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Best undrafted free agents out to emerge after the 2021 NFL Draft

We take a look at the best players still available who went undrafted in the 2021 NFL Draft.

Nick Brossette #4 of the LSU Tigers tries to avoid the tackle of Dylan Moses #32 of the Alabama Crimson Tide in the first half of their game at Tiger Stadium on November 03, 2018 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images

The 2021 NFL Draft is just about a wrap. The third day is always the longest, with the fourth through seventh rounds taking us from noon until after 6 p.m. ET. And yet, while that closes out the selection draft, it does not close out draft weekend.

The third day can get a little crazy with some of the names coming off the board, but it’s post-draft Saturday where things can really go haywire. The close of the draft means it is time for undrafted free agency. Any college player who was eligible for the draft and not selected is free to sign with any interested team. The signing bonuses are usually fairly limited, although the higher end UDFAs can get up close to a rookie salary guarantee if a team really likes them.

We’re publishing this just before the draft wraps and will update the list once Mr. Irrelevant comes off the board. In the meantime, teams have already begun reaching out to potential UDFA targets. Teams have players they want to prioritize for signing, and it’s every team for themselves. Rumors will fly of players signing with one team only to have them sign with another team. Information is a little less reliable over the next 24 hours.

Draft picks sign a four-year contract, with deals for first round picks having a fifth-year team option. Additionally, draft picks cannot renegotiate their deal until after three seasons. On the other hand, UDFAs can only sign three year contracts and they are able to renegotiate after two years. It can often provide a player more value to be a UDFA than a seventh round pick if they break out because they hit free agency more quickly.

With that, let’s take a look at our rankings of the best players available as undrafted free agents coming out of the 2021 NFL Draft.

