Did some late night digging around on our UDFAs and ranked them with short reports on what I’ve read. I did not watch these players, its just a bit of research and compiling what I found but it should be useful. (The Pats had only unofficially signed these players at the time of writing so things could have changed.)Β (NOTE: They have changed, as reports have stated the Pats have also signed LSU RB Nick Brossette.)
1) Jakobi Meyers (WR): Had an early Day 3 grade from some analysts. Big slot receiver with solid route running who has very good hands and catches balls outside his frame. He’s a reliable and physical option over the middle which is always good for a QB. Not very quick or agile so that limits his upside, route running and YAC. But he came into college as a QB and switched to receiver, and 2018 was his first or second year as a receiver, so he definitely has room to grow. With some of the abilities of N’Keal Harry and the addition of Meyers, I think the Pats are definitely entertaining the idea of having a big guy lined up in the slot as a new wrinkle to the offense.
2) Malik Gant (SS): Gant was a top 100 player for more than three draft analysts that I follow and is the #1 UDFA safety for Gil Brandt. He’s not a prototypical Pats player with a 3-cone of 7.46 seconds. In fact, he tested quite terribly at the combine which is probably why he went undrafted. However, from what I’ve read he stands out on film and was a productive player at Marshall. Very physical player, good against the run, but not a liability in coverage, matching up well with TEs and our top-ranked player Jakobi in coverage. I think I’d have ranked him #1 if the rankings were based on who I think is most likely to make the team.
3) Calvin Anderson (T/G): Had a successful season at Texas after transferring over from Rice. His physical traits are very good. His problem is technique but he should have room for growth especially given that he only started for a year. Some have him as a guard. I’d call him an ideal practice squad candidate for Scar to work with to see if he can develop. If he can’t develop with Scar, I don’t think he can, ever π
4) Andrew Beck (TE): Primarily a strong blocking tight end who is physical and powerful in the run game. From what I understand, very limited in the passing game, only running shallow routes and targeted on short hitches, out routes, etc. and not a great catcher of the ball as well. However, as there is only another TE on the roster who is a better blocker than a receiver in Ryan Izzo, he may have a shortcut to the roster in a two-man battle. Or both get cut…
5) Xavier Ubosi (WR): Intriguing prospect. Has great size and speed for the WR position, suited to play the X receiver role. Whopping 23.9 yards per catch on 36 receptions, which led the FBS. However, the guy is 25 years old, so I don’t see a lot of room for development. He also ran a very limited route tree mostly consisting of go routes, so it’s probably “what you see is what you get” at this point. Still, he might be an exciting player to watch in the preseason.
6) Tyree St. Louis (T): Similar case to Calvin Anderson. Tackle prospect with good athleticism and measurables. Again, most of his struggles are due to technique. However, unlike Anderson, he’s been a two-year starter at right tackle and one-year starter at left tackle and still continued to struggle with his technique. Therefore I’d say there is less room for development, hence the lower ranking.
7) Ryan Davis (WR): Slot receiver from Auburn. Very good skills when he gets the ball in his hands. However, not a great ability to separate as a receiver. I think he was brought in to allow Stidham to have some familiarity for 3rd-team reps during preseason games and practice. He has good quickness and agility and can return punts though, so if he shows an outstanding ability there maybe he can be considered for a roster spot but it’s a looong shot.
8) Terez Hall (OLB): It was interesting to see the Pats agree to give a significant signing bonus to Hall. Physical linebacker who is solid against the run and plays fast on tape. However, from what I’ve read, he doesn’t show the football intelligence/instincts for the LB position. Combine that with the fact that he ran a terrible 40 in his pro day, and I don’t see much of a potential for him on defense or special teams. Will probably battle for a spot on the practice squad with the likes of Christian Sam and Calvin Munson.
9) Tyler Gauthier (C): Couldn’t find much info on the player besides the fact that he played center for Miami. I guess it’s a matter of finding someone to snap the ball to Etling/Stidham in practice and games and build at least a little cohesiveness in our 3rd OL group with his teammate St. Louis.