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The Tampa Bay Buccaneers signed well more than a handful of undrafted rookie free agents, like most NFL teams after the NFL Draft. The Bucs also signed some rookie try-out free agents, such as former LSU quarterback Jordan Jefferson according to the Tampa Bay Times.
The former LSU quarterback who was 24-8 as a starter for the national runner-up Tigers, was signed to a contract today by the Bucs after a strong performance in the weekend's rookie minicamp.
Jefferson was the starting quarterback for most of the season for the 2011 LSU Tigers, including starting in the NCAA Championship game against Alabama, where the LSU offense infamously didn't cross the 50-yard line.
"He's an athletic guy who has a strong arm," Buccaneers new head coach Greg Schiano told reporters. "We wanted to gauge his development as a quarterback. I thought he made consistent improvement all weekend. There's a lot of upside there, so I think we would like to have a chance to work with him."
Currently the Buccaneers have Josh Freeman and Dan Orlovsky under contract as their first and second string quarterbacks, but will have Brett Ratliff and fellow rookie Zach Collaros compete for the third quarterback position.
The Atlanta Falcons signed 22 undrafted rookie free agents in the wake of 2012 NFL Drafts' conclusion Saturday. The Falcons pulled prospects from all over the map, from Minnesota-Mankato and Kutztown to Alabama and Miami. One of the more intriguing players may be Oregon State's James Rodgers, the older brother of current Falcons running back Jacquizz. James finished his career with the Beavers as the school's all-time leader with 6,377 all-purpose yards.
You can check out the full list of Atlanta's UDFA signings below:
Lamark Brown, TE, Minnesota-Mankato
Rico Council, LB, Tennessee State
Dominique Davis, QB, East Carolina
Chad Faulcon, S, Montclair
Robbie Frey, RB, Kutztown
Max Gruder, LB, Pittsburgh
Bryce Harris, OT, Fresno State
Jerrell Harris, LB, Alabama
Josh Harris, LS, Auburn
Tyler Horn, C, Miami
Marcus Jackson, WR, Lamar
Ray Kibble, DT, Kansas State
Phillip Manley, OG, Toledo
Marty Markett, CB, South Carolina
Adam Nissley, TE, Central Florida
Louis Nzegwu, DE, Wisconsin
Cody Pearcy, WR, Huntingdon
Micanor Regis, DT, Miami
James Rodgers, WR, Oregon State
Pat Schiller, LB, Northern Illinois
Peyton Thompson, CB, San Jose St.
Dawson Zimmerman, P, Clemson
The Arizona Cardinals, along with every other NFL team, has been hitting the undrafted free agent market heavily following the 2012 NFL draft. This year's offseason will feature a 90-person roster for each season, up from the previous limit of 80. As a result, 10 more players will be invited to each team's offseason camp in hopes of making it onto the eventual 53-man regular season roster.
The Cardinals have announced that they have signed 17 UDFAs as of Tuesday. The full list of names:
WR Stanley Arukwe, Troy Trojans
LB Broderick Binns, Iowa Hawkeyes
WR LaRon Byrd, Miami Hurricanes
G Braeden Clayson, Idaho State
FB Jared Crank, Purdue Boilermakers
G Blake DeChristopher, Virginia Tech Hokies
DE Tevita Finau, Utah Utes
S Blake Gideon, Texas Longhorns
WR Tre Gray, Richmond
LB Marcus McGraw, Houston Cougars
LB Zach Nash, Sacramento State
CB James Nixon, California (Pa.)
DE Conrad Obi, Colorado Buffaloes
LB Paul Vassallo, Arizona Wildcats
C Scott Wedige, Northern Illinois Huskies
WR Marc Wilson, St. Anselm
LB Colin Parker, Arizona St. Sun Devils
Now that the 2012 NFL Draft is in the books, each team can begin focusing on signing undrafted free agents and filling out their 90-person offseason rosters in preparation for the long run up to the regular season that begins in the fall.
