By Jesus Flores @DFWSportsFlo on July 27, 2014
Following the 2014 NFL Draft, scouting departments around the league took to the phones trying to sign undrafted rookie free agents.
Every season there are guys that go undrafted for one reason or another, but that doesn’t stop them from making an impact in the NFL.
So, let's take a look at five undrafted rookies that you should be keeping an eye on.
Max Bullough went undrafted despite being graded by some as a mid-to-late round prospect. In fact, he’s a guy that I personally liked. Not the fastest guy on the field, nor the best athlete, but he’s a guy with great instincts. I think that he can make an impact on the Texans, given the state of their inside linebacker corps and their inability to stay healthy.
Despite being a first-team All-SEC selection, Kelcy Quarles went undrafted. One thing that I know about the Giants is that they love defensive linemen, who posses unique combinations of size and speed, and Quarles has both of those qualities. On a team that relies heavily on being able to rotate defensive linemen in-and-out throughout games, Quarles has a chance to contribute immediately if he makes the 53-man roster.
The Patriots offensive staff knows how to use their tight ends, there’s no question about that. That’s why I think that Justin Jones is a player to watch for. He offers the team great size at 6-foot-8 274-lbs., and has the ability to catch the ball. With not a lot of competition in front of him, he could be huge for the Patriots offense, no pun intended.
At one-time, Shayne Skov was projected to be a mid-round pick because of his outstanding instincts and ability to find the football; however, a sub-par performance at the NFL Combine cost Skov big-time, and ultimately saw him go undrafted. Given the 49ers success with linebackers, this could be a match made in heaven if he makes the final 53-man roster.
Jackson Jeffcoat has the size, speed and instincts that the Seahawks look for in their prospects. He was the Big 12 co-Defensive Player of the Year, but teams passed on him due to his injury concerns. Much like Kelcy Quarles with the Giants, I think that Jeffcoat can come in and be a rotation guy right off the bat.
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