A Team-By-Team Look At Undrafted Free Agent Signings
As the 2014 NFL Draft came to a close, scouts and personnel executives league-wide began the chaotic, free-for-all process of signing undrafted players to their 90-man offseason rosters. Here are a few notable statistics regarding undrafted, free agents in the NFL.
- In 2013, 20 percent of the starters league-wide entered the NFL as undrafted free agents.
- The undrafted free agent class of 2013 included 622 players who were signed by NFL teams. Of those 622 players, 98 made Week 1 rosters and another 33 made practice squads.
- Twenty-one of the 53 players on the Super Bowl XLVIII champion Seattle Seahawks entered the NFL as undrafted free agents.
- Fourteen undrafted players have been inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
- Undrafted free agents typically receive signing bonuses in the $4,000-$5,000 range; seventh-round picks typically receive signing bonuses of $40,000-$50,000.
- In 2014, teams had a bonus pool of up to $80,362 to spend on signing bonuses for undrafted free agents; the majority of draft picks will receive more than that by themselves.
Without question, undrafted free agents face an uphill battle in trying to land a spot on an NFL roster. They are a financial afterthought (although they are the main beneficiaries of the NFL Performance Based Pay program) and always take a backseat to their team’s draft picks. Finding success in the NFL as an undrafted free agent takes a truly unique player with exceptional talent and a tireless work ethic..
Below is a look at the undrafted free agent signings for all 32 NFL teams and which player(s) I believe have the best shot at making their team’s roster.
Northern Arizona RB Zach Bauman; Illinois LB Jonathan Brown; Penn State LB Glenn Carson; Clemson K Chandler Catanzaro; UNLV RB Tim Cornett; Purdue DT Bruce Gaston; Baylor T Kelvin Palmer; Samford WR Kelsey Pop; Miami DT Justin Renfrow; UCLA CB Brandon Sermons; Washing WR Kevin Smith; Alabama G/C Anthony Steen; Newberry WR Corey Washington; SE Louisiana CB Todd Washington; Albany T Kadeem Williams
Best Roster Chance: Tim Cornett, Zach Bauman or Anthony Steen
Boise State WR Geraldo Boldewijn; Hawaii LB Brenden Daley; Auburn DE Nosa Eguae; Utah State CB Devonta Glover-Wright; Miami (Fla.) FB Maurice Hagens; Arkansas State WR Julian Jones; North Greenville WR Freddie Martino; Cornell QB Jeff Mathews; Vanderbilt OLB Walker May; South Carolina State S Kimario McFadden; Kent State FB Roosevelt Nix; Wisconsin TE Jacob Pedersen; Toledo WR Bernard Reedy; Kentucky DT Donte Rumph; Tennessee OLB Jacques Smith; Syracuse RB Jerome Smith; Tennessee C James Stone; Kansas State WR Tramaine Thompson; Wisconsin TE Brian Wozniak; and Pittsburgh P Matt Yoklic
Best Roster Chance: Roosevelt Nix