Here are the players that the Jets have signed:
ILB Marcus Dowtin (6'2", 226), North Alabama Lions
CB Donnie Fletcher (6'1", 195), Boston College
DL Damon Harrison (6'4", 350), William Penn Statesmen
QB G.J. Kinne (6'2", 234), Tulsa Golden Hurricane
TE Brian Linthicum (6'5", 245), Michigan St. Spartans
DB D'Anton Lynn (6'1", 208), Penn St. Nittany
CB Ryan Steed (5'11", 185), Furman Paladins
LB Donovan Robinson (6'3", 250), Jackson State Tigers
LB Brett Roy (6'4", 280), Nevada Wolf Pack
And the list of those players invited to the minicamp:
RB Pushaun Brown (5'10", 210), Maine Black Bears
LB Nelson Coleman (6'2", 235), Tulsa Golden Hurricane
DL Randy Colling (6'5", 320), Gannon Golden Knights
OL Paul Cornick (6'6", 309), North Dakota State Bison
QB Dan DiLella (6'5", 225), Albany Great Danes
DB Tremayne Graham (5'10", 185), Richmond Spiders
DL Matt Hardison (6'4", 285), Delaware Blue Hens
OL Fred Koloto (6'3", 297), San Jose St. Spartans
K Brody McKnight (6'0", 204), Montana G
DB Lance Mitchell (6'2", 207), Oregon St. Beavers
OL Anthony Parker (6'5", 321), Western Michigan Broncos
LB Josue Ortiz (6'4", 260), Harvard Crimson
DL Richie Smith (6'3", 289), Buffalo Bulls
QB Matt Simms (6'3', 210), Tennessee Volunteers
WR(6'2", 184), Valdosta State Blazers
For all news and information regarding the New York Jets, please visit Gang Green Nation.
The San Diego Chargers have signed 21 undrafted rookie free agents since the conclusion of the 2012 NFL draft this past weekend. The Chargers addressed just about every position on the field with their UDFA signings, even quarterback with former LSU Tigers signal-caller Jarrett Lee. Wide receiver appears to be a particular position of emphasis, however, with six signings including ex-UCLA Bruins wideout Taylor Embree.
Check out the full list of San Diego's signings below:
Taylor Embree, WR, UCLA
Phillip Payne, WR, UNLV
Michael Hayes, RB, Houston
DeAndre Presley, CB, Appalachian State
Charles Burton, OL, Montana
Jason Barnes, WR, South Carolina
Jarrett Lee, QB, LSU
Josh Linam, ILB, UCF
Paul Cox, WR, Mississippi Valley State
Logan Harrell, DT, Fresno State
Hubert Anyiam, WR, Oklahoma State
Eddie Brown, DT, Texas A&M
Adonis Thomas, RB, Toledo
Cordell Bell, OT, Minnesota State
Sean Cattouse, S, California
Greg Gaston, DB, Arkansas
Mike Harris, OL, UCLA
Mohamed Marah, FB, San Jose State
Nick Guess, LS, Arizona State
Christian Tupou, DE, USC
Michael Willie, WR, Arizona State
The Carolina Panthers picked up some good players in the 2012 NFL Draft and have added a total of 12 undrafted rookie free agents to their roster. The biggest name of the bunch is Tennessee running back Tauren Poole, who was a touted back from the Volunteers, but failed to follow up his 1,000-yard season his final year in college. The other big get would be BYU offensive tackle Matt Reynolds, who most scouts seemed to have being drafted in the fourth or fifth round.
Here is the complete list of the 12 undrafted free agents the Panthers picked up:
Matt Reynolds, OT, BYU
Ryan Van Bergen, DE, Michigan
Tauren Poole, RB, Tennessee
Jared Green, WR, Southern University
Rico Wallace, WR, Shenandoah University
Nate Chandler, DT, UCLA
Will Blackwell, OG, LSU
Wes Kemp, WR, Missouri
Derek Dennis, OG, Temple
Brenton Bersin, WR, Wofford
Lyndon Rowells, RB, Humboldt State
Princeton McCarty, RB, Idaho
For more on the Carolina Panthers and their undrafted free agents, visit SB Nation's Panthers blog Cat Scratch Reader.
The New Orleans Saints have added a total of 18 undrafted free agents to their roster heading into the offseason. The Saints pulled in players from all over the country and even paid out the biggest UDFA signing bonus this year to secure the services of Appalachian State running back Travaris Cadet. The Saints gave Cadet a $30,000 signing bonus. His kick and punt return skills were coveted by multiple NFL teams, and he was in high demand.
Here's the complete list of the Saints 18 undrafted free agents:
Kadarron Anderson LB Furman
Malcolm Beyah WR Middle Tenn. State
Braylon Broughton DE/OLB TCU
Jake Byrne TE Wisconsin
Travaris Cadet RB Appalachian State
Adrian Davis DB Jacksonville State
Brian Folkerts OL Washburn
Chris Givens WR Miami (OH)
Jose Gumbs S Monmouth
Kevin Hardy WR Citadel
Dan Hoch OT Missouri
Stephen Johnson LB Temple
Jerico Nelson S Arkansas
Laron Scott RS/CB Georgia Southern
Aderious Simmons OT Arizona State
Aaron Tevis LB Boise State
Johnny Thomas S Oklahoma State
Tyrunn Walker DE/DT Tulsa
For more on the New Orleans Saints and their undrafted free agents, visit SB Nation's Saints blog Canal Street Chronicles.
