2024 NFL Draft’s Best Undrafted Players: Kedon Slovis, Tanner Mordecai Help Headline This Year’s Class

    Not every intriguing 2024 NFL Draft prospect heard their names called. Here's the top undrafted free agents, including where they landed.

    The 2024 NFL Draft class has wrapped up. But even after 257 picks, there were still several players left over who NFL teams were interested in bringing in.

    That’s where the best undrafted players come into play.

    Who Are the Best Undrafted Signings?

    The 2024 class will go down as one of the deepest in overall talent in recent memory. We’re seeing that in the high number of players who represent the undrafted pool.

    That includes quarterback. Even after watching an NFL-record-tying six passers go in the first round, there were still high-profile QBs who didn’t hear their name in the draft. There’s also the sons of NFL legends who ended draft weekend with the UDFA label — including one who cracked our top 10 list.

    Here’s a list of the top UDFAs of this year’s class.

    10) Blake Watson, RB, Memphis (Denver Broncos)

    Blake Watson was labeled a top-100 prospect by Pro Football Network Draft Analyst Ian Cummings ahead of the NFL Draft. He brought versatility to the Tigers and delivered 17 total touchdowns in his lone campaign at Memphis.

    Yet, after the annual event, Watson signed with the Denver Broncos as an undrafted free agent. His lack of size (5’9″) and elite speed likely complicated his stock, but he gets to head into Sean Payton’s offense.

    9) Gabe Hall, DT, Baylor (Philadelphia Eagles)

    Gabe Hall appeared to have redeemed himself from a down 2023 season with his Senior Bowl performance. And at 6’5″, 290 pounds, he had the look of giving a defense positional versatility as a lengthy defender with Day 3 value.

    However, despite showing flashes of potential, Hall’s poor pad level became noticeable in watching his final CFB season. Philly will get its opportunity to try and correct his leverage technique.

    8) Curtis Jacobs, LB, Penn State (Kansas City Chiefs)

    Curtis Jacobs emerged as a 50-to-60-tackle performer for a stacked Penn State defense. Jacobs even piled up a career-high nine tackles for a loss in 2023.

    As good of an athlete as he was, Jacobs noticeably showed mental lapses in defending the run and bit on play-actions too often. Cummings believes Jacobs’ mental growth will determine if he’ll become an NFL starter.

    7) Frank Gore Jr., RB, Southern Miss (Buffalo Bills)

    The son of NFL running back Frank Gore, who racked up 16,000 career rushing yards, Frank Gore Jr. showed more versatility as a quarterback and wide receiver before settling at RB. Conference USA defenses know him as a back-to-back 1,000-yard rusher.

    The younger Gore faced an uphill climb in hearing his name called in the draft due to his lack of size (5’8″) and elite speed. Nevertheless, he’ll head to one of his dad’s former teams.

    6) Frank Crum, OT, Wyoming (Denver Broncos)

    At 6;8″, Frank Crum was one of the more towering tackles in this class. Even carrying 313 pounds, he still ran a 4.94 time in the 40-yard dash during the NFL Combine. Crum was also a late bloomer in the Mountain West, landing on the first-team All-MWC last season.

    The Wyoming Cowboy, though, looked more comfortable and dominating on run blocking and unorganized during pass protection.

    5) Jarius Monroe, CB, Tulane (New York Jets)

    Cummings called Jarius Monroe a sleeper back in December 2023 ahead of the AAC Championship. The Green Wave defender brought NFL size at 6’2″, 205 pounds, and fast feet.

    Monroe was still buried in a deep CB class, but heads to a defensive mind in Robert Saleh with the Jets.

    4) Kedon Slovis, QB, BYU (Indianapolis Colts)

    There was a time when Kedon Slovis appeared destined to become the next best USC QB — following a stellar 3,502-yard, 30-touchdown true freshman season. But he never recaptured that 2019 performance.

    Slovis also had stops with Pitt and BYU. Still, he has some of the deepest game action out of most of the 2024 QB class, with 46 games played.

    3) Tanner Mordecai, QB, Wisconsin (San Francisco 49ers)

    Several fans and analysts believe Tanner Mordecai should’ve entered the draft after his 2022 campaign at SMU. At that time, he posted his second straight 3,000-yard season with the Mustangs and threw 72 combined touchdowns.

    MORE: 49ers UDFA Signings and Rookie Minicamp Invites

    At Wisconsin, in 2023, Mordecai’s production dipped. He still brings extensive game action from his time with the Badgers, Mustangs, and Oklahoma Sooners — the latter where it began for him.

    2) Austin Reed, QB, Western Kentucky (Chicago Bears)

    Austin Reed put up some of the best numbers in the FBS. He was additionally a 4,000-yard passer at the Division II level. He even took over for past WKU legend Bailey Zappe and responded with 8,086 yards, 77 touchdowns, and 22 picks.

    Reed, however, simply entered a QB class with a plethora of talent.

    1) Gabriel Murphy, EDGE, UCLA (Minnesota Vikings)

    Despite having short arms, Gabriel Murphy emerged as one of the more relentless pass rushers in his transition to the Pac-12 — even on a defense that featured Laiatu Latu.

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    Murphy still stayed low with his leverage and charged fast into the backfield, snatching a career-best 16 tackles for loss and eight sacks in the process for 2023. He was still in a deep EDGE room for the draft, though, and faced an uphill battle to hear his name called.

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