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UDFA class rankings

by Thor Nystrom
Updated On: May 4, 2019, 11:55 pm ET

These rankings were compiled using a weighted formula based on my top-500 pre-draft rankings, with quality outweighing depth of class. Here's my list of the top available UDFAs in this year's class from top to bottom, not broken up by teams.

Note: Some teams were far less aggressive in this year's UDFA sweepstakes due to AAF signings (the Panthers being the biggest example). AAF signings were not factored into these rankings.


1. New Orleans Saints

149Devine OzigboRB125'11222C.J. Anderson60.58.14
156Carl GrandersonEDGE196'5254Tayshawn Bower37.67.69
204Chase HansenLB226'3222Zach Cunninghamn/an/a
257Ethan GreenidgeOG226'4327Jamon Brownn/an/a
267Emmanuel ButlerWR326'3217Josh Malone15.73.76
301Lil'Jordan HumphreyWR366'4210Evan Moore11.33.49
328Porter GustinLB306'4255Carl Lawson78.09.68
405Corbin KaufusiEDGE 396'9285DE Brian Mihalikn/an/a
475Derrick Kelly IIOT426'5307Adam Bisnowaty16.42.65

Huge haul, here: Ozigbo, Granderson and Hansen are all guys who are easy to picture contributing in the NFL. Each should have been drafted.


2. Miami Dolphins

128Deion CalhounOG96'2310PM's Shaq Mason71.99.34
153Preston WilliamsWR206'4211Mack Hollins6.12.76
188Terrill HanksLB176'2242Stephone Anthony16.54
325Montre HartageCB375'11190Eric Murray18.73.38
329Jonathan LedbetterDL286'4280Jeremiah Ledbetter0.41.24
353Ryan AndersonOC146'5305Bryan Stork6.24.63
368Tre WatsonLB376'2242Ben Gedeon2.30.48
434Tyler HortonCB435'11185Corn Elder0.51.02
464Aaron MonteiroOT416'6311Jaryd Jones-Smith30.46.48
488Nik NeedhamCB495'11194Linden Stephens2.52.91

Nobody would have batted an eye if Calhoun, Williams and Hanks had been taken anytime from mid-Round 5 on. Any of the three could provide the Fins value down the road.


3. Kansas City Chiefs

154Mark FieldsCB205'10192Ellis Hobbs39.47.28
222James WilliamsRB185'9197James White32.55.75
239Gary JohnsonLB266'0226Jerome Baker41.85.69
322Kyle ShurmurQB156'4230C.J. Beathard21.84.27
335Parker HesseEDGE316'3261Matt Judon36.26.1
393Jack FoxP46'2213Cody Mandelln/a8.33
418Felton DavisWR486'3211Marquez Northn/an/a
438Tim WardEDGE426'5265Demetrius Coopern/an/a
456Jamal CustisWR536'4214Jordan Matthews30.76.5
486Cody ThompsonWR576'1205Brian Hartline70.58.46

Fields got pushed out of the draft because he's slow and small, but the kid can play. Has NFL slot ability. James Williams was such a perfect fit for a pass-happy Air Raid-lite pro team like the Chiefs -- superb receiving back for Mike Leach at Wazzu.


4. Seattle Seahawks

171Derrek ThomasCB226'3189Stanley Jean-Baptise83.68.64
233Martez IveyOG176'5315Roderick Johnson2.50.59
245B.J. AutryOG206'3337Max Jean-Giliesn/an/a
247Davante DavisCB316'2202Brian Allen68.98.4
279Winston DimelHB36'0233Andy Janovich24.84.68
408Nyqwan MurrayWR465'10191Davone Bess2.81
445Taryn ChristionQB226'2218Jeff Driskel79.88.04
465Jazz FergusonWR546'5227Raw Funchess66.57.33
489Jay-Tee TiuliDL456'3318Kendrick Norton23.55.37

The Seahawks scored points for bringing in Thomas -- a guy who absolutely should have been drafted on his insane measurables alone -- and for accruing depth. If there were ever a UDFA corner literally built for Seattle, it's Thomas. He's got the length, he's got the athleticism -- they're just going to have to teach him the rest of it.


