three interceptions while leading the North Carolina State defense.
Opposite of Harrison Smith at safety, the Vikings appear lost. Bishop could fill that hole, and while raw in many aspects, very well could be an upgrade.
Overall, the Vikings appear to have found some quality pieces on the undrafted market.
New England Patriots
Undrafted Free-Agent Class: Louisiana Tech P Ryan Allen; Tennessee FB Ben Bartholomew; Missouri OT Elvis Fisher; Clemson TE Brandon Ford; South Florida DT Cory Grissom; Akron RB Quenton Hines; Rutgers CB Brandon Jones; Kent State OL Josh Kline; Missouri WR T.J. Moe; Penn State CB Stephen Morris; Nevada TE Zach Sudfeld; Penn State C Matt Stankiewitch; Cincinnati WR Ken Thompkins.
As expected, the New England Patriots put together a quality group of undrafted free agents, but the highlight may be Missouri wide receiver T.J. Moe.
Moe is your typical slot receiver who excels along with the play of his quarterback. At Missouri, Moe had down years in 2012 and 2011 thanks to the departure of quarterback Blaine Gabbert, but with him under center, in 2010, Moe caught 92 balls for 1,045 yards and six touchdowns.
In other words, Moe is a steal who would excel in a big way catching passes from Tom Brady.
New Orleans Saints
Undrafted Free-Agent Class: West Virginia RB Shawne Alston; Illinois DE Glenn Foster; Tulane QB Ryan Griffin; Idaho State TE Josh Hill; Utah CB Ryan Lacy; Grand Valley State G Tim Lelito; Nebraska LB Eric Martin; Michigan C Elliot Mealer; Louisiana-Monroe TE Keavon Milton; North Carolina LB Kevin Reddick; Central Florida LB Rayford Shipman; Georgia Tech CB Rod Sweeting; Stanford LB Chase Thomas.
The New Orleans Saints may be have the best undrafted free-agent class overall this year after a variety of signings that can make a difference right away.
Quarterback Ryan Griffin can win the right to back up Drew Brees thanks to his experience with a similar offense. Linebacker Kevin Reddick somehow fell out of the draft and is versatile enough to fit well in the new 3-4 scheme the team is running.
Then there's Chase Thomas, a man projected by most (such as CBS' Dane Brugler) to go in the third or fourth round, who will absolutely land on the final roster as a pass-rushing option at outside linebacker.
All in all, it's safe to say the Saints won undrafted free agency with a quality signings that will change the complexion of the team in multiple facets.
New York Giants
Undrafted Free-Agent Class: LSU TE Chase Clement; Ohio State LB Etienne Sabino; Virginia Tech S Alonzo Tweedy. Virginia Tech WR Marcus Davis (via The New York Daily News).
As you can already tell, the New York Giants chose to remain mostly quiet this year when it comes to undrafted free agents.
Of course, the excellent front office in New York still managed to do an outstanding job.
This praise mostly comes as a result of the signing of Marcus Davis, an electric wide receiver prospect. Davis stands at 6'3" and 233 pounds with great speed and has a good shot at sneaking onto the final roster and potentially seeing playing time.
Last year Davis recorded over 900 receiving yards and scored five times after finally being pushed into a starting role.
Once again, the Giants prove their front office is one of the best in sports.
New York Jets
Undrafted Free-Agent Class: Central Florida OLB Troy Davis; Hawaii CB Mike Edwards; Clemson OL Dalton Freeman; Northern Arizona OT Trey Gilleo; Northern Arizona OL Roosevelt Holliday; Iowa State DL Jake McDonough; Cal (Pa.) CB Rontez Miles; Texas A&M DE Spencer Nealy; Boston College TE Chris Pantale; South Florida OL Mark Popek; Tennessee WR Zach Rogers; Lehigh WR Ryan Spadola; Bethune-Cookman WR K.J. Stroud; Marshall WR Antavious Wilson.
