The rankings in parenthesis indicate overall NFL ranking. Team tables below include tryouts (tryout players not included in ranking formula). Listed at the bottom of the column are the top unsigned UDFA who haven't received reported tryout offers.
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1. Indianapolis Colts (2)
|LB11||122||JoJo Domann||Jabril Cox||7.6||6012||230|
|QB8||162||Jack Coan||Greg McElroy||7.7||6032||218|
|OT21||196||Ryan Van Demark||Joe Haeg||9.44||6064||307|
|RB20||259||D'Vonte Price||J.R. Redmond||7.8||6010||210|
|RB23||274||Max Borghi||Danny Woodhead||7.55||5093||210|
|CB39||301||Dallis Flowers||Roc Alexander||9.53||6010||196|
|S25||337||Sterling Weatherford||Tanner Muse||8.85||6040||224|
|RB33||339||CJ Verdell||Ke’Shawn Vaughn||2.33||5076||202|
|WR62||413||Samson Nacua||Steve Ishmael||8.06||6027||206|
|WR68||446||Michael Young Jr.||Johnnie Dixon||5.44||5102||190|
|LB38||451||James Skalski||James Morris||6.56||5117||228|
|RB47||456||Jah-Maine Martin||James Jackson||3.36||5095||215|
|iOL46||473||Wesley French||Clint Boling||9.65||6047||307|
|WR80||---||Kekoa Crawford||Johnnie Lee Higgins||6.05||6004||192|
|iOL54||---||Josh Seltzner||Avery Gennesy||6045||309|
|CB99||---||Cedrick Cunningham Jr.||6.69||5106||205|
The Colts signed three players I ranked inside my top-200 – LB JoJo Domann (R4 grade), QB Jack Coan (R5), and OT Ryan Van Demark (R6). In addition, the club signed one RB I had a draftable grade on (D'Vonte Price, R7) and one who fell just outside that range (Max Borghi).
It wasn’t just the high-end UDFA talent that earned the Colts best-in-show in the AFC. Beyond the five headliners I just mentioned, the Colts signed eight additional prospects that I ranked between Nos. 301-473 on my pre-draft board. That group of 13 had an average size-adjusted RAS athletic composite in the 72nd-percentile.
It confused me that Domann wasn’t drafted. He went to Nebraska as a safety and brought the coverage chops to linebacker when he was converted in 2019. Domann broke up 16 passes in 24 starts/30 appearances over the last three seasons. He has the instincts and athleticism for the work, running a 4.62 with an elite 6.88 three-cone during pre-draft testing.
Domann’s also a sideline-to-sideline presence in the running game. Domann was one of only three linebackers in this class who finished top-10 in overall PFF grade, coverage grade, and run-defense grade (Devin Lloyd and Malcolm Rodriguez were the others).
This was a great landing spot for Jack Coan. The Colts are going to take his development seriously, without a long-term contingency plan beyond Matt Ryan. And how cool is it that Coan reunites with former Wisconsin teammate RB Jonathan Taylor? Coan needs a strong running game to play-action off of, and he knows from experience that Taylor will provide it.
2. Baltimore Ravens (4)
|WR27||192||Makai Polk||Steven Johnson||4.9||6031||197|
|LB21||237||Zakoby McClain||Quincy Williams||4.38||5115||227|
|LB23||243||Jeremiah Moon||Kemoko Turay||9.22||6046||247|
|WR36||251||Devon Williams||Equanimeous St. Brown||5.6||6050||211|
|QB17||319||Anthony Brown||Kelly Bryant||7.48||6013||217|
|WR47||321||Slade Bolden||Trey Quinn||4.88||5105||189|
|WR53||351||Emeka Emezie||Kelvin Harmon||3.27||6023||210|
|LB32||389||Josh Ross||Cameron McGrone||1.72||6006||225|
|DL33||403||Nolan Cockrill||Michael Dogbe||6.44||6027||278|
|OT34||406||ARon Johnson||Brenden Jaimes||5.11||6053||300|
|OT39||463||Brodarious Hamm||Derrick Kelly II||2.76||6051||306|
|LB42||491||Diego Fagot||Josh Kaddu||6.12||6027||235|
|ED48||499||Tyler Johnson||Desmond Hollin||5.61||6034||281|
|RB54||---||Kevin Brown||Karan Higdon||8.74||5087||207|
|RB60||---||Ricky Person JR.||Brenden Knox||4.81||6004||215|
During my four years ranking UDFA classes, the Ravens have easily been the AFC’s best at signing undrafted talent. I mentioned in yesterday’s NFC UDFA column that three NFL teams – the Cowboys, Saints, and Eagles – had ranked in the top-10 of these rankings all four years. The Ravens barely missed that designation, ranking No. 11 in 2019, No. 9 in 2020, and No. 2 in 2021 before this year's No. 4 finish.
