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2008 NFL Draft - 35 Best Undrafted Players
Maryland LB Erin Henderson
Maryland LB Erin Henderson
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Posted Apr 28, 2008


Who were the top players who weren't taken in the 2008 NFL Draft?



2008 NFL Draft

35 Best Undrafted Players

1. Erin Henderson, OLB Maryland
While he's not huge and is a bit lanky at 6-2 and 244 pounds, he plays bigger than he is with excellent toughness and good tackling skills. He's a leader who isn't afraid to tell players what to do, in a good way. Good in pass coverage and quick enough to get into the backfield, he's an active player who came up 17.5 tackles for loss along with 247 tackles in two years. He's not a big hitter and he's not an elite athlete, but he'll be able to handle himself well at either outside spot.
CFN Projection: Second Round   CFN Position Ranking: 7

2. Ali Highsmith, OLB LSU
A mega-disappointment in a few off-season workouts, he timed at 4.76 in the 40 and was knocked down a few pegs. He's a great athlete who plays faster than he is, and he's been a good, tough producer at the highest level for the last three years. The biggest problem is his size. At 6-0 and 220 pounds, with little room to get bigger, but he should still flourish as a weakside defender who can play in space. As long as he doesn't have to be too physical, he'll be fine.
CFN Projection: Third Round   CFN Position Ranking: 12

3. Eric Young OG Tennessee
There are a world of problems. He never played up to his talent level, hurt his leg last year and played in just eight games, and he isn't nearly as physical as he should've been on a consistent basis. Even so, he has too many tools not to be a starter at some point if only because he has more skill and talent than roughly 80% of current starting NFL guards. If he actually wants to be good, and if he plays for the right coach who can turn the switch on, he'll be the second best guard in the draft behind Branden Albert. That's a big if.
CFN Projection: Third Round   CFN Position Ranking: 5


4. 16. Keilen Dykes, DT West Virginia
Dykes can stop the run and he has the drive and the motor to work his way into the backfield. Not a natural pass rusher and limited in his overall skills, there's a hard ceiling on what he can do at the NFL level. Great at West Virginia with the type of overachiever career that helped take the program to another level, he'll be tough to boot off a team.
CFN Projection: Late Third Round to Early Fourth


5. Cornelius Brown, SS Missouri
"Pig" was on his way to a huge season for the Tigers before getting knocked out for the year with a torn Achilles tendon. A physical hitter with the fire and passion to grow into a team leader, he'd be a sure-thing top 100 pick if he hadn't gotten hurt. There's still a major concern about his leg and how quickly he can be the same player, if he can be the same player. If allowed time to get to 100%, he could be the best safety in this draft.
CFN Projection: Fifth Round   CFN Position Ranking: 6

6. Mike Dragosavich, P North Dakota State
At 6-5 and 212 pounds, he's a big kicker with a leg to match. A tremendous four-year producer, he has a monster leg able to blast a 50-yard bomb and do it consistently. While he has to work on speeding up his delivery and could be better on putting the ball inside the 20, he could be coached and fine-tuned into a 15-year starter.
CFN Projection: Sixth Round   CFN Position Ranking: 1


7. Dantrell Savage, RB Oklahoma State
A huge disappointment in workouts, he was expected to be a 4.4 back who's really around a 4.6 runner. At his size, 5-8 and 185 pounds, that's not good. However, he's a good runner who produced as a high Big 12 level. Very quick, he could turn himself into a fantastic third down back who becomes more dangerous as a receiver than a runner. If he can show he can return kicks at an NFL level, he'll stay on a team for a long time.
CFN Projection: Fifth Round   CFN Position Ranking: 14


8.
Darrell Robertson, DE/LB Georgia Tech
A much of a linebacker prospect as an end, the 255-pound Yellow Jacket is a good athlete who could bulk up a bit and become a specialist. He plays faster than he actually is has enough potential to be used in a variety of ways. He needs to be more physical and he has to get bigger, but there's plenty of upside.
CFN Projection: Fourth Round   CFN Position Ranking: 12