Best UDFA available post-draft

Best UDFA available following the 2021 NFL Draft

Rk Player Team Position
Rk Player Team Position
45 Dylan Moses Alabama ILB
102 Javian Hawkins Louisville RB
114 Trill Williams Syracuse CB
119 Shakur Brown Michigan State CB
122 Adrian Ealy Oklahoma T
129 Anthony Hines III Texas A&M ILB
135 Olaijah Griffin USC CB
135 Demetric Felton UCLA RB
138 Kenny Yeboah Mississippi TE
140 Kayode Awosika Buffalo G
143 Davis Daniel Georgia CB
148 Ar'Darius Washington TCU S
154 Javon McKinley Notre Dame WR
160 Charles Snowden Virginia OLB
165 Carson Green Texas A&M T
167 David Moore Grambling G
168 Garret Wallow TCU ILB
174 Drew Dalman Stanford C
179 Tarron Jackson Coastal Carolina DE
183 Tamorrion Terry Florida State WR
185 Marvin Wilson Florida State DT
188 Trevon Grimes Florida WR
194 Drue Chrisman Ohio State P
196 Austin Watkins Jr. UAB WR
197 Bryce Thompson Tennessee CB
198 Jonathan Marshall Arkansas DT
201 Jamie Newman Wake Forest QB
206 Khyiris Tonga BYU DT
210 Nick Eubanks Michigan TE
211 Brandon Smith Iowa WR
213 Thomas Kraemer Notre Dame G
214 Hamilcar Rashed Jr. Oregon State OLB
215 Damar Hamlin Pittsburgh S
217 Drake Jackson Kentucky C
221 Blake Haubeil Ohio State K
224 Cade Johnson South Dakota State WR
225 Austin Faoliu Oregon DT
226 Amen Ogbongbemiga Oklahoma State ILB
229 Isaiah McKoy Kent State WR
232 Max Duffy Kentucky P
233 Trey Ragas Louisiana RB
235 Dylan Soehner Iowa State TE
238 Erroll Thompson Mississippi State ILB
241 Jaret Patterson Buffalo RB
243 Sage Surratt Wake Forest WR
245 Raymond Johnson III Georgia Southern DE
247 Christian Uphoff Illinois State S
248 Jonathan Adams Jr. Arkansas State WR
253 Shane Buechele SMU QB
254 Trae Barry Jacksonville State TE
256 Whop Philyor Indiana WR
257 Tyler Vaughns USC WR
259 Jordon Scott Oregon DT
260 Feleipe Franks Arkansas QB
261 Osirus Mitchell Mississippi State WR
262 Dillon Stoner Oklahoma State WR
263 Tim Jones Southern Mississippi WR
266 Kion Smith Fayetteville G
267 Justin Hilliard Ohio State ILB
269 James Smith Cincinnati P
270 Brendon White Rutgers S
271 Alaric Jackson Iowa T
273 Brennan Eagles Texas WR
274 Malik Herring Georgia DE
275 James Morrisey Pittsburgh C
276 Dicaprio Bootle Nebraska CB
277 Josiah Bronson Washington DT
279 Paddy Fisher Northwestern ILB
280 Peyton Ramsey Northwestern QB
281 Drew Himmelman Illinois State T
283 Marlon Williams Central Florida WR
284 Nick McCloud Notre Dame CB
285 Bryan Mills North Carolina Central CB
290 Sadarius Hutcherson South Carolina G
292 Elijah Sullivan Kansas State ILB
293 Chris Garrett Concordia OLB
294 Antjuan Simmons Michigan State OLB
295 K.J. Costello Mississippi State QB
296 Pooka Williams Jr. Kansas RB
297 Stevie Scott III Indiana RB
298 Paris Ford Pittsburgh S
299 Foster Sarell Stanford T
300 Quintin Morris Bowling Green TE
301 T.J. Vasher Texas Tech WR
303 Lorenzo Burns Arizona CB
304 Darius Stills West Virginia DT
308 Tony Poljan Virginia TE
309 Tre Walker San Jose State WR
310 Jhamon Ausbon Texas A&M WR
311 Sam Webb Missouri Western CB
313 Forrest Merrill Arkansas State DT
314 Jared Hocker Texas A&M G
315 Jamar Watson Kentucky OLB
316 Rakeem Boyd Arkansas RB
317 Tariq Thompson San Diego State S
318 Zaire Mitchell Notre Dame College TE
319 Bailey Gaither San Jose State WR
320 Harry Crider Indiana C
321 Lawrence Woods Truman State CB
322 Jacob Hansen Illinois ILB
323 CJ Marable Coastal Carolina RB
325 Jake Curhan California T
326 Briley Moore Kansas State TE
328 Manny Rugamba Miami-Oh CB
329 JaQuan Bailey Iowa State DE
330 Naquan Jones Michigan State DT
331 Tuf Borland Ohio State ILB
332 Rayshard Ashby Virginia Tech ILB
333 Riley Cole South Alabama OLB
335 Davis Cheek Elon QB
336 Brenden Knox Marshall RB
337 Aashari Crosswell Arizona State S
338 Syrus Tuitele Fresno State T
339 Warren Jackson Colorado State WR
340 Chase Behrndt West Virginia C
342 Dorian Etheridge Louisville ILB
343 Jah-Maine Martin North Carolina A&T RB
344 Tyler Coyle Purdue S
346 Damonte Coxie Memphis WR
347 Justus Reed Virginia Tech DE
348 Deon Jackson Duke RB
349 Qwynnterrio Cole Alcorn State S
350 Greg Eiland Mississippi State T
351 Khalil McClain Troy WR
352 Branden Mack Temple WR
353 Jalen Walker Boise State CB
354 Sam Kamara Stony Brook DE
