2017 NFL Draft: 20 Best Undrafted Free Agents

2017 NFL Draft: 20 Best Undrafted Free Agents

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2017 NFL Draft: 20 Best Undrafted Free Agents

2017 NFL Draft: Top 20 Undrafted Free Agents


Who are the 20 best undrafted free agents in the 2017 NFL Draft? 


2017 NFL Draft Position Rankings
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QBs | RBs | WRs | TEs | OTs | OGs & Cs
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2018 Top Ten NFL Draft Prospects

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2017 NFL Draft Top 20 Undrafted Free Agents

1. OLB Devonte Fields, Louisville

Not quite fast enough to be an elite NFL pass rusher, and without the big bulk to be used as an end, he’s athletic on the field with an uncanny knack for dominating behind the line. Some guys just have it when it comes to making big plays, and that’s him. You just have to blow off the measurables and you have to hope he wants it.

Where He’ll Be Drafted: 6th Round

2. WR KD Cannon, Baylor

Not necessarily the next great Baylor receiver, he’s a slight target who’ll get shoved around by a slight breeze. However, he’s a blazer who could grow into a terrific one-trick pony. Line him up outside, let him go deep, and throw it as far as you can.

Where He’ll Be Drafted: 4th Round

3. TE Cole Hikutini, Louisville

A key part of the Lamar Jackson/Louisville machine, Hikutini isn’t going to block anyone, but he’s a sure-thing receiver who blossomed after coming in from the JUCO ranks. He’s still getting better – he’s not a finished product yet – with the athleticism to become a dangerous late-round flier.

Where He’ll Be Drafted: 5th Round

4. LB Carroll Phillips, Illinois

While he’s a big 6-3, 242-pounder, he doesn’t quite have the right body type for the interior and he’s not fast enough to be a star on the outside. A devastating playmaker behind the line last year for the Illini, he might find a role as a situational pass rusher, but he won’t be a thumper.

Where He’ll Be Drafted: 4th Round

5. OT Collin Buchanan, Miami University

He might end up as a guard, but he’s got the size and the frame to be a starter at right tackle. The versatility and the pass blocking skills will likely make him a mid-round flier who could stick.

Where He’ll Be Drafted: 4th Round

18. DE Charles Walker, Oklahoma

He got dogged for doing the right thing and leaving the team to protect himself from injury. His draft stock isn’t going to fall because of that, it’s going to sink because of concussion issues. There’s no denying the talent and the NFL ability, but there are too many warning signs to warrant more than a late round flier. However, defensive tackles with his skills are rare.

Where He’ll Be Drafted: 5th Round

6. OG Damien Mama, USC

Really, really big, you’re faster than the 334-pound blaster. No one will care how far he can get down the field. Line him up, let him flatten the guy in front of him, and keep on moving. There’s absolutely nothing subtle about what he’ll be.

Where He’ll Be Drafted: 4th Round

7. CB William Likely, Maryland

A potential star as a returner, his can play in a defensive backfield, but at 5-7, he’ll get picked on early and often. The talent is undeniable, and he’s a baller who finds a way to get the job done, but again, his worth will mostly be as a special teamer.

Where He’ll Be Drafted: 5th Round

8. S Jadar Johnson, Clemson

It’s going to take some time and some seasoning – he only saw significant starting action for a year – the upside is enormous. All the tools are there compared to the other top safeties in the class, but he needs to be a bigger hitter. Once he gets it, though, look out.

Where He’ll Be Drafted: 5th Round

9. RB Corey Clement, Wisconsin

While he’s not fast enough and doesn’t have the breakaway wheels to turn short runs into medium gains, he’s a quick, productive power back who can get in and out of cuts without a hesitation. Can he stay healthy? can he get past the worry that he’s not quite good enough to match the attitude? He’ll be a late pick who’ll bounce around the league, but he’ll eventually make a roster.

