Undrafted rookie No. 1: Wyatt Ray
It came to light recently that former Boston College defensive end Wyatt Ray has a famous grandparent in Nat King Cole. He said that the singer’s ability to break down barriers inspires him every day to be better at his craft.
While he did go undrafted, Ray finds himself in a decent spot. Cleveland is set at the top two positions, but outside of that, the edge rushing department is up for grabs.
During his days at BC, Ray spent a lot of time as a reserve. He played behind Harold Landry who was a second-round pick of the Tennessee Titans in 2017 for the first three seasons of his career. He finally got his chance to start in 2018 and performed well but still never showed the consistent burst or explosion desired at the position.
He still found a way to record nine sacks as a senior and should he find a way to get after the passer in the NFL, he might have a chance to make the team — or at the very least, the practice squad.
Undrafted rookie No. 2: Jarrell Owens
Like Wyatt Ray, undrafted rookie Jarrell Owens’ best path to an NFL career may come via the practice squad. He too was a reserve for much of his career before the Oklahoma State Cowboys gave him more time as a senior.
Owens recorded a career-high six sacks and 11 tackles for a loss that year but didn’t do enough to get selected in the draft.