The Atlanta Falcons today announced that they have agreed to terms with 19 college free agents, including North Texas linebacker Derek Akunne, Tarleton State defensive tackle Chris Brown, Central Oklahoma wide receiver Marquez Clark, Azusa Pacific University offensive lineman Cody Clay, Louisville safety Terell Floyd, Northern Arizona tight end Beau Gardner, Wisconsin defensive tackle Warren Herring, Fort Valley State cornerback Mike Lee, Cincinnati tackle Eric Lefeld, Oregon linebacker Derrick Malone, Houston defensive tackle Joey Mbu, Central Florida cornerback Jordan Ozerities, Florida Atlantic safety Damian Parms, Ottawa University wide receiver Joshua Stangby, Auburn safety Robenson Therezie, New Mexico State center Valerian Ume-Ezeoke, Oregon State running back Terron Ward, Texas Christian cornerback Kevin White, and Indiana wide receiver Shane Wynn.
There are some intriguing names in the mix here, and while you can only expect a handful of these guys to make it to the practice squad or the final roster.
White is one of the standouts here, and he's already receiving legitimate roster hype as an aggressive, physical cornerback in Dan Quinn's system. He lacks ideal size and had a mixed college career, but he should be in the mix for a spot against Ricardo Allen, Phillip Adams and others this spring.
Valerian Ume-Edoku is a big, powerful center . If the team moves James Stone to left guard and trims their current surplus of interior lineman he could be a surprise roster addition, but I think it's more likely he has a year on the practice squad to refine his technique.
Wynn is a smallish, speedy receiver with legitimate special teams value. He's another obvious practice squad candidate who could be in the mix for returns in 2016 if the team parts ways with Devin Hester, though he'll need to beat out incumbent smallish speed special teamer Bernard Reedy for that honor.
Joey Mbu is a potential monster at defensive tackle. He needs refinement but has all the physical tools you look for at the position, and with Jonathan Babineaux aging and uncertain Falcons futures for Paul Soliai and Tyson Jackson, he's another player who has a legitimate shot at a role in 2016, if he can stick around.
Damian Parms is a Falcoholic favorite. He's a 6'2" safety with quality tackling skills and pretty refined coverage chops on short-to-intermediate routes, though he'll need to improve his deep coverage to an asset in Dan Quinn's system down the line. I wouldn't be stunned to see him as the backup free safety as soon as 2016.
Who are the standout UDFAs, in your humble opinions?