Analysis

Top undrafted rookie free agents following the 2021 NFL Draft

The 2021 NFL Draft is in the books -- but teams aren't done building their rosters quite yet. Below is my position-by-position ranking of the top undrafted players in line to land spots as rookie free agents.

Quarterbacks

  1. Jamie Newman, Georgia/Wake Forest (UPDATE: Signing with the Eagles, per Tom Pelissero.)
  2. Shane Buechele, SMU (UPDATE: Signing with the Chiefs, per Tom Pelissero.)
  3. K.J. Costello, Mississippi State
  4. Feleipe Franks, Arkansas (UPDATE: Signing with the Falcons, per the team.)
  5. Zac Thomas, Appalachian State
  6. Zach Smith, Tulsa
  7. Peyton Ramsey, Northwestern
  8. Kevin Thomson, Washington
  9. Zerrick Cooper, Jacksonville State
  10. Ageel Glass, Alabama A&M
  11. David Moore, Central Michigan
  12. Brady Davis, Illinois State

Running backs

  1. Javian Hawkins, Louisville (UPDATE: Signing with the Falcons, per the team.)
  2. Rakeem Boyd, Arkansas (UPDATE: Signing with the Lions, per the team.)
  3. Jaret Patterson, Buffalo (UPDATE: Signing with Washington, per Tom Pelissero.)
  4. CJ Marable, Coastal Carolina
  5. Mekhi Sargent, Iowa
  6. Spencer Brown, Alabama-Birmingham
  7. Trey Ragas, Louisiana-Lafayette (UPDATE: Signing with the Raiders, per the team.)
  8. Nate McCrary, Saginaw Valley State
  9. Deon Jackson, Duke (UPDATE: Signing with the Colts, per the team.)
  10. Shakif Seymour, Toledo
  11. Dedrick Mills, Nebraska (UPDATE: Signing with the Lions, per the team.)
  12. A.J. Rose, Kentucky (UPDATE: Signing with the Vikings, per the team.)
  13. Billy McCrary, Abilene Christian
  14. Josh Johnson, Louisiana-Monroe
  15. Shane Simpson, Virginia
  16. JaQuan Hardy, Tiffin
  17. Stevie Scott III, Indiana (UPDATE: Signing with the Saints, per the team.)
  18. Brenden Knox, Marshall
  19. Garrett Groshek, Wisconsin (UPDATE: Signing with the Raiders, per the team.)
  20. Pooka Williams Jr., Kansas (UPDATE: Signing with the Bengals, per Tom Pelissero.)
  21. Caleb Huntley, Ball State (UPDATE: Signing with the Falcons, per the team.)

Wide receivers

  1. Marlon Williams, UCF
  2. Austin Watkins Jr., Alabama-Birmingham
  3. Cade Johnson, South Dakota State (UPDATE: Signing with the Seahawks, per Tom Pelissero.)
  4. Jonathan Adams, Arkansas State (UPDATE: Signing with the Lions, per the team.)
  5. Damon Hazelton, Missouri
  6. Whop Philyor, Indiana (UPDATE: Signing with the Vikings, per the team.)
  7. Damonte Coxie, Memphis
  8. Josh Imatorbhebhe, Illinois (UPDATE: Signing with the Jaguars, per Tom Pelissero.)
  9. Warren Jackson, Colorado State
  10. Tamorrion Terry, Florida State (UPDATE: Signing with the Seahawks, per Tom Pelissero.)
  11. Trevon Grimes, Florida
  12. Sage Surratt, Wake Forest (UPDATE: Signing with the Lions, per the team.)
  13. Dai'Jean Dixon, Nicholls State
  14. Tyler Vaughns, USC (UPDATE: Signing with the Colts, per the team.)
  15. Tim Jones, Southern Mississippi (UPDATE: Signing with the Jaguars, per the team.)
  16. Isaiah McKoy, Kent State (UPDATE: Signing with the Steelers, per Tom Pelissero.)
  17. Rico Bussey, Hawaii (UPDATE: Signing with the Steelers, per Tom Pelissero.)
  18. Connor Wedington, Stanford
  19. Javon McKinley, Notre Dame (UPDATE: Signing with the Lions, per the team.)