The Indianapolis Colts have picked up 15 undrafted free agents to add to their roster after the conclusion of draft weekend. The Colts added a handful of players that should have a good shot to make their final roster, including one of Andrew Luck's former Stanford teammates. Griff Whalen, who led the Cardinal in receptions and receiving yards.
Here's the full list of the 15 undrafted free agents that the Colts have signed:
Micah Pellerin CB, Hampton
Jabin Sambrano, WR, Montana
Jason Foster, OG, Rhode Island
Steven Baker, OT, East Carolina
Cameron Chism, CB, Maryland
Chris Galippo, LB, USC
Hayworth Hicks, OG, Iowa State
Griff Whalen, WR, Stanford
Kevin Eagan, DE, Endicott
Buddy Jackson, DB, Pittsburgh
Antonio Fenelus, CB, Wisconsin
Matt Merletti, RB, St. Ignatius H.S.
Brian Stahovich, P, San Diego State
James Aiono, DT-DE, Utah
Chigbo Anunoby, NT, Morehouse State
The 2012 NFL Draft is now complete. It's time to recap the best and worst from the NFL Draft.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Greg Schiano have added 14 undrafted rookie free agents to their roster, drawing from both local and far-reaching coaching connections. They added two local products from the South Florida Bulls, signing cornerback Quenton Washington and center Chaz Hine. They also signed one player from Schiano's former team, adding offensive tackle Desmond Wynn from Rutgers.
A complete list comes via Bucs Nation, who note that Iowa State cornerback Leonard Johnson could be a good fit for the team's Cover 2 defensive scheme.
Luther Ambrose, WR, Louisiana-Monroe
Ryan Baker, LB, LSU
Zach Collaros, QB, Cincinnati
Chaz Hine, C, South Florida
Cody Johnson, RB, Texas
Leonard Johnson, CB, Iowa State
Tyler Shoemaker, WR, Boise State
Donte'e Nicholls, DT, Tennessee State
Bradley Sowell, OT, Mississippi
Tramain Thomas, S, Arkansas
Tyler Urban, TE, West Virginia
Michael VanDerMeuelen, G, Toledo
Quenton Washington, CB, South Florida
Desmond Wynn, OT, Rutgers
The Philadelphia Eagles added 13 undrafted free agents to their squad after the NFL Draft ended, signing players from a variety of positions and college football backgrounds. Their group of rookie free agents is highlighted by Chris Polk, the productive Washington Huskies running back that was pegged as a potential Day 2 pick before the draft. They also added Tulsa wide receiver Damaris Johnson, an elite college kick returner who set the NCAA record for all-purpose yardage as a junior.
Here's the Eagles' complete list of undrafted free agent signings, via Bleeding Green Nation.
Elvis Akpla, WR, Montana State
Matt Camilli, LS, UTEP
Chase Ford, TE, Miami
Cliff Harris, CB, Oregon
Emil Igwenagu, FB, UMass
McKay Jacobson, WR, BYU
Damaris Johnson, WR, Tulsa
Aaron Pflugrad, WR, Arizona State
Chris Polk, RB, Washington
Jeremy Stewart, FB, Stanford
Phillip Thomas, FS, Syracuse
Ryan Tydlacka, P, Kentucky
Darnell Williams, WR, Louisiana College
The Jacksonville Jaguars' undrafted free agents are in, and their list of signings includes a number of potential pass catchers. One of the most interesting players in the group is Matt Veldman, a big 6'7", 256 pound tight end who ran a 4.72 second 40-yard dash at his pro day. He played his college football for the North Dakota State Bison, who won the FCS Championship.
Here's their complete list of undrafted free agent signings, via Big Cat Country.