Western Kentucky LB Xavius Boyd; Temple DT Levi Brown; Tennessee-Martin WR Jeremy Butler; Northern Colorado WR Jace Davis; Oklahoma State OL Parker Graham; Virginia Tech DT Derrick Hopkins; North Carolina OT James Hurst; Texas A&M CB Tramain Jacobs; Houston P Richie Leone; Ashland DL Jamie Meder; Albany State S Dexter Moody; North Carolina A&T CB Deji Olatoye; North Texas LB Zachary Orr; Utah State DT A.J. Pataiali'i; Oregon CB Avery Patterson; Middle Tennessee State CB Sammy Seamster; Iowa OT Brett Van Sloten
Best Roster Chance: Parker Graham, James Hurst or Derrick Hopkins
Buffalo S Derek Brim; Iowa State S Deon Broomfield; Miami (Fla.) LB James Gaines; Florida DT Damien Jacobs; West Texas A&M LB Bryan Johnson; Florida LB Darrin Kitchens; Vanderbilt S Kenny Ladler; Clemson CB Darius Robinson; Buffalo DL Colby Way
Best Roster Chance: Kenny Ladler, Derek Brim or Deon Broomfield
Michigan State LB Denicos Allen; Ohio State WR Corey Brown; Texas CB Carrington Byndom; Florida Atlantic LB Adarius Glanton; Missouri WR Marcus Lucas; Ohio State G Andrew Norwell; Alabama-Birmingham RB Darrin Reaves; West Virginia DT Shaq Rowell; Miami (Fla.) C Jared Wheeler
Best Roster Chance: Corey Brown or Marcus Lucas
Temple T Cody Booth; TCU OT James Dunbar; Louisville DT Brandon Dunn; Wisconsin G Ryan Groy; Florida State LB Christian Jones; South Florida LB Devekeyan Lattimore; Northern Illinois RB Jordan Lynch; Alabama LB Tana Patrick; East Carolina DT Lee Pegues
Best Roster Chance: James Dunbar
Texas-El Paso LB James Davidson; West Virginia OT Curtis Feigt; Michigan State G Dan France; Stanford TE-FB Ryan Hewitt; Texas G Trey Hopkins; Michigan State S Isaiah Lewis; San Diego State WR Colin Lockett; Buffalo WR Alex Neutz; Wake Forest FB Nikita Whitlock; Florida State RB James Wilder, Jr.
Best Roster Chance: Trey Hopkins or Isaiah Lewis
Southern Illinois FB Ray Agnew; Oklahoma State DL Calvin Barnett; West Virginia DB Darwin Cook; Alabama State RB Isaiah Crowell; Massachusetts OL Anthony Dima; San Jose State WR Chandler Jones; Vanderbilt WR Jonathan Krause; Oregon State OL Michael Philipp; South Carolina QB Connor Shaw; Florida State WR Kenny Shaw; Ball State WR Willie Snead
Best Roster Chance: Isaiah Crowell, Chandler Jones or Willie Snead
Illinois State T Josh Aladenoye; Vanderbilt WR Chris Boyd; Bloomsburg G Brian Clarke; Arizona State DT Davon Coleman; Louisiana State FB JC Copeland; Cincinnati G Andre' Cureton; Iowa LS Casey Kreiter; Texas A&M RB Ben Malena; Alabama P Cody Mandell; Baylor RB Glasco Martin; Baylor TE Najvar Jordan; South Carolina G Ronald Patrick; Tarleton State CB Dashaun Phillips; Akron G Jarrod Pughsley; Ferris State S Marvin Robinson; Tennessee LB Dontavis Sapp; Bethel-Tennessee CB Jocquel Skinner; San Jose State LB Keith Smith; West Texas A&M QB Dustin Vaughn; Missouri WR L'Damian Washington; Texas DT Chris Whaley; Illinois TE Evan Wilson; Northern Illinois LB Joe Windsor
Best Roster Chance: Ben Malena or Chris Whaley
Duke DE Kenny Anunike; Colorado State LB Shaquil Barrett; Colorado State RB Kapri Bibbs; Fresno State WR Isaiah Burse; Auburn P Steven Clark; Oklahoma RB Brennan Clay; Kentucky DT Mister Cobble; Michigan State WR Bennie Fowler; North Dakota WR Greg Hardin; Purdue DE Greg Latta; North Carolina QB Bryn Renner; Kansas T Aslam Sterling; Tulane CB Jordan Sullen; Duke RB Juwan Thompson; Georgia Tech CB Louis Young