Baltimore signed four draftable talents on my board – WR Makai Polk, LB Zakoby McClain, LB Jeremiah Moon, and WR Devon Williams. The Ravens were extremely aggressive in the UDFA market with receivers and LB in particular. Baltimore signed two additional top-500 overall prospects at each position – WRs Slade Bolden and Emeka Emezie, and LBs Josh Ross and Diego Fagot.
I loved Baltimore’s draft, but I found it interesting that the Ravens didn’t pick a receiver after trading Hollywood Brown for a first-round pick (that eventually became C Tyler Linderbaum). The Ravens, who staunchly stick as close to a BPA ethos as possible, felt there were better values to be had at other positions on Days 2-3 while other teams aggressively reached for receivers.
But with an uninspiring top-six on the depth chart at the position – including Devin Duvernay, James Proche, Tylan Wallace, Binjimen Victor, and Jaylon Moore – the Ravens needed to add legitimate camp competitors and did. It’s entirely possible that two UDFA receivers will make Baltimore’s roster.
Linebacker was another need area due to Josh Bynes’ age and David Ojabo’s compromised 2022 availability. Either McClain or Ross could hang on the active roster as a developmental nod to the post-Bynes future. Moon makes a ton of sense slipping into Ojabo’s projected roster spot until the latter’s return.
3. Las Vegas Raiders (6)
|CB32||221||Sam Webb||Michael Ojemudia||9.37||6004||201|
|WR33||228||Tre Turner||Tyler Vaughns||3.55||6013||184|
|OT24||231||Bamidele Olaseni||Lucas Niang||3.88||6071||339|
|LB25||252||Darien Butler||Khaleke Hudson||5103||226|
|ED33||285||Myron Tagovailoa-Amosa||Curtis Weaver||4.1||6022||270|
|QB15||294||Chase Garbers||Brian Lewerke||7.01||6017||215|
|RB29||299||Sincere McCormick||Devin Singletary||3.97||5084||205|
|S32||415||Isaiah Pola-Mao||Jayron Kearse||8.84||6034||212|
|S33||430||Qwynnterrio Cole||Joshua Kalu||4.69||6001||203|
|ED44||462||Zach VanValkenburg||Cedric Reed||6.06||6044||263|
|WR86||---||Justin Hall||Dazz Newsome||4.23||5083||189|
|TE38||---||Cole Fotheringham||Matt Bushman||3.65||6041||246|
The Raiders didn’t pick until No. 90 overall in the draft, and they made only six picks. This gave them a very strong argument to NFL agents during the UDFA free-for-all and Las Vegas capitalized.
The Raiders signed seven prospects ranked inside my top-300, four of whom I had draftable grades on. Webb is extremely raw but has the size/athleticism profile you can dream on and work with. Plus, he plays special teams, which could justify a roster spot during his development phase.
Turner has good ball skills and breaks tackles after the catch but doesn’t chance directions suddenly, making it difficult to separate. Olaseni played soccer and basketball as a child in London, and didn’t discover football until 2014. He was only a one-year starter in the P5 and has a ways to go – but you can dream on the frame, length, play strength, and light feet. Perfect guy to sneak on the practice squad.
McCormick is undersized but skilled – he’s going to have to beat out veteran Ameer Abdullah and R7 pick Brittain Brown to have a shot to crack the roster (he might need an injury in addition to that), but is going to be given a shot. I liked Garbers’ odds of cracking the Week 1 active roster until Las Vegas’ trade for Jarrett Stidham this week. Garbers is likely practice-squad bound.
The Raiders clearly see something in Notre Dame’s Myron Tagovailoa-Amosa. After giving him $207k in bonuses, Tagovailoa-Amosa is going to be given every opportunity to hang around as well.