The New York Jets managed to make a number of good signings in undrafted free agency after taking a good deal of heat for adding a quarterback in the official draft.
Dustin Keller is gone, so the addition of tight end Mike Shanahan could help out the Jets' quarterback situation.
Perhaps the biggest name on the list is safety Rontez Miles, a talented player who fell out of the draft presumably because he had scrapes with the law allegedly dealing with marijuana (per NFL.com), which were later dropped.
Miles has a chance to compete for a roster spot considering the starting duo of Dawan Landry and Josh Bush don't exactly reek excellence. He's a sleeper to watch this preseason.
Undrafted Free-Agent Class: Leigh LB Billy Boyko; Louisville CB Adrian Bushell; Idaho P Bobby Cowan; Texas Tech C Deveric Gallington; Virginia Union DE Kentrell Harris; Bemidji State TE Brian Leonhardt; Wisconsin S Shelton Johnson; Youngstown State G Lamar Mady; Wyoming OT Kyle Magnuson; Tula S Dexter McCoil; Rice RB Sam McGuffie; Eastern Washington QB Kyle Padron; Tulsa RB Alex Singleton; Akron LS Adam Steiner; Wyoming DT Kurt Taufaâ€™asau; Duke WR Conner Vernon; Boston College OT John Wetzel; Cal DB Deunta Williams.
Oakland is another franchise that elected to bring in as many undrafted prospects as possible, and the approach might just work.
There are a couple of names to watch out for on the offensive side of things. Running back Deonte Williams played at a small school but racked up over 1,500 yards on the ground. Receiver Conner Vernon is a nice possession-type player who can make catch anything thrown his way.
The Raiders certainly did no reel in some of the biggest names, but the embattled franchise did manage to find some quality talent.
Undrafted Free-Agent Class: Iowa State LB Jake Knott; Stony Brook RB Miguel Maysonet; Arizona C Kyle Quinn; Oregon DT Isaac Remington; LSU WR Russell Shepard; Alabama DL Damion Square; Iowa OL Matt Tobin; TCU RB Matthew Tucker; LSU P Brad Wing.
The Philadelphia Eagles didn't overwhelm in the quantity department like some teams did this offseason after the draft, but the undrafted rookies the front office brought in could make a difference.
Running back Miguel Maysonet is a name to watch. Despite playing against lower competition, Maysonet measures out as someone who can be an NFL-caliber back.
Another name to watch is receiver Russell Shepard. In new head coach Chip Kelly's explosive offense, versatile weapons such as Shepard who can take snaps at receiver and running back while having major contributions on special teams are in valuable.
That's where Shepard makes his money.
Undrafted Free-Agent Class: Northwestern DE Brian Arnfelt; Northern Illinois LB Alan Baxter; Utah WR Reggie Dunn; San Diego State OT Nik Embernate; Penn State OT Mike Farrell; Notre Dame OL Mike Golic Jr.; Louisiana-Lafayette DE Cordian Hagans; UAB G Chris Hubbard; Florida DT Omar Hunter; Hawaii LS Luke Ingram; West Virginia C Joe Madsen; USC RB Curtis McNeal; Baylor C Ivory Wade; Michigan State DT Anthony Rashad White; West Virginia WR J.D. Woods.
In not-so-shocking news, the Pittsburgh Steelers managed to find plenty of quality talent in undrafted free agency, especially along the offensive line.
Guard Chris Hubbard and center Ivory Wade are bother players with outstanding collegiate track records and could make the final roster.
As far as big names go, look no further than receiver Reggie Dunn. He's a small, but explosive player who set an NCAA single-season record with four 100-yard kickoff returns for touchdowns in 2012, which you can see in the video above.
Seems like business as usual for Pittsburgh.
