Kendall Wright – WR
A former 1st round pick, Kendall Wright has a 1,000-yard season and 19 career touchdowns in the NFL. He doesn’t have top-end speed, but elite route running defined his time at Baylor and with the Titans & Bears. I think he could be a deadly option out of the slot. While I understand the push to sign younger college talent, the 30-year-old would be an instant upgrade to nearly every WR corps in the league.
Best Fits: Battlehawks, Vipers
Michael Bowie – OT
Experienced offensive line talent is hard to come by at all levels of pro football, so teams should be leaping at the chance to pick up Bowie. The Super Bowl XLVIII Champion saw extensive playing time his rookie year in a battered Seahawks O-Line. That year he had a rock-solid 78.0 PFF rating at both tackle and guard. However, the Seattle line has historically had tons of turnover, and he ended up on the Browns, where a shoulder injury saw him exit the league. However at 28, he’s healthy and ready to get back in the game, and any team looking for help on the line would be wise to pick him up.
Best Fits: Defenders, Wildcats
Freddie Bishop III – EDGE
I initially listed Bishop III as one of my favorite players heading into the draft, and the 29-year-old edge rusher has had a productive year in the CFL in the meantime. With 40 tackles and 6 sacks with the Argonauts this year, he could be a major asset for teams looking to bolster their pass rush.
Best Fits: Battlehawks, Wildcats
Clay Harbor – TE
Clay Harbor is a proven commodity at TE with 1,170 receiving yards and 8 touchdowns on his resume. He’s 32, but that’s far from ancient at tight end, and he could have a lot to offer teams wanting an athletic, reliable option.
Best Fits: Battlehawks, Wildcats, Roughnecks
Trent Richardson – RB
The former 3rd overall pick has had his share of struggles, but could still offer upside as a short-yardage/goal-line back after a 10 touchdown season with the AAF. He has struggled with his vision of the field but is a hard-nosed runner with the speed and strength to back up his aggressiveness. He could help a team punch it in if they need him to.
Best Fits: Dragons, Guardians
CJ Collins – QB
Collins was one of my favorite picks ahead of the draft, and I was surprised to see him go unselected. With massive small school production, plus athleticism, a big arm, and a high football IQ, he offers as much upside as any of the 2nd and 3rd stringers in the league. He has the prototypical measurables at 6’5″ 230 pounds with 4.7 speed, and produced despite having different offensive coordinators every year in college. Teams looking for another option at the game’s most important position should take a long look.
Best Fits: Roughnecks, Renegades.
Fred Davis – TE
Another veteran TE who went unselected, Fred Davis was a staple of the XFL’s summer showcases. He’s by far the most accomplished Tight End available and with 2,043 yards and 13 TD’s he’s proved himself in a starting role. He has been out of football for a few years, but that lack of wear and tear should turn back the clock on his 33-year-old body. I think he’d be a great pickup wherever TE talent is needed.
Best Fits: Battlehawks, Wildcats
Ronald Ollie – DL
Many of you will remember Ollie from Last Chance U, but the defensive lineman has done well for himself since the days of his Netflix stardom. A stocky- Aaron Donald like build at 6’1″ 293, he displayed good athleticism at his pro day with a 4.99 40 and a 35″ vertical. He ended up on screens again with the Raiders on Hard Knocks but ultimately didn’t earn a roster spot. Ollie had 26.5 tackles for loss and 8.5 sacks in college, proving his ability as a playmaker through the line.
Best Fits: Wildcats, Dragons
Arthur Brown – LB
A 2nd round pick by the Ravens in 2013, Brown rarely saw the field. He was selected in the wake of Ray Lewis’ retirement but was buried on the depth chart behind a litany of longtime NFL starters. These included All-Pro CJ Mosley drafted in 2014, Daryl Smith, who had his best years in Baltimore, and Jameel McClain who played alongside Ray Lewis for half a decade. Brown never cracked a starting lineup but is hungry to prove he’s not a bust and was last seen in the AAF.
Best Fits: Battlehawks, Defenders
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