NFL free agency 2024 best available players, led by Danielle Hunter, Za’Darius Smith


With the legal tampering window opening Monday at noon ET and the new league year commencing Wednesday at 4 p.m., NFL free agency has arrived.

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This story will be updated as free agents agree to deals and as other players are released. The number preceding a player’s name shows where he landed in our rankings before the start of free agency. Players who were released on March 11 or later will not have a ranking. Ages (in parentheses) are as of Sept. 5, the scheduled date of the 2024 season opener.

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Hunter has been used from various alignments and is effective rushing the passer from all of them. He has upfield burst and countermoves to keep blockers guessing. He also understands how to set the edge with length and get off of blocks against the run. His skill set is hard to find, and despite entering his 10th season, he doesn’t turn 30 until October. Franchise tags thinned out the top group of pass rushers, so he should be coveted.— Randy Mueller

Smith surprised me, clearly belonging in the top group of edge defenders. He showed top-level acceleration and burst as an outside, upfield rusher or while running tricks and games. He slips blocks, uses his hands and is really hard to block against the run as well. His motor will help his team’s defensive culture, and he’s stayed largely healthy since having back surgery in 2021. — Mueller

Floyd is the second 30-something to crack this list as an edge player. He has a complete game, a nose for the football and plays hard consistently, even with eight seasons under his belt. That effort would be good for a team’s culture, but that might not be on the Bills, as Floyd has said he will “go where the money goes” in free agency. — Mueller

Ridley represents the best combination of size, speed and hands in this class. He comes off the ball quickly, eats up defenders’ cushions and gets in and out of breaks very fast. His suddenness jumps out, and he runs a complete route tree with the body control to win versus zone and man. He will frustrate with occasional drops, but it’s more about focus than hands. The Jaguars owe the Falcons a 2024 third-round pick from the 2022 trade for Ridley, but if they extend him before the new league year opens Wednesday, that would become a second-rounder. He should top a wideout class that was thinned by the franchise tag. — Mueller

Williams’ frame is rare, and he fits best as a five-technique in a three-man line, which is really hard to find. His length and hand usage are two of his biggest attributes. He’s not a skilled, high-level pass rusher but is very effective versus both the run and pass. His style and substance mirror Wilkins, but he’s been a shade less productive and is two years older. — Mueller

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Forget the numbers. Injuries derailed Jones’ season, but he can wreck the line of scrimmage when healthy. He provides really good push and gets penetration versus the run, and he’s a slippery interior pass rusher, too. He has a nose for the ball and gets off blocks. He lacks the length and range of the guys above him but fits best at nose and three-technique. The Bills, who face major cap constraints, have already paid Ed Oliver and have two other free-agent DTs, but keeping Jones should be a priority. — Mueller

Eluemunor has played right tackle in Las Vegas but might even be seen as a left tackle by some teams. He is a natural athlete with the feet and smooth agility to stay square on his targets, especially in pass protection. His ability to recover and play with consistent balance gives him a giant step up on the competition in this free-agent tackle pool. He makes it look easy at times. — Mueller

The Ravens declined Queen’s fifth-year option after they paid Roquan Smith, but considering Queen’s age, instincts and playmaking production, he is the best option at this position. He can run, blitz and play the run or pass equally well. He can be impulsive at times, but he flies around and makes plays. — Mueller

Simpson plays with the strength and physicality of an old-school guard. He can control with his upper body and strong hands but can also pull, lead and adjust. He needs to become more consistent, but he moves defenders in both the run and pass game. He’s trending to be a really good player, and the Ravens tend to let players sign elsewhere (and collect compensatory picks). Right guard Kevin Zeitler is also a free agent. — Mueller

Mooney’s high ranking is more about potential than his body of work. He can really run and shows the explosive ability to separate from coverage at every level. His ability to stretch the field can force opponents to defend the offense differently. His numbers will increase in a different scheme if the ball is delivered on time. Mooney does lack size, so he can be affected by incidental contact. Contested catches are the only small question I have. — Mueller

Luvu is a really good player despite being on his NFL second team. He is very instinctive and blends explosive pop with speed and athletic ability. He’s often all over the field, running and hitting everything — and ball carriers go down when he hits them. He’s also a really good blitzer with some natural pass rushing skill, and he’s hitting the market with his stock at its peak. — Mueller

Smith is still a high-level performer at the toughest position on the line. He just has not been able to stay healthy. He played in 13 games in 2023, but that equaled his highest mark since 2015, and he missed 33 of 50 games from 2020 to 2022. When on the field, he is strong, displaces defenders with an explosive punch and understands how to cut off angles. His lateral range has suffered some due to the injuries, but his physical presence sends a message to the opposition. — Mueller