Tight ends

  1. Kenny Yeboah, Mississippi (UPDATE: Signing with the Jets, per Tom Pelissero.)
  2. Nick Eubanks, Michigan
  3. Cary Angeline, North Carolina State (UPDATE: Signing with the Cardinals, per his agent.)
  4. Tony Poljan, Virginia
  5. Miller Forristall, Alabama (UPDATE: Signing with the Titans, per Tom Pelissero.)
  6. Matt Bushman, Brigham Young (UPDATE: Signing with the Raiders, per the team.)
  7. Shaun Beyer, Iowa
  8. Jack Stoll, Nebraska
  9. Pro Wells, TCU (UPDATE: Signing with the Bengals, per Tom Pelissero.)
  10. Carl Tucker, Alabama
  11. Quintin Morris, Bowling Green State
  12. Artayvious Lynn, TCU
  13. Tory Carter, LSU (UPDATE: Signing with the Titans, per Tom Pelissero.)
  14. Briley Moore-McKinney, Kansas State
  15. Dylan Soehner, Iowa State (UPDATE: Signing with the Saints, per the team.)
  16. Jake Hausmann, Ohio State (UPDATE: Signing with the Lions, per the team.)
  17. Brock Wright, Notre Dame (UPDATE: Signing with the Lions, per the team.)

Offensive tackles

  1. Jake Curhan, California
  2. Adrian Ealy, Oklahoma
  3. Syrus Tuitele, Fresno State
  4. Drew Himmelman, Illinois State
  5. Greg Eiland, Mississippi State
  6. Grant Hermanns, Purdue (UPDATE: Signing with the Jets, per the team.)

Interior offensive linemen

  1. Drake Jackson, Kentucky (UPDATE: Signing with the Lions, per the team.)
  2. David Moore, Grambling State (UPDATE: Signing with the Panthers, per Tom Pelissero.)
  3. Sadarius Hutcherson, South Carolina
  4. Tommy Kraemer, Notre Dame (UPDATE: Signing with the Lions, per the team.)
  5. Tristen Hoge, Brigham Young (UPDATE: Signing with the Jets, per the team.)
  6. Robert Jones, Middle Tennessee State
  7. Ryan McCollum, Texas A&M (UPDATE: Signing with the Texans, per Tom Pelissero.)
  8. Brett Heggie, Florida
  9. Bryce Hargrove, Pittsburgh (UPDATE: Signing with the Falcons, per the team.)
  10. Kayode Awosika, Buffalo
  11. Danny Godlevske, Miami (Ohio)
  12. Carson Green, Texas A&M (UPDATE: Signing with the Texans, per Tom Pelissero.)
  13. Jared Hocker, Texas A&M
  14. Chandon Herring, Brigham Young
  15. Sam Cooper, Merrimack (UPDATE: Signing with the Ravens, per Tom Pelissero.)
  16. Cole Banwart, Iowa
  17. Ryan Neuzil, Appalachian State (UPDATE: Signing with the Falcons, per the team.)
  18. Joe Sculthorpe, North Carolina State (UPDATE: Signing with the Falcons, per the team.)

Edge rushers/defensive ends

  1. Hamilcar Rashed Jr., Oregon State (UPDATE: Signing with the Jets, per the team.)
  2. Charles Snowden, Virginia (UPDATE: Signing with the Bears, per Tom Pelissero.)
  3. Jamar Watson, Kentucky (UPDATE: Signing with the Steelers, per Tom Pelissero.)
  4. JaQuan Bailey, Iowa State
  5. Kobe Jones, Mississippi State (UPDATE: Signing with the Falcons, per the team.)
  6. Eli Howard, Texas Tech (UPDATE: Signing with the Falcons, per the team.)
  7. Romeo McKnight, Charlotte (**UPDATE:** Signing with the Browns, per the team.)
  8. Justus Reed, Virginia Tech

Interior defensive linemen

  1. Marvin Wilson, Florida State (UPDATE: Signing with the Browns, per the team.)
  2. Darius Stills, West Virginia (UPDATE: Signing with the Raiders, per the team.)
  3. Carlo Kemp, Michigan (UPDATE: Signing with the Packers, per the team.)
  4. Mustafa Johnson, Colorado
  5. Naquan Jones, Michigan State (UPDATE: Signing with the Titans, per Tom Pelissero.)
  6. Forrest Merrill, Arkansas State (UPDATE: Signing with the Chargers, per the team.)
  7. Malik Herring, Georgia
  8. Xavier Kelly, Arkansas
  9. Jordon Scott, Oregon (UPDATE: Signing with the Vikings, per the team.)
  10. Kyree Campbell, Florida
  11. Jack Heflin, Iowa (UPDATE: Signing with the Packers, per Tom Pelissero.)
  12. Zeandae Johnson, California (UPDATE: Signing with the Vikings, per the team.)
  13. Elijah Ponder, Cincinnati
  14. Jerome Johnson, Indiana
  15. Lorenzo Neal, Purdue
  16. Daniel Archibong, Temple
  17. Drew Wiley, Kansas State

