Undrafted Free Agent Signings Update

A look at the rumored and confirmed undrafted free agent signings.

The Redskins cut two players today, WR David Gettis and K/P Jake Rogers.  This means that the Redskins now have 79 players signed(8 drafted rookies count towards the total), and 11 open rosters spots to fill for the maximum of 90 players in the offseason.  As soon as the draft ends, and much earlier for some prospects, teams begin to contact them about signing to their rosters as undrafted free agents(UDFA).

It's a disorganized mess for a lot of teams and players, with deals being offered, and then rescinded for no reason.  Teams will offer multiple players at the same position deals on a first come, first serve basis just to fill camp spots.  There is also some dishonesty on the part of players and players' agents when it comes to where they've signed and differentiating between being offered a contract and invited to a rookie mini-camp.

The Redskins are always one of the last teams to announce their UDFA signings, which makes it a confusing time to keep track of who has made the team, and who is just a camp invite.  We have been tracking the names of players linked to the Redskins and we are still waiting for official word from the team on who is signed.  The Redskins will be holding a rookie mini camp this weekend.

Cody Hoffman, WR, BYU($7500 signing bonus)

Height: 6'4" Weight: 223 lbs

STRENGTHS

Outstanding size with long arms. Extends outside his frame and can snag throws outside his body. Wide catching radius. Deceptively quick coming out of breaks. Has NFL pedigree. Experienced, four-year starter. Played through a shoulder injury during 2011 and 2012 seasons. Is tough and durable.

WEAKNESSES

Comes off the line too gingerly and will struggle beating NFL press coverage. Limited agility to shake defenders releasing and does not create in space. Monotone route runner. Many of his catches are contested because of minimal separation. Does not play to his size in the run game. Uses too much finesse as a blocker. Average athlete with limited burst and explosion. Average leaping ability -- posted 27 1/2-inch vertical jump and 8-10 broad jump, the lowest of any receiver at the combine. Must learn what it means to be a pro and could benefit from committing more to the craft.

DRAFT PROJECTION

Round 7-Priority free agent

J.R. Carr, LS, Tennessee

Height: 5'10" Weight: 210 lbs

Silas Redd, RB, USC(Confirmed by team)

Height: 5'10" Weight: 212 lbs

STRENGTHS

Good eyes and cutback ability. Is well-built with a yoked-up musculature and very good thickness. Is subtly shifty and nimble enough to sidestep the first tackler and avoid direct hits. Good leg drive -- keeps churning on contact and is surprisingly strong for a smallish back. Tough, willing blocker -- shows good eyes and awareness in pass protection and seeks to finish.

WEAKNESSES

Has very small hands and is not a crafty route runner. Lacks burst to take the corner and the breakaway speed to pull away. Bulked up as a senior following left-knee surgery in the spring and lost a half-step. Limited knee extension (does not open his stride). Split time in a rotation and was not a full-time starter at USC.

DRAFT PROJECTION

Priority free agent

BOTTOM LINE

A one-cut, inside zone runner, Redd is a solid, all-around performer with a No. 2 skill set. Can pick up yardage in chunks and would most ideally be suited for a ground game such as the Seahawks, Eagles or Packers.

Tommy Rees, QB, Notre Dame

Height: 6'2" Weight: 210 lbs

STRENGTHS

Is smart and has a good understanding of football concepts. Nice release and generally gets rid of the ball in timely fashion. Gives his receivers a chance to make a play. Has 31 career starts and has handled the pressure of performing on the biggest of stages. Mentally tough (did not wither under microscope). Showed he could come in cold and move the team.

WEAKNESSES

Marginal arm talent and physical tools. Limited athlete. Struggles to improvise and create plays once the pocket breaks down -- cannot manipulate his arm and throwing platform. Has never been a full-time starter.