Kendrick Adams, DE, LSU
Joe Banyard, RB, UTEP
Lee Barbiasz, OT, Colorado State
Antwon Blake, CB, UTEP
Jarrett Boykin, WR, Virginia Tech
Mike Brewster, OC, Ohio State
Ryan Davis, DE, Bethune-Cookman
Antonio Dennard, CB, Langston
Kevin Elliott, WR, Florida A&M
D.J. Hall, G, Texas State
Dontrel Johnson, CB, Murray State
Drew Nowak, DT, Michigan
Nelson Rosario, WR, UCLA
J.K. Schaffer, LB, Cincinnati
Julian Sanford, LB, Wagner
Frank Trotter, DE, Memphis
Matt Veldman, TE, North Dakota State
The Green Bay Packers have signed 14 players as undrafted rookie free agents following the 2012 NFL Draft this past weekend. Several big names have already come aboard. Notably, USC running back Marc Tyler will get another shot to make good on his considerable physical talents. The 5'11, 230-pound prospect picked up 568 yards on 122 carries last season. His production slowed to a trickle as the season wore on, with a shoulder injury playing a major part. Still, Tyler's size could make him a reliable goal-line option.
South Dakota State wide receiver Dale Moss could also contribute somewhere down the road. He played just one season with the Jackrabbits after coming over from the basketball team. Though he's raw, his 6'3, 213-pound frame and 41.5" vertical could make him a valuable red zone threat.
Check out a full list of the Packers' undrafted free agent signings below:
Dale Moss, WR, South Dakota State
Marc Tyler, RB, USC
Dezman Moses, OLB, Tulane
Don Barclay, OT, West Virginia
Jaymar Latchison, OLB, New Mexico
Duane Bennett, RB, Minnesota
Tommie Draheim, OT, San Diego State
Jaymes Brooks, G/C, Virginia Tech
Eric Lair, TE, Minnesota
Nicholas Cooper, RB, Winston-Salem State
Cameron Ford, TE, Wake Forest
Drew Vanderlin, DE, Michigan Tech
Darius Reynolds, WR, Iowa State
Sean Richardson, S, Vanderbilt
The Denver Broncos signed 13 undrafted rookie free agents after the conclusion of the 2012 NFL Draft this past weekend. The offensive line and the defensive front were the biggest points of emphasis. Denver picked up two offensive guards, one tackle, one tight end, three linebackers and a defensive end among their haul.
Safety Duke Ihenacho out of San Jose State may be the most pro-ready of the group. The 6'0", 213-pound prospect was projected as a potential 4th round pick by NFL.com, and was rated as the eighth-best strong safety entering the draft by Mocking The Draft.
Check out a full list of the Broncos undrafted free agent signings below:
Steven Johnson, LB, Kansas
Jamie Blatnick, DE, Oklahoma St.
Mike Remmers, OT, Oregon St.
Elliot Coffey, LB, Baylor
Duke Ihenacho, S, San Jose St.
Gerell Robinson, WR, Arizona St.
Austin Wuebbels, G, Missouri
Wayne Tribue, G, Temple
Anthony Miller, TE, Cal
Coryell Judie, CB, Texas A&M
Aaron Brewer, LS, San Diego St.
Jerry Franklin, LB, Arkansas
Eric Page, WR, Toledo
The Dallas Cowboys brought in an impressive haul of undrafted rookie free agent signings following the 2012 NFL Draft this past weekend. Overall, 21 prospects signed on with the team after the Cowboys made their seven selections, with several more players expected to attend tryouts. Dallas added six offensive linemen in hopes that one or two might pan out and help address a major area of need.
Memphis offensive guard Ronald Leary has earned the most attention. Jerry Jones said that the team nearly selected him late in the draft, but held off when they felt he could be signed later. There is talk that Leary is being considered like the Cowboys' "eighth pick" of the draft. Jones was effusive with his praise.
"The coaches think he might be the readiest to come in here and help us more than any offensive lineman. He has an opportunity to come in and contribute immediately," Jones said. "We're proud of that. We do have him. We really debated for the last two weeks as to how to put in action, or how to make a decision, relative to a risk issue that is subjective to some degree. ... It's a longer-term thing. We're ready to take that risk. He's a good player, someone that you guys recognize as someone that can help the offensive line."
You can check out all of the Cowboys' undrafted signings below:
Jeff Adams, OT, Columbia
Ron Leary, OG, Memphis
Levy Adcock, OT, Oklahoma State
Taylor Dever, OT, Notre Dame
Harland Gunn, OG, Miami
Tyrone Novikoff, OT, Idaho
Tim Benford, WR, Tennessee Tech
Cole Beasley, WR, SMU
Donavon Kemp, WR, UTEP
Saalim Hakim, WR, Tarleton State
George Bryan, TE, North Carolina State
Andrew Szczerba, TE, Penn State
Lance Dunbar, RB, North Texas
Darrell Scott, RB, South Florida
Lionel Smith, CB, Texas A&M
Troy Woolfolk, CB, Michigan
Isaac Madison, CB, Arkansas
Eddie Whitley, S, Virginia Tech
Aston Whiteside, DE, Abilene Christian
Adrian Hamilton, DE, Prairie View A&M
Charley Hughlett, LS, UCF
Lists of undrafted rookie free agent signings continue to roll in following the completion of the 2012 NFL Draft this past weekend. The Chicago Bears signed 11 players after picking up six prospects during the allotted seven rounds of the draft. Among the names, offensive tackle James Brown should stand out the most. The 6'3, 307-pound prospect out of Troy graded out as high as the 2nd round. While some believe he projects better at guard, Brown earned high praise for his athleticism and footwork. Here's what Mocking The Draft had to say:
Strengths: Nice athleticism and a solid frame alone will get Brown a look in the NFL. He has light feet and moves around to block against speed edge rushers. Knows how to read angles and drive defenders out of the play.
