Normally the day after the draft is a flurry of activity for the remaining NFL hopefuls as teams scramble to find another hidden gem and sign these undrafted free agents. In light of a recent stay on the order that would lift the lockout, the NFL is not open for business and these undrafted free agents will have to wait. Here are some of the top undrafted free agents according to ESPN:
1. S Joseph Lefeged, Rutgers
He possesses a nice combination of size and straight-line speed. In addition, he is an experienced and versatile special teams contributor who has blocked four kicks in the past two seasons.
2. CB Kendric Burney, North Carolina
Burney’s lack of size (5-foot-9, 193 pounds) and top-end speed (4.74 in the 40) is likely an underlying reason he went undrafted. However, he possesses the instincts, short-area quickness and ball skills to add depth for a heavy Cover 2 scheme.
3. DT Cedric Thornton, Southern Arkansas
Thorton possesses the quickness and strength to develop into a wave one-gap DT for a base 4-3 scheme.
4. WR Darvin Adams, Auburn
Adams lacks suddenness and top-end speed with his routes; however, he is a smooth athlete who possesses the body control and hands to develop into a fourth or fifth receiver at the next level.
5. S DeAndre McDaniel, Clemson
McDaniel has limitations in terms of fluidity and top-end speed in the backend. However, he has the size, strength and enough instincts to become an effective in-the-box safety.
6. S Jeron Johnson, Boise State
Johnson is still developing in terms of instincts and discipline in coverage, but has enough athleticism and competitiveness to develop into a potential sub-package reserve at the safety position.
7. DT Ian Williams, Notre Dame
Williams is a limited athlete with a squatty build who provides him with natural leverage to develop into a wave NT for a base 4-3 scheme.
8. OLB Mark Herzlich, Boston College
Herzlich lacks elite athleticism especially when asked to play in space, however he is an instinctive and relentless defender who can develop into a strong reserve SLB.
9. RB Derrick Locke, Kentucky
The undersized back has the quickness, lateral movement and competitive running style to become an effective change-of-pace back at the next level.
10. ILB Nicholas Bellore, Central Michigan
Bellore has the instincts and toughness to be an effective two-down run stopper at the ILB position.
Will any of these guys don the Orange and Blue of the Bears? We’ll all just have to wait and see.