A surprising cap-related release by the Broncos, Simmons is one of the few safeties who has both size and speed. He’s a very good tackler, but he also excels in coverage. He keys and diagnoses well, showing good anticipation and reactions. He still has fluid hips and transitions easily in space, although he’s not as adept at man-to-man coverage as he was early in his career. He should be sought after by multiple teams. — Mueller

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Jones has really good quickness and lateral range for the position, and his instincts and nose for the ball make him very productive, as he anticipates blocks well. His get-off and ability to get up and down the line of scrimmage are his biggest strengths. He raised his stock considerably with a career-best season in 2023. — Mueller

Young played well in the Super Bowl, but he ranked No. 24 of 43 qualifying edge rushers in Pro Football Focus’ pass rush productivity over his time with the 49ers and had pursuit issues in the NFC Championship Game against the Lions. Any concerns about effort seemed rectified against the Chiefs, and Young’s explosive performance should grab the NFL’s attention. Whether he returns will be a matter of price. — David Lombardi

Don’t dismiss Reynolds because of his key drops in the NFC Championship Game — per PFF, he had only three drops during the whole regular season. He has size and a solid catch radius and made big grabs for his team all season long. He is physical, fighting through contact and drawing his share of pass interference calls. His speed is not elite, but he has the body control to get in and out of breaks very well for a big man. He should be a solid No. 2 WR in the league. — Mueller

Baltimore proved to be the perfect fit for Clowney, who was looking to resurrect his career. He said he’d love to return, but he certainly earned a far bigger payday than the $2.5 million deal he signed with the Ravens last fall. In past offseasons, Baltimore has avoided spending big bucks at outside linebacker. — Jeff Zrebiec

Gilman came out of nowhere and really impressed me. He’s very instinctive and has athletic skills that consistently put him in position to make plays. He closes with first-step acceleration and times pass breakups very well. He will tackle and play the run by wrapping with physicality. He also has a knack for the ball, always getting his hands on it. A sixth-round pick who has started only one full season, he might fly under the radar and prove to be a bargain. — Mueller

Don’t be discouraged by the lack of numbers. Chinn can run, tackle and close in coverage. He has the range of a free safety but hits like a Will ‘backer. He injured his quad and started only eight games in 2023. The runner-up for Defensive Rookie of the Year in 2020 is a better player than the numbers show. — Mueller

Dugger, a 2020 second-round pick from Division II Lenoir-Rhyne, improved slowly through his first few seasons. He nabbed two pick sixes in a standout 2022 season, but 2023 wasn’t quite as good. He offers precisely what many modern defenses seek, with the size of a linebacker and the athleticism to drop deep as a safety. The Patriots used the transition tag on Dugger, giving them the ability to match any offer, but they will not receive compensation if they decline to match an offer. — Chad Graff

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31. Kevin Zeitler, G, Ravens (34)

Zeitler still sets culture with the Ravens by being physical and technique-sound. He plays with an old-school toughness but isn’t the same athlete he once was. His smarts and football IQ make up for any slip. He relies on his upper body more than engaging his legs and pad level, but he still has tread left as a top right guard. — Mueller

A nickel with the Saints who has transitioned to safety the last two seasons, Gardner-Johnson moves very well, with smooth hips and transitions. He covers ground quickly and can cover tight ends and slot receivers man-to-man. He is still learning to tackle like a safety should. He is not physical. Injuries (including a torn pec in 2023) have stunted his development, but I see big upside given his skill. — Mueller

Reader is more of a nose and/or three-technique. He has really good feet and agility in tight areas, and he plays with a consistent motor. He wears out offensive guards with relentless effort, which is impressive given his size. Durability is a concern (23 games missed in the past four seasons, suffered torn quad tendon in December). — Mueller

Edwards was the biggest surprise for me when watching this running back class. He has power and agility, and he’s always falling forward. Even though he is older, he has juice and acceleration, both laterally and vertically. He also has less than half of the career touches (729) that Barkley (1,489) and Jacobs (1,502) have. Edwards also has a great nose for sticks and has been way underutilized in the pass game. He has very good hands, can adjust outside his frame and will break tackles after the catch. — Mueller

36. D.J. Wonnum, Edge, Vikings (26)

Wonnum could be highly coveted by teams that need depth on the edge. He has developed into a solid, consistent player over the last four years, although he is recovering from a partially torn quad. He is one of three Vikings edge rushers (Danielle Hunter, Marcus Davenport) on this list. — Alec Lewis

Opportunities and targets were limited for OBJ this season, but his skills and talent are still evident. He can run, he has the explosive ability to separate and he draws pass interference penalties as well as any other player in the NFL. He adjusts well to off-target throws and catches with his hands on par with the league’s elite. Even with his injury history, there is plenty more in the tank here if he should desire to move teams again. — Mueller

