We've made it a 'habit' to keep an undrafted player almost every year lately, but the current state of the Denver Roster is making it tougher for draft picks to make the grade, let alone the UDFA's. Will we see one of them make the team this year? If so, who do you think it will be.
Below is a break down of the fifteen UDFA players, and a poll for you to make your pick.
C.J. Anderson, RB, Cal
SUMMARY - He has a very wide, thick build with limited growth potential to develop for the position at the NFL level. He is a good overall athlete with solid foot quickness and lateral agility. He runs behind his pads with good power. However, he has only average long speed, acceleration and big-play potential and can't be considered a complete, every-down prospect for the next level.
He shows very good strength on contact as an inside runner as he consistently breaks arm tackles in his play. He is most effective running between the tackles. He lacks the explosiveness and elusiveness in the open field to be a special back in space. He is a fairly productive and natural receiver out of the backfield. He shows soft hands with the ability to locate the ball in the air.
He has excellent toughness and aggressiveness as a blocker in pass protection. He is equally willing to chip on his way to the flat, as he is to step up and take on a blitzer. Unfortunately, he does not possess added value to consider for special teams. Overall, he deserves late 5th round draft consideration by a team looking for a power back to be part of a rotation.
Kemonte’ Bateman, WR, New Mexico State
2012, 50 Rec, 707 Yds, 14.1 Yd/Rec
Ryan Doerr, P, Kansas State
Manase Foketi, G, Kansas State
Bio: Junior college transfer who moved into the starting lineup at Kansas State. Started the first two games of his senior season before suffering a season-ending leg injury.
Positive: Nice-sized college tackle who was highly rated before his injury. Works to stays square, keeps the defender in front of him and blocks with a wide base. Keeps his feet moving throughout the action and displays better than average skills blocking in motion. Strong at the point and works to finish off opponents.
Negative: Played left tackle at Kansas State yet lacks the footwork and agility to stay there in the NFL. Still rough around the edges in many aspects of his game.
Analysis: After Foketi E(TM)s terrific junior season, much was expected of before a leg injury ended his campaign. He has size and growth potential and could be a developmental right tackle.
Aaron Hester, CB, UCLA
SUMMARY - Aaron Hester has prototype size and athleticism for the NFL level, but his inconsistent technique in coverage and ineffectiveness defending the run will prevent him from being considered an elite prospect. He has the speed and fluidity needed to stay with receivers all over the field, but too often gets upright in his pedal and loses a step in transition.
He isn't physical at the LOS and at times isn't patient enough with his pedal, causing him to open the wrong way and leave himself susceptible to double moves. While he clearly has the size and natural strength to be an effective run defender, he is too passive at the POA and does not work to shed blocks in time to get involved.
Many of his errors appear to be very coach-able, but the fact that he was a 5th year senior and not an underclassman making mental errors is concerning. While his college production and inconsistency makes him a better value on day three, don't be surprised if a team like Seattle is willing to gamble a bit earlier on his size and athleticism.
Ryan Katz, QB, San Diego State
Uona Kaveinga, LB, BYU
STRENGTHS: Physical leader in the middle of the defense who possesses a compact build with thick arms. Finds the ball regularly, feels his way through traffic to stack running backs. Punishes ball carriers with a pop in the hole or in zone coverage. Takes out lead blockers like a missile when needed so others can clean up. Has enough foot speed to drop in the middle, works to stay with tight ends down the seam. Knocks smaller receivers off crossing routes over the middle.
WEAKNESSES: Shorter than scouts prefer at the position. Length also becomes an issue when fighting off blockers. Downhill defender who can struggle to change directions quickly. Hustles to the ball, but won't have a huge range due to average initial acceleration. Goes for the big shoulder hit instead of wrapping at times, will lunge and be eluded by quicker ball carriers.
Gary Mason Jr., DE, Baylor
2012 - 13 games: Tackles 28,17 solo; Tackles For Loss 5.5, Sacks 2.0, Passes Broken Up 5, QB Hurries 3
Quincy McDuffie, WR, Central Florida
12/24/12 - TOP 10: THE MOST UNDERRATED PLAYERS YOU NEED TO WATCH IN BOWL SEASON: 7-Quincy McDuffie, UCF, WR/KR: One of the fastest men in college football, McDuffie has run six kickoffs back for TDs. Actually, he ran a seventh back on the opening play in UCF's bowl game against Georgia two years ago.