Weaknesses: Is behind developmentally in the technical areas of his game. Plays with his arms low and doesn't get good leverage. Needs to get stronger.
You can check out all of the Bears' free agent signings below:
Alvester Alexander, RB Wyoming
James Brown, OT, Troy
Ronnie Cameron, DT, Old Dominion
Adrien Cole, LB, Louisiana Tech
Trevor Coston, S, Maine
Terrium Crump, WR, Western Illinois
Brittan Golden, WR, West Texas A&M
A.J. Greene, OT, Auburn
Jeremy Jones, S, Wayne State
Chris Summers, WR, Liberty
Ronnie Thornton, LB, Southern Miss
Oregon Ducks QB Darron Thomas went undrafted in the 2012 NFL Draft, which wasn't a very big surprise. But what is a bit of a surprise is that he didn't receive a contract offer as an undrafted free agent. He's been invited to the Pittsburgh Steelers and Arizona Cardinals rookie minicamp, according to Aaron Wilson of Scout.com, but only on a tryout basis.
Thomas was electric at times while at Oregon. But, as everyone knows, the Oregon offense isn't exactly the same as an NFL offense. It's possible Thomas never sees an NFL roster.
Most teams are holding rookie minicamps in over the next several weeks. Those will include the drafted players, undrafted free agents and other players, like Thomas, who were on an invite basis.
Vontaze Burfict was known during his years at Arizona State as a relentless player who had trouble containing his play to the moments between the whistles. He'll get his first shot at an NFL career with a team that has long been the butt of jokes because of its players' inability to get all of their kicks on the field, having reportedly signed a deal with the Cincinnati Bengals as an undrafted free agent.
Burfict was a five-star recruit, and appeared to be making good on that promise in his sophomore season with the Sun Devils, making 90 tackles and being named a first-team All-American by the Sporting News. But Burfict's production dropped in his junior season -- he had just 69 total tackles -- and his comportment became his dominant storyline in the run-up to the NFL Draft, leading every team to pass on a player who seemed like a first-round talent at this time last year.
Here's the current list of undrafted free agent signings by the Bengals, via Mocking the Draft:
Ben Bojicic, OL, Bowling Green
Derrius Brooks, CB, Western Kentucky
Vontaze Burfict, LB, Arizona State
Tony Dye, S, UCLA
Tyler Hanson, QB, Colorado
Justin Hilton, WR, Indiana State
Brandon Joiner, DE, Arkansas State
Emmanuel Lamur, DB, Kansas State
Julian Miller, DE, West Virginia
Kashif Moore, WR, Connecticut
Taveon Rogers, WR, New Mexico State
Rodney Stewart, RB, Colorado
Landon Walker, OL, Clemson
The Baltimore Ravens have had recent success with one running back from a school off the beaten path. While suggesting that Western Kentucky's Bobby Rainey will be nearly as good as Ray Rice seems premature at best, Rainey's production as a collegian makes him one of the most interesting undrafted free agents the Ravens picked up in the wake of the 2012 NFL Draft.
Rainey was a workhorse at Western Kentucky, doing almost all of the heavy lifting on offense for the Hilltoppers from 2009 to 2011. In total, he racked up a staggering 6,906 total yards and ran for 4,542, topping the 1,600-yard plateau in 2010 and 2011.
That production was partly a factor of heavy use -- Rainey had 895 career carries -- and came against lesser competition than most. But similar things could have been said about Rice.
On the other end of the production vs. talent argument, the Ravens also brought in Florida teammates John Brantley and Deonte Thompson. And in great name news, Baltimore picked up Kent State defensive tackle Ishmaa'ily Kitchen.