San Diego Chargers
Undrafted Free-Agent Class: Central Michigan S Jahleel Addae; Virginia Tech T Nick Becton; Towson LB Frank Beltre; Kansas DB Greg Brown; Nebraska TE Ben Colton; Wisconsin DB Marcus Cromartie; Sierra College WR Courtney Gardner; Georgia NT Kwame Geathers; Missouri Western RB Michael Hill; South Carolina NT Byron Jerideau; Purdue DB Josh Johnson; Vanderbilt P Richard Kent; Oklahoma DE Jamarkus McFarland; Toledo LB Daniel Molls; Texas DE Brandon Moore; Wake Forest DB Kenny Okoro; Missouri State T Randy Richards; Utah TE David Rolf; Cornell WR Luke Tasker; Southeastern Louisiana LB Devan Walker.
The San Diego Chargers quietly found some solid talent in undrafted free agency. There's linebacker Dan Molls from Toledo, a man who racked up over 160 tackles last year. He didn't do it against the toughest competition, but that kind of production is hard to find.
There's also offensive tackle Nick Becton, a man who chose the Chargers over all others because of the team's horrendous offensive-line situation, according to the Gaston Gazette. San Diego starter an undrafted free agent on the line last year, and Becton has a shot at doing so as well.
San Francisco 49ers
Undrafted Free-Agent Class: Tennessee State C Sherman Carter; Stanford FB Alex Debniak; Minnesota QB/TE MarQueis Gray; Utah State WR Chuck Jacobs; Azusa Pacific OT Luke Marquardt; UCLA LS Kevin McDermott; Texas State CB Darryl Morris; Lawrence Okoye DL; Michigan OG Patrick Omameh; Tulsa CB Lowell Rose.
The San Francisco 49ers entered undrafted free agency with the goal of finding project players with unlimited upside.
Look no farther than Lawrence Okoye as the perfect example.
Okoye has never played football, but is an Olympic athlete in rare form. We'll let ESPN's Mike Sando take over from here:
The 49ers signed Okoye, 21, as an undrafted free agent and plan to train him to become a defensive lineman. The 6-foot-6, 304-pound British athlete wowed scouts at the super regional combine at Cowboys Stadium in April, running the 40-yard dash in 4.78 seconds and posting impressive results in the vertical jump (35 inches) and broad jump (10-foot-5).
He holds the British record in discus (68.24 meters) and qualified for the finals in the event at the 2012 London Olympic Games but finished last.
When you have as much depth as the 49ers do, taking extreme risks with potentially massive rewards is fine, especially in undrafted free agency.
Undrafted Free-Agent Class: Utah State WR Matt Austin; Arkansas T Alvin Bailey; Southern Illinois DE Kenneth Boatright; Miami LB Ramon Buchanan; UNLV LB John Lotulelei; Colorado SS Ray Polk; Bowling Green G Jordon Roussos; Oklahoma RB Dominique Whaley; Old Dominion LB Craig Wilkins.
The Seattle Seahawks were actually one of the more reserved performers in undrafted free agency this year, which makes sense considering the team has arguably one of the deepest rosters in the NFL already.
One standout who leads the way for the Seahawks' class is safety Ray Polk out of Colorado.
Polk won't blow you away with statistics, having only 33 tackles last season, but his 4.4 40-yard-dash speed combined with his physical hits will.
All in all it was a quiet showing for the Seahawks this year.
St. Louis Rams
Undrafted Free-Agent Class: Angelo State WR C.J. Akins; Henderson State LB Robbie Aldridge; Miami S Ray Ray Armstrong; Lousiana Lafayette K Brett Baer; Auburn WR Emory Blake; BYU OT Braden Brown; Middle Tennessee State RB Benny Cunningham; Texas Tech S Cody Davis; Georgia MLB Michael Gillard; Georgia DT Garrett Gilliard; Regina LS Jorgen Hus; Auburn TE Philip Lutzenkirchen; Ole Miss DE Gerald Rivers; Georgia LB Christian Robinson; Louisiana Tech OG Kevin Saiai; Memphis S Cannon Smith; Memphis CB Robert Steeples; California FB Eric Stevens; Houston LB Philip Steward; Texas-El Paso CB Drew Thomas; Texas A&M CB Darren Woodard.
