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Best undrafted players for the 2018 NFL Draft

A lot of picks were made over seven rounds, 256 to be exact, but there are still some really good rookies on the market looking for a team. Who were the best players that weren’t drafted?

Trenton Thompson, DT, Georgia

Thompson left Georgia early and went undrafted. He had a lot of experience playing for the Bulldogs but didn’t produce a lot for them. He was an important cog on a really good defense that carried the team to a CFP Championship Game Appearance.

Any team looking for interior line depth should give Thompson a camp invite. He is athletic and disruptive and could make a team if given the opportunity to do so.

Skai Moore, LB, South Carolina

There are some concerns about Moore’s durability, but he was a great college player at South Carolina. Teams may not have wanted to use a pick on someone with injury issues, but may rather invite him to camp and see what he can do and if he can stay healthy there.

Moore is especially good in coverage, intercepting a lot of passes over his years as a Gamecock. He also has great awareness and instincts, which is a great quality to have in a player who will likely be a backup.

Akrum Wadley, RB, Iowa

Best undrafted players 2018 NFL Draft
Akrum Wadley (Photo by youtube.com)

Wadley isn’t an every-down back but definitely can fill a role for an NFL team. He is undersized, which may have given teams a reason to pause and think about if they want to invest in him. His top end speed also came into question with his 4.54 40 yard dash at the NFL Combine.

His greatest asset is his ability to catch passes out of the backfield. If he can learn to block, he can become a good third down back for an NFL team. He has good moves to make defenders miss and good quickness. He will likely get scooped up early in the undrafted free agent market.

Jeff Holland, DE/OLB, Auburn

Holland was another player who left school early for his shot in the pros. The decision may be something that he wants back now, but he could garner some interest in the UFA market. He lacks elite athleticism at the position, which likely scared teams away.

His motor and tough play style are the biggest things he has going for him. He had a lot of pressures last year and can get off the snap quickly. He shouldn’t be sitting on his couch for long.

Josh Adams, RB, Notre Dame

Best undrafted players 2018 NFL Draft
Josh Adams (Photo by onefootdown.com)

Adams left school early as well, but the decision is a little bit different for running backs who have a short shelf life. He runs to high and is an easy target to find for defenders because he is so tall. Most of his production is attributed to having two first-round linemen, Quenton Nelson and Mike McGlinchey, blocking ahead of him.

He is fast, big and can catch out of the backfield, but his acceleration, agility and power aren’t great. There will be a spot for him in a camp, but he needs to show that his production had a lot to do with him and not just the blockers in front of him.

Other notable undrafted players: Tegray Scales LB Indiana, Kevin Toliver CB LSU, Holton Hill CB Texas, Quenton Meeks CB Stanford, Tony Brown CB Alabama, Sean Welsh OG/C Iowa, Kurt Benkert QB Virginia, Tarvarus McFadden CB Florida State, Quinton Flowers QB USF

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