Linebackers

  1. Dylan Moses, Alabama (UPDATE: Signing with the Jaguars, per Tom Pelissero.)
  2. Anthony Hines III, Texas A&M
  3. Justin Hilliard, Ohio State (UPDATE: Signing with the 49ers, per Tom Pelissero.)
  4. Paddy Fisher, Northwestern (UPDATE: Signing with the Panthers, per Tom Pelissero.)
  5. Riley Cole, South Alabama
  6. Tuf Borland, Ohio State (UPDATE: Signing with the Vikings, per the team.)
  7. Erroll Thompson, Mississippi State (UPDATE: Signing with the Falcons, per the team.)
  8. Dorian Etheridge, Louisville (UPDATE: Signing with the Falcons, per the team.)
  9. Tavante Beckett, Marshall (UPDATE: Signing with the Lions, per the team.)
  10. Zane Zandier, Virginia
  11. Max Richardson, Boston College (UPDATE: Signing with the Raiders, per the team.)
  12. David Curry, Georgia Tech
  13. Antjuan Simmons, Michigan State
  14. Amen Ogbongbemiga, Oklahoma State (UPDATE: Signing with the Chargers, per Tom Pelissero.)
  15. Milo Eifler, Illinois (UPDATE: Signing with the Jets, per the team.)
  16. Curtis Robinson, Stanford
  17. Elijah Sullivan, Kansas State
  18. Shaq Smith, Maryland (UPDATE: Signing with the Saints, per the team.)
  19. Ethan Tucky, Cincinnati

Safeties

  1. Trill Williams, Syracuse (UPDATE: Signing with the Saints, per the team.)
  2. Ar'Darius Washington, TCU
  3. Paris Ford, Pittsburgh
  4. Tariq Thompson, San Diego State
  5. Christian Uphoff, Illinois State (UPDATE: Signing with the Packers, per Tom Pelissero.)
  6. Eric Burrell, Wisconsin (UPDATE: Signing with the Saints, per the team.)
  7. Lamont Wade, Penn State (UPDATE: Signing with the Steelers, per Tom Pelissero.)
  8. Aashari Crosswell, Arizona State
  9. Brad Stewart Jr., Florida
  10. Dwayne Johnson Jr., San Diego State (UPDATE: Signing with the Falcons, per the team.)
  11. Nick Pickett, Oregon
  12. Zayne Anderson, Brigham Young
  13. Tyler Coyle, Purdue
  14. Donovan Stiner, Florida (UPDATE: Signing with the Steelers, per Tom Pelissero.)
  15. Marcus Murphy, Mississippi State (UPDATE: Signing with the Falcons, per Tom Pelissero.)
  16. Brendon White, Rutgers (UPDATE: Signing with the Jets, per the team.)
  17. D'Angelo Amos, Virginia (**UPDATE:** Signing with the Lions, per the team.)

Cornerbacks

  1. Bryan Mills, North Carolina Central (UPDATE: Signing with the Seahawks, per Tom Pelissero.)
  2. Bryce Thompson, Tennessee (UPDATE: Signing with the Saints, per the team.)
  3. Shakur Brown, Michigan State (UPDATE: Signing with the Steelers, per Tom Pelissero.)
  4. Olaijah Griffin, USC
  5. Emmanuel Rugamba, Miami (Ohio) (UPDATE: Signing with the Browns, per the team.)
  6. Mike Hampton, South Florida
  7. DJ Daniel, Georgia (UPDATE: Signing with the Jaguars, per the team.)
  8. Mark Gilbert, Duke (UPDATE: Signing with the Steelers, per Tom Pelissero.)
  9. Jerry Jacobs, Arkansas (UPDATE: Signing with the Lions, per the team.)
  10. Lorenzo Burns, Arizona
  11. Mac McCain III, North Carolina A&T
  12. Antonio Phillips, Ball State
  13. KJ Sails, South Florida
  14. Nick McCloud, Notre Dame
  15. A.J. Parker, Kansas State (UPDATE: Signing with the Lions, per the team.)

Specialists

  1. Max Duffy, punter, Kentucky
  2. James Smith, punter, Cincinnati
  3. Jose Borregales, kicker, Miami
  4. Riley Patterson, kicker, Memphis (UPDATE: Signing with the Vikings, per the team.)
  5. Drue Chrisman, punter, Ohio State
  6. Oscar Bradburn, punter, Virginia Tech
  7. Turner Bernard, long snapper, San Diego State (UPDATE: Signing with the Vikings, per the team.)

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