DRAFT PROJECTION

Priority free agent

BOTTOM LINE

Heavy-footed, undersized pocket passer with limited arm talent, sporadic accuracy and inconsistent touch. Inability to take care of the ball and limit mistakes left him in and out of the lineup throughout his career. Can provide an arm in a camp.

Bryan Shepherd, DB, NDSU

Height: 5'10" Weight: 180 lbs

Justin Blake, FS, Hampton

Height: 5'9" Weight: 189 lbs

Robert Thomas, DT, Arkansas

Height: 6'1" Weight: 327 lbs

STRENGTHS

Has good body mass. Can keep blockers occupied, fight the double team and control gaps. Plays hard and competes. Is a respected team leader.

WEAKNESSES

Round-bodied. Struggles to play off or split the double team. Limited short-area range and closing burst. Gets stuck in place and struggles to disengage blocks. Lacks power to walk back blockers or generate a push.

DRAFT PROJECTION

Priority free agent

Chris Davenport, DT, Tulane

Height: 6'4" Weight: 330 lbs

Rashad Lawrence, WR, Northwestern

Height: 6'1" Weight: 196 lbs

STRENGTHS

Catches on contact and competes for the ball in traffic. Will cross the middle unfazed and has a feel for coverage. Has very big hands and is a reliable hands-catcher. Very good pro-day showing, posting a 4.49-second 40 time, 39-inch vertical jump and 6.80-second 3-cone drill time. Outstanding personal and football character.

WEAKNESSES

Short-armed. Builds to speed and is not a sophisticated route-runner who can separate consistently with savvy. Limited creativity after the catch. Is not a blazer and can't take the top off a defense. Limited special-teams experience.

DRAFT PROJECTION

Priority free agent

Lee Doss, WR, Southern

Height: 6'1" Weight: 178 lbs

Quandon Christian, LB, Clemson

Height: 6'3" Weight: 232 lbs

Positive: Ten-game starter last season posting 40 tackles, 9 tackles for loss, and one sack. Small, chase and run linebacker effective in pursuit. Breaks down well, easily changes direction, and covers a large area. Quick in all his actions, shows speed getting down the line of scrimmage and makes plays sideline to sideline. Fast enough to run downfield with tight ends in coverage.
Negative: Undersized and handled at the point by blockers. Marginally productive in college.
Analysis: Christian was a solid linebacker for Clemson but comes with size limitations. He's a backup in a one-gap system and plays with a special teams mentality.

Kofi Hughes, WR, Indiana

Height: 6'1" Weight: 208 lbs

Positive: Three-year starter who posted 47 receptions, 739 receiving yards, and 7 TDs as a senior. Strong possession receiver best in underneath coverage. Competes to make catches, outmuscles defenders, and shows focus as well as concentration. Makes the difficult catch with opponents draped on him, extends his hands and offers the quarterback a target. Consistently makes catches away from his frame.

Negative: Lacks the second gear and cannot run to the deep throw. Struggles making the over the shoulder reception running full speed.

Analysis: Hughes is an underrated receiver who offers possibilities as a fifth wide out on an NFL roster.

Kofi Hughes Met With the Redskins

Kevin Fogg, CB, Liberty

Height: 5'10" Weight: 188 lbs

Blake Sailors, FS, Georgia

Height: 5'11" Weight: 186 lbs

Chris Fields, WR, Ohio State

Height: 6' Weight: 198 lbs

Daniel McKinney, WR, FAU

Height: 6' Weight: 218 lbs

Eddie Poole, WR, Bethune-Cookman

Height: 6'3" Weight: 180 lbs

Terrill Barnes, WR, IUP

Height: 6'1" Weight: 200 lbs

Vincent Eddie, CB, Louisiana-Monroe

Height: 5'8" Weight: 160 lbs

Courtney Bridget, DB, Hampton(Tryout)

Height: 6'3" Weight: 188 lbs

Kevin Perry, TE, Texas El-Paso(Tryout)

