All 256 picks of the 2014 NFL draft are now in the books, but that doesn't mean the Buffalo Bills' work is done. After making seven selections in this year's draft, the Bills are now continuing to add as much talent as they can to their team by signing undrafted rookies to free-agent contracts.
The Bills come out of the draft with not only an intriguing class of talent, but also high pressure to perform. By trading up in the first round to land Clemson wide receiver Sammy Watkins and giving up two 2015 draft picks in the process, Buffalo set forth clear expectations that they expect to be a winning team making a playoff push in 2014.
After making a big first-round splash, the Bills drafted Alabama offensive tackle Cyrus Kouandjio and Louisville linebacker Preston Brown in the second and third rounds, respectively. On Day 3, the Bills selected Duke cornerback Ross Cockrell in Round 4, chose Baylor guard Cyril Richardson in Round 5 and made two seventh-round selections in Florida Atlantic linebacker Randell Johnson and Miami offensive tackle Seantrel Henderson.
How can the Bills still improve their team in undrafted free agency? There's still a number of positions where the Bills could have an opening for talent. Across the board, however, the Bills aren't looking for many immediate contributors from the undrafted pool, but mostly players who can provide depth and potentially emerge as a hidden gem.
The Bills certainly found a hidden gem last year in cornerback Nickell Robey, an undrafted USC product who emerged as one of the NFL's best slot corners in his rookie year. Another significant UDFA signing from last year's class was Washington State quarterback Jeff Tuel, who ended up starting a game in his rookie year when both EJ Manuel and Thad Lewis went down with injury.
Who could be the hidden gems of this year's undrafted free-agent class? Take a look at some of the potential contributors who have been signed by the team thus far.
UPDATE, 1 p.m. ET Tuesday: The Bills have made nine of their undrafted free agent additions official.