Here's the current list of undrafted free agent signings by the Ravens, via Mocking the Draft:
Chris Anzevino, C, Kent State
John Brantley, QB, Florida
Charles Brown, CB, North Carolina
James Carmon, OT, Mississippi State
Jack Cornell, OL, Illinois
Chad Diehl, FB, Clemson
Dorian Graham, WR, Syracuse
Elliott Henigan, DT, UAB
Ishmaa'ily Kitchen, DT, Kent State
Alfred McCullough, OL, Alabama
Nick Provo, TE, Syracuse
Bobby Rainey, RB, Western Kentucky
Deonte Thompson, WR, Florida
Jacory Harris was one of South Florida's favorite sons when he chose to stay home with much of the core of his national championship Miami Northwestern High and play for Randy Shannon's Miami Hurricanes. Four years later, after an unremarkable college career that never featured more than nine wins or a finish higher than second in the ACC, Harris could begin his professional career in Miami, having reportedly been invited to rookie camp with both the Miami Dolphins and Arizona Cardinals.
Harris, who struggled with his accuracy in his first three seasons at Miami, settled down in his senior year, completing 65 percent of his passes for 2,486 yards and 20 touchdowns against just nine interceptions and helping the 'Canes knock off ranked Ohio State and Georgia Tech teams. But Miami struggled with its consistency, and turned down a bowl bid after going 6-6 in hopes of appeasing the NCAA in an ongoing investigation into rogue booster Nevin Shapiro providing illicit benefits to Miami players.
Harris could join a Dolphins roster with many quarterbacks — incumbent starter Matt Moore, first-rounder Ryan Tannehill, old hand David Garrard — and no clear-cut favorite to win the job. Or he could head to Arizona, where the quarterback situation features Kevin Kolb, John Skelton, and even less certainty.
A previous version of this post reported that Harris had been signed by the Dolphins as an undrafted free agent. That is not true, and the author deeply regrets the error.
The Washington Redskins started the draft with the cornerstone addition of Robert Griffin III, their quarterback of the future. Mike Shanahan and Bruce Allen continued to fill out the roster throughout the weekend, and signed several undrafted free agents after the draft concluded on Saturday night. Among those free agents are Virginia cornerback Chase Minnifield and Wisconsin offensive tackle Josh Oglesby.
Minnifield, the son of former Browns standout Frank Minnifield, received a draft grade from almost every scout but dropped because of injury concerns. It was surprising to not hear his name called, but the Redskins pounced and signed him shortly after the draft ended. Here's what Mocking the Draft's scouting report has to say about Minnifield:
Excels in zone situations where he can use his instincts and quickness. Shows a good amount of range when playing off his man. Plays with a lot of hustle against the run. Takes good routes to the ball and has a lot of heart to make plays.
Along with Minnifield, the Redskins signed monstrous Wisconsin tackle Josh Oglesby. The former Badger was considered one of the top offensive line prospects in the country coming out of high school and, despite five knee surgeries, he had a productive career in Madison playing for one of the best offensive line units in the country. At 6'7" and 338 pounds, he certainly has the size to make an NFL roster. Scouts question his athleticism, but many projected he would go in the later rounds and likely have a career as a backup tackle. He's scheduled to be in Washington on Sunday to have his physical. It's expected that his knees will pass the team doctors' examination, and he will be cleared to play.
Here's the current list of undrafted free agent signings by the Redskins, via Mocking the Draft:
Kevin Bolden, WR, Southern Miss
Lennon Creer, RB, Louisiana Tech
Dwayne Frampton, WR, Arkansas State
Grant Garner, C, Oklahoma State
Darius Hanks, WR, Alabama
Lance Lewis, WR, East Carolina
Monte Lewis, DE, Jacksonville State
Kerby Long, WR, James Madison
Vaughn Meatoga, DT, Hawaii
Brian McNally, DE, New Hampshire
Chase Minnifield, CB, Virginia
Josh Oglesby, OT, Wisconsin
Michael Shaw, RB, Michigan
Eain Smith, S, WVU
The world champion New York Giants did not have many needs entering the 2012 NFL Draft, but they added some depth to the backfield in Round 1, selecting running back David Wilson. They added six more prospects over the next two days and continued signing undrafted free agents on Saturday evening.
One potential undrafted signing who has a shot to make the team is defensive back Janzen Jackson. The McNeese State safety had major college talent, starting at Tennessee as a true freshman and sophomore. He was released from the team just before the 2011 season and immediately joined McNeese State. He's an elite athlete who can certainly make an impression on Tom Coughlin's coaching staff.
