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Undrafted Free Agents to Watch

John Esposito
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Undrafted free agents aren’t always guys who can’t play in the NFL.  Brandon Olsen previewed several that not only could make an NFL team but could get some playing time.  With expanded rosters it will allow some college players that didn’t get drafted a great opportunity to showcase their skills and make a case to NFL coaches.  I look at some of the UDFA’s I’m excited to see this year.

Austin Mack 6’2 208lbs WR New York Giants

Mack was projected to be a 6th-7th round pick in the draft, but the day ended with him undrafted.  He has desired size to be an outside receiver, he uses that size well to muscle balls.  A great wingspan and good in the air to make an overthrow catchable.  Not blazing speed at a high 4.5 time, but he makes up for it with fluid route running. He is a bit injury prone and seems to lose concentration on dropped passes.  Not a number one receiver but could fit as a 3rd or 4th guy for the Giants especially with them not being overly deep at WR.

Essang Bassey 5’9 191lbs DB Denver Broncos

Bassey is an interesting player with a nice upside to be a productive slot corner.  He lacks the size and strength to play the boundary, getting pushed around by a big NFL receiver is a concern.  He lacks top end speed, has very quick feet, and can accelerate very well.  Really good hands and is always around the ball to make a play.  He will need to work on his tackling as that is a very inconsistent part of his game, needs to be fixed to move to the next level.

Raequan Williams 6’4 303lbs DT Philadelphia Eagles

Another player projected to be a day three pick that to me surprisingly went undrafted. Hurt by a combine performance that was less than stellar; he’s great run stuffer that can play several techniques, zero to 3-point stance.  Not overly athletic and not a great burst off the line, he isn’t elite at shedding blocks, but does enough to let a linebacker through if he doesn’t get there. Will need to improve his pass rushing techniques to help his cause to stay in the NFL.

Darryl Williams 6’3 310lbs C Kansas City Chiefs

Started 38 games at Mississippi State, so tangled with SEC competition.  High football IQ and very tough player.  Played tackle and guard in college, so versatile but does not project well as a tackle in the NFL.  He will need to work on his power and footwork to be considered on a squad.  A developmental player who can be coached into a nice utility lineman.

Anthony Gordon 6’2 200lbs QB Seattle Seahawks

A baseball player drafted by the Mets; Gordon opted to stick with football.  Playing backup to Luke Falk and Gardner Minshew, Gordon flourished in Mike Leach’s “air raid” offense when he got the chance.  An arm strong enough to make throws, he had a knack of putting the ball in tight spaces.  He has quick release and his athletic ability is about average.  Backing up a guy who has played 128 straight games in Russell Wilson, Gordon will need to overcome big odds again from being a zero-star recruit getting into the NFL.

Trey Adams 6’8 318lbs OL Buffalo Bills

Trey Adams is the pinnacle of life changing in a blink of an eye.  Entering his 2017 junior year he was regarded as a top ten NFL slam dunk.  An ACL injury cost him half a season in 2017 and a back injury cost him 10 games in 2018.  Knowing the talent was there Adams was offered an invite to the combine, where he proceeded to grade out as the worst OL in several key areas, injuries had taken their toll. Adams has all the talent to be a starting tackle in the NFL, he will need to gain some strength and work on getting his mobility back; but it’s there.  He will be a project for Buffalo if they are patient and Adams can recover fully, they may just have the steal of UDFA’s.