A UCF flag brought it back, but coaches say the message that seeing McDuffie race past the Dawgs proved quite a catalyst for the Knights who went on to knock off the big boys from the SEC. This season McDuffie is averaging over 34 yards per kick return and has taken three of the 17 kickoffs he's fielded back for touchdowns. - Bruce Feldman, CBSSports.com
Lerentee McCray, LB, Florida
McCray appears to be a very solid mid round pick . He has very good speed , excellent size, was well coached at one of the best college programs in the country , and from the highlight package can be a terror on the blitz which I believe is one aspect the new defensive coaches might want to take more advantage of . So yes I would consider him for the Bears .
STRENGTHS: Athletic looking frame with thick lower half, and long, muscular arms. Exhibits good top-end speed and acceleration in space. Displays strong punch and ability to generate a bull rush when he establishes low position/leverage. Will spread out and cover the slot from time to time, and possesses fluid backpedal in space. Possesses active hands on contact and flashes good use of long arms to swim back inside as a rusher.
Plays with some physicality and is tough to push back at the line. Persistent worker on the field who plays with energy and aggression. Hasn't seemed to drop off in quickness or speed throughout his college career despite a substantial weight and muscle.
WEAKNESSES: Inconsistent first step off the line, and lacks elite explosiveness off the snap as a rush end. Average change-of-direction ability and agility. Lacks hip flexibility at the edge to make up for inconsistent get-off. Uncertain where he fits at the next level; lacks good experience in space as a traditional linebacker, but doesn't display a great deal of natural pass-rush ability, either.
COMPARES TO: Leroy Hill, OLB, Seattle Seahawks - Like Hill early in his career, McCray exhibits natural athleticism that makes you want to find a spot for him. Considering the growing need for speed and the number of teams utilizing 3-4 alignments on defense, McCray could be a late-round pickup for a team willing to take on a project with some considerable upside.
Ross Rasner, S, Arkansas
CAREER SUMMARY: Rasner has seen action in 37 games and made three starts. He has recorded 92 tackles, including 8.0 for loss with 4.0 sacks, four quarterback hurries, four pass breakups and two fumble recoveries and also has returned four kickoffs for 72 yards. His two career fumble recoveries are tied for the lead among current Razorbacks.
Lucas Reed, TE, New Mexico
03/07/13 - 2013 New Mexico Pro Day: While the 2013 NFL draft may lack in headlining skill-position prospects, it does offer intriguing depth. This is particularly true at tight end, which is generally regarded as one of the classes' most talented positions.
It is precisely because of this depth that likely kept scouts from inviting New Mexico's Lucas Reed to the combine. Representatives from a handful of teams that traveled to see he and the rest of the Lobos perform at Thursday's Pro Day, however, were treated to a performance that would have ranked among the best among tight ends tested in Indianapolis.
Reed measured in at 6-6, 247 pounds and despite possessing very long arms (35 1/4"), topped the high set by Stanford's Zach Ertz this year at the combine with 27 repetitions of 225 pounds. His explosiveness extended to the vertical jump, as well, where he posted a 37" vertical jump. Reed was unofficially clocked between 4.65-4.72 seconds in the 40-yard dash. He had a 4.08-second time in the short shuttle and covered the three-cone in 6.97 seconds.
Doug Rippy, LB, Colorado
07/18/12 - 2012 BUTKUS AWARD PRESEASON WATCH LIST: Douglas Rippy, Colorado, has been selected to the Preseason Butkus Award Watch List for the 2012 college football season, presented to the top linebacker in college football by the Butkus Foundation. Rippy led the team with 62 tackles (19 solo) in the first seven games last season before suffering a season ending injury.
He had three games with 10 or more tackles and averaged 8.9 tackles per game - tied for the most on the team with Anthony Perkins. The Columbus, Ohio native also finished with three sacks and had two more tackles for a loss. He sacked or assisted with a sack of the quarterback in each of the first four games of 2012. - Colorado football
Lamaar Thomas, WR, New Mexico
WR/RB Lamaar Thomas (5-11, 187, 4.40)...An Ohio State transfer, Thomas has always had the athleticism to be a legitimate NFL prospect, but the production and consistency haven't been there. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com
John Youboty, DE, Temple
12/10/12 - 2012 ALL-BIG EAST SECOND TEAM (COACHES): DL John Youboty, Temple, Sr., Houston, Texas/Klein, has been selected Second Team All-BIG EAST Conference (Coaches selection) for the 2012 college football season. Youboty started all 11 games at defensive end.
He was one of just seven Owls to start every game and also played on the field goal defense unit. Youboty finished the season with 42 tackles, including 28 solo stops and 6.0 TFL, a team-best five sacks, two hurries, a forced fumble, and a break-up. - Temple football