356 William Fries Penn State G
357 Josh Johnson La-Monroe RB
358 Donovan Stiner Florida S
360 Artayvious Lynn TCU TE
361 Tay Martin Oklahoma State WR
363 Marquiss Spencer Mississippi State DE
364 Cole Van Lanen Wisconsin G
365 Mulbah Car Houston RB
366 Zayne Anderson BYU S
367 Cordell Volson North Dakota State T
368 Dai'Jean Dixon Nicholls State WR
369 Franklin McCain North Carolina A&T CB
370 Daniel Archibong Temple DT
371 Erik Swenson Oklahoma G
372 Christian Elliss Idaho OLB
373 Jaquan Hardy Tiffin RB
374 Russ Yeast Louisville S
375 Jack Stoll Nebraska TE
376 Antonio Phillips Ball State CB
377 Tory Carter LSU FB
378 Robert Jones Middle Tennessee G
380 Antwan Collier Central Florida S
381 Nick Pickett Oregon S
382 Antonio Nunn Buffalo WR
383 AJ Parker Kansas State CB
384 David Anenih Houston OLB
385 Spencer Brown UAB RB
386 Patrick Peek New Mexico S
387 Dareke Young Lenoir-Rhyne WR
389 Marcus Murphy Mississippi State S
390 Miller Forristall Alabama TE
391 Jalen Camp Georgia Tech WR
392 Jaylen Harris Prairie View CB
393 Devery Hamilton Duke G
394 Kyle Pugh Northern Illinois ILB
395 Andre Mintze Vanderbilt OLB
396 Brad Stewart Florida S
397 Erik Krommenhoek USC TE
398 Josh Imatorbhebhe Illinois WR
399 Damarion Williams Houston CB
400 Carlo Kemp Michigan DT
401 Josh Fedd-Jackson x-North Carolina State G
402 Blake Gallagher Northwestern ILB
403 Zach Smith Tulsa QB
404 Lamont Wade Penn State S
405 T.J. Simmons West Virginia WR
406 Parker Ferguson Air Force G
407 Curtis Robinson Stanford ILB
408 Will Hart Michigan P
409 Chris Brown Texas S
410 Chandon Herring BYU T
411 Matthew Bushman BYU TE
413 Jerry Jacobs Arkansas CB
414 Matt Brayton UNLV G
415 Zane Zandier Virginia ILB
416 Nate McCrary Saginaw Valley State RB
417 Terrell Morrison Stony Brook S
418 Pro Wells TCU TE
419 Tarik Black Texas WR
420 Elijah Stove Auburn WR
421 Kader Kohou Texas A&M Commerce CB
423 Mason Stokke Wisconsin FB
424 Teton Saltes New Mexico G
425 Justus Te'I Utah State OLB
426 AJ Rose Kentucky RB
427 Devon Key Western Kentucky S
428 Ky'el Hemby Southern Mississippi S
429 Jared Smart Hawaii WR
430 Brandon Pili USC DT
431 Rakavius Chambers Duke G
432 Alani Pututau Adams State OLB
433 Otis Anderson Central Florida RB
434 Dwayne Johnson Jr. San Diego State S
435 Grant Hermanns Purdue T
436 Rico Bussey Hawaii WR
437 Julius Faulk Delta State CB
438 Jack Heflin Iowa DT
439 Ray Thomas-Ishman Buffalo G
440 Charles Akanno Idaho OLB
442 Zac Lefebvre Buffalo TE
443 Shawn Steele Arkansas Pine Bluff CB
444 Brayden Thomas North Dakota State DE
445 Giovanni Fauolo UNLV FB
446 Braylon Jones Houston G
447 Donavaughn Campbell Louisiana Tech G
448 Darius Hodge Marshall OLB
449 Jose Borregales Miami-Fl PK
451 Eric Jackson Lenoir-Rhyne S
452 John Raine Northwestern TE
453 L'Liott Curry Henderson State WR
454 Trevon Bradford Oregon State WR
455 Michael Greene James Madison DT
456 Nolan Laufenberg Air Force G
457 Israel Tucker Louisina Tech RB
458 LD Brown Oklahoma State RB
459 Dru Prox Kansas S
460 Ramaud Chiaokhiao-Bowman Northwestern WR
461 Austin Trammell Rice WR
462 Cory Batie Harding CB
463 Elijah Ponder Cincinnati DT
464 Calvin Bundage Oklahoma State ILB
465 Anthony Pandy Arizona OLB
466 Justin Henderson Louisiana Tech RB
467 Jovan Grant Merrimack S
468 Keith Williams Colorado State T
469 De'Andre Washington Arkansas-Monticello TE
470 Tyshaun James Central Connecticut WR
472 Chris Wilcox BYU CB
473 Lorenzo Neal Purdue DT
474 Jordan Reid Michigan State G
475 Nate Brown Nevada G
476 Christian Tutt Auburn S
477 Hunter Kampmoyer Oregon TE
478 Adrian Hardy Louisiana Tech WR
480 Sam Womack Toledo CB
481 Kenny Randall Charleston-WV DT
482 Mustafa Johnson Colorado DT
483 Tristen Hoge BYU G
484 Lawrence Garner Old Dominion OLB
485 Mekhi Sargent Iowa RB
486 Lawrence White IV Iowa State S
487 Cary Angeline North Carolina State TE
488 Donnie Corley Texas Southern WR
489 Jequez Ezzard Sam Houston State WR
490 Antwuan Jackson Ohio State DT
491 Sam Cooper Merrimack G
492 Luis Aguilar Northern Arizona K
493 Pressley Harvin Georgia Tech P
494 Riley Patterson Memphis PK
495 Chris Ferguson Liberty QB
496 Collin Hill South Carolina QB
497 Tyrone Hill Buffalo S
498 Brock Wright Notre Dame TE
499 Dareon Nash Idaho CB
500 Zachary Dawe BYU DE