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UDFA Talk

37% of the 622 undrafted rookies signed last year won Week One jobs in the NFL according to @ProFootballTalk: goo.gl/OJ3ca

This is a pretty interesting stat. I wanted to start a discussion about UDFA and who people would like to see targeted who are potential UDFA.

To start off I have made a list of potential guys I like who are in that 7th round/UFDA range.

1.) Quanterus Smith (OLB) Western Kentucky: 6'5" 250 lbs, 4.74 40 (projected) "Smith was leading the nation with 12.5 sacks when he tore the ACL in his left knee against Louisiana-Lafayette on November 17."

One of my favorite sleeper picks this year. Falls due to injury but has day two potential. I hate even putting him on my list of possible UDFA because he definitely deserves to and has a good possibility of getting drafted. I have seen him projected as early as round 3 even with the injury. I would draft him as high as the 5th round but if he goes undrafted he would be my number one target.

2.) Demetrius McCray (CB/FS) Appalachian State: 6'1", 187 lbs, 4.46 40 "McCray finished his career with 10 interceptions, which was good for a tie for 10th among active NCAA Division I FCS players in 2012. Additionally, the senior led Appalachian State with eight passes defended, ranked sixth on the team with 55 tackles from his cornerback position and forced a fumble."

He has good size and speed and would be a project but an intriguing small school prospect who is flying under the radar.

3.) Jonathan Stewart (ILB) Texas A and M: 6'4", 242 lbs, 4.55 40 (Pro Day) "In 2011 as a 3-4 ILB he led the team with 98 total tackles, but only 5.5 of those went for a loss, three of which were sacks. In 2012, Texas A&M moved back to a 4-3 base defense, and Stewart recorded 81 tackles (2.5 for loss), 2.5 sacks, four pass breakups, and seven quarterback hurries."

He is starting to get some interest as a late round guy but if he falls out of the draft he has a great combo of size and athleticism to learn from DeMeco Ryans for a few years to develop into a potential starter.

4.) Dexter McCoil (S) Tulsa: 6'4", 224 lbs, 4.54 40 (pro day) "McCoil (6-4, 222, safety) was a 2012 Conference USA first team selection, totaling 91 tackles, including 59 solos. He also had five interceptions, finishing his career with a school record 18 picks and tying the Conference USA all-time record. He also finished with 316 career tackles and 25 pass break-ups. - Tulsa football"

Scouting report from BGN: http://www.bleedinggreennation.com/2013/4/20/4244508/nfl-draft-profile-dexter-mccoil-s-tulsa

Some people are really high on this guy. I have seen him rated as high as 3rd round grade however will most likely not get called until the 7th or UDFA. Another smaller school guy with good upside as a project.

5.) Kapron Lewis-Moore (DT) Notre Dame: 6'4", 298 lbs, 4.95 40 (projected) "Lewis-Moore finished with 8.5 tackles for loss, 6 sacks, 9 quarterback hurries and 2 forced fumbles this season, serving as a disruptive force on Notre Dame's defensive line."

Lewis-Moore has been riddled with knee injuries with his latest a torn ACL in the BCS Championship. He is not an explosive athlete but had a very good year and could be a good rotational 5 Tech if he can come back from the injury.

6.) Mark Harrison (WR) Rutgers: 6'3", 231 lbs, 4.37 40 (not combine number) "In 2010, Harrison had a breakout season with 829 yards receiving and nine touchdowns on 44 receptions. Harrison posted a receiving touchdown in six of the final eight games of the season and recorded second-best receiving day in Rutgers history with 240 yards receiving on 10 receptions and four touchdowns against Cincinnati. He was voted Offensive Most Valuable Player at team awards banquet. In his junior season, Harrison appeared in 12 games, missing one due to a head injury. He only caught 14 passes for 274 yards and two touchdowns. In his senior year, Harrison caught 44 passes for 583 yards and six touchdowns."

Never lived up to expectations, but not many people are that size and that fast and strong. Maybe he can turn things around. Also an injured foot hurts his draft stock.