King Henry can still be a culture-changing, identity-building running back for the right offense. The question is: Which offense will that be? He has natural vision and nifty feet to pick his way through the initial level of the defense. Even though he might lack a fifth gear at this stage, he is still really productive with his unique style. — Mueller

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40. Mike Onwenu, OT, Patriots (26)

Onwenu probably fits best at guard, but he’s been the Patriots’ most natural-footed athlete and best option at tackle. He lacks ideal length, but he plays with a good base and technique, allowing him to have very good position on contact and the ability to sustain with his balance and recovery. He has more than 1,300 career snaps at both right tackle and right guard, along with 386 snaps at left guard. — Mueller

Entering his ninth NFL season, Robinson might be joining his fourth NFL team, but he doesn’t turn 30 until March 2025 and remains a good player. He can play three- or five-technique, which will make him a valued commodity. He’s better as a run defender than a pass rusher, with a nose for the ball and an ability to slip blocks. — Mueller

Peat is a guard by trade but filled in well enough at left tackle this year that we are leaving him in the tackle group, but some might still see him as a guard. He is strong, powerful on impact and can lock on to sustain in both the run and pass game. He’s not fleet of foot but imposes his will with his frame and physical presence. He’s a better player than a lot of right tackles in the league, although all of his NFL experience is on the left side. — Mueller

Coleman shows good quickness, hands and reactions, along with a strong feel for the game, making him a possible upgrade for many NFL teams. He isn’t the biggest or strongest, but he blends a certain patience with a high-motor intensity to be effective in both the run and pass games. He is more of a finesse type than a power player when it comes to style. Solid NFL center. — Mueller

Wynn is on his second team after being a first-round pick of the Patriots in 2018. He has also played some at offensive tackle but found comfort and his natural position this year at left guard before getting injured in Week 7. He has all the physical tools to be a top talent, with both quickness and athletic ability, but injuries — he has played in just 50 of 99 possible games through six seasons — are a major concern. — Mueller

47. Noah Fant, TE, Seahawks (26)

Fant is better than the numbers show. With development, he still has the upside that made him a first-round pick in 2019. Part of a three-man rotation at tight end in Seattle, he should be able to showcase his skills more in a different scheme. He can run and separate, with the athletic ability to attack all quadrants of the field. He also has the ball skills to catch and adjust outside his frame. As a blocker, he shows strength and “want to” as well. He could be a good value for somebody. — Mueller

Jones was released by the Packers (saving $5 million) after declining to take a pay cut, as Green Bay pivoted to sign Josh Jacobs. He’s still a very productive player, with great speed and agility, and he’s also an excellent receiver. That said, he’ll turn 30 in December and has missed some time throughout his career with various injuries, so there is some risk here for whoever signs him. — Mueller

48. Bud Dupree, Edge, Falcons (31)

The Macon, Ga., native enjoyed playing close to home and had his best season since 2020. Dupree can play outside linebacker or a more traditional defensive end spot (like he did for the Falcons), which might make him a good fit for more teams. — Josh Kendall

Hubbard was the Titans’ starter and full-time right tackle for nine games before injuring biceps and missing the balance of the season. He lacks ideal size but has excellent quickness and agility, particularly his lateral agility. He’s not well known around the league but is tough and consistent, and I love the way he competes. I think he can produce regardless of his measurables, even in the back end of his career. — Mueller

White is very quick to key and diagnose and is an excellent tackler. He might be the most versatile of the off-ball linebackers, from both an alignment and skill set standpoint. He can blitz and come downhill to attack ball carriers. He’s a solid tackler as well. He missed three games in 2023 but has mostly been healthy in his career. — Mueller

Tomlinson, who was released by the Jets, can still be productive for a team if the price is right. He has adequate body control and balance to recover and even get out in space in the run game, and he has a strong punch and good anchor against the bull rush in pass protection. He’s also been very durable, missing just one game in his nine-year career, way back in 2017. —Mueller

Despite not signing with the Ravens until Week 4, Van Noy had one of the best seasons of his career, playing on a one-year, $1.4 million deal. He showed he has plenty of juice left, meaning he probably won’t have to wait as long to find his 2024 team. — Jeff Zrebiec

The best nickel defender in this class, Nixon has a knack for reading and reacting to routes and diagnosing plays. He has catch-up burst to run with crossers and deeper routes. Some might view him as a starter, but at minimum, he should be a solid third cornerback/nickel. He also brings special teams value, earning first-team All-Pro honors as a kick returner in 2022 and 2023. — Mueller

Mattison doesn’t have sudden ability when stopping and starting, but he can be evasive and make defenders miss. He has good vision to find holes and an effective jump cut if his lane is closed, with straight-line speed to bounce and get the edge. He has some ball security and drops but can be productive overall. His pass blocking is inconsistent. — Mueller