9.
J Leman, ILB Illinois    
An overachiever with a true linebacker's mentality, he knows exactly what he's doing at all times, doesn't make mistakes, and never misses a tackle with 284 and 29.5 tackles for loss over the last two seasons. He's not exactly nimble and he doesn't stuff plays as much as he happens to get in on them, and while his name gets called all the time, he's not the playmaker you'd think he is considering all the stops. Even so, he's a player.
CFN Projection: Sixth Round  CFN Position Ranking: 15


10. Robert Felton, OG/C Arkansas
One of the draft's most versatile guard prospects, able to step in at any position, especially center, he's a big, powerful blocker with the feet to grow into a pass protector on the outside if someone wants to develop him into a tackle. The problem is in the development. He needs coaching on his technique and he'll need to find one position and stick with it; it's probably not center at the pro level.
CFN Projection:
Fourth Round   CFN Position Ranking: 9


11. Jamar Adams, SS Michigan
The only real issue is his speed, clocking a 4.63. Everything else is there to succeed with 6-2, 212-pound size, good smarts, and good want-to; he'll try to make himself into a player. While he makes a lot of mistakes and will miss tackles, most of his errors come from being too aggressive. The lack of warp speed will knock him down a few pegs, and he can't play free safety, but he should be a nice cog in a system.
CFN Projection: Fourth Round to Fifth    CFN Position Ranking: 9

12. Jameel McClain, ILB Syracuse
A good college defensive end, he's too small to play on the line at the next level and will have to work to become a decent linebacker. He's a tough player who'll handle himself well when the plays come to him, but can he become a sideline-to-sideline performer? He's not the athlete to be special, but he could be a decent piece to be moved around in someone's puzzle.
CFN Projection: Fourth Round   CFN Position Ranking: 20


13.
Drew Radovich, OT/OG USC
The big question is his strength. Not exactly the best physical specimen, he showed at the Combine that he could move, but he doesn't have the weight room ability to make him a mauler for an NFL running game. However, there's plenty of upside. He's a good athlete who has the potential to be a nice backup, but he has the potential to be a lot more.
CFN Projection: Fifth Round   CFN Position Ranking: 15


14. Nehemiah Warrick, SS Michigan State
Peter Warrick's brother has a nice set of skills. He's 6-0 and 211 pounds with 4.56 speed, which isn't bad for a strong safety, and huge hitting ability. His athleticism doesn't quite match up with his speed, he's not all over the place like he should be, and his ball-skills are extremely questionable. He'll have to make a team on special teams.
CFN Projection: Sixth Round   CFN Position Ranking: 15


15. Anthony Alridge, WR Houston (could’ve been taken as a RB)
The former running back is smaller than your kid, but he's the ultimate gamebreaker. A flashy running back who averaged over ten yards per carry as a junior and 6.2 yards per pop as a senior, he can be used in a variety of ways including return specialist and as a part time running back. He'll be a novelty as a wide receiver and will have to carve out a niche, but his speed will always get him a long look from several teams.
CFN Projection: Fifth Round   CFN Position Ranking: 18

16. David Faaeteete, DT Oregon
It'll be interesting to see if the light goes on. At 6-0 and 324 pounds, he's a good-based bowling ball of a tackle who should play on the nose and be a rock against the run. Very strong and very tough, he set Oregon weight-room records and showed it on the field. Durability is a problem and he's not always going at top speed, but with his base set of skills, he'll get a long look. He'll probably get cut once or twice before he finds a good home.
CFN Projection: Late Sixth Round To Seventh Round


17. D.J. Hall, WR Alabama
An ultra-productive college player who never got his national due, he should be a productive pro in a rotation. Tall, thin, and not as fast as he played at Alabama, he doesn't really fit. He's not fast enough to be a speed receiver on the outside, and he's not physical enough to be a star on the inside. However, he produced in the SEC on a regular basis. He's just a player, even if he doesn't appear to be the prototype.
CFN Projection: Fourth Round to Fifth Round   CFN Position Ranking: 20