Height: 6'4" Weight: 261 lbs

Mike Box, QB, IUP(Tryout)

Height: 6'2" Weight: 214 lbs

L.J. Jones, CB, Fresno State(Tryout)

Height: 5'10" Weight: 197 lbs

Positive: Three-year starter who played in seven games last season before suffering a knee injury. Finished the year with 36 tackles and 7 PBUs. Career-best totals of 56 tackles, 3 INTs, and 10 PBUs came during his sophomore season. Aggressive zone cornerback best facing the action. Displays good instincts and awareness. Shows a burst to the ball out of his plant. Gives effort stopping the run or defending screen passes, and wraps up when tackling. Shows good route recognition in zone and quickly picks up assignments. Fights hard to defend the pass.
Negative: Slow getting his head back around to locate the ball in the air. Gives up a lot of underneath receptions. Occasionally loses a sense where his is. Coming off a knee injury.
Analysis: Jones has the ball skills and special teams ability to make a roster as a dime back if he's healthy.

Chris Coyer, FB, Temple(Tryout)

Height: 6'2" Weight: 246 lbs

Michael Cole, OLB, Maine(Tryout)

Height: 6'2" Weight: 243lbs

Kyler Elsworth, ILB/FB, Michigan State(Tryout)

Height: 6'1" Weight: 236 lbs

Kenny Bell, WR, Alabama(Tryout)

Height: 6' Weight: 182 lbs

Jordan Hall, RB, Ohio State(Tryout)

Height: 5'8" Weight: 196 lbs

AJ Blue, RB, North Carolina(Tryout)

(New Redskins RBs coach Randy Jordan coached AJ Blue at North Carolina)

Height: 6'1" Weight: 226 lbs

DeAndre Williams, OG, FAU(Tryout)

Height: 6'4" Weight: 297 lbs

Sam Miller, CB, FIU(Tryout)

Height: 5'9" Weight: 183 lbs

Stephon Robinson, ILB, James Madison(Tryout)

Height: 5'11" Weight: 227 lbs

Sean Parker, SS, Washington(Tryout)

Height: 5'10" Weight: 190 lbs

STRENGTHS: Good athlete for the position with decisive speed. Light footwork and lateral motion to avoid blocks and play consistently near the line of scrimmage. Shows some range with consistent on-field effort. Physical and aggressive in coverage and vs. the run. Fills hard and fast with a violent temperament. Tough, enforcing attitude and enjoys impacts. Good diagnose skills to read/react and jump throwing lanes. Reliable ballskills and tracking skills with 11 career interceptions. Has developed leadership skills and was a two-time captain. Three-year starter (39 career starts) and didn?t miss a game the past three seasons with versatile experience at nickelback, free safety and strong safety with consistent production.

WEAKNESSES: Marginal size for the position, which shows up in a crowd or on some tackle attempts. Room to get stronger and develop his core strength. Throws his body around in run support, but needs to consistently wrap, too reckless in this area. Poor awareness and often overaggressive, biting on fakes and struggling with misdirection. Doesn't play loose with average hip action to flip and turn. Lacks much recovery speed. Inconsistent pursuit angles. Too often caught extending his arms in coverage and grabbing jersey, easily attracting penalties. Too emotional on the field and needs to continue and restrain his raw feelings, which have led to run-ins with coaches in the past. Past durability issues after shoulder stingers ended his 2010 season prematurely.

Aaron Johnson, WR, Virginia-Lynchburg(Tryout)

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Leevon Perry, DT, North Dakota State(Tryout)

Height: 6'3" Weight: 281 lbs

Roderick McDowell, RB, Clemson(Tryout)

Height: 5'9" Weight: 204 lbs

[UPDATE]: Additional players that have been invited to rookie mini-camp.

Josh Bucci, OG, Villanova

Height: 6'6" Weight: 335 lbs

Steve Garguilo, DE/OLB, San Diego

Height: 6'4" Weight: 253 lbs

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