Every year after the draft concludes, the undrafted free agent frenzy begins. Several notable names go undrafted every year due to several issues like injuries, character concerns, and questionable work ethic. The other UDFAs are guys who flew under the radar or didn’t put up the numbers that would get them drafted. Every year an average of one UDFA beats out the odds and makes the team. Last year for Atlanta it was Darrin Walls, who became the #6 CB and recorded an INT in limited action. This year Atlanta has a very promising group of UDFAs and more then one could make the roster in my opinion. So let’s take a look at some of them.
Can Cody Pearcy Make the Squad?
The first guy I want to talk about is former Huttingdon WR Cody Pearcy. Pearcy is mostly known for his insane pro day at which he posted mind boggling numbers in the 40 (4.31), Vert (44″), 3 Cone (6.67), and Short Shuttle (3.76). Of course at 161 lbs, Pearcy will need to add quite a bit of bulk to hold up in the NFL, but he projects to be a versatile return man and potential deep threat. Comparisons are already being made between him and former Falcon Tim Dwight. Pearcy is well known for his great work ethic and will be one to keep an eye on during training camp this year.
The second man is former Wisconsin DE Louis Nzegwu. Nzegwu was recruited as a RB out of high school but was switched to DE when he arrived at Wisconsin. Nzegwu never compiled elite stats but managed to compile 11 sacks during his 3 starting seasons. Nzegwu wasn’t exactly the best match for a 4-3 DE. At 6’5 252 lbs with a 4.6 40 he is a much better fit as a stand up rusher. The potential is limitless for Nzegwu. He has great speed, long arms, good burst, and a great motor. He is a guy I think will make the roster this year.
The final guy I want to talk about is Montclair St FS Chad Faulcon. Faulcon played against DIII competition, but still put up great numbers. The tape shows an explosive athlete who loves to make big hits. So much in fact his name became the sniper. Faulcon has good hips and great speed along with a fearlessness of tackling. He reminds me a lot of Quintin Mikell, who was also undrafted out of Boise State. Faulcon should be an exciting player to watch during camp this year.
Overall this UDFA class has a lot of potential, I think 3-4 guys will make the roster and around 5-6 more have a chance to make the practice squad. Atlanta could find several special contributors out of this UDFA class to support a draft that was weak on picks. If they do, this offseason will become one of the best in the current regimes’ history.