5. Oakland Raiders

152Tyler RoemerOT166'3312Tom Compton52.58.07
175TeVon ConeyLB146'0234Craig Robertson5.42.56
205Keelan DossWR256'2211Cedrick Wilson50.77.73
250Alec IngoldHB26'1242Derek Watt30.44.15
268Andre JamesOG236'4299Markus Zusevics23.54.02
310Lester CottonOG276'4336Damien Mama12.63.99
483Keisean NixonCB485'10196Marcus Sherels7.24.05
485Lukayus McNeilOT436'5310Matt Gono75.48.7

Roemer fell out of the draft because of off-field concerns, Coney did because of athletic testing, Doss reportedly did because of an injury, and Ingold did because of the position he plays -- but each has the skill to hang long-term in the NFL. 


6. Chicago Bears

105Emanuel HallWR156'2201Ted Ginn99.49.88
198Alex BarsOG156'6312Parker Ehingern/an/a
254Dax RaymondTE136'5255Orson Charles29.25.21
308Mathieu BettsEDGE296'3258Dylan Donahue46.57.86
336John BaronK45'9189Brandon Coutun/an/a
338Joe LoweryOG296'6300K.C. McDermott8.04.36
347Marquez TuckerOG306'3300Chase Roullier22.6n/a
417Clifton DuckCB415'9180Tramaine Brock3.6n/a
426Sam MustipherOC166'2305David Molk2.30.86
473Jonathan HarrisDL446'5282R.J. McIntosh17.6n/a

Hall reportedly fell out of the draft because of personality issues, but he's a world-class athlete you bring in to see if he can keep his head screwed on straight. Bars is an awesome flier -- if he hadn't gotten hurt last year, he may have been drafted in the middle rounds.


7. New York Giants

224Terronne PrescodOG166'5334Duke Robinson0.90.98
258Paul AdamsOT226'6317Ryan Groy20.66.58
284Reggie White Jr.WR346'2208Seantavius Jones84.59.24
293Eric DungeyQB146'4228Bryce Petty57.47.61
296James O'HaganOC126'2300Austin Reiter0.40.09
314C.J. ConradTE166'4249David Morgan19.55.97
355Breckyn HagerEDGE336'3255Devante Downs62.57.06
422Alex WesleyWR496'0190Robbie Anderson35.55.92
449Josiah TauaefaLB456'1232Elandon Roberts7.14.23
462Mark McLaurinS316'1212Trayvon Henderson8.42.63
480Jon HillimanRB425'11216Onterio Smith44.78.68

Really like the offensive line signings. And White and Dungey were both back-of-the-draft guys that I thought were worth developing on practice squads.


8. Philadelphia Eagles

194T.J. EdwardsLB186'0230B.J. Goodson4.62.75
196Ryan BatesOG146'4306Nick Martin71.89.55
234Iosua OpetaOG186'4301Aviante Collins96.89.2
251Nate HerbigOG216'3335Deuce Lutui4.52.79
432Anthony RushDL406'5350Matt Elamn/an/a
458Nico EvansRB395'9199Terrelle Sutton30.45.7
494Casey TuckerOT456'5313Toby Weathersby13.44.67

The Eagles swooped up three draftable guards -- I predict they'll find at least one in the group who'll hang (and they may get two).  Edwards was worth a shot on college play alone. Note: The Eagles signed and then in short-order waived Temple S Dalvon Randall, who previously appeared on this list. So much for brotherly love!


9. Dallas Cowboys

145Mitch HyattOG106'5303Ty Sambrailo21.16.24
169Daniel WiseDL156'3281Tom Johnson22.24.51
236Ricky WalkerDL246'2304Darius Kilgon/a4.99
360Brandon KnightOG336'4314Colby Gossettn/an/a
395Derrick PuniOG366'5326Nico Siragusa56.3n/a
455Jon'Vea JohnsonWR525'11188J.J. Nelson80.18.77
467Nate HallLB496'2225Skai Moore35.46.74
471Chris WestryCB466'4199Tarvarus McFadden79.79.57

My favorite flier here is my beloved Kansas Jayhawk Daniel Wise. Super underrated player who got ganged up on in college because his supporting cast stunk. Wise's father played in the NFL, and his brother currently does. Interesting 3-tech prospect if he can add a little weight.


