Top undrafted free agents following the 2017 NFL Draft

PHILADELPHIA -- There were 253 players selected in the 2017 NFL Draft who now have a place to call home. But for those who didn't hear their name called over the three days, it doesn't mean hope of making an NFL roster is lost. Drew Pearson, who I signed after the 1973 draft as an undrafted free agent and who was trending worldwide on Friday for some heartfelt words for Eagles fans, is living proof of this.

I don't know if there's another Drew Pearson in this year's crop, but here is my position-by-position list of the best priority free agents available following the 2017 draft (by rank). We'll keep it updated as the undrafted players sign with teams.

Quarterbacks*

  1. Trevor Knight, Texas A&M (UPDATE: Knight has signed with the Cardinals)
    1. Jerod Evans, Virginia Tech
    2. Alek Torgersen, Penn
    3. Wes Lunt, Illinois (UPDATE: Lunt has signed with the Vikings)
    4. Seth Russell, Baylor
    5. Mitch Leidner, Minnesota
    6. Brady Gustafson, Montana
    7. Nick Mullens, Southern Miss
    8. Cooper Rush, Cental Michigan (UPDATE: Rush has signed with the Cowboys)
    9. Antonio Pipkin, Tiffin
    10. Sefo Liufau, Colorado (UPDATE: Liufau has signed with the Buccaneers)
    11. Gunner Kiel, Cincinnati
    12. Joe Yearby, Miami
    13. Taysom Hill, BYU (UPDATE: Hill has signed with the Packers)
    14. Patrick Towles, Boston College
    15. Bart Houston, Wisconsin
    16. Tommy Armstrong, Nebraska
    17. Drew Bauer, Minnesota-Duluth
    18. Phil Nelson, East Carolina
    19. Jordan West, Eastern Washington
    20. Zach Terrell, Western Michigan
    21. Dakota Prukop, Oregon
    22. Steven Cluley, William &, Mary
    23. Sean Maguire, Florida State
    24. Skyler Howard, West Virginia

*Many of these quarterbacks have traits that will get them signed at positions other than the one they played in college.

Running backs

  1. Corey Clement, Wisconsin
    1. Dare Ogunbowale, Wisconsin (UPDATE: Ogunbowale has signed with the Texans)
    2. Freddie Stevenson, Florida State
    3. LeShun Daniels, Iowa (UPDATE: Daniels signed with the Patriots)
    4. Devine Redding, Indiana
    5. Rushel Shell, West Virginia
    6. Jahad Thomas, Temple (UPDATE: Thomas has signed with the Cowboys)
    7. Akeem Judd, Mississippi
    8. Boom Williams, Kentucky
    9. Justin Davis, USC (UPDATE: Davis has signed with the Rams)
    10. Mario Pender, Florida State
    11. William Stanback, Virginia Union
    12. Brandon Radcliff, Louisville (UPDATE: Radcliff signed with the Colts)
    13. Austin Ekeler, Western State (Colo.) (UPDATE: Ekeler has signed with the Chargers)
    14. Tion Green, Cincinnati
    15. Shane Osberg-Smith, San Jose State
    16. Darrin Laufasa, Texas El-Paso (UPDATE: Laufasa has signed with the Bengals)
    17. Bri'onte Dunn, Ohio State
    18. Dominique Swope, Reinhardt

Wide receivers

  1. Ishmael Zamora, Baylor (UPDATE: Zamora has signed with the Raiders)
    1. KD Cannon, Baylor
    2. Fred Ross, Mississippi State (UPDATE: Ross has signed with the Panthers)
    3. Bug Howard, North Carolina (UPDATE: Howard signed with Colts)
    4. Riley McCarron, Iowa
    5. Quincy Adeboyejo, Mississippi
    6. Jamari Staples, Louisville
    7. Austin Carr, Northwestern (UPDATE: Carr has signed with the Patriots)
    8. Travin Dural, LSU
    9. Zach Pascal, Old Dominion (UPDATE: Pascal signed with the Redskins)
    10. Artavis Scott, Clemson (UPDATE: Scott has signed with the Chargers)
    11. Krishawn Hogan, Marian (Ind.) (UPDATE: Hogan has agreed to terms with the Cardinals)
    12. Keevan Lucas, Tulsa
    13. Damore'ea Stringfellow, Mississippi (UPDATE: Stringfellow has signed with the Dolphins)
    14. River Cracraft, Washington State
    15. Kendrick Bourne, Eastern Washington
    16. Amba Etta-Tawo, Syracuse
    17. James Quick, Louisville (UPDATE: Quick signed with the Redskins)
    18. Travis Rudolph, Florida State (UPDATE: Rudolph has signed with the Giants)
    19. Victor Bolden, Oregon State
    20. Keon Hatcher, Arkansas (UPDATE: Hatcher has signed with the Raiders)
    21. Jerome Lane, Akron
    22. Trey Griffey, Arizona (UPDATE: Griffey has signed with the Colts)
    23. Tim White, Arizona State
    24. Gabe Marks, Washington State (UPDATE: Marks has signed with the Jets)
    25. KeVonn Mabon, Ball State
    26. Michael Rector, Stanford (UPDATE: Rector has signed with the Lions)
    27. Jalen Robinette, Air Force
    28. Noel Thomas, Connecticut (UPDATE: Thomas has signed with the Lions)
    29. Thomas Sperbeck, Boise State (UPDATE: Sperbeck has signed with the Buccaneers)
    30. Greg Ward, Houston
    31. Bobo Wilson, Florida State (UPDATE: Wilson has signed with the Buccaneers)
    32. Dominique Reed, Arkansas
    33. Speedy Noil, Texas A&,M
    34. Daikiel Shorts, West Virginia
    35. Robert Wheelwright, Wisconsin
    36. Dan Arnold, Wisconsin-Platteville 
    37. Kenny Walker, UCLA
    38. Tim Patrick, Utah
    39. Reginald Davis, Texas Tech (UPDATE: Davis has signed with the Falcons)
    40. Levonte Whitefield, Florida State