7.) Brandon Moore (DT) Texas: 6'5", 317 lbs, 5.27 40 (don't know where they got it) A little background..."The 6-5, 335-pound Moore is a Montgomery, Alabama native who signed with Nick Saban and the Crimson Tide out of high school. He redshirted there in 2009 and registered six tackles in four games as a backup to Marcell Dareus and Josh Chapman in 2010. For violating unspecified team rules, Moore was placed on indefinite suspension in March 2011 and the big man elected to transfer to East Mississippi Community College (EMCC), where he helped EMCC win the NJCAA national championship and emerge as a highly regarded junior college prospect by posting 38 tackles, including four tackles for loss and three sacks. Moore established himself as a key component up front for the Longhorns in his one season in Austin, but wasn't the dominant force some anticipated after he'd turned heads throughout spring practices. Because of his length, strength and the fact that he has been successful inside as a 4-3 defensive tackle and outside as a 3-4 defensive end, he could draw middle- to late round-consideration from NFL teams willing to gamble on his upside."

He could be a guy like Bryce Brown who was highly recruited and for one reason or another it didn't work out in college. Worth a shot as an UDFA to play the 5 Tech.

8. Michael Mauti (ILB) Penn State: 6'2", 242 lbs, 4.83 40 (projected) "Mauti is a good, not great, athlete with adequate physical tools for the next level, but his best attributes are his natural awareness and decisive read/react skills."

I'm sure being from Penn State many people know of Mauti. He has a chance to get drafted but most likely is an UDFA because of those knees. If he can prove to stay healthy (something he has never done) he might make it as a 2 down ILB, or backup MIKE. Can he play in the 3-4 I don't know but his instincts and football intelligence make him worth a shot if he doesn't get drafted.

9.) Tourek Williams (DE/OLB?) Florida International: 6'3", 260 lbs, 4.71 40 (pro day) "2012 ALL-SUN BELT CONFERENCE FIRST TEAM. This is the third-straight all-conference honor for Williams and the first, first-team selection after being named second-team his sophomore and junior seasons. Williams led the team in 2012 with 14.5 tackles for loss (for 85 yards), 6.5 sacks (for 56 yards) and two forced fumbles, going along with a career-high 46 total tackles (including 29 solo), two pass break-ups and three quarterback hurries. - FIU football"

He looks to be more of a situational pass rusher as a 4-3 DE but he is worth a look at OLB if it doesn't cost a draft pick.

10.) Jared Smith (DT) New Hampshire: 6'4", 304lbs, 5.01 40 (pro day) "He started all 12 games in 2011, making 43 stops, 5.5 for loss, 2.5 sacks, and blocking the second extra point of his career. Smith played in 11 games his senior year, and totaled 33 tackles (10 for loss), four sacks, and three blocked kicks, including two in a game against William & Mary..... Hustling five-technique prospect who spends a lot of time on the other side of the line."

Reminds me of a Mike Devito type in his size and athleticism and style of play. Would be a nice rotational piece to find in UDFA if he works out.

11.) Patrick Lewis (C) Texas A and M: 6'1", 311 lbs, 5.29 40 Another one of my big time sleeper's in this UDFA class. Was a leader on that great OL. Overshadowed by his teammates but deserves credit for his pass blocking and can really move in space (more quick than fast). Very intelligent and proved to be able to play at the frantic pace A and M and similarly Chip Kelly likes to run. After watching him pay all year I think he can make an NFL team and at least stick around as a quality backup. (Something we don't have on this team).

This is just a few names I have been thinking about to see if they make it to UDFA. If there are any other guys you really like I would love to hear who people like. Maybe some hidden gems flying under the radar.


12) Chris Jones (DT) Bowling Green: 6'2", 302lbs, 5.33 40

I need to watch some more film but looking at his stats is impressive for a DT. The MAC is not top competition but his relentless style might get him a spot on a roster. Plays 3-4 DE as well.

Watch some of his tape

Chris Jones vs Miami of Ohio (2012) (via Aaron Aloysius)


Year

GP

TKL

TFL

SACK

2009

13

29

2.5

1.0

2010

12

39

11.0

6.0

2011

12

47

14.0

8.5

2012

13

42

19.0

12.5

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