10. Tampa Bay Bucs

116Anthony JohnsonWR176'2209Michael Gallup28.07.05
260Bruce AndersonRB225'11210Kenneth Dixon12.55.88
278Zack BaileyOG246'5299Kyle Murphy20.97.17
286Lukas DenisS215'11190Gerod Holliman16.13.34
363DaMarkus LodgeWR416'2202Roger Lewis7.83.63
424Isaiah SearightHB76'3242MyCole Pruitt47.17.33
448Nate TrewynOC186'3313Coleman Shelton13.54.8
452Brock RubleOT406'7319Conor McDermott3.31.7
463Nick FitzgeraldQB236'5226Matt Jones50.07.59

How in the heck did Anthony Johnson go undrafted? The NFL didn't consider the full extent of the circumstances he played under last year, in my opinion. I thought he and Michael Gallup were close to analogs in 2017. If Johnson gets back to that level, he's gonna hang for awhile. For me, he's a mid-round pick for the price of free.

11. Baltimore Ravens

180Gerald Willis IIIDL166'2302Devon Still7.92.64
270Evan WorthingtonS206'2212Antonio Allen12.15.08
274Antoine WesleyWR336'4206Lestar Jean10.63.26
282LJ ScottRB276'0227Jeremy Hill18.96.07
349Patrick MekariOG316'5308Ian Silberman7.34.27
385Otaro AlakaLB396'3239John Bostic56.87.26
411Jaylen SmithWR476'2219Michael Floyd42.66.41
430Darian RoseboroEDGE416'4288Jalen Wilkerson1.22.79
484Markus JonesEDGE446'3249Anthony Winbushn/a6.39

Willis finally broke out last year and was No. 118 on PFF's draft board. He fell out of the draft because of off-field concerns and the one-year wonder thing.


12. Houston Texans

217Albert HugginsDL236'3305Sylvester Williams19.45.46
226Karan HigdonRB195'9206Zac Stacy53.18.26
244Drew LewisLB276'2229Jonathan Casillas77.58.91
304Jamal Davis IIEDGE276'3236J.T. Jones79.29.43
343Derrick BaityCB386'2197Biddy Reh-Welscon48.86.4
404Jesse AniebonamEDGE386'3256AQ Muhammad44.2n/a
444Johnnie DixonWR515'10201Devon Wylie36.26.26
460Javier EdwardsDL426'2323Taylor Stallworth23.74.76

Huggins would have been drafted if Christian Wilkins had declared for the draft after the 2017 season, as expected. Higdon is on the five-player short-list for the "Phillip Lindsay of the 2019 class." Also loved the fliers on Lewis and Davis, two athletic players who flashed havoc-wreaking chops in college. Gonna miss Davis in MACtion. Goodbye sweet prince.


13. Jacksonville Jaguars

200Joe Giles-HarrisLB216'2234Antonio Morrison3.93.09
238Saivion SmithCB296'1199Jacoby Glenn7.73.26
242Donnell GreeneOT206'5335Willie Beaversn/an/a
294Tyre BradyWR356'3211Josh Reynolds2.62.79
319Zedrick WoodsS255'11205Quintin Demps88.58.91
334Bunchy StallingsOG286'3324Isaac Asiata3.31.28
476Brandon WatsonCB475'10204De'Vante Harris69.16.92

Giles-Harris was a killer in the ACC who fell out of the draft after getting injured and then testing poorly. Saivion Smith made a mistake in declaring.


