The Atlanta Falcons successfully executed their draft strategy over the weekend. Now they're looking to fill out their roster with undrafted free agents. As you know, UDFAs are an essential part of all NFL rosters. In recent years, the Falcons have found several diamonds in the rough.
Dave has a complete list of the guys we've signed since yesterday. (Keep in mind, it's a fluid list.) Here are four intriguing Falcons UDFA signees worth keeping an eye on:
Will Ratelle - ILB
Most draft pundits thought Ratelle would be drafted on day three. Lucky for us, he wasn't. Ratelle's biggest knock is a lack of length. His pro day numbers make up for that. (He ran a 4.54 second 40, had a 36 inch vertical, and bench pressed 225 pounds 36 times.) At 5'10, 250 pounds, he's built like a dump truck, but he certainly doesn't move like one.
Brandon Wilds - RB
Ran a 4.46 40 at his pro day and has good size for a running back. (He's 6'2, 220 pounds.) Draws comparisons to Matt Forte and could thrive in a zone blocking scheme. He didn't do himself any favors in the pre-draft process and has a checkered injury history. If he can stay healthy and play competitively in camp, Wilds could make this team.
Jordan Walsh - OG
Started 36 games at Iowa, facing lots of quality competition in the Big 10. Walsh isn't the strongest offensive lineman but he can win one-on-one battles and impresses at the second level. He was a four star prospect in high school and helped take Iowa's running game to a new level.
Sharrod Neasman - DB
Versatile renaissance man in FAU's secondary that nearly helped them beat the Florida Gators last fall. Had a 3.99 second short shuttle at his pro day. Drew attention from the Green Bay Packers, Washington Redskins, and Houston Texans. Not only is Neasman an explosive player, he worked two jobs to pay his way at college before walking on and eventually earning an athletic scholarship.
At this point it's difficult to predict who can really compete for a roster spot. That said, in my humble but occasionally accurate opinion, these four guys have a shot.