The St. Louis Rams added a big-name safety during the draft in USC's T.J. McDonald, and proceeded to do the same in undrafted free agency with Miami's Ray Ray Armstrong.
Out of the long list of undrafted free agents for St. Louis, Armstrong would be the one to watch. He's an effective run-stopper, but his own physicality has been his issue as he's missed a lot of time with injuries.
Overall, the Rams put together a nice class, but no names truly pop out as major contributors at any point down the line.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Undrafted Free-Agent Class: Wyoming OL Nick Carlson; Arizona State CB Deveron Carr; UCLA WR Jerry Johnson; Northern Michigan OT Jace Daniels; Mount Union WR Chris Denton; Pitt TE Hubie Graham; Temple/Boston College RB Montel Harris; USF TE Evan Landi; Buffalo LB Willie Moseley; Miami OL Jeremy Lewis; Western Kentucky OL Adam Smith; Purdue QB Robert Marve; Northern Illinois CB Rashaan Melvin; Arizona State OT Brice Schwab; Texas WR D.J. Monroe; Purdue RB Akrem Shavers; Georgia CB Branden Smith; Georgia Tech RB Orwin Smith; UMass OT Nick Speller; Arizona FB Taimi Tutogi; Arkansas DE/LB Tenarius Wright; Southern Mississippi OL Jason Weaver; Rutgers WR Tim Wright.
Lost in the large number of undrafted free agents for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers is cornerback Branden Smith, a physical corner out of Georgia who could make a difference right away despite the addition of Johnthan Banks via the draft.
Outside of Smith, Arkansas' Tenarius Wright is versatile enough to fight for a roster spot and become a rotational player.
There's plenty of talent in Tampa Bay's class, but not a lot that will actually come to fruition as players who have an impact next year or into the future.
Undrafted Free-Agent Class: UTEP C Eloy Atkinson; South Florida CB George Baker; South Florida K Maikon Bonani; Regina (Canada) DE/DT Stefan Charles; Western Kentucky TE Jack Doyle; Florida A&M WR Travis Harvey; Nevada RB Stephon Jefferson; Louisiana Tech OT Oscar Johnson; Oklahoma State DL Nigel Nicholas; Valdosta State CB Matt Pierce; Arizona State WR Rashad Ross; McMaster (Canada) OL Matt Sewell; Murray State WR Dontel Watkins; Clemson LB Jonathan Willard; Oklahoma LB Tom Wort.
Tennessee does not have the best undrafted class at first glance, but there is certainly one name worth paying attention to as the preseason rolls around.
Defensive tackle Stefan Charles out of Regina in Canada is a prospect with an unlimited ceiling after following teammate Akiem Hicks of the New Orleans Saints to the NFL.
At 6'5" and 310 pounds, Charles has the body of work that proves he can make a difference at the NFL level. Thanks to Jurrell Casey, Sammie Hill and others, Tennessee is already set at the position, but Charles could force his way into the group.
Overall the quality of the class isn't eye-popping, but Charles could turn into a contributor.
Undrafted Free-Agent Class: UAB ILB Marvin Burdett; Florida OT Xavier Nixon; Utah C Tevita Stevens; New Haven WR Jason Thompson; Connecticut WR Nick Williams.
Unlike some in the NFC East, the Washington Redskins chose to keep it simple in undrafted free agency and only bring in a few names.
The approach may pay off, especially along the offensive line with names such as Xavier Nixon and Tevita Stevens.
In particular, Nixon is a prospect to watch all preseason. While he is 6'6" and 320 pounds, Nixon is extremely nimble on his feet, which is the perfect fit for the zone-blocking-scheme in Washington. He could seriously push starting right tackle Tyler Polumbus with a solid preseason.
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