14. Tennessee Titans

173Alex BarnesRB166'0226Kalen Ballage93.39.81
255Anthony Ratliff-WilliamsWR306'0205Markus Wheaton45.67.12
291Hamp CheeversCB335'9169Parry Nickerson20.92.96
303Jonathan CrawfordS236'1205Husain Abdulah1.62.46
362Amani BledsoeDL356'4280Bronson Kaufusi11.25.08
390Cody ConwayOT366'6299Aviante Collins77.89.12
397Derick RobersonEDGE376'3247Alex McCalister34.16.73
429A.T. HallOT396'5296Sean Harlow31.53.85
468Quart'e SappLB506'2227Gerald Hodges56.97.66

After testing like he did, it was quite surprising to see Barnes fall out of the draft. He's a better player than Bo Scarbrough, and he can do almost everything that Ballage can do.


15. Denver Broncos

139Brett RypienQB76'2210Nick Mullens50.25.78
306Alijah HolderCB356'1191Neiko Thorpe47.65.99
313George AstonHB66'0252Joey Iosefa60.08.2
366Brian WallaceOT326'5326Jake Rodgersn/a8.16
376Joe Dineen Jr.LB386'2230Tyler Matakevich32.57.43
384Kelvin McKnightWR445'8185Daniel Braverman17.22.68
450John LeglueOG416'6311Sam Tevi27.46.12
453Malik ReedLB466'1237Lerentee McCray28.55.23

Wouldn't surprise me at all if Rypien had a longer career than second-round pick Drew Lock. I wish a book would offer me juicy odds on Rypien starting more career games. Shoutout to my Jayhawk brother Joe Dineen, who was an absolute tackle machine behind Daniel Wise on the otherwise dreary KU defense with 220 over the past two years.  


16. New England Patriots

202Malik GantS156'0209DeAndre H-C5.63.03
215Jakobi MeyersWR276'2203Chris Conley52.06.37
277Calvin AndersonOT256'4292Desmond Harrison83.58.7
287Andrew BeckHB46'3255Rhett Ellison71.08.82
344Tyree St. LouisOT306'5314Andrew Datko13.12.9
387Nick BrossetteRB325'11209HM's Knowshon8.63
441Terez HallLB446'1230Bryce Hager26.55.92
472Ryan DavisWR555'10189Curtis Samuel20.83.22

The Pats smoked the draft and didn't have to do much in the UDFA portion of last weekend's show. Gant and Meyers could stick, and Beck has sleeper appeal on this team because of his diversified H-back skillset.


17. Detroit Lions

150Beau BenzschawelOG116'6309Ross Havenstein14.36.58
220Malik CarneyEDGE226'2251Shaquille Barrett12.95.03
288Donald ParhamTE156'8240Ricky Seals-Jones49.76.85
300Ryan PopeOT276'7320Orlando Franklin48.08.2
309Tre LamarLB286'3253Josh Perry7.43.81
437Brandon FanaikaOG406'2318Avery Genessy17.34.37

Per reports, Benzschawel had contract offers from half the league or more -- the Vikings were among teams burning up his phone line when the draft concluded on Saturday night. I was lower on Benzschawel than some, but I still found it odd he didn't get drafted. 


18. New York Jets

165Greg DortchWR215'7173James Rogers5.53.12
195Tyler JonesOG136'3306Donald Thomasn/a7.21
281Jalin MooreRB265'10212Damien Williamsn/a4.56
341Kyle PhillipsEDGE326'4273Pat O'Connor31.88.3
361Wyatt MillerOG346'5302Cole Madison7.94.64
365Jeff AllisonLB365'11228Manti T'eo7.61.57

Dortch was one of my favorite players in college football. I'm telling you: The kid is going to hang. I don't care about the measurables. He can play.


19. Cincinnati Bengals

95Stanley Morgan Jr.WR146'0202Marqise Lee81.58.62
283Keaton SutherlandOG256'5316Steinbach-lite94.39.69
396O'Shea DugasOG376'4330Jamil Demby13.23.16
423Jordan EllisRB355'9229Elijah Hood2.02.54
474Jacob DolegalaQB246'7242Brad Sorenson44.26.72

A week removed from the draft, and I still can't figure out how Stanley Morgan went undrafted. If you want my leading candidate for this year's UDFA skill guy that ends up starting more than 30 games in the NFL, he's the guy. Should be a really good NFL backup, if nothing else. 


