The 2016 NFL Draft has come and gone, and when the UDFA scramble settled down, ten Horned Frogs had found new homes. Here's a rundown of who went where, and the kind of competition they're up against.
Josh Doctson, WR, Washington Redskins - 1st Round, #22 Overall Pick
Other WRs on roster/drafted/udfa signings: DeSean Jackson, Pierre Garcon, Andre Roberts, Jamison Crowder, LaRon Byrd, Ryan Grant, Rashad Ross, Reginald Diggs, Maurice Harris, Andre McCullouch
Doctson was the third wide receiver to go in the 2016 NFL Draft, behind Corey Coleman (#15 to Cleveland) and Will Fuller (#21 to Houston), but ahead of Laquan Treadwell (#23 to Minnesota).
The assumption is that Washington will attempt to clear some cap space by trading either Jackson or Garcon prior to the season, now that Doctson is in the fold, but if all three are around for 2016, along with Roberts and Crowder, this is a very serious set of weapons for Kirk "You Like That" Cousins.
It's a great situation for Doc, who will have a chance to work his way onto the field as a rookie, and earn a starting role in 2017. Cousins should also love his new target, who is known for his sure hands and ability to win battles at the line and in the air for the ball. Doctson should get plenty of targets, and has a chance to be the leading receiver from this year's draft class, as he goes to one of the better QB and depth chart situations of any rookie pass catcher.
Derrick Kindred, S, Cleveland Browns - 4th Round, #129 Overall Pick
Other Safeties on roster/drafted/udfa signings: Donte Whitner, Ibraheim Campbell, Jordan Poyer, Rahim Moore, Don Jones, A.J. Stamps
Yes, Cleveland is where many promising young players go to die, but (and I know you've heard this before), it seems the Browns may have turned a new leaf under rookie head coach Hue Jackson. Jackson loves tough players, and he got one of the toughest in the draft in TCU safety Kindred, who played the 2015 season with a broken collarbone. DK will endear himself to fans and teammates early, as he figures to be a candidate to make an impact of special teams immediately.
Halapoulivaati Vaitai, OT, Philadelphia Eagles - 5th Round, #164 Overall Pick
Other OTs on the roster/drafted/udfa signings: Jason Peters, Lane Johnson, Brett Boyko, Andrew Gardner, Matt Tobin, Dennis Kelly, Allen Barbre
Big V is a depth pick for the Eagles, who are looking for more talent/stability along an offensive line that rated 18th in pass-blocking situations last season, according to Pro Football Focus. With the Eagles making a big investment at QB through signing Bradford to too much money and moving up to draft Carson Wentz, the Eagles are desperate for more help along the line. Big V could very well be the guy they need.
Kolby Listenbee, WR, Buffalo Bills - 6th Round, #192 Overall Pick
Other WRs on the roster/drafted/udfa signings: Sammy Watkins, Robert Woods, Leonard Hankerson, Marquise Goodwin, Marcus Easley, Jarrett Boykin, Greg Little, Walter Powell, Greg Salas, Dezmin Lewis, Davonte' Allen, Gary Chambers
I know Kolby was frustrated with being passed on so many times, but now he gets a chance to prove that he should have gone a lot earlier in the draft. I think the Bills will be pleasantly surprised with how well he runs routes, and if Kolby can stay healthy I think he will be a fantastic value pick for the Bills.
Joey Hunt, C, Seattle Seahawks - 6th Round, #215 Overall Pick
Other Centers on the roster/drafted/udfa signings: Patrick Lewis, Drew Nowak, Will Pericak, DeAndre Elliot,
The Seahawks love big TCU guys who handle the ball well. First it was Clint Gresham, and now it's Joey Hunt. Despite his smaller stature, Hunt has the mobility that Seattle likes for its linemen to have. If he can utilize it well during the offseason, he may be a rotation guy along the line.
Trevone Boykin, QB, Seattle Seahawks - UDFA
Other QBs on the roster/drafted/udfa signings: Russell Wilson
Other WRs on the roster/drafted/udfa signings: Doug Baldwin, Jermaine Kearse, Tyler Lockett, Jeff Fuller, Antwan Goodley, Deshon Foxx, Kenny Lawler, Douglas McNeil, Paul Richardson, Tyler Slavin, Kevin Smith, Kasen Williams, Deontrae Cooper, DeAnthony Arnett, Devin Fosselman,
As of now, Russell Wilson is the only quarterback listed on Seattle's roster. That could change soon, though, as recent Seattle backup QB, turned free agent, Tarvaris Jackson is expected to be back with the Seahawks for next season.
Most people expect Boykin to workout as a wide reciever, but the Seattle Times suggested that Boykin was signed to compete for Wilson's backup spot. Along with Boykin and Jackson, Seattle is bringing in Vernon Adams for a tryout.
Aaron Green, RB, Los Angeles Rams - UDFA
Other RBs on the roster/drafted/udfa signings: Todd Gurley, Tre Mason, Benny Cunningham, Malcolm Brown, Chase Reynolds
Green joins a loaded backfield in the Rams' inaugural season in Los Angeles. Without knowing how many running backs the Rams will keep, it's hard to know just how likely it is that Green will make the active roster. It seems like the odds are stacked against him, but I'm not going to bet against him.
Jaden Oberkrom, K, Jacksonville Jaguars - UDFA
Other kickers on the roster/drafted/udfa signings: Jason Myers
Oberkrom will try to unseat Myers as the Jaguars kicker this offseason, and he should be up to the task. Myers was 26/30 last season on field goal attempts, with a season long of 58 yards. However, he missed seven extra points in 2015 after the NFL moved the extra point attempt back so that it's a longer try.
For his career, Oberkrom made 79 of the 100 field goals he attempted, with a career long of 57 yards. He was 214-216 on extra point attempts.
Jamelle Naff, OG, Indianapolis Colts - UDFA
Other OGs on the roster/drafted/udfa signings: Kitt O'Brien, Joe Reitz, Hugh Thornton, Austin Blythe, DaVante Harris
Naff will have a shot at making the active roster, as the Colts bring in a handful of new guys to try and construct a quality line to protect Andrew Luck.
Terrell Lathan, DL, Tennessee Titans - UDFA
Other DL on the roster/drafted/udfa signings: Austin Johnson, Jurrell Casey, Al Woods, Karl Klug, DaQuan Jones, Ropati Pitoitua, Kevin Dodd, Angelo Blackson, Jamal Palmer, Mehdi Abedsman
Lathan will look to sneak into the rotation on a defensive line that was terrible against the run in 2015. If he proves to be a valuable asset in that area, he'll have a decent chance of making the roster.