Where He’ll Be Drafted: 5th Round

10. DE Bryan Cox, Florida

The 6-3, 265-pounder was all banged up last year and didn’t do nearly enough. He’s not a smooth pass rusher when he’s right, and he could work as a big outside linebacker who could fill a need as a situational backup, but even with his fight and motor, he’s not a starter.

Where He’ll Be Drafted: 5th Round

11. C Tyler Orlosky, West Virginia

A technician, he’s a veteran leader who’s going to be among the most reliable centers coming out. He’s not going to a dancer, and he’s not going to blast anyone, but he’ll find a way to get his man blocked. He’ll be a serviceable starter – that’s not a knock.

Where He’ll Be Drafted: 5th Round

12. OG Avery Gennesy, Texas A&M

Some will try him out at tackle, but he’s more likely to have a decent shot on the inside. He moves well for a possible guard, but he needs to hit the weights harder – he’ll be a bit of a finesse-blocker.

Where He’ll Be Drafted: 6th Round

13. C Jon Toth, Kentucky

A peerless leader and highest of character prospects – everyone around UK can’t stop gushing about him. He’s a got excellent size, a ton of experience, and great toughness. He’s not an athlete in any way, but he’ll get the job done inside.

Where He’ll Be Drafted: 6th Round

14. DT Jarron Jones, Notre Dame

Really, big, the 6-6, 316-pounder doesn’t have a ton of bulk – he’s built like a beefed up power forward – but he’s a great interior pass rushing prospect with the frame to eat everything up. There’s a big knock on his want-to, but if the light turns on, he could be a shot for the stars after the top 100 picks.

Where He’ll Be Drafted: 4th Round

15. WR Amba Etta-Tawo, Syracuse

Ultra-productive and unstoppable in the new Syracuse attack, the former Maryland Terrapin blew up with a 94-catch season with 14 scores. Very fast with a tough frame, he’s got a lot of the basics, but he’s not a quick route-runner who’s numbers were a bit inflated by the system. He could blow up in a camp, though. Someone will love to draft him late to find out.

Where He’ll Be Drafted: 6th Round

16 OG Jessamen Dunker, Tennessee State

The one-time Florida Gator ended up going down a peg after an incident. At around 320 pounds he’s a terrific athlete with good speed. He won’t power over anyone, but he’s got the tools.

Where He’ll Be Drafted: 5th Round

17. QB Jerod Evans, Virginia Tech

It would’ve been interesting to have seen where he’d have gone with one more year under Justin Fuente – he could’ve been one of the hot quarterbacks coming out next year. He needs more throws, more time logged in, and he needs to be more of a consistent midrange passer, but he’s an interesting prospect with great size, a live arm, and a world of upside. Give him a few years and he could turn out to be a find.

Where He’ll Be Drafted: 5th Round

18. OT Dan Skipper, Arkansas

He had an interesting career. At 6-10 and 310 pounds, he’s a giant – he’s a kick-blocker extraordinaire – but he also never met a holding call he didn’t like to get nailed for. An athlete, he can move well, but he doesn’t bring a ton of power.

Where He’ll Be Drafted: 5th Round

19. Richie Brown, Mississippi State

A baller, he was a tackling machine in the SEC with good pass rushing skills. He succeeded at the highest level doing a little of everything right – he was terrific in pass coverage, too. He’s a bit undersized, and he’s not fast enough or powerful enough, but he might be an elite special teamer and top backup.

Where He’ll Be Drafted: 6th Round

20. Hunter Dimick, Utah

Fine, so he’ll either be a late scout-love pick or a key free agent, but he’s a pure pass rusher who does that one thing very, very well. Able to take over games, he has a natural knack and great motor for ending up in the backfield. He has no NFL tools whatsoever, but for a guy who was an elite playmaker behind the line from high school on through his entire Utah career, give him a shot.

Where He’ll Be Drafted: Free Agent

2017 NFL Draft Position Rankings
From the college perspective
QBs | RBs | WRs | TEs | OTs | OGs & Cs
DEs | DTs | OLBs | ILBs | CBs | Safeties
2018 Top Ten NFL Draft Prospects

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