4. Tennessee Titans (7)
|DL12||175||Jayden Peevy||Vernon Butler||4.29||6053||308|
|OT20||189||Andrew Rupcich||Ben Bartch||7.72||6060||322|
|DL15||198||Haskell Garrett||Larrell Murchison||4.58||6021||300|
|WR32||219||Reggie Roberson Jr.||Tylan Wallace||4.39||5110||193|
|ED32||273||David Anenih||Azeez Ojulari||7.57||6020||245|
|OT29||355||Jalen McKenzie||James Hudson||3.41||6046||310|
|iOL40||392||Xavier Newman-Johnson||Austin Blythe||5.36||6017||297|
|RB55||---||Julius Chestnut||Bryce Brown||5110||228|
|iOL51||---||Hayden Howerton||Kasey Studdard||8.06||6030||300|
|ED49||---||Sam Okuayinonu||Tully Banta-Cain||8.06||6010||269|
|S46||---||Michael Griffin II||5113||213|
|P4||---||Ryan Stonehouse||Max Duffy||5093||189|
The Titans didn’t take a DT in the NFL Draft but signed two of the best left immediately upon its conclusion in Texas A&M’s Jayden Peevy and Ohio State’s Haskell Garrett. Both were multi-year collegiate contributors. The Titans don’t have much behind Jeffery Simmons and Teair Tart, so the investments made sense. I’d expect at least one of Peevy and Garrett to make the Week 1 roster.
Andrew Rupcich has an ideal blend of size and athleticism. Making a massive leap up from NAIA, Rupcich needs to play lower and with better technique. It’s likely that the Titans will ultimately be able to sneak him onto the practice squad. Rupcich gave me Ben Bartch vibes during the pre-draft process.
I like the odds of either Roberson or Lewis to make the opening-day roster. Those two have opposite stories. Roberson showed lock-to-be-drafted skills earlier in his career, but saw his past three seasons either wrecked or affected by injuries. When he’s right, he’s a Tylan Wallace-like deep threat.
Lewis was a slot receiver in Air Force’s triple-option offense who came out of nowhere to explode for almost 30 yards per reception last season. He admitted during the pre-draft process that he didn’t even expect to participate in a pro day until after the team’s bowl game when a coach convinced him to. Lewis has the movement skills and hands to potentially take advantage of this opportunity.
5. Miami Dolphins (8)
|OT11||116||Kellen Diesch||Jack Driscoll||9.75||6071||303|
|S13||157||Verone McKinley III||Juju Hughes||2.39||5100||192|
|WR38||261||Tanner Conner||Quincy Enunwa||8.85||6030||226|
|WR40||271||Braylon Sanders||Antonio Callaway||7.61||6001||196|
|RB26||287||ZaQuandre White||TJ Yeldon||4.14||6001||215|
|iOL28||315||Blaise Andries||Brenden Stai||9.81||6062||311|
|DL26||345||Ben Stille||Jay Ratliff||9.34||6040||300|
|DL35||423||Jordan Williams||Jabari Issa||6.85||6043||291|
|ED51||---||Deandre Johnson||Al-Quadin Muhammad||4.78||6024||252|
|ED75||---||Owen Carney Jr.||6030||269|
|S43||---||Greg Eisworth II||Stevie Brown||0.96||5114||199|
Similarly to the Raiders, the Dolphins were able to sell their lack of draft picks to UDFAs as a better opportunity to crack the opening roster. Miami only had four picks, none inside the top-100.
With OT Kellen Diesch and S Verone McKinley III, I believe the Fins added draft picks five and six. Diesch, especially, deserved to be drafted. He’s long, super-athletic, and a proven P5 commodity. Diesch posted PFF grades of 80.0 or above each of the past two seasons, and showed out with a 98.7 pass-blocking efficiency last year.
McKinley would have been drafted were it not for his pre-draft testing, which included a 4.67 forty and sub-45th-percentile showings in both agility tests. He moves around better than that on the field. I like his fearless style. Coaches and teammates rave about him. He was an All-American last year, breaking up 12 passes and picking off six.
Plus, McKinley once DM’d me about the video game NCAA 2014, so you know he’s got good taste.
6. Pittsburgh Steelers (13)
|CB36||242||Bryce Watts||Ashton Youboty||7.89||5115||187|
|ED34||314||Tyree Johnson||Jabril Frazier||3.48||6027||250|
|DL25||340||Tayland Humphrey||Josh Augusta||0.96||6003||328|
|CB41||343||Chris Steele||Sean Murphy-Bunting||7.58||6003||187|
|RB35||352||Jaylen Warren||Jerick McKinnon||4.82||5080||207|
|RB46||444||Mataeo Durant||C.J. Marable||6.5||5113||196|
|OT38||450||Jordan Tucker||Rashod Hill||1.62||6062||344|
|DL39||457||Donovan Jeter||Jay Bromley||6.24||6031||310|
|iOL45||466||Chris Owens||Ben Claxton||3.16||6025||305|
|iOL49||500||Michael Maietti||Brett Romberg||5.79||6013||303|
|RB51||---||Charles Williams||Salvon Ahmed||3.76||5094||200|
Pittsburgh finished outside the top-5 in the AFC because its UDFA class lacked the high-end talent of some other crops. That said, the Steelers did well to scoop up a bunch of intriguing lottery tickets. The Steelers signed 10 prospects I ranked in the top-500.
