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One UDFA That Can Make the Final 53 For Each Team (NFC)

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The 2022 NFL Draft is over. 262 players were selected over the three-day event. Several hundred of the players that weren’t drafted have gone on to sign to a team’s 90-man roster.

Each year, several of these UDFAs will make an NFL team’s final 53-player squad.

Today, I look at one UDFA that I think can make their respective squads.

ONE UDFA THAT CAN MAKE THE FINAL 53 FOR EACH TEAM

ARIZONA CARDINALS

Kekaula Kaniho, CB, Boise State

Kaniho was one of the better nickel defenders that I watched over the last couple of seasons. His poor testing led to him going undrafted. However, a good camp for Kaniho could lead him to climb a weakened depth chart in Arizona.

ATLANTA FALCONS

Tyler Vrabel, OT, Boston College

The son of Titans head coach Mike, Vrabel probably should have stayed in school. However, he has shown the ability to be a good offensive tackle. The Falcons decided today to not pick up Kaleb McGary‘s fifth-year option. The chance to earn playing will be there for Vrabel.

CAROLINA PANTHERS

Josh Babicz, TE, North Dakota State

I wasn’t high on Babicz as a prospect. However, the easiest spot for a UDFA to make this team may be at tight end.

CHICAGO BEARS

Master Teague, RB, Ohio State

Teague had somewhat of an unceremonious end to his career at Ohio State. However, he is a great athlete. One has to wonder if he can parlay that athleticism into NFL carries. Or at the very least become a core special teams player.

DALLAS COWBOYS

Aaron Hansford, LB, Texas A&M

Hansford was a solid linebacker for the Aggies. His path to the roster may end up being because 5th-round pick Damone Clark is expected to miss the season.

DETROIT LIONS

Kalil Pimpleton, WR, Central Michigan

Pimpleton was a productive receiver for CMU. However, his 19-yard punt return average as a senior may be what gets him on the field early for Detroit.

GREEN BAY PACKERS

Raleigh Texada, CB, Baylor

Texada has 4.4 speed and a weak set of reserve corners in front of him on the Packers roster.

LOS ANGELES RAMS

Keir Thomas, DL, Florida State

Thomas has a nice pass rush upside and gets in the backfield in spurts. He is a Dollar Tree version of Aaron Donald.

MINNESOTA VIKINGS

Luiji Vilain, EDGE, Wake Forest

The Vikings didn’t select a pure edge rusher in this draft class. Vilain saw his name come up a lot late in the draft process.

NEW ORLEANS SAINTS

Lucas Krull, TE, Pittsburgh

The Saints didn’t draft a tight end in 2022. They are reportedly not impressed with the progress of former third-round selection Adam Trautman. Krull was productive at Pitt and tested super well. A UDFA (or two) always seems to make the Saints roster. Why not Krull?

NEW YORK GIANTS

Tyrone Truesdell, DL, Florida

The transfer from Auburn is a nose tackle type. Of all the UDFAs they brought in, Truesdell feels like the only one that can stick.

PHILADELPHIA EAGLES

Carson Strong, QB, Nevada

This one was simple. Economics says Strong is the most likely to make it. The Eagles gave him a high bonus. Strong will likely be their QB3 and be inactive on game days behind Jalen Hurts and Gardner Minshew.

SEATTLE SEAHAWKS

Shamarious Gilmore, G, Georgia State

Gilmore is an athletic guard prospect. He can be a reserve across the interior of the offensive line.

SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS

Leon O’Neal, S, Texas A&M

While I don’t think O’Neal will help the 49ers much on their defense, he will be a phenomenal special teams player. 

TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS

Jerreth Sterns, WR, Western Kentucky

Sterns is a productive receiver that always seems to be able to find himself open. He isn’t fast but that hasn’t stopped him from being productive.

WASHINGTON COMMANDERS

Armani Rogers, TE, Ohio

The Commanders know firsthand what a QB-turned-TE can do on the football field. Logan Thomas has been one of the more productive players at that position when he is healthy. Rogers is a crazy good athlete, he just needs time to develop.

On Friday, we will look at the AFC teams.

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