20. Los Angeles Rams

285Brandon HitnerOC116'6305Jon Toth64.9n/a
321Keenen BrownHB56'2250Clive Walford26.23.96
342Boogie RobertsDL306'0298Ken Bishop8.41.64
358Vitas HrynkiewiczOC156'3303Brandon Vitabile33.64.69
364Marquise CopelandDL336'2281Joey Ivie18.15.98
383Kendall BlantonTE196'6262Rico Gathers12.35.28
394Landis DurhamEDGE366'2249Kasim Edebali16.74.57
490Matt Colburn IIRB445'8204Khalfani Muhammad22.26.68

I thought Hitner's showing in athletic tests might get him drafted. He offers future swing versatility if he makes the practice squad and develops any. Keenen Brown is a guy Sean McVay can potentially find use for, and Boogie Roberts was a bit underrated because of the way San Jose State (mis)used him as a 0-tech nose tackle. I see a Quad-A three-tech tweener.


21. Indianapolis Colts

241Jamal PetersCB306'2218Keith McGill5.51.73
246Penny HartWR295'8180Richie James0.21.23
324Ashton DulinWR386'1215Miles Austin79.9n/a
330Jordan ThompsonDL296'3292Jordan Carrelln/an/a
381Damian PrinceOG356'5306Jon Toth2.91.46

Penny Hart!!! No college football fan will be surprised if he catches 60 balls from Andrew Luck in 2020. I'm just telling you.


22. Green Bay Packers

114Yosuah NijmanOT146'7324Timon Parris95.99.8
369Greg RobertsEDGE356'5264Obum Gwacham55.48.84
421Manny WilkinsQB216'2193Taylor Heinicke43.56.3
454Nate BrooksCB456'0187Howard Wilson87.27.53
491Taylor CorneliusQB256'6224Mitch Leidner88.89.73

Outside of Stanley Morgan, Nijman was my other "why in the (expletive) didn't this prospect get drafted?!" guy. On measurables alone, he's worth a fifth- or sixth-round flier. 6'7/324 tackles that move like that don't grow on trees, ya know.


23. Atlanta Falcons

191Olamide ZaccheausWR245'8188Shelton Gibson46.86.2
289Devon JohnsonOT266'7338King Dunlap10.62.12
466Lanard BonnerOG426'5315Sam Jones5.61.35
481Tony Brooks-JamesRB435'9190Shaun Wilson58.47.25
487Jaelin RobinsonOT446'6305Ike Boettger30.85.49

I'm almost as bullish on Zaccheaus as I am Dortch. You have to look past the measurables on guys like that. Zaccheaus can contribute in so many different ways.


24. Cleveland Browns

240Wyatt RayEDGE266'3257Jeremy Mincey42.17.56
332Trevon TateOC136'2293Austin Blythe29.96.3
371Jamie GillanP36'2203Shane Tripuckan/an/a
377Brian FineanganofoOT346'6304Jylan Ware78.69.67
392David BloughQB196'0200Logan Woodside19.62.78
469Darrin HallRB416'0217Devontae Booker60.99.52

I thought Ray might hear his name called. Overshadowed by Harold Landry and Zach Allen in college, he's worth a look in camp.


25. Arizona Cardinals

262William SweetOT236'6313Conor McDermott45.16.08
292Brian PeavyCB345'8192Shaq Wiggins5.32.02
316Ryan PulleyCB365'11209Treston Decoud2.61.52
374Drew AndersonQB176'4217HM's Josh Allen70.58.14
401Tariq ColeOT376'6315Tyrell Crosby24.75.1

Nice choice by Sweet here, as Arizona only tossed a couple late Day 3 darts at their problematic offensive line last weekend.