Some teams almost exclusively shoot for size/athleticism UDFA prospects who, for one reason or another, didn’t show-out in college. This year, Pittsburgh went the other way, signing a series of players who are better on the field than testing in shorts. Guys who went undrafted because of their athletic profiles, not a lack of skill.
The exception to that was at corner, where Bryce Watts and Chris Steele have NFL frames and athletic profiles. Outside of those two, in the aforementioned group of 10 top-500 prospects, nobody else tested above the 65th-percentile.
Take for instance Tyree Johnson, who led A&M with 8.5 sacks last year. Johnson is undersized, lacks length, and tested poorly. But he plays with good bend and body control and has a deep bag of pass-rushing tricks.
Humphrey is a fun dart throw at NT. He’s a sawed-off space-eater with a quick first-step who admirably wins the pad-level game despite his elephantine frame. But he’s a raw war-daddy, happy to knock heads and shake things up, but sometimes caught out of position or pushed upfield too quickly.
7. Jacksonville Jaguars (14)
|WR23||165||Kevin Austin Jr.||Donovan Peoples-Jones||9.94||6023||209|
|CB34||226||Josh Thompson||Kendall Sheffield||9.55||5114||194|
|QB11||250||EJ Perry||Taylor Heinecke||9.43||6015||208|
|TE20||330||Gerrit Prince||Hunter Bryant||4.82||6044||241|
|ED38||382||De'Shaan Dixon||Will Overstreet||7.06||6042||247|
|OT32||395||Denzel Okafor||Terrance Beadles||8.96||6032||307|
|iOL44||454||Nick Ford||Cesar Ruiz||5.34||6050||310|
|iOL52||---||Marcus Tatum||Greg Senat||4.56||6065||307|
|K4||---||Andrew Mevis||Cody Parkey||5101||203|
Jacksonville had two primary targets. From the $230k in guarantees they handed to each – top-10 in this class and more than any UDFA had received prior to 2022 – it’s clear the Jags expect both to be on the Week 1 roster.
Those prospects are QB EJ Perry and WR Kevin Austin Jr. Perry was initially reported as signing with the Eagles, but he reversed course after finding out that Nevada’s Carson Strong had agreed to a record-setting UDFA contract with Philly. Perry only needs to beat out either CJ Beathard or Jake Luton for a roster spot in Jacksonville. Otherwise, the Jags will try to sneak him him onto the practice squad.
Austin, meanwhile, is a fun dart throw. He has ideal size and athleticism, and popped off for a 44-888-7 line last year amid Notre Dame’s up-and-down quarterback play. Austin’s pre-draft process was dogged by questions about his medical history, maturity, and one-year-wonder collegiate career. But when he’s healthy and locked-in, Austin is a handful for cornerbacks, with a strong blend of size, speed and ball skills.
8. Cleveland Browns (16)
|WR30||206||Isaiah Weston||Robert Davis||9.62||6034||211|
|CB35||239||Shaun Jolly||Parry Nickerson||6||5086||179|
|WR55||358||Mike Harley||Marquez Stevenson||6.61||5100||179|
|WR59||390||Travell Harris||Kermit Whitfield||3.18||5075||185|
|iOL41||420||Brock Hoffman||Levi Brown||4.21||6034||302|
|S34||432||D'Anthony Bell||Rayshawn Jenkins||8.99||6005||211|
|DL37||442||Roderick Perry II||Gerald Willis III||2.24||6013||304|
|DL40||470||Glen Logan||Roy Philon||5.42||6026||298|
|OT42||496||Ben Petrula||Jonathan Martin||6.22||6050||316|
|TE36||---||Zaire Mitchell-Paden||Rufus French||7.98||6047||257|
I thought Isaiah Weston would get drafted on measurables and deep-field utility alone. He’s got an ideal blend of size and athleticism, and he knows how to win downfield, averaging 22.6 YPC over 109 career rececptions. The rest of his game is raw, and he’s going to turn 25 in October. But the Browns don’t have much at outside receiver behind Amari Cooper and Donovan Peoples-Jones – DPJ would be a good mentor for Weston after arriving with a similar profile, albeit younger – and would love for Weston to emerge as the final receiver on the Week 1 depth chart.