Best Roster Chance: Kapri Bibbs, Shaquil Barrett or Jordan Sullen
Florida State FB Chad Abram; Tennessee G Alex Bullard; Williams & Mary DB Jerome Couplin; Missouri QB James Franklin; Wake Forest LB Justin Jackson; Kansas State T Cornelius Lucas; Oklahoma DB Gabe Lynn; Louisiana Lafayette TE Jacob Maxwell; Old Dominion G D.J. Morrell; Appalachian State WR Andrew Peacock; Nebraska DB Mohammed Seisay
Best Roster Chance: Cornelius Lucas
Utah State LB Jake Doughty; Toledo LB Jay Elliot; North Carolina State DE Carlos Gray; Alabama LB Adrian Hubbard; Central Florida G Jordan McCray; Tennessee RB Rajion Neal; Colorado State-Pueblo DT Mike Pennel; Maine TE Justin Periollo; Mississippi State RB LaDarius Perkins; Boston College QB Chase Rettig; South Carolina State LB Joe Thomas; Auburn CB Ryan White
Best Roster Chance: Jake Doughty or Joe Thomas
Rice K Chris Boswell; Michigan State LB Max Bullough; Arizona State TE Chris Coyle; Utah TE Anthony Denham; Bloomsburg OT Matt Feiler; UCF OT/G Chris Martin; West Texas A&M WR Nathan Slaughter; North Dakota State CB Marcus Williams
Best Roster Chance: Chris Boswell or Max Bullough
Jackson State CB Qua Cox; Ohio State G Marcus Hall; Florida C Jonotthan Harrison; Michigan State DE Tyler Hoover; Cal CB Kameron Jackson; Delaware DT Zach Kerr; Northern Colorado QB Seth Lobato; Syracuse CB Keon Lyn; California (Pa.) SS Dewey McDonald; Lane WR Greg Moore; Harvard DE Nnamdi Obukwelu; Auburn kicker Cody Parkey; Towson OT Eric Pike; Kent State CB Darius Polk; Florida CB Loucheiz Purifoy; Miami (Fla.) TE Erik Swoope; Troy WR Eric Thomas; Central Michigan RB Zurlon Tipton; Middle Tennessee State G Josh Walker; Appalachian State WR Tony Washington
Best Roster Chance: Loucheiz Purifoy, Jonotthan Harrison or Dewey McDonald
California DT Deandre Coleman; Louisville WR Damian Copeland; Miami (Fla.) WR Allen Hurns; Fresno State TE Marcel Jensen; LSU S Craig Loston; Miami (Fla.) QB Stephen Morris; Oregon State CB Rashaad Reynolds; Utah State TE D.J. Tialavea; Tennessee Tech P Chad Zinchini; Northwestern K Jeff Budzien; Cumberland (Ky.) RB Terrance Cobb; Rice LS Trevor Gillette; Oregon DT Ricky Havili-Heimuli; Missouri-Western State TE Reggie Jordan; Clemson G Tyler Shatley; James Madison OT Josh Wells; Maryland LB Marcus Whitfield
Best Roster Chance: Stephen Morris, Rashaad Reynolds or Craig Loston
Tennessee-Martin LB Ben Johnson; Brigham Young S Daniel Sorensen; Louisiana-Lafayette WR Darryl Surgent; Tennessee State CB David Van Dyke; Abilene Christian RB Charcandrick West; Georgia State WR Albert Wilson
Best Roster Chance: Daniel Sorensen
Alabama DB Deion Belue; Vanderbilt DB Steven Clarke; Virginia Tech LB Tariq Edward; Arizona State OL Evan Finkenberg; Marshall TE Harold Hoskins; Arkansas OL David Hurd; LSU DT Anthony Johnson; East Carolina LB Derrell Johnson; Temple DT Kamal Johnson; Illinois WR Ryan Lankford; Utah State OL Tyler Larsen; South Florida DE Tevin Mims; Georgia DT Garrison Smith; Rutgers LB Marcus Thompson; New Mexico State OL Davonte Wallace; Oklahoma RB Damien Williams; Missouri LB Andrew Wilson; Georgia WR Rantavious Wooten
