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These Four NFL Draft Snubs Could Make A Serious NFL Impact

NFL Draft weekend certainly makes a lot of dreams come true, but at the same time, it can break a number of hearts. A number of capable players saw themselves on the outside looking in as far as draft spots are concerned. The undrafted free agent process has served as a reprieve to these five draft snubs, and here’s why they will be able to take advantage.

Jalen Redmond – DT, Oklahoma

Redmond not getting drafted was the biggest surprise of the weekend. Most boards had him anywhere from the fourth to seventh rounds, and he was absolutely one of the most underrated prospects in the class. Redmond now finds himself a Panther, and despite his undrafted status, should find himself competing for playing time there.

Oklahoma DL Jalen Redmond working against Florida OL O’Cyrus Torrence #TheDraftStartsInMOBILE — PewterReport 🏴‍☠️ (@PewterReport) January 31, 2023

The above clip shows him winning a matchup against a lineman in O’Cyrus Torrence, who, while drafted somewhat late by Buffalo, was touted as one of the best in the class. One play says very little, but Redmond has impressed his entire college career with his explosive burst off the line, his continuously running motor, and his underrated ability to evade. He can also create turnovers.

His relative lack of technique and less-than-perfect fundamentals are a product of his time in a Lincoln Riley/Alex Grinch system that gives little to no importance to defensive development and can be addressed with good coaching. Overall, the Panthers are gaining an excellent one.

Tyson Bagent – QB, Shepherd College

I included Bagent in a list of NFL draft hidden gems earlier, and I maintain that he should have been drafted. Now, Bagent is a Bear, and while I won’t yet go so far as to say Justin Fields has competition, Bagent can become a very capable backup there. It’s as simple as this: the guy can sling it. The proof is in the pudding: his 159 TD passes leads not just Division II, but all college football divisions all-time.

The record breaker! Tyson Bagent’s 149th career TD pass to Brian Walker makes him stand alone as the all-time leader in career touchdown passes for Division 2! @tysbagent @SURamsFootball @SURamsOfficial — Highly Disputed (@DisputedHighly) November 5, 2022

He impresses with his relaxed stance and textbook mechanics, as well as his pocket presence. Probably the most intimidating part of facing Bagent is his natural pocket presence and his ability to maintain composure in the face of pass rushers. His quick release further helps him avoid sacks. He has the power to throw deep, and while the accuracy in that range could use work, his checkdowns and short/medium passes are unbelievably precise.

The reason that he wasn’t drafted is probably due to his lack of competition in Division II, as well as his tendency to stick with his first read. Now that he has his shot in the NFL, though, and access to NFL-level coaching, look for Tyson to take this opportunity by storm.

Mo Ibrahim – RB, Minnesota

It’s hard to see why Ibrahim wasn’t drafted when watching his tape or looking at his statistics. He was a monster at Minnesota, and in the three seasons he was healthy throughout, he rushed for over 1000 yards in all of them, at over five yards per carry in every single season. Furthermore, he had a whopping 20 TDs last year, tied for the FBS lead, and had he been healthy during his whole Minnesota career, he may have been contending for some all-time NCAA records.

Mo Ibrahim was a steal at 1.09 of my College Fantasy Football Big 10/MAC/UConn draft Just saying. — Sam Wagman (@swagman95) September 17, 2022

His height, raw speed, and lack of cutting ability compared to other RBs in the class are likely why he didn’t get drafted. However, on the field, he plays well beyond his measurables. His initial burst and quick acceleration make up for his lack of a high top speed, and his game speed is up there with anyone. His strength and ability to get yards after contact is the biggest strength of his, and tackling him is about as easy as stopping a bowling ball at a high speed.

He has the ability to put an entire team on his back and last year, he was the bread and butter of the Minnesota offense. Detroit is gaining a running back who could potentially contend for some serious playing time, as he fills a niche with his skillset that neither D’Andre Swift nor Jahmyr Gibbs occupy.

Hunter Luepke – FB, North Dakota St

The fullback position seems to be on the way out in the NFL, which is arguably why he wasn’t drafted. Luepke, though, is the kind of talent who could recover the position because of his versatility, explosiveness, and blocking prowess. The Cowboys, after a fairly busy draft, have landed an excellent weapon in Luepke in the undrafted free agent class.

I’d say the #Cowboys go with Hunter Luepke over Malik Davis & Rico Dowdle because Luepke gives them power, something they don’t currently have after losing Zeke. Luepke’s versatility is a huge weapon. They gave him $200k in guaranteed money. They’re excited about him. — Ernie (@es3_09) April 30, 2023

For his considerable size – 6’1″, 236 lbs, his 40-yard time of 4.58 is quite good, and so is his game speed and ability to change direction. He brings plenty of power and just enough finesse to his game to be a bona fide threat. Last year, he reached the end zone 13 times, and was very productive in both the passing and running game, and as a ballcarrier, he had a whopping 6.3 yards per carry.

His versatility allows the Cowboys to run some interesting packages with him as a tailback, lined up as a receiver, or even in the wildcat. If he can improve as a blocker, he can be the kind of player who gets the entire league rethinking the fullback position.

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