The other interesting name here is Shaun Jolly. Jolly was an awesome Sun Belt corner who defended 25 passes across 34 starts the past three seasons (first-team All-SBC all three years). He’s small, lacks length, and will be a mediocre NFL athlete, but he’s a feisty and heady nickel who is difficult to shake and crashes down in run support. Wouldn’t surprise me if he was Greg Newsome’s primary backup at slot corner next year.
9. Cincinnati Bengals (18)
|OT23||225||Devin Cochran||Will Fries||9.17||6071||306|
|WR34||232||Jaivon Heiligh||Stanley Morgan Jr.||3.91||6004||202|
|ED31||265||Carson Wells||Landis Durham||7.27||6026||241|
|iOL25||288||Ben Brown||Dan Feeney||6051||312|
|ED41||409||Tariqious Tisdale||Jalyn Holmes||7.09||6047||285|
|RB44||419||Shermari Jones||Ryan Torain||6.75||6000||213|
|WR77||---||Kwamie Lassiter II||Lucky Jackson||4.51||5107||185|
After acquiring three projected offensive line starters earlier in the offseason, the Bengals devoted their premium draft picks to a secondary crying out for help (Daxton Hill, Cam Taylor-Britt and Tycen Anderson).
The Bengals finally have a starting-five along the offensive line they feel good about. But Cincy still had depth concerns and were light on future prospects they felt good about. In the spirit of that, it wasn’t a surprise to see the Bengals aggressively target UDFA offensive linemen.
R4 pick OL Cordell Volson is going to make the Week 1 roster. I think there’s a decent chance he’s joined by one of the top-two UDFA offensive linemen that Cincinnati signed, either Devin Cochran or Ben Brown.
10. Kansas City Chiefs (19)
|WR20||147||Justyn Ross||Jakobi Meyers||2.64||6035||210|
|LB16||199||Mike Rose||Oren Burks||9.06||6037||243|
|QB9||217||Dustin Crum||Nathan Peterman||7.21||6012||210|
|RB17||234||Jerrion Ealy||Ronnie Hillman||6.15||5081||187|
|LB36||438||Jack Cochrane||Carter Coughlin||9.18||6030||236|
|LB76||---||Jordan Genmark Heath||8.45||6011||226|
Kansas City generally fairs better than this in undrafted free agency. But this was a unique drafting year for the Chiefs in that they had five picks inside the top-103 and 10 total. Roster mathematics led to a less-aggressive UDFA strategy.
Still, Kansas City managed to emerge with four intriguing names. Mike Rose has a great blend of size, athleticism, and P5 production. He posted 321 tackles, 41 TFL, 14 passes defended and six INT over 49 games (all starts) in Ames. Rose should have declared after his superb 2020 season but returned and struggled with a rotator cuff injury last fall. He’s a versatile linebacker who should be able to hang around as a reserve and special-teamer.
Dustin Crum is a tough quarterback with a dual-threat element to his game. I think he has a better arm than he was given credit for during the pre-draft process. Ealy is a slasher with receiving chops (67 catches over 22 starts/33 appearances).
My favorite signing, though, was WR Justyn Ross. Ross had to wait a few days after the UDFA free-for-all on Saturday night to sign his contract due to the NFL’s concerns about the congenital fusion of his spine that led to surgery. Ross also dealt with a stress fracture in his left foot last season. He still managed to lead Clemson in receptions, receiving yards, and receiving TD.
Prior to the spine injury, Ross was one of college football’s brightest young receiving stars. He posted 46 receptions for 1,000 yards as a freshman and 66 catches for 865 yards as a sophomore while working across from Tee Higgins during the Trevor Lawrence era. Ross has fabulous ball skills, and, at full health, is a handful to corral as a runner after the catch.
Will he ever get back to being that guy? Probably not. And it’s also highly possible that his career is cut short by injuries. But he was an awesome value signing for the Chiefs. Even a fraction of the old Ross was worth a draft pick. He’ll play in the NFL as long as his body allows him to.