26. Buffalo Bills

182Tyree JacksonQB96'7249Logan Thomas94.69.95
263David Sills VWR316'3211Chad Hansen57.37.29
339Tyrel DodsonLB326'0237Corey Nelson29.86.56

Top-heavy class headlined by Josh Allen's dueling Spiderman GIF Tyree Jackson and the uber-productive David Sills, a former quarterback turned star West Virginia receiver.


27. Washington Redskins

307Chidi OkekeOT286'5317Julien Davenport36.97.34
337Jojo McIntoshS276'1204Siran Neal5.64.17
351Juwann Bushell-BeattyOG326'5315Bobby Hartn/a1.78
407Ryan BeeDL396'6282Isaac Rochell13.06.39
451Kano DillonTE226'5256Jeremy Sprinkle58.28.43
457BJ BluntLB476'0220Duke Riley0.50.58

Chidi Chidi Bushell-Beatty.


28. Pittsburgh Steelers

243Fred JohnsonOG196'7326John Wetzel11.23.49
406Chris NelsonDL386'1298Malcom Brown10.31.51
427Garrett BrumfieldOC176'3289Ted Larsen66.58.04
446Travon McMillianRB385'11210Jonathan Franklin18.25.8

There are guys out there who think Johnson can stick as a backup swing lineman.


29. Los Angeles Chargers

326Koda MartinOT296'7300Laurence Gibson25.77.86
415Matt SokolTE206'5253Mason Schreck10.24.86
435Daniel HelmTE216'4249Jake McGee67.35.75
497Jeremy CoxRB466'0223Mike Anderson88.29.85

The Chargers killed the draft but mostly slept through its aftermath.


30. Minnesota Vikings

276John KeenoyOC106'3299Andy Gallik5.12.81
386Jake BrowningQB186'2211Kellen Moore35.15.74
431Khari BlasingameRB366'0232John Kelly96.69.73

The Vikings hilariously gave Jake Browning the highest UDFA signing bonus in NFL history after taking a long-snapper late in Round 7 (Twin Cities reporter Darren Wolfson postulated after the draft that that suspicious one-two step was likely a favor to Browning's agent -- Browning signed for more as a UDFA than he would have gotten had he been picked in the back-half of the seventh round).

I think Keenoy (a MAC standout and prolific #grinder who is moving to the same town as his former coach, now-Minnesota HC PJ Fleck) and Blasingame (who flashed in analytics models to do his receiving rate stats and size/athleticism combination) are probably better players. (Even though Browning is the heavy favorite of the three to stick around the longest because of his contract).

Myself and popular Minneapolis podcaster Andy Carlson have started a "turn Blasingame into Larry Centers" movement around town. Blasingame is only two inches shorter and 10 pounds lighter than second-round "TE" Irv Smith. And Vikings fans, here's a sobering thought: Blasingame tested better than Smith in literally every single metric, the forty (4.55 to 4.63), the 20-yard split (2.61 to 2.74), the 10-yard split (1.52 to 1.68), the short shuttle (4.18 to 4.33), the 3-cone (6.94 to 7.32), the bench (20 to 19), the vertical jump (38.5 to 32.5) and the broad jump (10.92 to 9.17). Fun!


31. San Francisco 49ers

400Kevin GivensDL376'1285Sheldon Day32.37.52
459Azeez Al-ShaairLB486'0234Elijah Leen/an/a
478Jamell Garcia-WilliamsEDGE436'7255Darius Englishn/an/a
482Ross ReynoldsOG436'4295Patrick Morris93.09.47

Al-Shaair considered declaring in the previous class after collecting 258 tackles between 2016-2017. Most unfortunately, he suffered a devastating ACL/MCL knee injury in 2018.


32. Carolina Panthers

256Elijah HolyfieldRB205'10217Matt Asiata2.82.56

The Panthers mostly sat on their hands during the UDFA process because of all the AAF guys they signed. Holyfield could turn into a short-yardage banger. It would be fun to see him hang up the cleats and try to cut to 185 to become a UFC middleweight. We need a Holyfield back in the fight game more than Carolina needs a practice squad scrapper.


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