Free agency sleepers

Free agency is upon us. RavensInsider staff writer Dev Panchwagh takes a look at seven unrestricted free agents flying under the radar screen.

Kareem McKenzie (N.Y. Jets): Has started at the right tackle position for three straight seasons with the N.Y. Jets. Is a steady run blocker who possesses a combination of good size and athleticism. McKenzie is young enough to develop into a cornerstone strongside blocker for whichever team he lands with.

Ken Lucas (Seattle): Lucas struggled in the beginning stages of his NFL career, but turned the corner last season, intercepting six passes for Seattle. Lucas is big enough to play in man-to-man coverage situations. With elite cover corners like Fred Smoot, Samari Rolle and Ty Law on the market, Lucas may command less attention from potential suitors, and sign for a more palatable contract.

T.J. Houshmandzadeh (Cincinnati): Posted a couple of eye-popping performances during the second half of the 2004 season after taking over the No.2 receiver spot. Although he would fit better as a complementary receiver than a true No.1, Houshmandzadeh is a player on the rise who may continue to develop into a playmaker. Houshmandzadeh also brings returning skills to any team's special teams unit.

Andre Dyson (Tennessee): A young cornerback who has the speed, quickness and range to hold up in one-on-one coverage situations. Dyson does need to improve his skills as a run defender, and has had trouble defending physical wideouts. Like Lucas, Dyson is a young cover corner who will be a great No.2 cornerback for a number of teams.

Seth Payne (Texas): Payne has battled injuries over the last few seasons, and he is not the player he used to be, but could still provide stability as an interior lineman if his snaps are kept in check. Payne is a hard-nosed run stuffer who has experience operating as a nose tackle and a defensive end.

Keith Adams (Philadelphia): At 5'11, 223 pounds, Adams is built more like a running back than a weakside linebacker. However, Adams packs more punch than meets the eye. Adams is a tough run defender with great sideline-to-sideline speed. In addition, Adams is an explosive special teams player who can aid any team's coverage unit.

Roberto Garza (Atlanta): A former center who played at the guard position for Atlanta last season. Despite being undersized, Garza is a tough run blocker who does a nice job of moving a pile forward. Like many other players playing at the guard position, Garza is a solid starter who can be had for a cheap price.

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