Tight ends

  1. Ricky Seals-Jones, TE, Texas A&M (UPDATE: Seals-Jones has agreed to terms with Cardinals)
    1. Brandon Barnes, TE, Alabama St.
    2. Cole Hikutini, Louisville (UPDATE: Hikutini has signed with the 49ers)
    3. Antony Auclair, Laval (Canada) (UPDATE: Auclair has signed with the Buccaneers)
    4. Cethan Carter, Nebraska (UPDATE: Carter has signed with the Bengals)
    5. Darrell Daniels, Washington (UPDATE: Daniels has signed with the Colts)
    6. Pharaoh Brown, Oregon (UPDATE: Brown has signed with the Raiders)
    7. Tyrone Swoopes, Texas
    8. Billy Brown, Shepherd
    9. Andy Avgi, Western Oregon
    10. Blake Jarwin, Oklahoma State (UPDATE: Jarwin has signed with the Cowboys)
    11. Scott Orndoff, Pittsburgh
    12. Taylor McNamara, USC (UPDATE: McNamara has signed with the Browns)
    13. Anthony Kukwa, Lake Erie
    14. Johnny Munoz, Oregon
    15. Josiah Price, Michigan State (UPDATE: Price has signed with the Vikings)
    16. DJ Dowdy, Cincinnati
    17. Anthony Firkser, Harvard (UPDATE: Firkser has signed with the Jets)
    18. Evan Baylis, Oregon
    19. Sean Culkin, Missouri (UPDATE: Culkin has signed with the Chargers)
    20. Keith Towbridge, Louisville
    21. Cal Bloom, Central Florida
    22. Colin Jeter, LSU (UPDATE: Jeter signed with the Colts)
    23. DeSean Smith, LSU
    24. Hayden Plinke, Texas-El Paso
    25. Phazahn Odom, Fordham
    26. Connor Cella, Rice
    27. Derrick Griffin, Texas Southern

Offensive line

  1. Jessamen Dunker, Tennessee St. (UPDATE: Dunker has signed with the Giants)
    1. Collin Buchanan, Miami (Ohio)
    2. Avery Gennesy, Texas A&M
    3. Damien Mama, USC
    4. Aviante Collins, TCU (UPDATE: Collins has signed with the Vikings)
    5. Tyler Orlosky, West Virginia
    6. Jon Toth, Kentucky
    7. Cameron Lee, Illinois State
    8. Eric Austell, Charleston Southern
    9. Ben Braden, Michigan
    10. Cole Croston, Iowa (UPDATE: Croston signed with the Patriots)
    11. Jerry Ugokwe, William and Mary (UPDATE: Ugokwe signed with the Colts)
    12. Javarius Leamon, S.C. State (UPDATE: Leamon signed with the Jets)
    13. Kyle Kalis, Michigan (UPDATE: Kalis signed with the Redskins)
    14. Daniel Brunskill, San Diego State
    15. Nate Theaker, Wayne State
    16. Jonah Pirsig, Minnesota (UPDATE: Pirsig signed with the Titans)
    17. Landon Lechler, North Dakota State (UPDATE: Lechler signed with the Bengals)
    18. Dan Skipper, Arkansas (UPDATE: Skipper has signed with the Cowboys)
    19. Josh Boutte, LSU (UPDATE: Boutte has signed with the Browns)
    20. Robert Leff, Auburn (UPDATE: Leff has signed with the Falcons)
    21. Eric Magnuson, Michigan (UPDATE: Magnuson has signed with the 49ers)
    22. Alex Kozan, Auburn
    23. Zack Johnson, N.D. State
    24. Kent Perkins, Texas (UPDATE: Perkins signed with Bengals)
    25. Adam Pankey, West Virginia
    26. Eric Smith, Virginia (UPDATE: Smith has signed with the Dolphins)
    27. Travis Averill, Boise State (UPDATE: Averill has signed with the Falcons)
    28. Freddie Burden, Georgia Tech
    29. Andreas Knappe, Connecticut (UPDATE: Knappe has signed with the Falcons)
    30. Cole Gardner, Eastern Michigan (UPDATE: Gardner has signed with the Buccaneers)
    31. Andrew Wylie, Eastern Michigan
    32. Dieugot Joseph, Florida International

