NFL Training Camp Undrafted Players To Watch
Undrafted NFL free agents always face an uphill battle during the course of training camp and preseason. Every year certain players begin camp as underdogs and come out looking like diamonds in the rough. There are approximately 397 undrafted players that will be battling for roster spots in the coming weeks. For teams that require depth at specific positions, the undrafted pool is a great place to find under the radar talent.
Let’s take a look at 32 undrafted players that have a good chance of making the final roster.
The former Buckeye finished his college career with a 38-6 record over a four-year span. As a dual-threat signal caller, Barrett recorded 104 touchdowns through the air and racked up over 3,200 rushing yards. A team captain for three of his four years at Ohio State, Barrett displayed high character marks and leadership capabilities. But his lack of size (6’1, 225 lbs) and accuracy as a passer have always been his most significant drawbacks. The Saints arguably post the thinnest quarterback depth in the NFL, so the competition for backup duties will be wide open. Barrett will be battling fellow signal callers Tom Savage and Taysom Hill for a roster spot.
Given his college production, it was somewhat surprising when Scales name wasn’t announced during the draft. Ironically, Scales has drawn comparisons to former Rams LB Alec Ogletree, who was traded to The Giants during the offseason. Los Angeles has their starters in Marc Barron and Corey Littleton and drafted linebacker Micah Kiser in the 4th round. Scales will begin his NFL career making plays on special teams. But he has a great chance to eventually contribute on defense in the linebacker rotation
Though he possesses impressive size (6’2, 204 lbs), it was his lack of speed and toughness that caused him to drop. McFadden’s tape looks more finesse than physical. At the combine, he posted a 4.67 forty time but later improved to a 4.58 at his pro day. McFadden lacks long speed and needs tackle refinement as he plays with a high pad level. But going undrafted can have a massive impact on a players attitude which McFadden has reflected during camp. Surrounded by veteran leadership and proper coaching, McFadden can perfect his game and become a better player with the 49ers.
Fatu is capable of taking up multiple blockers to free pass rushers or collapse the pocket if necessary. Last year, Detroit’s defensive line was often injured and could benefit from some much needed interior depth. With limited college production and a Raw skillset, Fatu will need to clean up his technique to be considered an option for the practice squad.
Possessing good vision and quickness, Thomas makes quick jump cuts and maneuvers his way through tackles. He wasn’t utilized much as passing back in his college system so he will need to show he can be versatile. Even without running back Dalvin Cook, The Vikings still finished 7th in the league in rushing. In Minnesota, Thomas could thrive in a run-heavy offense and join a diverse and productive running back stable.
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