2021 NFL Draft: Top UDFA Pickups

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Every draft cycle, there are always players who are going to fall past what everyone else expected, and not be drafted. This year is no different. There were several players in this year’s draft that did not get drafted that should have been. Here, we take you through the top underrated free agent signing that has happened so far. Let’s get into it.

Ar’Darius Washington, S, TCU – Baltimore Ravens

Washington not getting drafted was criminal. It seemed that teams were claiming that he is too small but that’s simply not true. Yes, he is 5’8″ but the guy can absolutely play. He was one of the top safeties on a lot of peoples’ boards and the Ravens are getting a steal here. Not only was safety a need for Baltimore, but they also get one of the most talented ones in this class on an incredibly cheap base salary.

For more on Washington, check out our scouting report here.

Austin Watkins, WR, UAB – San Francisco 49ers

The fit of Watkins to the 49ers just makes so much sense. He’s a do-it-all type wide receiver with a really nice 6’1″ frame. Watkins is super talented and many expected him to go at least on day three. Watkins has a really good shot of making the roster and with his talent, he could even contribute early on. This was a phenomenal signing by John Lynch and the 49ers front office

For more on Watkins, check out our scouting report here.

Cade Johnson, WR, South Dakota State – Seattle Seahawks

Johnson is another guy who was perceived as a sure-fire draft pick. Instead, he fell way past anyone’s expectations and right into the Seahawks’ lap. For a guy who definitely got a lot of offers, signing with the Seahawks seemed to be a weird choice for Johnson. They already have a super deep wide receiver room and are very comfortable with their slots guy (where Johnson plays most). It would’ve been nice to see Johnson go to a more receiver needy team but he should be able to make the roster and contribute sometime down the road nonetheless. 

For more on Johnson, check out our scouting report here.

Drake Jackson, C, Kentucky – Detroit Lions

After some nice pre-draft hype, Jackson did not hear his name called at any time over the weekend. He’s a very good center and winds up in Detroit looking to be the backup to Frank Ragnow. Unfortunately for Jackson, Ragnow is one of the best centers in the league and it will be challenging to see reps early. Jackson has some really nice potential because of his raw talent and unique athleticism at the center spot. Hopefully, he finds reps somewhere down the line where he can start.

For more on Jackson, check out our scouting report here.

Marvin Wilson, DT, Florida State – Cleveland Browns

There’s no denying Wilson has some serious raw talent. Before the 2020 season, he was considered a perennial top-15 prospect. Now, he finds himself undrafted and in Cleveland. He seems a pretty safe bet to make the Browns’ roster and could potentially carve out a role for himself somewhere down the line. The Browns did take another defensive tackle in this draft, Tommy Togiai, but Wilson should provide some nice depth and be able to develop well in Cleveland. 

Dylan Moses, LB, Alabama – Jacksonville Jaguars

The jury seems split on how much value Moses can really bring to a football team but this is a really nice pickup for the Jaguars. We’ve seen what Moses can do pre-injury and if he can get back to that level, he should be a really good play in Jacksonville. Currently, however, Moses has a lot of work to do. The 2020 season was almost embarrassing for him and destroyed his draft stock. A once first-round talent now sees himself signing as a UDFA.

For more on Moses, check out our scouting report here.

Charles Snowden, LB, Virginia – Chicago Bears

This is one of the best fits of the entire draft, not the UDFA class, but the entire draft. The Bears specialize in the 3-4 outside linebackers and Snowden is exactly that. He’s a 6’7″ monster who can rush off the edge and disrupt throwing lanes exceptionally. If Snowden doesn’t make the roster it will be shocking. The Bears can develop this guy so well and continue to build on a really strong rookie class. 

For more on Snowden, check out our scouting report here.

Kenny Yeboah, TE, Ole Miss – New York Jets

Another very surprising undrafted player, Yeboah immediately gives the Jets a solid vertical threat at tight end. This is pretty much the perfect place for Yeboah to sign. With not much depth behind starter Chris Herndon, it looks like Yeboah could make the roster pretty easily. He should see some reps off the bat, but mostly in passing situations. Yeboah is another nice target for new franchise quarterback Zach Wilson to throw to.

For more on Yeboah, check out our scouting report here.

Tariq Thompson, S, San Diego State – Buffalo Bills

The Bills will absolutely love the player they are getting in Thompson. He is experienced, and incredibly versatile. Buffalo will be able to line him up pretty much wherever they’d like but we project him best as a nickel-back. He’s got tremendous ball skills and has a really good chance to make the Bills’ roster. In a secondary that needs a bit of an infusion of youth, Thompson could make a name for himself in Buffalo one day.

For more on Thompson, check out our scouting report here.

Pooka Williams, RB, Kansas – Cincinnati Bengals

This signing is a really great one for the Bengals. After losing Giovani Bernard this offseason, they need a running back to spell Joe Mixon and Williams could be the guy. The Bengals did take running back Chris Evans in the sixth round of the draft but Evans is nowhere near the pure runner that Williams is. The two could make a really nice one-two punch at the backup slot and provide nice versatility for the Bengals.

For more on Williams, check out our scouting report here.

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