Top 5 undrafted free agent signings
The NFL Draft selects 256 of the games most promising prospects, but as we know, NFL teams miss…a lot. Here are the top five undrafted rookie prospects that have signed with an NFL team after the draft. I have scouted a few on this list and to honest, I was shocked their names were not called.
1. Shane Carden-QB
-signed with Chicago Bears
Carden’s name was not among the top quarterback’s in this draft, but his production on the field says differently. In Chicago, the East Carolina product will not have pressure to play right away, but he can develop with Adam Gase at offensive coordinator, who worked very well with Peyton Manning during his tenure in Denver. Carden has the intangibles and “it” quality you look for in your QB and leader on your team, and without any risk on Chicago’s end, this is a great signing.
2. Antwan Goodley-WR
-signed with Dallas Cowboys
All you have to do is look at Antwan Goodley with pads on and you will want him on your team. Watching Goodley at Baylor he was a man amongst boys at times, dominating in Baylor’s spread offense with Bryce Petty at the helm. He does not possess break-away speed or astounding agility, even the best hands, he manages to produce on the field. With 150 career receptions and 21 touchdowns Goodley has a nose for the end-zone and is hard to bring down by opposing defensive backs. On the Cowboys, Goodley can fit in nicely as the fourth receiver behind Dez, fellow Baylor alum Terrance Williams, and slot-receiver Cole Beasley; that is if he can adjust from the spread-system to a more pro-style attack that Dallas runs.
3. Kevin White-DB
-signed with Atlanta Falcons
The other Kevin White in the NFL Draft, went undrafted and I was shocked. White was dominant at the Senior Bowl practices and consistently shut down talented wide-outs like Sammie Coates and Jamison Crowder. White brings physicality and toughness to the Falcons, who are in desperate need of play-makers on defense (they did a great job in the draft of doing that too) get one with minimal risk. White does not have the best ball skills, but gives all-out effort on every play.
4. Anthony Harris-FS
-signed with Minnesota Vikings
I could not believe Harris was not drafted, he was ranked high on my positional rankings board. He has a high football IQ and understands the game. He is not the most gifted athletically, but he makes up for it with his toughness and mental makeup. Harris will fit in with Mike Zimmer and the Vikings defensive style and he will be able to learn under an underrated safety in Harrison Smith.
5. Derrick Lott-DT
-signed with Tennessee Titans
Derrick Lott is a talented defensive lineman that has never seemed to live up to his potential that made him a top recruit coming out of high school. Originally signing with the Georgia Bulldogs, he was unable to sustain playing time and transferred to UT-Chattanooga. He dominated against lesser talent, and is without a doubt a skilled pass-rusher. IF the Titans can light a fire underneath Lott, they could have a diamond in the rough for a little price-tag. I love this signing my the Titans, who also grabbed my second favorite running back in this draft.
These undrafted free agents come with little risk financially to these NFL teams, and I believe these five offer the best chance to become successful at the next level with these organizations. We will see in a few years time.
Do you agree with these free agents? Let me know in the comments below…
Dan Schalk covers the NFL Draft for MFST, you can follow him on Twitter @ffsportstalk