Cade Johnson, Jamie Newman offer big upside
All 259 choices of the 2021 NFL draft remain in the books, however the work isn’t provided for 32 groups.
With the conclusion of the seventh round on Saturday, groups turn their focus towards completing their class of undrafted totally free representatives. It may be harder to find factors offered the shallow swimming pool of gamers that followed a troubled college football season in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic. However there are still a number of appealing professional potential customers who didn’t hear their names called at any point in the last 3 days.
Here are the 10 finest undrafted gamers in this year’s class:
Cade Johnson, WR, South Dakota State
The silky smooth slot receiver provides the speed and strength to go toe-to-toe with NFL cornerbacks. Even if there’s a modification duration as he adjusts to a greater level of competitors, Johnson deserves bringing along. (Signed with Seattle Seahawks.)
Marvin Wilson, DT, Florida State
After revealing guarantee as a pass rush in 2019, Wilson took a huge action back as a senior. He may not acquire sacks regularly, however the 6-4, 303-pounder has the physical qualities to be an efficient part of a protective line rotation. (Signed with Cleveland Browns.)
Ar’Darius Washington, S, TCU
Yes, he’s just 5-8 and 176 pounds. However the ballhawk is a tested playmaker who is worthy of a chance to reveal what he can do in the slot at the next level. (Signed with Baltimore Ravens.)
Dylan Moses, LB, Alabama
The former five-star recruit’s career path took an unfortunate turn after he tore his anterior cruciate ligament in 2019 and then struggled in his return to action last year. While he too often takes himself out of plays, Moses’ athleticism is worth a gamble, even after the injury. (Signed with Jacksonville Jaguars.)
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Jamie Newman, QB, Wake Forest/Georgia
He sparked some intrigue in 2019 before transferring to Georgia and subsequently opting out of the season. The 6-3, 234-pound signal-caller is plenty raw and can be spotty with his ball placement, but he has physical tools that should earn him a look as a developmental passer. (Signed with Philadelphia Eagles.)
Shakur Brown, CB, Michigan State
At 5-10 and 185 pounds with pedestrian speed, Brown might lack the athletic traits to stick with top-flight receivers. But he won’t afford anything easy to opponents, deploying a fiery and physical approach on every down. (Signed with Steelers.)
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Charles Snowden, LB, Virginia
His frame (6-6, 243-pound) and agility are enviable for a pass rusher. If he can bulk up and hone his pass-rushing skills, there’s room for him on an NFL roster. (Signed with Chicago Bears.)
Jaret Patterson, RB, Buffalo
With 52 rushing touchdowns in 33 career games, Patterson has already defied expectations for a 5-6, 195-pound back. He doesn’t have the pure speed or receiving skills to be a third-down back out of the gate, but his vision and balance will give him a chance to be a contributor in the NFL. (Signed with Washington Football Team.)
Christian Uphoff, S, Illinois State
Any safety who stands 6-2 and 209 pounds and runs the way Uphoff does is worthy of a closer look. He has work to do to develop his instincts, however he could be an intriguing player for a patient coaching staff. (Signed with Green Bay Packers.)
Matt Bushman, TE, BYU
He’s currently 25 and missed out on last season due to a burst Achilles tendon. Bushman, nevertheless, quickly attracts passes outside his frame and can acquire backyards after the catch. (Signed with Las Vegas Raiders.)
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This short article initially appeared on U.S.A. TODAY: NFL draft’s 10 finest undrafted gamers: Noteworthy names passed over
Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.