The NFL Buzz: Undrafted Free Agents Update

Scout.com's Ed Thompson has confirmed directly with players and his NFL sources where a few prominent undrafted free agents are heading. Fans of the Redskins, Seahawks, Colts, Panthers, Cowboys, Packers, Chiefs, Buccaneers, Bengals, Jets, Cardinals, Eagles, Ravens and Falcons will want to check this update.

The picks are in and now the scramble is on for undrafted free agents. So far here's what I've learned from the players and some of my sources as to where they've agreed to play after evaluating their options. Click their name below to visit their player profile page to learn more about them and to check for past stories and interviews.

Seattle     Logan Payne     WR
The 6-foot-2, 204-pound receiver out of the University of Minnesota will be heading to the Seattle Seahawks. Minnesota runs a fairly conservative run-oriented offense, but Payne still managed to pull in 54 passes for 804 yards and scored 9 touchdowns. He's got a lot of upside in a more balanced attack.

Kansas City     Josh Swogger     QB
The University of Montana and former Washington State QB will be a mini-camp invitee for the Kansas City Chiefs, but isn't under contract as of yet. With Trent Green's status up in the air and plenty of uncertainty surrounding some of the other potential candidates, Swogger will go in to Kansas City hoping to open some eyes. He almost ended up in Jacksonville, but they signed another quarterback while he was considering that option and the Kansas City option.

Tampa Bay     Mike McFadden     FB
A linebacker who became the all-time sacks leader in Division II while playing at Fort Valley State, the 6-foot-1, 255-pound outside linebacker is heading into the pro ranks as a fullback.

Indianapolis     Joe Lobdell     OT
The Northern Iowa offensive lineman has agreed to sign with the World Champion Colts. The 6-foot-6, 288-pound lineman also has some game experience at tight end. Last year, the Colts drafted Oklahoma State's Charlie Johnson who had played tight end up until he switched to offensive tackle for his senior year.

Oklahoma LB Zach Latimer (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
Washington     Zach Latimer     LB
Oklahoma's middle linebacker will be heading to the nation's capital to earn a job with the Redskins. He's a smart, dedicated linebacker who should standout on special teams in training camp because he continued to play special teams even though he was a starter. He was a participant at the Combine in Indianapolis.

Green Bay     Larry Birdine     DE
Another Oklahoma player who was at the Combine, Birdine's stock likely took a hit due to a bicep tear injury that put him on the sidelines for 2005. But this is guy who knows how to get into the backfield, reportedly making 25% of his career tackles behind the line of scrimmage.

Dallas     Steve Rissler     C
The University of Florida offensive lineman is heading to Dallas with game experience at every position on the offensive line except left tackle. The 6-foot-3, 305-pound Rissler has been a starter for the Gators for the past two seasons.

Cincinnati     Dane Uperesa     OT
A projected late-round pick, the University of Hawaii offensive tackle slipped by somehow. Cincinnati snatched up the 6-foot-4, 309-pounder who was a two-year starter.    

Carolina     Billy Latsko     FB
The selfless fullback who didn't get a carry his senior year, but was a solid lead-blocker for the Gators heads north to Carolina. He was a consistent performer on special teams for Florida.

New York Jets     Mark Zalewski     LB
A two-time defensive captain for the Badgers, Zalewski led the team with 90 tackles during his senior year. The All-Big Ten linebacker had a number of offers, but felt his best opportunity was in New York.

Atlanta     Noland Burchette     DE
The Virginia Tech defensive end had personal workouts with the Jets and the Colts, but when he evaluated his opportunities, Atlanta seemed like the right fit. He's got good quickness that will serve him well on special teams, and although the Jets considered him as a linebacker, he'll get to work at his natural position in Atlanta.  

Arizona     Tim Castille     FB
The Alabama back's numbers may not look big, but his heart sure is. If he doesn't make the squad it won't be because he didn't leave it all out there on the field. Castille was part of a rushing attack by committee in Alabama, but he was the bruiser they counted on when they needed the tough yards or at the goal line. He scored 21 touchdowns for the Crimson Tide.

Baltimore     Kyle Tatum     OT
Tatum was a starter during his sophomore and junior years, but was a reserve his final season at Alabama. A converted defensive tackle, his 6-7, 311-pound frame gives him the size to succeed, so he could bounce back and stick with the proper coaching in Baltimore.

Philadelphia     Nick Graham     CB
The 5-foot-10, 190-pound cornerback out of Tulsa grabbed six of his seven career interceptions in his junior year. A two-year starter, he appeared in 50 games and blocked two kicks. He also has some limited experience as a punt and kickoff returns specialist.


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