4 Undrafted Rookies Who Could Make A Splash With The Falcons

The Atlanta Falcons announced their undrafted rookie haul on Monday. The team signed 21 college free agents (rookies that were not drafted last weekend) to add to its six draft choices.

All the first-year players will report to Flowery Branch in the coming weeks for rookie minicamp, but which of these undrafted players might have a shot at sticking around once the regular season begins?

Here’s the list of 21:

  1. Travis Averill, C — Boise State
  2. Daniel Brunskill, OL — San Diego State
  3. Deante Burton, WR — Kansas State
  4. Reginald Davis III, WR — Texas Tech
  5. Wil Freeman, OT — Southern Mississippi
  6. Andreas Knappe, OT — Connecticut
  7. Robert Leff, OG — Auburn
  8. Josh Magee, WR — South Alabama
  9. Tyler Renew, FB — Citadel
  10. Alek Torgersen, QB — Pennsylvania
  11. Marcelis Branch, S – Robert Morris
  12. Darius English, LB — South Carolina
  13. Jarnor Jones, CB — Iowa State
  14. J’terius Jones, DE — Miami (Ohio)
  15. Cam Keizur, C — Portland State
  16. Quincy Mauger, S — Georgia
  17. Jordan Moore, S — Texas – San Antonio
  18. Chris Odom, DE — Arkansas State
  19. Taylor Reynolds, CB — James Madison
  20. Christian Tago, LB — San Jose State
  21. Deron Washington, S — Pittsburgh State

Who looks intriguing in May (read: Here’s our way-too-early list of undrafted contenders for Atlanta’s roster)?

  • Robert Leff, OG, Auburn — First and foremost, look at the position Leff was listed at by the Falcons… guard, a position of need. He played right tackle in college, so Atlanta has already switched his position. He’s better suited for the inside, anyway, as a player who could function at guard and cross-train at center. Leff was listed as the third-ranked undrafted rookie by Pro Football Focus.
  • Daniel Brunskill, OL, San Diego State — Listen to the positions Brunskill has played since he left high school: tight end and tackle; and he was a second-team All-State selection at center. The kid has versatility and athleticism, but at 6-foot-5 and 273 pounds will need to bulk up. If he can bulk up on the practice squad, Brunskill might develop into a swing tackle.
  • Chris Odom, DE, Arkansas State — Sure, the Falcons drafted a pass-rusher in the first round, but when have you ever heard anyone in the realm of football say their team had enough pass-rushers? Odom posted 17 1/2 tackles for loss, 12 1/2 sacks, forced four fumbles and even blocked five kicks during his senior season. According to Pro Football Focus, Odom produced some eye-popping analytics: “Odom produced 63 total quarterback pressures in 2016 that generated the sixth-best pass rush productivity among all 4-3 defensive ends (13.6) and added 24 run stops for the fourth-best run-stop percentage (8.4) in the NCAA.”
  • Taylor Reynolds, CB, James Madison — Reynolds has a couple of things going for him. First, he’s 6-foot-1, and that kind of size is sought after by Dan Quinn for his secondary players. Next, Reynolds picked off 11 passes during his college career; finding the football and winning against receivers has been a specialty for him. Then there’s the fact that he’s athletic enough that defensive coordinator Marquand Manuel told him he’d be moving to safety and could see some time at nickel corner too.
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