With the 2018 NFL Draft in the books we know were all the top prospects have been drafted to. However every football season we see players make huge impacts on NFL rosters. Players like Malcolm Butler, Wes Welker, Kurt Warner, Chris Harris, Jason Peters and Tony Romo are all examples of prospects that were not drafted but went onto successful careers in the NFL. Here is a look at the Best 2018 NFL Draft Undrafted Free Agents who are in the best situation to make an NFL roster.
Best 2018 NFL Draft Undrafted Free Agents Situations
Kurt Benkert QB Atlanta Falcons
If you watch just the Miami game then Kurt Benkert was probably one of your top quarterbacks after the big five. Benkert shows the ability to throw accurately in short to intermediate throw with some touch down field. Currently the Falcons just have Matt Schaub and Garrett Grayson as the backups to Matt Ryan. Benkert will have a shot to beat out Grayson and could be Ryan’s backup by year two.
Robert Foster WR Buffalo Bills
When Buffalo traded up to get Josh Allen, it was clear that they were trying to replicate the way that the Carolina Panthers build their offense around Cam Newton early in his career. The Bills already have the two big receivers on the outside in Kelvin Benjamin and Zay Jones to be contested catchers, but they lack that Ted Ginn type receiver to take the top off a defense and take advantage of Allen’s cannon for an arm. Robert Foster is a one trick pony being a deep threat, but has the potential with his speed to be that weapon for the Bills.
Levi Wallace CB Buffalo Bills
As the defensive coordinator with the Carolina Panthers Sean McDermott built that defense around mid and late round cornerbacks who fit well within their zone heavy scheme. Wallace is well trained playing for Nick Saban but is at his best when playing off the receiver and using his quickness and hands to make plays on the ball. With EJ Gaines allowed to walk and the Bills only bringing in Vontae Davis and drafting small school prospect Taron Johnson, the door is open as the Bills are still looking to build their defense into what McDermott wants to do.
Lowell Lotulelei DT Denver Broncos
Denver has struggled to stop the run the past couple of years but has turned to either penetrators or veteran run stuffers. When in shape and motivated Lotuelelei can be a strong run stuffer. All he has to do is beat out Domata Peko and Zach Kerr and Lotueleli is much cheaper. So if he’s able to be as good as them they could cut the veterans and go with a much cheaper player on a rookie contract.
Skai Moore LB Indianapolis Colts
A neck injury that cost him the entire 2016 season was likely a big reason why Skai Moore wasn’t drafted, but with his movement skills he is talented in coverage makes him perfect for the pass happy NFL that we are in. New defensive coordinator Matt Eberflus was a former linebacker coach with the Dallas Cowboys and showed the ability to develop linebackers. Indianapolis needs three new starting linebackers and while they drafted Darius Leonard in the second round, Moore still has shot to make the roster and fill a sub package role.
Allen Lazard WR Jacksonville Jaguars
At 6’5 Lazard excels at the catch point winning those 50/50 balls. What he lacks is the route running ability and separation to be a starting caliber receiver. Jacksonville doesn’t need starters but they cut the only contested catcher they have on the roster in Jaelen Strong. The Jaguars drafted DJ Chark, but he is more of a speed deep threat which also means that they still don’t have that big bodied possession type guy. Needing a red zone type weapon it leaves the door open for Lazard to will a roster spot. But he’ll have to show that he can play special teams too.
Hercules Mata’afa DT Minnesota Vikings
— Brian Johannes (@Draft_Brian) April 7, 2018
Without much of a position could be a reason why Mata’afa was not drafted, but he does have talent. Used as a defensive tackle at Washington State he thrived using his explosiveness upfield penetrating to stop the run and attack the quarterback. Minnesota could use help rushing the passer inside. While they signed Sheldon Richardson there isn’t much else besides him. Mata’afa could have a shot to win a job as a sub package pass rusher but has the body type that may allow him to see some time on the edge. Finding a roster spot is all about versatility and Mata’afa looks like he could provide that.
Akrum Wadley RB Tennessee Titans
— Brian Johannes (@Draft_Brian) December 16, 2017
Being ranked as our 5th running back it was a bit of surprise that he didn’t get drafted at all. However Wadley is very scheme specific and weighing under 190lbs didn’t help his cause. Wadley landed in a good spot as the Titans identity on offense is running the ball and recently let go of DeMarco Murray. Derrick Henry will get his shot to be the lead back and Dion Lewis was brought in to be the compliment, there is still role that could be won by Wadley. As we speak Khalfani Muhammad is their third back and although he was drafted by the current general manager, there is a new coaching staff. Wadley is a compliment to Henry but need to show that he can be a returner and even play on coverage units.