Dynasty Dominance: UDFA: Best of the Rest
Every year the draft concludes with a few hundred draft hopefuls selected over the course of three days. Yet, once the lights go out at Radio City Music Hall after day three, the work is just beginning NFL teams. There is always a first-come-first-serve frenzy to sign undrafted free agents that starts minutes after the “Mr. Irrelevant” pick. Most of these guys are brought in for depth and to compete for a starting spot. Every now and then, a superstar will emerge to become not only a force in the NFL, but also an asset to your dynasty squad.
Here are some names to monitor that could be taken late in rookie drafts or stashed on deep roster leagues.
RB, Antonio Andrews: Bishop Sankey is the obvious choice for many as the top rookie RB to take in rookie drafts, but I think Andrews could sneak his way onto the roster. He will have beat out Leon Washington and Jackie Battle for the RB3 job. Shonn Greene is still on the roster, but the injuries are piling up and he has not been impressive in recent years.
WR, Mike Davis: The Raiders are pretty much starved for playmakers on offense, which is where I think Davis could contribute. I don’t think he is a standout player, but he can stretch the field and has pretty good speed. The Raiders always seem to have a WR that sneaks up on us throughout training camp and preseason. Davis is my candidate for “sneaky Raider” this year.
RB, Isaiah Crowell: Tons of hype surrounded this guy during the pre-draft process, but most knew there was a good chance he wouldn’t get drafted due to injuries and off the field issues. Ben Tate and Terrance West stand in front of him, but he offers a different skill set from those guys. Overall, he has some serious talent and should be able to make the team. He can contribute if he gets his head on straight and stays healthy.
TE, Xavier Grimble: I liked Grimble’s game in college and pegged him as a day 3 pick. After going undrafted, he ended up signing with the Giants, which I think is a great landing spot. New York needs to fill their void at the tight end position and Grimble has a shot. While I don’t think he will make much impact in year one, he should have the chance to start in a year or so. Grimble makes for a good late round stash.
WR, Brandon Coleman: How this guy went undrafted, I have no idea. I liked him much better than some of the receivers that were taken in the draft. Going to the Saints is a perfect fit. The Saints can always use another receiver, especially a physically bigger one. Coleman is definitely worth taking a flyer on late in rookie drafts.
TE, Colt Lyerla: Similar to Isaiah Crowell, most knew that Lyerla had a good shot of going undrafted. Low and behold, the Packers are giving him a tryout. He could be a PERFECT fit for this offense due to his versatility and the need for a TE in Green Bay. Whether he can avoid off the field issues is a question. Lyerla is a great player with a great situation, so I’ll roll the dice on him later in rookie drafts.
Free Agent – TE, Joe Don Duncan: Duncan went undrafted, unsigned and the Twitter draftniks went ballistic! His foot injuries must be worse than we had known about. You have to think a team will at least give him a tryout. He was one of the most natural pass catching tight ends in this year’s draft class and is good after the catch. Even though he is still unsigned, I’m drafting him late when I can, or claiming him off waivers if I have roster space to stash him.