Here's a current list of the Giants' other undrafted free agent signings, via Big Blue View:
S Janzen Jackson, McNeese State
DE Matt Broha, Louisiana Tech
WR David Douglas, Arizona
DE Adwale Ojomo, Miami
WR Julian Talley, UMass
S Jojo Nicolas, Miami
WR Damian Davis, Mary Hardin-Baylor
OL Stephen Goodwin, Nebraska-Kearney
G De'Angelo McCray, Memphis
RB Joe Martinek, Rutgers
The Green Bay Packers have signed Southern Cal running back Marc Tyler, according to reports. Tyler was one of the top recruits in the country coming out of high school, but his career at USC was plagued by injury and he never fulfilled his potential in a constantly crowded backfield. He also got in trouble off-the-field on a number of occasions, which affected his draft stock. Tyler, however, still has plenty of talent and chose the Packers over offers from the Broncos, Raiders and Steelers. Via Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:
"I feel it's a great team with great young players and a great foundation," Tyler said Saturday night. "It's just a great tradition there. The fans there love their team. They're supportive. I felt that gave me the best opportunity to come in and make the team and play."
Tyler can certainly make the team and play a role on special teams. Along with the USC running back, the Packers signed seven other undrafted free agents. The complete list, via Mocking The Draft:
Nicholas Coope, RB, Winston Salem State
Randy Colling, NT, Gannon
Dezman Moses, DE, Tulane
Dale Moss, WR, South Dakota State
Sean Richardson, S, Vanderbilt
Marcus Rivers, WR, Buffalo
Dion Turner, DB, Southern Utah
Marc Tyler, RB, USC
The Cleveland Browns began their 2012 NFL Draft by adding Trent Richardson and Brandon Weeden and they finished the weekend by signing several undrafted free agents, including two in-state Buckeyes, according to reports. Ohio State's J.B. Shugarts and Andrew Sweat both signed with the Browns, according to the Plain Dealer. Shugarts was a highly-recruited tackle out of Texas and played all four years in Columbus. Sweat, on the other hand, worked his way into an impact linebacker in the Big Ten, and the Steelers fan, who's put off law school, immediately changed his AFC North allegiance.
Along with the two Ohio State players, the Browns also signed two major college contributors from the state of Florida. Florida State's Bert Reed is a speedy wideout and return specialist, who will have to compete with fourth-round pick Travis Benjamin out of Miami for a special teams spot. William Green, a pass-rushing defensive end for the Gators, also reportedly signed a deal with the Browns.
Here's a complete list of the Browns undrafted free agent signings, via Mocking The Draft:
Mike Allen, CB, James Madison
Jake Anderson, OL, Akron
Matt Cleveland, OT, Idaho
Josh Cooper, WR, Oklahoma State
Emanuel Davis, CB, East Carolina
Garth Gerhart, C, Arizona State
Tashaun Gipson, S, Wyoming
William Green, DE, Florida
Josh Linum, LB, Central Florida
Antuawn Reed, CB, Pittsburgh
Bert Reed, WR/RS, Florida State
Jermaine Saffold, WR, Missouri State
J.B. Shugarts, OT, Ohio State
Andrew Sweat, LB, Ohio State
The usually talent-soaked Florida Gators had just two players drafted in 2012, Jaye Howard and Chris Rainey, and both went in the 2012 NFL Draft's final day. Now, Deonte Thompson and William Green have joined quarterback John Brantley in signing undrafted free agent deals.
Thompson, who never lived up to his promise as a go-to receiver with Florida, will follow Brantley to Baltimore, according to The Gainesville Sun's Robbie Andreu. The Ravens have a history with Florida wide receivers, having featured Travis Taylor for a few years in the early 2000s, and Thompson will join a receiving corps that has very little definition beyond Anquan Boldin and Torrey Smith.
Green, meanwhile, tweeted that he had joined the Cleveland Browns. A serviceable, rarely showy defensive end, Green will have to rely on his work ethic in battling for a roster spot in Cleveland. If he survives the cuts, he'll join his former Gators teammate Joe Haden on the Browns' roster.
For more on the 2012 NFL undrafted free agency signings, follow this StoryStream.
Washington's Chris Polk has been one of college football's most productive players in the last few years, featuring as the Huskies' lead runner and punishing opponents with his strength and speed. But injury concerns made him an unlikely 2012 NFL Draft pick, and after being passed up 253 times, Polk has signed with the Philadelphia Eagles as an undrafted free agent, according to a report.
Polk's injury concerns were largely about a shoulder injury that he has played with throughout his career, as well as a knee injury prior to the 2011 season that required arthroscopic surgery. But he was named to the All-Pac-12 first team in 2011 despite the injury, and the running back holds Washington's school record for most 100-yard games with 21.