18. Wallace Gilberry, DE Alabama
While he has good size for en end, he's not quick enough to be a consistent pass rusher and is way too small to work on the inside. He wasn't nearly as productive as he should've been, even though he has good work habits and tried hard from day one. Unable to get into the backfield often enough, he'll have problems finding an NFL role. 
CFN Projection: Sixth Round

19. Marcus Dixon, DE/DT Hampton
Very big and very tough, the 294-pounder could be a quick tackle or a huge end in a 4-3. Off some draft boards because of time spent in jail from a highly publicized rape case, character isn't the problem it's being made out to be. He was stuck in an ugly, politicized court case that tried to make him out to be a monster he most certainly isn't. On the field, he originally signed with Vanderbilt before the problems, and he turned out to be a great player at Hampton. He needs time in the weight-room, but at his size he could become a tremendous all-around lineman if given time.
CFN Projection: Sixth Round

20. Jolonn Dunbar, ILB Boston College
Not quite big enough to be a full-season inside presence at the NFL level, the 6-0, 231-pound Dunbar is a good player who attacks the ball and was the leader of the Eagle defense over the last two seasons. He can get erased at times against bigger blockers, but he's a hard-worker with great character. He'll have to be a special teamer early on to stick, and he'll be willing to do it.
CFN Projection: Sixth Round    CFN Position Ranking: 19


21. Louis Holmes, DE Arizona
At 6-3 and 265 pounds, Holmes is a good-sized end with nice speed and excellent toughness. He's not a natural pass rusher and is way too inconsistent. While he's a willing tackler, he's just not very good at it. He's a bit of a project who has to work hard on doing the little things right and has to be willing to work to make himself a player. 
CFN Projection: Sixth Round   CFN Position Ranking: 14

22. Chase Ortiz, DE TCU
A terrific college player who did a little bit of everything for the Horned Frog front, he's going to have a hard time finding a spot in the pros. He works hard and doesn't take a play off, but he's only 6-2 and 249 pounds and isn't athletic enough to grow into a reliable outside linebacker. He'll have to grow into a dependable backup.
CFN Projection: Sixth Round


23. Chad Simpson, RB Morgan State
Yeah, Morgan State, but the measurables are too good to ignore. While he's short, he's 216 pounds with 4.4 speed. Great at the Combine, the MEAC Player of Year opened up some eyes and performed like he belonged with the big boys. He's quick through the hole, shifts gears immediately, and isn't afraid to take a shot. The problem might be his role. Not built to be a third down back and with questionable receiving skills, he'll have to work to find a niche.
CFN Projection: Fifth Round   CFN Position Ranking: 15


24. Art Carmody, PK Louisville
A consistent producer who was great for four years, the left-footer is a money kicker who proved time and again he can come through when needed. While he's not going to nail the 53-yarder, but he'll connect on the 45-yard shot time and again.
CFN Projection: Seventh Round  CFN Position Ranking: 2


25. David Roach, FS TCU
Off the radar screen for a while, Roach showed good enough athleticism at the Combine and timed a decent 4.57 in the 40 to get back into consideration. Does he actually want to be an NFL player? There's a big question about his want-to and he didn't always play up to his measurables in college. Even so, he has good upside if someone wants to put in the time to keep on him.
CFN Projection: Sixth Round    CFN Position Ranking: 16


26. Jerome Messam, RB Graceland
A freakish back at around 6-4 and 230 pounds with 4.55 speed, the Canadian is very big, very tough, and very mature. Smarts are an issue having been declared academically ineligible at Rutgers and he never got his grades up at North Dakota State College of Science or Graceland in Iowa. He's a major project who needs a lot of work, but there just aren't many backs with his tools.
CFN Projection: Sixth Round  CFN Position Ranking: 19


