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Coming off a busy Day 3 of the 2022 NFL Draft, the Commanders continued their search for new talent this week. Washington have signed more than a dozen undrafted free agents already. In doing so, they hope they can find a gem or two to plug into their lineup.

The descriptive word you heard most for this year’s draft was “deep”. So it only makes sense that even after 7 rounds of selections, the Commanders still had work to do. Take note of how many “academic” mentions there are – obviously something that Head Coach Ron Rivera was looking for.

Here is a list of the players that Washington have signed as UDFA’s already:

DeVante Cross | CB / S | Virginia

6’2″, 215 pounds, Allentown, PA

Started nine games at nickel back in his senior season, and had 24 tackles, one interception and five pass break-ups. He was named to the 2021 National Football Foundation Hampshire Honor Society.

He played ball at Parkland High School and led them to three straight district championships as their quarterback. ESPN, 247 Sports and Scout rated him as a three-start recruit.

Josh Drayden | CB | California

5’9.5″, 168 pounds, DeSoto, TX

Played in 55 games for Cal, which is a school record. Started 22 games including all 12 in the 2021 season. He had 126 career tackles, including 7.5 for loss. He had 48 tackles, five pass breakups and five passes defended in his senior season.

He was Cal’s Ken Cotton Award winner as well as earning a spot on the Pac-12 Fall Academic Honor Roll.

In high school, he was a four year varsity starter with totals of 200 tackles, 12 interceptions, 45 passes deflected, and four forced fumbles. He won a state championship as a Junior and returned to the state finals as a senior.

Jeques Ezzard | WR | Sam Houston State

5’10”, 195 pounds, College Park, GA

Ezzard was an all WAC first time wide receiver and return specialist, as well as the Southland Conference Newcomer of the Year. He was an AP All-America second team wide receiver and an AFCA All-America first team punt returner. He led the FCS in yards per catch (26.9) and was 1 of 6 players in the FCS with over 1,000 all-purpose yards.

He averaged 120.8 all-purpose yards per game, 22.1 yards per touch, and 17.7 yards per punt return. He was also 1 of only 2 FC players to have multiple punt return touchdowns.

Ferrod Gardner | LB \ S | Louisiana

6’1″, 215 pounds, Dayton, OH

In 2021, Gardner was an honorable mention for both All-Conference, and All-Sun Belt Conference. He finished second on the team with 67 tackles, including 5 for a loss. He also had 1.5 sacks, 3 pass break-ups, 1 interception and 2 quarterback hurries.

Went to Trotwood-Madison High School, where he was a three time letter winner and helped them to a pair of state runner-up finishes. He had 103 tackles, including 22 for a loss, as well as 5 sacks and 8 passes broken up as a Senior.

Curtis Hodges | TE | Arizona State

6’7″, 240 pounds, Mesa, Az

In 2021, Hodges was named the Levi Jones most improved player, and was an honorable mention awarded by the Pac-12 Conference. He averaged 18.7 yards per catch, which was good for 20th in the FBS, and second in the Pac-12.He also received a 71.8 grade as a blocker, which was also second in the Pac-12.

At Mountain View High School, he was a multi sport athlete (football and basketball). ESPN, Scout and 247 all ranked him as a three star wide receiver recruit. He caught 50 passes for 703 yards as a Senior.

Cole Kelley | QB | Southeast Louisiana

6’7″, 260 pounds, Lafayette, La

Kelley was a 2021 Stats Perform, Athlon Sports and Hero Sports FCS First Team All-American. He was also an FCS Walter Payton Award winner, and the Offensive Player of the Year for both the Southland Conference and for Louisiana.

He ranked 4th in the FCS for completion percentage (68.9), 4th in completions per game (30.0), and 5th in passing touchdowns. He ranked 2nd in passing yards, passing yards per game, and points per game. He passed for more than 300 yards in all 7 games.

In the opening game of the season against eventual champion Sam Houston, he went 36-for-53 for 462 yards and four touchdowns.

Kelley was ranked as high as the #11 quarterback on some draft boards.

At Teurlings Catholic High School, he was ranked as the number 2 quarterback in Louisiana by Scout, as well as a four start recruit by ESPN.