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Houston QB Case Keenum is staying in Houston. According to a report, Keenum has agreed to an undrafted free agent deal with the Houston Texans. UFAs often don't make the final 53-man roster, but Keenum could be a unique case. He's only the NCAA's leader in passing yards, touchdowns and completions.
The Texans have two quarterbacks in place -- Matt Schaub and T.J. Yates. Keenum isn't beating them out for a job. But, as the Texans learned last year with Schaub, you need quality backups, and I think that's who Keenum can be in the NFL -- a decent backup.
Keenum was expected by some to be a late round draft pick, at best, so that he went undrafted isn't a total surprise.
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Once thought of as first round pick, Arizona State LB Vontaze Burfict went undrafted in the 2012 NFL Draft. But he's going to be in the NFL after all after agreeing to an undrafted free agent deal with the Cincinnati Bengals, according to a report. SB Nation's Bengals blog, Cincy Jungle, sums it up:
At one point viewed as a first-round prospect just a few months ago, Burfict, who Mike Mayock once called an "undraftable kid", has dealt with a series of off-the-field issues, but strung together horrible performances at the NFL Combine and Arizona State's Pro Day.
He was viewed as a first round pick even early this year, but the wheels came off this season. He's had off-the-field issues in addition to on-the-field penalty problems.
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Former Stanford wide receiver Chris Owusu went undrafted largely due to health concerns, but he has agreed to a deal with the San Francisco 49ers, according to a report by Matt Miller. He will join his former coach at Stanford, John Harbaugh, and has a good shot at making the roster and adding depth to San Francisco's receiving corps.
Owusu was one of the fastest wide receivers in the draft, running a 4.31 and 4.36 at the scouting combine in February. But recurring concussions at Stanford created concerns during the draft process. Along with Coby Fleener, he was one of the top targets for No. 1 overall pick Andrew Luck. His final season, however, ended early in November when he took another huge hit that resulted in a concussion. The local signing and reunion with Harbaugh makes for a nice story in the Bay Area.
Cliff Harris was one of college football's enigmas in 2011: blessed with first-round talent and the confidence to go with it, Harris missed much of his final season with the Oregon Ducks while suspended after multiple legal incidents, and saw his 2012 NFL Draft stock plummet as a result. He'll have a chance to catch on in the NFL after signing a deal as an undrafted free agent with the Philadelphia Eagles, according to Neil Stratton.
Harris is the sort of playmaker with ball skills, when on, who could develop into an Asante Samuel-like player with Philadelphia. And if he sticks in camp, Harris might yet replace Samuel, who the Eagles shipped to the Atlanta Falcons earlier this week.
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Former Boise State QB Kellen Moore went undrafted in the 2012 NFL Draft and has now reached an agreement on an undrafted free agent deal with the Detroit Lions, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network. Moore is the winningest quarterback in FBS history.
Moore enters Detroit solely as a backup to Matthew Stafford, who is clearly the future of the franchise. Stafford does have a history of injury so if Moore can make the roster, and perhaps even the No. 2 job, he's only a snap away from playing. Of course, that's a lot more difficult than just agreeing to a contract, which is all he's done now.
Strengths: An intelligent, experienced field general of a quarterback. Moore does an excellent job of reading the defense before the snap. A winner. Moore has arguably the best anticipation skills in this year's draft. Expertly knows exactly where and when his wide receiver is supposed to be to complete the pass. Would be a first-round pick if he weren't so physically limited. Will be a great backup.
Weaknesses: Moore's arm strength is average to poor and will have a hard time making a lot of NFL throws. Doesn't get a lot of zip on his passes and will struggle putting the ball in a tight window. Slight frame.
Florida's John Brantley was one of the nation's most coveted recruits in the class of 2007. But his career with the Gators did not feature many highlights, and he was not selected in the 2012 NFL Draft, instead signing a contract as an undrafted free agent with the Baltimore Ravens, according to The Gainesville Sun's Robbie Andreu.
SB Nation's Florida blog, Alligator Army, explains Brantley's star-crossed career:
He came to Florida as a five-star recruit with all the promise in the world, and served as Tim Tebow's understudy, beating out eventual Heisman Trophy winner Cam Newton for that role. But injuries and a scheme that he didn't fit hamstringing him as a junior in 2010 and injuries and a team bereft of talent sideswiped his 2011, leaving Brantley with only the 2012 Gator Bowl as his signature win.
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At the end of the NFL Draft, the work isn't done. Teams will immediately started signing undrafted free agents.