Best Roster Chance: Anthony Johnson, David Hurd or Damien Williams
Iowa OG Conor Boffeli; Mississippi OT Pierce Burton; Northwestern WR Kain Colter; Villanova DE Rakim Cox; Florida International NT Isame Faciane; Ohio WR Donte Foster; Belhaven OT Matt Hall; Toledo OC Zac Kerin; Tennessee State TE AC Leonard; Eastern Illinois WR Erik Lora; Missouri Western QB Travis Patridge; Tennessee OT Antonio Richardson; Northwestern DE Tyler Scott; Virginia DE Jake Snyder; Wagner RB Dominique Williams
Best Roster Chance: Antonio Richardson, Kain Colter or A.C. Leonard
Bowling Green TE Tyler Beck; Oklahoma RB Roy Finch; Oklahoma State Shamiel Gary; Michigan OLB Cameron Gordon; Delaware CB Travis Hawkins; Indiana RB Stephen Houston; Eastern Carolina TE Justin Jones; Mississippi State LB Deontae Skinner; North Carolina State TE Asa Watson
Best Roster Chance: Asa Watson, Justin Jones or Tyler Beck
Grand Valley State OL Matt Armstrong; Rutgers WR Brandon Coleman; Northwest Missouri State DB Brian Dixon; Boston College OLB Kasim Edebali; Sam Houston State RB Timothy Flanders Jr.; BYU LB Spencer Hadley; Louisiana-Monroe TE Je'Ron Hamm; McNeese State TE Nic Jacobs; Valdosta State WR Seantavius Jones; Middle Tennessee State QB Logan Kilgore; Louisiana-Lafayette DL Brandon McCray; Michigan State OL Micajah Reynolds; USC DL George Uko; Colorado OLB Chidera Uzo-Diribe; Valdosta State DL Lawrence Virgil; Jacksonville State S Pierre Warren; Kansas State S Ty Zimmerman
Best Roster Chance: Brandon Coleman, George Uko, Je’Ron Hamm or Matt Armstrong
Georgia Tech DE Emmanuel Dieke; Notre Dame LB Dan Fox; Ohio State S Charles Barnett; James Madison DE Jordan Stanton; South Carolina DL Kelcy Quarles; Southern California TE Xavier Grimble; Michigan S Thomas Gordon; Richmond DE Kerry Wynn;
Best Roster Chance: Kelcy Quarles
Saginaw Valley State OT Tevon Conrad; Boston College LB Steele Divitto; Missouri State DE Anthony Grady; Texas Tech DT Kerry Hyder; Arizona TE Terrence Miller; Nebraska OT Brent Qvale; Wake Forest LB Zach Thompson; San Diego State FB Chad Young; Tennessee P Michael Palardy
Best Roster Chance: Michael Palardy or Chad Young
Notre Dame RB George Atkinson III; Virginia Tech WR D.J. Coles; Texas WR Mike Davis; Winston-Salem State LB Carlos Fields Jr.; San Jose State WR Noel Grigsby; Montana OT Danny Kistler; Utah TE Jake Murphy; FIU TE Scott Simonson; Jackson State DT Rob Smith; Utah FB Karl Williams
Best Roster Chance: Mike Davis, Jake Murphy or Scott Simonson
Cincinnati TE Blake Annen; Oregon State OL Josh Andrews; Morgan State G Karim Barton; LSU WR Kadron Boone; Florida WR Trey Burton; Toledo RB David Fluellen; Alabama CB John Fulton; Missouri RB Henry Josey; Nebraska QB Taylor Martinez; Rutgers WR Quron Pratt; Vanderbilt K Carey Spear
Best Roster Chance: Trey Burton or Blake Annen
