NFL: Five Undrafted Rookies to Impact the NFC in 2018
Every year, dozens of undrafted rookies make an NFL roster. Some of those even go on to make a significant early impact. Today we are going to look at five undrafted rookies that are looking to make an impact for NFC teams in 2018.
DAVID WELLS, TE, SAN DIEGO STATE
The tight end room for the Dallas Cowboys fell into disarray after Jason Witten took his talents to ESPN. Unproven players like Geoff Swaim, Blake Jarwin, Rico Gathers, and fourth-round pick Dalton Schultz now sit atop the depth chart. David Wells is a proven run blocker, with surprising athletic ability, and pass-catching upside. His blocking will get him on the roster and his receiving in the red zone will get him early playing time.
JEREMY REAVES, S, SOUTH ALABAMA
The defending Super Bowl Champion Philadelphia Eagles have a deep roster that is going to be tough to crack. If they have depth issues anywhere, safety is where they would be. 2nd-year player Randall Goforth and veteran Chris Maragos are all that is behind the starters. Jeremy Reaves showed ball-hawking skills at South Alabama. He was solid at the Senior Bowl as well. Reaves doesn’t have ideal measurables but his ball skills and special teams ability offer him a chance to contribute in 2018.
KOREY ROBERTSON, WR, SOUTHERN MISS & JAKE WIENEKE, WR, SOUTH DAKOTA STATE
The NFC runner-up Minnesota Vikings also have a deep roster. Their starters, Stefon Diggs and Adam Thielen are entrenched. I can’t say the same for the rest of the wide receiver room. Athletic testing hurt both Korey Robertson and Jake Wieneke. They both have what it takes to make the final 53. Robertson is a quicker-than-fast type with a nice run after catch ability. Wieneke is a superb route runner with a huge catch radius. He wins the majority of 50/50 balls thrown his way. I think one or both make the Vikings final roster.
NEW ORLEANS SAINTS
DEON YELDER, TE, WESTERN KENTUCKY
Normally you can get a good inclination of how a team feels about an undrafted free agent by how much of a signing bonus they give them. The New Orleans Saints gave Deon Yelder $90,000 to sign. That is significantly higher than most UDFA get. Veteran Benjamin Watson is TE1 at the moment. Yelder offers a nice balance of run blocking and pass catching. He doesn’t excel in either area, however. The lack of any athleticism in the TEs in front of him leads me to believe he will see significant snaps for NOLA this year.
SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS
Based on 2016 tape, I thought Tarvarus McFadden was a potential Top-10 pick. His play dipped in 2017 and then the Combine torpedoed his draft stock. McFadden ran in the high 4.6-second range in the forty. He has excellent size and length and his cover skills are still there. His speed is lacking in a big way. If he can show enough in camp to beat out journeymen Greg Mabin and Trovon Reed, I believe McFadden will make the San Francisco 49ers cornerback group better.
What do you think of these undrafted players? What undrafted players do you expect to make NFC rosters? Let us know in the comments below!