The fourth annual All-Underrated team is led by two of the most underrated pass catchers in the 2024 NFL Draft are Oklahoma wide receiver Drake Stoops, and TCU tight end Jared Wiley. Stoops put up strong numbers this year having caught 84 passes this season, while Wiley had a breakout season catching more passes this season than his first four seasons combined.
The players on this team are hoping they can have similar success to a couple of past members of this team. Last year, BYU wide receiver Puka Nacua was a member of the 2023 All-Underrated team and he went on to have one of the best seasons we have seen from a rookie wide receiver. Another member of this team who has outplayed where he went in the draft is Los Angeles Rams offensive tackle Alaric Jackson who went undrafted after being named to the 2021 All-Underrated squad. Since going undrafted Jackson has become a starter for the Rams at left tackle, and is one of the better undrafted free agents in the past couple of seasons.
For a player to make this team a player needs to meet a couple of qualifications. The first one is that a player has to carry a day three grade or undrafted free agent grade according to NFL Mock Draft Database. I use this site as it averages out where players are rated on multiple NFL Draft sites. The second qualification is that I give these players a higher grade than other draftniks. The third qualification is that they have to be someone who I think can make a significant impact in the NFL.
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QB: Spencer Rattler, South Carolina
South Carolina’s Spencer Rattler is likely one of the top four quarterbacks when it comes to natural talent in the 2024 NFL Draft. However, he will likely fall to the third day of the draft due to his 20 interceptions over the past two seasons and the 40 sacks he took this year. If he can go to the right situation though and is allowed to sit for a year or two he has the chance to develop into a high-quality starting quarterback in the NFL.
RB: MarShawn Lloyd, USC
The 2024 NFL Draft running back class doesn’t have any standouts in it, but it does offer some good value on day three. One player who fits that bill is USC’s MarShawn Lloyd who is one of the more physical backs in this year’s class. In addition, to being an aggressive downhill runner he shows quick feet and good agility for a 217-pound back.
WR: Drake Stoops, Oklahoma
The most underrated player on the offensive side of the ball going into the 2024 NFL Draft is Oklhoma’s Drake Stoops. Stoops has all the skills to be a high-quality slot receiver in the NFL including sure hands, the football awareness to consistently find the open space in coverage, and the quickness to gain separation. Despite these traits and his high level of production that saw him catch 84 passes this year and lead the Big 12 with ten touchdowns, he is viewed as an undrafted free agent by most draftniks.
WR: Jalen Coker, Holy Cross
One of three FCS players to make this list is Holy Cross’s Jalen Coker. Coker has produced at an elite level during his career and is the Crusaders’ all-time leader in touchdown receptions, and receiving yards. He also had a strong East-West Shrine Bowl week, where he showed he could compete against NFL-caliber talent.
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WR: Ainias Smith, Texas A&M
A player who plays a similar style of football to San Fransico wide receiver Deebo Samuel is Ainias Smith. Like Samuel, Smith is a multidimensional player who led the Aggies in both catches and yards this season. He also was a dangerous punt returner averaging 13 yards per punt return and had one punt return touchdown. Smith's versatility extends to the backfield as well, having accumulated 72 carries throughout his career.
TE: Jared Wiley, TCU
The highest-rated player on my board that makes this list is TCU’s Jared Wiley yet he only carries a sixth-round grade on NFL Mock Draft Database. The biggest reason I am so high on Wiley is his all-around game. As a receiver, he is a big target who shows enough speed to create separation against NFL linebackers. He also is an aggressive run blocker who would benefit any team’s running game.
OT: Walter Rouse, Oklahoma
One of the better pass blockers in college football this season was Oklahoma’s Walter Rouse. Rouse didn’t give up a sack this year and earned an 83.8 grade in pass protection from Pro Football Focus. One of the reasons he held up so well in this area is his impressive strength. He shows good grip strength and it’s very hard for defenders to break free once he has his hands on them. He also plays with a good base which makes it hard to bullrush him.
OG: Marcus Tate, Clemson
A player who will likely fall in the 2024 NFL Draft due to his injury history is Clemson’s Marcus Tate, who has had back-to-back season-ending injuries. However, when healthy Tate is one of the better run blockers in college football. He stands out in this area due to his combination of 6-foot-5 325-pound size and impressive strength which allows him to get his share of pancake blocks.
C: Tanor Bortolini, Wisconsin
A versatile offensive lineman who should be a good value pick on the third day of the 2024 NFL Draft is Wisconsin’s Tanor Bortolini. One of the reasons why Bortolini makes this list is his versatility which has seen him play center, guard, tackle, and even tight end during his time in Madison. He is also an extremely smart player who does a great job of getting the Badgers in the right blocking scheme.
OG: Mason McCormick, South Dakota State
One of the biggest winners at this year’s East-West Shrine Bowl was South Dakota State offensive guard Mason McCormick. During this week he showed the ability to play both center and offensive guard. He also showed imposing strength and routinely dominated the defender he went up against. For his strong effort during this week, he was named to the East-West Shrine Bowl All-West Practice Team and likely went from an undrafted free agent to a late-round draft pick in the 2024 NFL Draft.
OT: Garret Greenfield, South Dakota State
Joining his teammate Mason McCormick on the All-Underrated team is offensive tackle, Garret Greenfield. Like McCormick, Greenfield was named an FCS All-American this year and he is my top small school offensive tackle in the 2024 NFL Draft. A couple of traits that scouts like about Greenfield is his versatility having been named an All-American as both a left and right tackle. They also like the fact he plays with great aggression and does a terrific job of finishing his blocks.