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NFL Draft 2021: UDFA Prospects To Make Rookie Impacts

  • 2021 NFL Draft
  • Charleston Rambo
  • Florida State
  • JD Spielman
  • Larry Rountree
  • Missouri
  • NFL
  • NFl Draft
  • Northwestern
  • Oklahoma
  • Paddy Fisher
  • Tamorrion Terry
  • TCU
  • UDFA
  • Undrafted prospects
By Bill Riccette December 15, 2020 0 Comment
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UDFA Prospects, The Hidden Gems

UDFA prospects—undrafted free agents—hundreds of them become available every spring after the draft.

Unfortunately, most of them  see their football dreams crumble. But for a select number of UDFA prospects, they get the opportunity of a lifetime. Some even go as far as to make an immediate impact on their team—think James Robinson with the Jacksonville Jaguars in 2020. While we can’t always expect an effort like Robinson has had in Jacksonville, here are a few potential undrafted prospects to keep an eye on for the 2021 draft cycle.

JD Spielman, WR, TCU

The wide receiver class is going to be another fascinating group in 2021. One of the interesting deeper names is one that made a surprise transfer for the 2020 season. JD Spielman was a three-time All-Big Ten honoree as Nebraska with three straight seasons of at least 800 yards for the Cornhuskers. Then, seemingly out of nowhere, Spielman decided to transfer out of Nebraska and ultimately landed at TCU.

Unfortunately, injuries have taken him off the tracks a bit. He was limited to just three games this season and caught just five passes for 56 yards. So between his injuries and his size (listed 5-9, 167 pounds), will certainly drop his draft stock into the UDFA prospect range, but the production is there from his time at Nebraska. If he can bulk up, he can become a nice inside weapon for a team.

Tamorrion Terry, WR, Florida State

Tamorrion Terry is quite the story heading into this draft cycle. Terry put up incredible numbers in 2019 (60 catches, 1,188 yards and nine touchdowns) despite having unspectacular quarterback play. He was set to be a name to watch for the 2020 season and the 2021 draft.

Then injuries came about (as well as more poor quarterback play). After undergoing arthroscopic knee surgery, Terry chose to leave the Florida State program.

What the future holds for Terry remains to be seen. He could turn pro, transfer or even return to Florida State. If he goes pro and does happen to fall, there will likely still be a team that sense potential from Terry from his size and athleticism. At about 6-4 and 210 pounds, Terry will provide a nice big target on the outside. He can improve in the hands department and clean up his drops. He could be a project as a UDFA prospect, but one that turns out very positive and productive.

Charleston Rambo, WR, Oklahoma

All these receivers could end up being drafted late, but it will also be some serious talent among the undrafted prospects if they fall out, including Charleston Rambo. Rambo had quite the season opener for the Sooners back in September with 80 yards and two touchdowns. It was also the debut for Sooners’ quarterback Spencer Rattler.

However, Rambo has been fairly quiet since then. Those are his only two touchdowns of the season and has totaled just 267 yards on 23 catches in eight games. But it’s his route running, speed and playmaking ability at all three levels that give him some upside.

Now, all he needs is a chance at some team’s training camp to shine and he could potentially sneak onto a roster and, who knows, maybe make some plays here and there.

Larry Rountree III, RB, Missouri

There doesn’t seem to be a hitching flashy about Larry Rountree, however he is a nice back in multiple phases of the game. He has averaged about five yards per carry in his career and has over 700 career carries, so it’s not like he’s been sprinkled here and there. He also has over 40 catches in college.

Rountree might be among the UDFA prospects at the moment, but he is at least on the NFL radar as he is headed to Mobile, Alabama for the Senior Bowl.

A good showing there could help boost his stock and get more teams intrigued with what he can do at the next level.

Paddy Fisher, LB, Northwestern

This is a tough call, but there’s still a chance Paddy Fisher can gain back some of the love he once had. He’s still a very solid tackler and can help a team in early downs. But he certainly still has issues in the backend of the defense that he probably won’t see the field much on third downs. Still, given the right opportunity, he can use his good tackling ability on first and second downs to help set up manageable third downs for the defense.

He’s nowhere near the star he was and is almost certain to be one of the top UDFA prospects.

Our John Vogel highlighted him after Northwestern’s big win over Wisconsin.

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Billy covers the Carolina Panthers for SI Panthers and also hosts the Locked On Panthers podcast for the Locked On Podcast Network. He is also a contributor to 4For4 Fantasy Football. His work has previously been featured on Bleacher Report, Pro Football Network and Downtown Rams.

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