11. Denver Broncos (20)
|ED25||142||Christopher Allen||Jacob Pugh||6034||238|
|CB33||223||Ja'Quan McMillian||Nickell Robey-Coleman||3.6||5096||181|
|WR57||378||Jalen Virgil||William Franklin||9.16||6001||207|
|OT31||379||Michael Niese||Seth McKinney||9.21||6032||303|
|LB41||482||Kadofi Wright||Bo Ruud||6.03||6031||229|
|WR75||495||Kaden Davis||Johnny Knox||8.34||5116||188|
|QB26||---||Eric Barriere||Vernon Adams||5||5110||206|
|RB71||---||Tyreik McAllister||Lexington Thomas||7.39||5090||181|
|TE57||---||Rodney Williams II||8.87||6032||235|
EDGE Christopher Allen, CB Ja’Quan McMillan and WR Jalen Virgil all have legitimate shots to crack the roster, and LB Kadofi Wright and WR Kaden Davis will be given long looks as well. Allen, who got the most guaranteed cash among the group, is the most intriguing lottery ticket.
A ballyhooed recruit with the body of Adonis, Allen posted six sacks and 13 TFL his first season in the rotation in 2020. But a fractured right foot in the 2021 opener stole what some thought would be his breakout campaign. Unfortunately, it was Allen's second-major collegiate injury following a torn ACL in the 2018 preseason. Denver needs to figure out if he’s an EDGE or an LB. If Allen can stay healthy enough to build up from there, the Broncos may have a player on its hands.
McMillan is the opposite-sort of prospect. He’s small, and not a great athlete, but he started 27 games over three years on campus and posted an eye-opening 40 passes defended. He picks up tells from receivers and rides them along the route. McMillan manages to stay aggressive at the catch point without drawing flags.
Denver left the draft with some concerns with receiver depth. Virgil and Davis are both field-stretching speedsters. Denver is hoping to be put to a hard cut-day decision by whichever of the two performs better in camp.
12. Houston Texans (22)
|WR42||291||Johnny Johnson III||Quan Cosby||5.46||5117||196|
|OT28||342||Myron Cunningham||Colton Toner||2.12||6055||322|
|S26||346||Kolby Harvell-Peel||Bacarri Rambo||6.58||5115||213|
|DL28||357||Kurt Hinish||Kendall Reyes||8.83||6022||302|
|LB31||380||Jake Hansen||Mike Hull||6006||239|
|DL41||487||Damion Daniels||John Atkins||1.92||6016||302|
|LB49||---||Troy Hairston II||5104||231|
I didn’t love Houston’s draft, and I felt similarly about the post-draft strategy. Houston’s weak two-deep should have been a big selling point to NFL agents, but the Texans somehow didn’t sign a prospect within my pre-draft top-290.
The cream of the crop was Oregon’s Johnny Johnson, who had less than 600 receiving yards while dropping as many balls (3) as he had TD catches over 17 games the past two years. He’s coming off a foot injury and ran a 4.62 forty at his pro day.
OT Myron Cunningham, S Kolby Harvell-Peel, DT Kurt Hinish, LB Jake Hansen, and DT Damion Daniels will all be given shots to make the Week 1 active roster, but each have capped ceilings even things break right.
13. New York Jets (26)
|RB25||284||Zonovan Knight||Khalil Herbert||5.84||5107||209|
|ED37||350||Ali Fayad||Wyatt Ray||4.44||6015||248|
|DL34||422||C.J. Brewer||Ricky Walker||6.08||6016||288|
|TE27||494||John Chenal||Ben Mason||9.33||6024||254|
|QB28||---||Nick Starkel||Collin Hill||1.7||6041||217|
|QB29||---||Liam Welch||Case Keenum||6013||210|
|RB63||---||DeAndre Torrey||Larry Rountree III||6.03||5070||201|
|TE31||---||Brett Borske||Rico Gathers||7.35||6061||265|
|TE32||---||Daniel Imatorbhebhe||Dante Rosario||3.28||6032||226|
|CB57||---||Tony Adams||Craig Mager||9.74||5114||203|
|S42||---||Omar Fortt||Delvon Randall||7.58||6002||213|
The Jets, like the Bears, eschewed UDFA bidding wars and instead opted to bring in a bevy of prospects for tryouts.
I liked RB Zonovan Knight at NC State. “Bam” posted 790-plus yards from scrimmage all three campaigns on campus and has preternatural contact balance. Last year, he ranked No. 12 in this class in elusive rating, and No. 14 in broken tackles forced. Knight also utility in the passing game. He’s a smooth route-runner and a fixer in pass-pro, smart, physical, capable, and enthusiastic. It would be nice if he could gain 10-15 pounds without further depreciating his quickness. Either way, the question will be if he has the athleticism to threaten NFL defenses.
Ali Fayad posted enormous production in the MAC – career 28.5 sacks and 53 TFL – but lacks measureables. Chenal picked the right spot, in that the Jets use fullbacks, but he’s a longshot for the Week 1 roster unless Nick Bawden suffers an injury.
