Every preseason there are a few high profile undrafted free agents who gain some national buzz that may make their respective teams 53 man roster. There are a lot more unknown undrafted free agents that make 53 man rosters, but you never hear about it unless they crack the starting lineup. One of the best undrafted free agent stories in recent years has been Arian Foster in Houston. Foster had an up and down career at Tennessee with only one thousand yard season. It wasn’t a big surprise that he went undrafted in a class that featured Knowshon Moreno, Beanie Wells, and LeSean McCoy. Foster worked into the lineup and never looked back as he grabbed the starting role and ran with it (literally). Here are a few undrafted free agents with a chance to make their team’s 53 man roster.
Brandon Coleman, WR, New Orleans Saints – I had Coleman as my tenth ranked receiver in the 2014 class. At 6’6” and 220 pounds Coleman is the definition of a redzone threat. Coleman lacks consistency with his hands, but has made some big catches while he was at Rutgers. Everyone is in awe with the size of the receiving threats Tampa Bay has brought in, but the Saints are doing the same thing with Coleman, Graham, and Colston.
Anthony Johnson, DT, Miami Dolphins – Johnson was projected as a second or third round project, but due to a failed drug test at the Combine he went undrafted. He is very athletic for his size and had an interception verses Georgia in 2013. He has a limited number of moves and loses in the hands game. Miami lost Paul Soliai to free agency this off-season and Jared Odrick is entering the last year of his contract. Look for Miami to train Johnson under Pro Bowl tackle Randy Starks this season.
Max Bullough, LB, Houston Texans – Bullough is one of the most NFL ready undrafted free agents you will see. He was held out of Michigan State’s bowl game due to violating team policy. Potentially a second or third round selection, Bullough is a classic run stuffing middle linebacker. The Texans are looking to move Brooks Reed inside, but I’m not sure how well that will go. Also, Brian Cushing has had trouble staying healthy during his career thus far. Look for Bullough to compete right away for a potential starting spot, or for him to work in at some point in the season.
Cody Hoffman, WR, Washington Redskins – After the 2013 draft, nfl.com had Hoffman in their early 2014 first round mock. What a year to go from first round consideration to an undrafted free agent (Jackson Jeffcoat experienced the same kind of fall). Don’t be confused by Hoffman’s stock plummet, he is a more than capable possession receiver that had an off year. If Hoffman can get his hands back to form for the 2014 season he will find himself a respectable role for an undrafted free agent. Look for Hoffman to play outside when the Redskins want to get Jackson in the slot.
About the Author: Zachary Cintron
Zachary Cintron is a sports blogger who has spent the past two years covering the National Football League (NFL), NCAA football, NCAA lacrosse, and Major League Lacrosse (MLL) for Sports Unbiased and The Sports Complex (Drexel University’s Sport Management Blog). Zach is expected to graduate with a bachelor’s degree in sport management from Drexel in June of 2016. He can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.