With the 2018 NFL Draft complete, the next phase of sifting through prospects is signing undrafted free agents. The Jaguars, the Dolphins and the Buccaneers all got that going over the course of the last 36 hours and now have begun to publicize those names and lists.
First in Jacksonville, the Jaguars signed 13 free agents led by a couple of prominent names.
Iowa State receiver Allen Lazard (above) is 6’4 and back to back first team all Big XII wide receiver the last two years. And, he is the Cyclones all time leader in receptions, and receiving yards. He will come in looking to compete with what is already a young talent pool at that position. This includes second round pick D.J. Chark out of LSU.
The Jags also signed an intriguing FCS pass rushing linebacker in Darius Jackson of Jacksonville (AL) State. Jackson was the FCS National Defensive Player of the Year leading that division with 20.5 tackles for loss. He also finished with 27.5 career sacks.
In Miami, the Fins got some additional names that are interesting. The first is 5’9 Utah State defensive back Jalen Davis, who was a first team All Mountain West performer. That included his 15 pass breakups and five interceptions, three of them returned for touchdowns in 2017.
Also, the Dolphins will welcome Michigan inside LB Mike McCray who at 6’1 and 245lbs. is more of a run stopper, and played in a 3-4 scheme with the Wolverines.
Miami will also bring in FAU kicker Greg Joseph to compete in the off season with seventh round draft pick Jason Sanders of New Mexico. Joseph had a good senior season with the Conference USA Champions making 15 of 21 field goals that included a 54 yarder.
Finally, the Buccaneers also released their list of undrafted free agents. Among those is FCS Minnesota State defensive end Evan Perrizo, who had 12 sacks and 18.5 tackles for loss last year. Also being brought in is Arkansas QB Austin Allen, the younger brother of former Hogs and Jaguars backup Brandon Allen. However, with Jameis Winston, Ryan Fitzpatrick and Ryan Griffin re-signed, Allen is more of a “camp body” to look over at this point.
The Bucs will also bring in North Texas kicker Trevor Moore to look at this spring. Tampa Bay has had a horrendous time finding a consistent kicker for the last few years. They signed former Jets kicker Chandler Cantanzaro in March.
And, speaking of kickers and on the sentimental connection front, Tampa Bay has invited Northwestern safety Godwin Igwebuike to Tampa. And if that name looks familar, it should-he’s the nephew of former Bucs kicker from the 1980’s, Donald Igwebuike.
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