14. Buffalo Bills (29)
|TE17||296||Jalen Wydermyer||Jared Pinkney||1||6040||257|
|RB41||393||Raheem Blackshear||Ito Smith||6.01||5093||194|
|OT33||405||Alec Anderson||Cole Boozer||1.03||6051||304|
|OT35||426||Derek Kerstetter||Simon Stepaniak||7.83||6044||305|
|iOL43||447||Tanner Owen||Xavier Fulton||9.43||6042||307|
|WR76||---||Neil Pau'u||Sage Surratt||5||6034||205|
One year ago, Texas A&M Jalen Wydermyer was a consensus 2022 top-three TE… and TE1 on a number of boards. But a disastrous calendar year caused his stock to drop more than Bitcoin. The receiving smoothness we saw pre-2021 disappeared with Kellen Mond off to the NFL.
The Aggies’ suffered through poor quarterback play last year, but that’s hardly an excuse. Wydermyer dropped eight balls for an abysmal 16.7% drop rate. His blocking also mysteriously dropped-off, both in the run game and when asked to stay back in pass-pro.
The coup-de-gras on his plummet came during pre-draft testing, when Wydermyer ran a 5.02 forty and posted a 9th-percentile athletic composite despite ducking the agility drills that may have tanked the composite even further.
But receiving skill is a tough thing to teach at this position, and Wydermyer displayed it in college football’s premier conference prior to last year. He also retains potential as a blocker if his technique can be worked on – he’s got the frame and length for the work at the next level, certainly.
With Wydermyer, there’s the chance of a long-term roster cog. I don’t see that in the rest of the group.
15. Los Angeles Chargers (30)
|RB34||344||Leddie Brown||Jeremy Langford||6.24||6001||215|
|WR63||417||Trevon Bradford||DeAndrew White||4.24||5100||179|
|QB21||429||Brandon Peters||Nick Fitzgerald||8.88||6044||228|
|RB49||475||Kevin Marks Jr.||Tre Harbison||4.96||5111||200|
|CB56||498||Brandon Sebastian||James Pierre||3||6001||182|
|QB25||---||Stone Smartt||Zach Conque||8.93||6041||226|
|TE42||---||Erik Krommenhoek||Sal Canella||6.11||6052||245|
|LB66||---||Kendricks Gladney Jr.||4.72||5106||209|
The Chargers only signed five UDFA prospects on my top-500 board, and two of them – Leddie Brown and Kevin Marks Jr. – face extremely long odds to make the roster after LA drafted a pair of running backs on Day 3 (Isaiah Spiller and Zander Horvath).
Travon Bradford lacks size and athleticism and failed to crack 650 receiving yards in any of his six seasons on campus. Brandon Sebastian also may lack the athleticism for the next level.
It’ll be interesting to see if the Chargers try Brandon Peters at tight end. Peters is like Nick Fitzgerald in that he’s a big prospect with good mobility. He’s also like Fitzgerald in that he categorically lacks NFL accuracy. But as a tight end, Peters has 67th-percentile NFL athleticism. Including a 90th-percentile-or-better vertical jump, broad jump, and 10-yard split.
16. New England Patriots (31)
|ED30||211||LaBryan Ray||Kingsley Keke||6.65||6042||286|
|QB13||266||D'Eriq King||Quenton Flowers||5.46||5086||197|
|S37||460||Brenden Schooler||Kai Nacua||9.78||6015||203|
Last year, the Patriots became the only organization in my four years doing this to not sign a UDFA on Saturday night after the draft. The Patriots’ streak of having at least one undrafted rookie making its initial 53-man roster for 17-straight seasons appeared to be in serious doubt. But K Quinn Nordin, signed a week after the draft, ended up hanging on the roster to extend New England's streak to 18 years.
Between EDGE LaBryan Ray, OW D'Eriq King, S Brenden Schooler and OT Kody Russey, I think we’ll see that streak extend to 19. Ray’s biggest issue is health. He was a top-25 overall recruit coming out of high school but only played 850 snaps across five years at Alabama after suffering two separate feet injuries, two separate elbow injuries, and a groin injury.
King is a homeless man’s Kyler Murray in the vein of a Seneca Wallace or Quenton Flowers. His best chance to win a Week 1 job is converting back to receiver, a position he played early-on in his career at Houston. The Patriots have already pitched King on a “slash” designation. “I talked to [director of player personnel] Matt Groh, and he was excited,” King said. “I’m thankful for the opportunity. He told me I’ll do a little bit of everything—receiver, quarterback, running back—whatever I can do to stick.”