Stanford DB Devon Carrington; Youngstown State OL Chris Elkins; Wisconsin DE Ethan Hemer; UAB OT Kaycee Ike; Shepherd LB Howard Jones; Cincinnati QB Brendon Kay; Stanford DE Josh Mauro; Louisville DT Roy Philon; East Carolina OL Will Simmons; Missouri TE Eric Waters
Best Roster Chance: Josh Mauro
Portland State RB D.J. Adams; West Texas WR Torrence Allen; North Texas WR Brelan Chancellor; Arizona State S Alden Darby; Auburn CB Chris Davis; Washington CB Greg Ducre; New Haven TE Michael Flacco; Oregon State WR Micah Hatfield; Arkansas WR Javontee Herndon; New Mexico OG DJ Johnson; Utah DL Tenny Palepoi; Wofford LB Alvin Scioneaux; Nebraska OT Jeremiah Sirles; Nevada P Chase Tenpenny; Boise State DL; Illinois State LB Colton Underwood; Boston College OT Ian White
Best Roster Chance: Alden Darby or Jeremiah Sirles
USC LB Morgan Breslin; Miami TE Asante Cleveland; New Mexico G/C Dillon Farrell; Southern Illinois QB Kory Faulkner; Michigan State G Fouimalo Fonoti; Catawba College S James McCray; Stanford LB Shayne Skov
Best Roster Chance: Shayne Skov or Kory Faulkner
USC S Dion Bailey; Montana LB Brock Coyle; Central Arkansas TE Chase Dixon; Penn State OT Garry Gilliam; Troy S Cam Hudson; Texas DE Jackson Jeffcoat; Florida State DT Demonte McAllister; Washington QB Keith Price; Eastern Washington DT Andru Pulu
Best Roster Chance: Jackson Jeffcoat or Dion Bailey
St. Louis Rams
Bowling Green TE Alex Bayer; South Dakota CB Jarrid Bryant; Central Michigan S Avery Cunningham; New Mexico State WR Austin Franklin; Bacone DT Deantre Harlan; Minnesota LB Aaron Hill; Western Kentucky FB Kadeem Jones; Mississippi T Emannuel McCray; Cal Poly State LB Johnny Millard; Florida CB Marcus Roberson; Nicholls State T Abasi Salimu; East Texas Baptist WR Jamaine Sherman; Tulsa RB Julius "Trey" Watts; West Texas A&M DT Ethan Westbrooks; North Alabama LB Tavarius Wilson
Best Roster Chance: Marcus Roberson, Austin Franklin or Kadeem Jones
Louisiana-Monroe C Josh Allen; Texas A&M LB Nate Askew; Boise State WR Aaron Burks; Georgia Tech DT Euclid Cummings; Virginia-Lynchburg CB Keith Lewis; Virginia Tech G Andrew Miller; Boston College T Matt Patchan; Florida WR Solomon Patton; Wyoming QB Brett Smith; South Carolina DE Chaz Sutton; Eastern Michigan S Mycal Swaim
Best Roster Chance: Brett Smith, Solomon Patton or Matt Patchan
Syracuse CB Ri'Shard Anderson; Western Kentucky RB Antonio Andrews; Washington K Travis Coons; Virginia Tech DE James Gayle; Oklahoma C Gabe Ikard; Central Florida G Justin McCray; Rutgers LB Jamal Merrell; Oklahoma WR Jaz Reynolds; Louisville S Hakeem Smith; Oklahoma State WR Josh Stewart; Texas A&M WR Derel Walker; Texas Tech WR Eric Ward; Westminster TE David Wright
Best Roster Chance: Travis Coons, Antonio Andrews or Hakeem Smith
Hampton S Justin Blake; Southern WR Lee Doss; BYU WR Cody Hoffman; Fresno State CB L.J. Jones; Northwestern WR Rashad Lawrence; USC RB Silas Redd; North Dakota State DB Bryan Shepherd; Notre Dame QB Tommy Rees; Arkansas DT Robert Thomas
Best Roster Chance: Robert Thomas, Cody Hoffman or Bryan Shepherd