Almost two weeks have passed since the end of the 2013 NFL Draft. Almost immediately after Day 3 (Apr. 27), the Tennessee Titans had reached agreements with 15 undrafted free agents. According to Jim Wyatt of The Tennessean, the team has confirmed those signings just one day before rookie orientation begins on May 10.
— Jim Wyatt (@jwyattsports) May 9, 2013
Let’s take a look at the official list of undrafted free agents:
Tennessee Titans 2013 Undrafted Free Agents
Eloy Atkinson, C, UTEP
George Baker, CB, South Florida
Maikon Bonani, K, South Florida
Stefan Charles, DL, Regina
Jake Doyle, TE, Western Kentucky
Travis Harvey, WR, Florida A&M
Stefphon Jefferson, RB, Nevada
Oscar Johnson, T, Louisiana Tech
Nigel Nicholas, DE, Oklahoma State
Matt Pierce, CB, Valdosta State
Rashad Ross, WR, Arizona State
Matt Sewell, OL, McMaster
Dontel Watkins, WR, Murray State
Jonathan Willard, LB, Clemson
Tom Wort, LB, Oklahoma
Do any of these players have a chance of making anything more than the practice squad? Most fans are aware that the Titans have added much depth through free agency and with their eight draft picks. Following the draft, the Titans have reportedly been in discussions with OT Eric Winston and DEs John Abraham, Dwight Freeney and Israel Idonije.
One player who has a fantastic chance to make the team: Stefphon Jefferson. As a junior, Jefferson had 375 carries for 1,883 yards and 24 rushing touchdowns. Jefferson declared for the draft after he finished that season as the nation’s second-leading rusher. According to the “Bottom Line” from his NFL.com profile:
Jefferson is a back with great patience and vision. He has a good initial burst through the line of scrimmage, but he struggles to make people miss. He doesn’t have great top end speed or elite power to compensate for this issue. A team might use a late selection of Jefferson for his reliability as a runner.
Jefferson is almost a lock to make the practice squad. With a good training camp, Jefferson could beat out Jalen Parmele for the No. 3 running back job. Any injury to Chris Johnson or Shonn Greene would almost guarantee Jefferson a roster spot. With four running backs who are at least 27 years old (Darius Reynaud included), the Titans could use a younger set of legs on their depth chart.
Tom Wort and Jonathan Willard could compete for linebacker depth. After the starting three and Zaviar Gooden, the Titans most recognizable options include Moise Fokou, Tim Shaw and Patrick Bailey. Fokou will probably make the team as a super-utility linebacker. Shaw and Bailey are praised for their special-teams contributions but not their defensive ability. If Wort or Willard can offer better defense and provide quality on special teams, maybe they join the 53.
Which one of these undrafted free agents are Titans fans looking forward to? Who will make the 53-man roster? Will any of them have a key role when Week 1 rolls around? Discuss in the comments, Facebook or Twitter.