Brenden Schooler bounced between three FBS programs over six years in school, with his first and last seasons spent at safety and everything in-between at receiver. He’s extremely raw, but Schooler has one thing heavily working in his favor to convince the Patriots to keep him on the Year 1 roster: He’s an awesome special-teamer who could contribute on nearly every unit until he’s ready to join the defensive backfield rotation.
The Patriots clearly like Russey, giving him $180k in guarantees. Russey lacks size, but tested well. He’ll enter camp as C3 on the depth chart behind David Andrews and James Ferentz. What a twosome to learn from! Andrews has started 86 games over seven years in the NFL after arriving as a UDFA. Ferentz is entering his ninth NFL season after going undrafted.
Overall UDFA class rankings
Top unsigned UDFA with no reported tryouts:
|Cole Johnson||QB18||6043||220||5.69||Dan Orlovsky|
|Zerrick Cooper||QB24||6022||230||1.72||Zac Lee|
|McKenzie Milton||QB30||5111||194||1.78||Stephen Garcia|
|Patrick O'Brien||QB32||6043||220||3.68||Dayne Crist|
|Jett Duffey||QB33||5117||196||3.44||Blake Barnett|
|Juwan Carter||QB34||5107||179||3.91||Chase Litton|
|Jawon Pass||QB35||6041||240||3.16||Bobby Reid|
|Keon Howard||QB38||6010||215||Tre Roberson|
|Daniel Smith||QB39||5112||199||2.56||Dane Evans|
|Master Teague III*||RB38||5112||221||9.84||Mike Anderson|
|Cam'Ron Harris||RB42||5086||214||Daniel Lasco|
|Devin Wynn||RB56||5100||205||Javon Leak|
|Vavae Malepeai||RB57||5107||212||Brandon Bolden|
|Stephen Carr||RB58||5114||211||1.76||Bernard Pierce|
|Abdul Adams||RB64||5104||204||7.62||Fozzy Whittaker|
|Tyler Nevens||RB65||5104||238||0.78||Rudi Johnson|
|Quay Holmes||RB66||6004||220||2.46||Jarvarris Williams|
|Kingston Davis||RB67||5112||235||8.12||Kevan Barlow|
|Ivory Kelly-Martin||RB68||5100||200||5||Antonio Williams|
|Joshua Mack||RB70||5112||201||0.21||Cade Carney|
|Mulbah Car||RB72||5104||210||5.88||Silas Redd|
|Ja'Darius Woods||RB73||5055||193||6.67||Chad Morton|
|Kareem Walker||RB74||6001||209||2.3||Malik Williams|
|Bradrick Shaw||RB75||6014||220||7.24||Rico Dowdle|
|Marcus Williams Jr.||RB76||5094||206||7.83||Bobby Rainey|
*Teague originally signed with the Bears before being waived on May 9.
|Savon Scarver*||WR60||5106||184||7.43||John Capel|
|K.D. Nixon||WR66||5065||190||1.82||Sammie Stroughter|
|Tyler Snead||WR67||5070||174||2.29||Penny Hart|
|Theo Howard||WR81||6002||188||2.54||Byron Marshall|
|Henry Litwin*||WR84||5110||189||7.18||Ray-Ray McCloud|
*Scarver, Litwin, Lenoir and Holder originally signed with the Bears before being released.
|Clint Ratkovich||TE19||6005||236||9.39||Danny Vitale|
|Trae Barry||TE34||6061||250||0.95||Cary Angeline|
*Ratkovich tore his ACL during a workout at the Packers' local day on April 8. He's expected to receive interest once healthy.
|Mohamed Diallo||DL32||6050||285||Byron Cowart|
|Woo Scott Jr.||DL85||5114||306||3.59|
|Adam Anderson*||EDGE28||6040||236||9.37||Barkevious Mingo|
|Tre Williams||EDGE36||6043||253||2.57||Tarell Basham|
*Anderson was indicted by a grand jury on rape charges in late-April. His arraignment is scheduled for June 13.
|Phil Campbell III||LB96||6004||219||5.7|
*Alexander originally signed with the Bears before being waived on May 9.
|Nick Grant||CB52||6007||190||4.97||Tre Flowers|
|Kenneth George Jr.||CB94||5116||194||6.36|
|Amari Carter||S40||5114||200||5.04||Justin Evans|
|Tyrone Hill Jr.||S80||6005||206||8.64|
|James Jones IV||S94||6002||192||4.87|
*Carter originally signed with the Bears before being waived on May 9.