Defensive linemen

  1. Fadol Brown, DE, Ole Miss (UPDATE: Brown signed with the Raiders)
    1. Jarron Jones, Notre Dame (UPDATE: Jones has signed with the Giants)
    2. Josh Augusta, Missouri (UPDATE: Augusta has signed with the Patriots)
    3. Garrett Sickels, Penn State (UPDATE: Sickels signed with the Colts)
    4. Hunter Dimick, Utah
    5. Bryan Cox Jr., Florida (UPDATE: Cox has signed with the Panthers)
    6. Rashaad Coward, Old Dominion
    7. Noble Nwachuwu, West Virginia
    8. Ken Ekanem, Virginia Tech (UPDATE: Ekanem has signed with the Broncos)
    9. Chunky Clements, Illinois
    10. Lewis Neal, LSU (UPDATE: Neal has signed with the Cowboys)
    11. Isiah Golden, McNeese State
    12. Samson Kafovalu, Colorado
    13. Danny O'Brien, Tennessee
    14. Darius English, South Carolina (UPDATE: English has signed with the Falcons)
    15. Josh Banks, Wake Forest (UPDATE: Banks has signed with the Giants)
    16. Collin Bevins, Northwest Missouri State (UPDATE: Bevins has signed with the Cardinals)
    17. Johnathan Calvin, Mississippi State
    18. Patrick Ricard, Maine
    19. Jon Taylor, SE Louisiana
    20. Nick James, Mississippi State (UPDATE: James has signed with the Lions)
    21. Matthew Godin, Michigan (UPDATE: Godin has signed with the Texans)
    22. Ondre Pipkins, Texas Tech (UPDATE: Pipkins signed with the Redskins)

Linebackers

  1. Harvey Langi, BYU (UPDATE: Langi signed with the Patriots)
    1. Carroll Phillips, Illinois (UPDATE: Phillips has signed with the Jaguars)
    2. Brooks Ellis, Arkansas (UPDATE: Ellis signed with the Patriots)
    3. Kennan Gilchrist, Appalachian State (UPDATE: Gilchrist has signed with the Cowboys)
    4. Connor Harris, Lindenwood (UPDATE: Harris has signed with the Jets)
    5. Hardy Nickerson, Illinois (UPDATE: Nickerson has signed with the Bengals)
    6. Ben Boulware, Clemson  (UPDATE: Boulware has signed with the Panthers)
    7. Riley Bullough, Michigan State (UPDATE: Bullough has signed with the Buccaneers)
    8. Jimmie Gilbert, Colorado
    9. Kevin Davis, Colorado State (UPDATE: Davis has signed with the Rams)
    10. Devonte' Fields, Louisville
    11. Dylan Cole, Missouri State (UPDATE: Cole has signed with the Texans)
    12. Eric Wilson, Cincinnati (UPDATE: Wilson has signed with the Vikings)
    13. James Onwualu, Notre Dame  (UPDATE: Onwualu has signed with the Chargers)
    14. Joe Mathis, Washington
    15. Calvin Munson, San Diego State (UPDATE: Munson has signed with the Giants)
    16. Shaan Washington, Texas A&,M (UPDATE: Washington has signed with the Vikings)
    17. Nyeem Wartman, Penn State
    18. Javancy Jones, Jackson State
    19. Jamal Marcus, Akron (UPDATE: Marcus has signed with the Browns)
    20. Richie Brown, Mississippi State (UPDATE: Brown has signed with the Buccaneers)
    21. Jordan Burton, Oklahoma State
    22. Ryan Watson, Air Force
    23. Christian Kuntz, Duquesne (UPDATE: Kuntz has signed with the Buccaneers)
    24. Dayon Pratt, East Carolina (UPDATE: Pratt has signed with the Texans)
    25. Donavin Newsom, Missouri
    26. Michael Scherer, Missouri
    27. Torrodney Prevot, Oregon

Defensive backs

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