Kyric McGowan | WR | Georgia Tech

5’11”, 198 pounds, Dalton, Ga

In 2021, McGowan started 10 out of 11 games and tied for the team lead with 37 receptions. He finished with 467 receiving yards and was eighth in the ACC with 7 touchdowns.

He only played one season for Georgia Tech after spending four at Northwestern, where he amassed 1677 all-purpose yards – 802 receiving, 531 kickoff return, and 352 rushing.

At Dalton HighSchool, he was ranked a three star prospect by ESPN, Rivals and 247Sports. He earned first team all region, all area and was an honorable mention for all-state. He was team captain as a senior, and a member of the National Honor Society.

Jacub Panasiuk | DE | Michigan State

6’3″, 253 pounds,

Panasiuk appeared in a program-record 57 games in his five years at Michigan State. He started 43 of them. He recorded 142 tackles, including 32 for a loss. He had 16 sacks, forced five fumbles, and had 2 fumble recoveries.

His brother Mike also spent 3 years at Michigan State, and despite not being drafted when he came out in 2020, has spent time with both the Raiders and Panthers organizations.

 

Armani Rogers | TE | Ohio

6’5″, 225 pounds, Los Angeles, CA

Rogers was signed to try out for Washington at tight end, despite playing quarterback in college.

He played for Ohio in 2020 and 2021, after spending 3 years at UNLV. He started two games at quarterback for Ohio, as well as being used in offensive packages. He finished the season with 334 yards passing, 552 yards rushing, and 7 touchdowns.

As a senior at Alexander Hamilton High School, he was a three star recruit. He passed for 1433 yards and 18 touchdowns. He also ran for 431 yards and 6 more touchdowns.

His dad Sam was a linebacker in the NFL with the Buffalo Bills, San Diego Chargers and Atlanta Falcons.

Tyrese Robinson | OG |Oklahoma

6’3″, 324 pounds, McKinney, TX

Robinson started all 13 games last year for the Sooners. He was a second team All-Big 12 selection nd an honorable mention All-Big 12 pick by the coaches.

In 2020, he allowed just 2 sacks on 400 passing plays.

In high school, he was a four star recruit by ESPN, 247Sports, Rivals and Scout, and an Under Armour All American. ESPN ranked him as the #95 recruit in the country. Chose Oklahoma over Michigan, Texas and Auburn.

Devin Taylor | CB | Bowling Green

6’1″, 200 pounds, Lansing, MI

Taylor started all 12 games for Bowling Green in 2021, and was named third team All-MAC, and first team Pro Football Focus All-MAC. He registered 44 tackles, two interceptions, and broke up eight passes.

He spent 2020 at Virginia Tech where he had 55 tackles and two interceptions. He was at Illinois State from 2017-2019, and had 80 career tackles, nine interceptions, and 31 passes defended.

At Sexton High School, he was a three year letter winner, and earned all-district, all-area, and all-conference honors as a Senior.He split time at defensive back and wide receiver. He was also a standout in basketball and track.

Tre Walker | LB | Idaho

6’1″, 240 pounds, Dos Palos, CA

Walker earned five All-American honors, including first team honors with AP, Stats Perform, Hero Sports, and Phil Steele FCS. He was also a Buch Buchanan Award finalist and a first team All-Big Sky. He had 54 tackles in just four games, including 15 in Week 1 against Eastern Washington.

He started all 12 games in 2019, and led the Vandals with 138 tackles, including 9 for a loss. He also had 1.5 sacks.

In high school, he guided Central to the CIF Central Section Division 1 Championship – their first section crown in school history.

Drew White | LB | Notre Dame

6’0″, 228 pounds, Boca Raton, FL

White was named to the All-ACC Academic team, and was on the Nagurski Trophy watch list. He was also a team leader.

As a junior, he registered 80 tackles, including eight for a loss and also had two sacks.

He went to high school at football factory St. Thomas Aquinas. He led them to  13-2 record, and 2016 Florida Class 7A State Championship – their third consecutive state title. They outscored their opponents 604-141 and limited their opponents to 9.4 points per game (5 shutouts).


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