The NFL Draft is officially on the clock and ready to go!
Last year, Mike Hughes, Tre’Quan Smith, Jordan Akins and Shaquem Griffin heard their names called and several others signed as UDFA’s.
While there will likely be less drafted players this year and more UDFA’s, here’s a quick look at where players might end up and where they might go.
Trysten Hill, DT
Hill was the first Knight off the board at the NFL Draft as the Cowboys drafted him with the 58th overall pick last night.
In a draft filled with a deep D-Line class, Hill has held his own and can be a contributor immediately in his first year.
As the only Knight to showcase his talents at the Combine in Indianapolis, Hill has multiple teams interested in him.
For a more in-depth look at Hill, read Luke’s piece here.
Pat Jasinski, LB
As the heartbeat of the defense, Jasinski showed leadership skills that any NFL team would love to have in their middle linebacker.
Unfortunately for Jasinski, his size (6’1”, 230 lbs.) is a bit small for his position, and it will cost him. At the earliest, Savage Pat could be a sixth or seventh-round selection, but will likely see himself as a priority UDFA.
Titus Davis, DE
Davis is another potential Day 3 guy that is leaning more towards undrafted free agency.
Davis made a name for himself on the UCF defensive line but will have some work to do if he wants to be on an NFL defensive line next season.
Davis definitely has the tools to be an NFL lineman, he’ll just need to land in the right situation for him where he can have a chance to contribute.
I could see a Florida team taking a chance on Davis with one of their UDFA slots.
Mac Loudermilk, P
Very few college punters get the chance to play at the next level, and Loudermilk could be one of those that gets the chance.
Mac may not get drafted, but every team invites at least one punter to camp to potentially unseat the incumbent.
Loudermilk needs to sign with a team with a poor punting situation if he wants to possibly move into the starting role. It’s a difficult task, but doable, nonetheless.
Matthew Wright, K
Like Loudermilk, Wright will get a spot in camp with a team but his space on an NFL roster come Week 1 is questionable.
He will need to land in a spot with a shaky kicker situation and win the contest.
A number of teams fit this build, but it will come down to where the interest is mutual.