Where 2011 NFL Undrafted Free Agents Could Sign
The lockout has prevented undrafted players from signing contract immediately after the Draft. As a result teams have much more time to study players and I expect that the top undrafted free agents will get a better payday than usual. I predict where some of the top undrafted free agents from the 2011 NFL Draft will sign, once they can…
Taylor Potts, QB: Houston Texans
- Potts is my favorite undrafted QB and I listed him as a sleeper prospect before the draft. Leinart is rumored to be moving on, possibly to Seattle. Houston should try to keep Potts in TX as he has good upside and the Texans should start developing a backup plan because odds are that Schaub won’t stay healthy attempting as many passes as he does.
Pat Devlin, QB: Baltimore Ravens
- Last year the Ravens backup QBs were Bulger, Troy Smith, and John Beck who are all gone. It would make a lot of sense to bring in another Delaware QB after being successful with Joe Flacco. Devlin wouldn’t have to play right away and it would be a comfortable fit.
Mario Fannin, RB: St. Louis Rams
- Adding a complimentary running back is high on the Rams off-season list of priorities. Fannin was part of committee all four years at Auburn. His highlights are impressive and moves well for a bigger back. I think he can carve out a role as a 3rd down back in the NFL.
John Clay, RB: Seattle Seahawks
- He is your typical Wisconsin power back. I think he can contribute in the NFL as a short yardage back. Seattle took a chance on Duckett last year, and Clay has a better chance of succeeded than T.J. did.
Graig Cooper, RB: Chicago Bears
- Not so sure where Cooper will go, but he has the potential to become a steal. He was a top prospect before a serious knee injury, but began to regain his explosiveness last year. Has good vision, hands, and could contribute on special teams.
Noel Devine, RB: New Orleans Saints
- The original YouTube sensation went undrafted and could be a hot commodity. His speed is undeniable and there should be a place for him on someone’s offense. He could be a great PR and replacement for Reggie Bush down on the Bayou.
Terrence Toliver, WR: Dallas Cowboys
- Big bodied receiver (6-4 212) from LSU who certainly has talent and I was really surprised to see go undrafted. He was one of my sleepers because poor QB play limited his production and I think he has a lot more to show. Dominated Florida in probably his best performance in college, VIDEO here. Best plays: 37-yd TD where he splits two defenders with a spin move on a skinny post and another TD to win the game.
Jeff Maehl, WR: Kansas City Chiefs
- Good route running with good hands could be groomed to play the slot. We should see McCluster more there, but Maehl give them another option. I think Maehl will be a successful slot receiver because as a former safety he shows a good understanding of coverage and finds the holes in the zone.
Weslye Saunders, TE: Oakland Raiders
- Raiders shouldn’t let Zach Miller go, but they could use another target. Saunders freakish size and ability should appeal to Al Davis. As I’ve said a few times I think teams will copy the Patriots 2 TE sets, and the Raiders are prime candidates because they lack an elite WR. Him and Miller would be a great combination. Matchup nightmare, read more about him: NFL Draft TE Preview
Mark Herzlich, LB: New England Patriots
- I was surprised when the Patriots didn’t select him in the 7th round. Herzlich would fit as an inside linebacker in the 3-4. He seems destined to be a Patriot. Wherever he goes, how could you doubt this guy?
Nick Bellore, LB: Detroit Lions
- I imagine the Lions will try their best to keep the Bellore in state. Hard worker who never recorded less than 90 tackles in a season during his four year college career.
DeAndre McDaniel, S: Minnesota Vikings
- Minnesota got horrible play out of their safeties last year and secondary is always an issue. Having already committed a lot of money to the position, McDaniel would be cheap and come right in to compete.
Kendric Burney, CB: San Diego Chargers
- Cornerback with great ball skills but slow footed. Would best fit in a zone-coverage system.
Chas Henry, P: Tampa Bay Buccaneers
- Tampa Bay could improve their special teams by having the Florida graduate compete for the job with Malone.
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