27. Davone Bess, WR Hawaii
One of the stars of the Hawaii passing show, former head coach June Jones once called Bess the best receiver he ever coached. With fantastic hands and tremendous quickness, he'll fit in for anyone looking for a short to midrange possession receiver. His problem will be the measurables. He's only 5-9 and 194 pounds and was timed at a painfully slow 4.76.
CFN Projection: Sixth Round   CFN Position Ranking: 21


28. Will Robinson, OT/OG San Diego State
While he works hard and has nice quickness, he's just not that big. Pushing to hit 300 pounds, and still not making it, he's undersized for a guard, which he could be from time to time if he sticks on a team, and he's not quite talented enough to be a regular NFL tackle. He's a project who will do what's needed to try to hang around.
CFN Projection: Sixth Round   CFN Position Ranking: 20

29. Adarius Bowman, WR Oklahoma State
Extremely physical at 6-3 and 223 pounds, he should be a fantastic H-Back or a smallish second tight end. He's just too slow to be a regular wide receiver, but he's strong enough and tough enough to make the tough catches as a good third option. While he was productive over his last two years at OSU, after transferring from North Carolina, reputation-wise he's living off one monster half against Kansas in 2006.
CFN Projection: Fourth Round   CFN Position Ranking: 23


30. Jabari Arthur, WR Akron
The former quarterback turned into one of the MAC's best receivers. Huge at 6-3 and 227 pounds with decent 4.6 speed, he's an intriguing prospect who could be the deep sleeper of the receiver class. While he's not a great blocker, he uses his size to outmuscle defensive backs. For some reason he's not on the radar, but he has the upside to potentially be a nice No. 3 receiver.
CFN Projection: Sixth Round to Free Agent  CFN Position Ranking: 29


31. Joey Haynos, TE Maryland
He has no speed, isn't a consistent blocker, and isn't a natural receiver, but he works his tail off and at close to 6-8 and 260 pounds he's a big, strong target who could fit in well in two tight end sets. He might not set the world on fire right away, but he should be able to carve out a long career if he can grow into a more physical blocker.
CFN Projection: Seventh Round   CFN Position Ranking: 13


32. Andrew Crummey, OG Maryland
Very strong and very good for the running game, he's a limited plowhorse who can move the pile, but won't do much to get on the outside. While he's a good-sized 6-4 and 299 pounds, he's not the blot-out-the-sun type of guard most teams might like. Considering his lack of athleticism, he has to get bigger. Even with all his limits, he'll be a tough player to cut because he can be so good in a short running game. 
CFN Projection:
Sixth Round   CFN Position Ranking: 10


33. Calvin Dawson, RB UL Monroe
Small, quick, and tremendously productive, he didn't just rock the Sun Belt, he was great against Clemson, Texas A&M, and Alabama, too. He'll be a kick returner and a special teamer at the next level, but given the right chance in the right system at the right time, he could be a spot starter who pulls off a few huge games. He's just not big enough to handle a full-time NFL workload.
CFN Projection: Sixth Round   CFN Position Ranking: 20

34. James McClinton, DT Kansas
A tremendous worker and a high-character guy who can be a team leader, McClinton is the kind of tackle you want somewhere in your mix. Unfortunately he doesn't have the talent to be more than a fringe prospect. He's very slow, not that big, and he can get shoved around a bit. That combined with an issue with seizures knocked him off some draft lists.
CFN Projection: Seventh Round


35. Franklin Dunbar, OT Middle Tennessee
Unfortunate circumstances, needing to care for his ailing mother, was the reason he came out before he was ready. Fantastic at the Sun Belt level, and great, for the most part, when he got a chance against the better ends in non-conference play, he's a football player. However, he could use a year or three in a weight-room and he needs to be much better in the running game.
CFN Projection: Sixth Round to Seventh Round   CFN Position Ranking: 24