Maye, who was released by the Saints, is athletic, smart and tough. He will take chances and chase shiny objects at times, but his instincts are usually pretty good. He just needs to stay healthy, which has been an issue over the last three seasons (28 games missed). — Mueller

Already a veteran of four teams, Nelson is a more experienced option at cornerback who had a solid body of work in 2023. He understands how to play and positions himself accordingly. He still is very light on his feet, can mirror in man-to-man coverage and closes with top-flight suddenness. — Mueller

Ekeler’s 21 first downs via reception led this group of backs in 2023. He is slippery after the catch and runs bigger than his size, forcing arm tacklers to miss like a larger back. He has really good natural vision to find daylight and a nose for the goal line. He has plenty of gas left in his tank from a speed and acceleration standpoint, but he’s at his best when supplemented with an early-down back. — Mueller

61. Marcus Davenport, Edge, Vikings (28)

The Vikings could give Davenport an extension to push back some of his $6.8 million in dead cap, but he didn’t do much in 2023 to earn one. He battled ankle injuries and played in only four games. He has recorded only 2.5 sacks in the last two seasons combined but still has talent. — Alec Lewis

Another journeyman cornerback who’s still playing well, Darby was not a full-time player in Baltimore (his fifth team) coming off a torn ACL in 2022. But when he played, he showed the ability to run and play man-to-man along with various zone techniques. A willing tackler, he is still athletic enough to make up ground and close with suddenness. — Mueller

Brooks is a very active inside linebacker who really has no holes in his game, but he’s slightly less explosive as an athlete than the three linebackers ahead of him on this list. He can play on all three downs, and his football IQ stands out. The Seahawks seem unlikely to bring back Bobby Wagner, who is also a free agent, so perhaps they’ll prioritize re-signing Brooks. — Mueller

Campbell started all 17 games and contributed to the Falcons’ defensive turnaround. He finished the season playing at a high level and said he would like to play at least another year if the circumstances are right. His chances of re-signing in Atlanta declined upon defensive coordinator Ryan Nielsen’s move to Jacksonville. — Josh Kendall

The Cowboys would probably love to have Gilmore back for another season. He played well in 2023. But already having Trevon Diggs and DaRon Bland means Dallas will likely not be willing to spend much on its No. 3 cornerback. Gilmore would have to be willing to take something very team-friendly. Jourdan Lewis is also a free agent. — Jon Machota

Opeta started six games in 2023 (five at right guard) offering depth while the Eagles battled injuries up front. He surrendered 21 pressures, fifth-most among guards who played within his range of snaps (516), according to TruMedia, but he’s shown flashes to merit a chance to start. — Brooks Kubena

Samuel has played mainly in the slot but might be better suited to move outside. No matter where he plays, his versatility should be viewed by most teams as a strength. He has excellent quickness and explosiveness and can change speeds to stretch defenses. He would be a clear-cut upgrade for many teams. He is instinctive and gets to open areas quickly against zone coverage. I see him as an undervalued player who still has upside, but he would be on his third team if he leaves Washington. — Mueller

Fuller’s speed has declined, but his anticipation and instincts help offset that. Even so, he’s approaching 30 and has some knee concerns, making his market a bit murky. With Benjamin St-Juste and Emmanuel Forbes around, he doesn’t seem likely to return to Washington, which will miss his leadership. — Ben Standig

David is a smart and instinctive football player who makes all the calls and directs traffic. He’s trusted by coaches and has minimal wasted movements or actions. He’s an efficient, steady player, even if he’s slipped a bit from his peak as he enters Year 13. — Mueller

Coming off of a torn ACL in 2021 and a torn Achilles in 2023, White is not as fast or agile as he once was, which shows up in man-to-man coverage. Given his decline in athleticism, he’s now best suited to play more zone, where he can use his instincts and reactions while playing with a cushion. He could still provide value, but his injury history is hard to look past. — Mueller

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Cole plays smart and positions himself well. He can bend and adjust to moving targets with enough quickness, agility and balance to be a functional starter. He lacks the mass to knock people back and doesn’t stay connected long enough in the run game at times, but he should not have a problem gaining employment after being released for cap purposes in Pittsburgh. — Mueller

Yiadom had his best season on his fifth team in 2023, breaking up 14 passes while allowing just 23 completions on 47 targets, per Pro Football Reference. Through his first five seasons, he had just 13 PBUs while allowing 101 completions on 155 targets. He’ll have to convince teams that this season wasn’t an outlier. — DeChant

Blackmon is a very good athlete with range, easy and fluid hips and the ability to cover ground in the deep part of the field. He is what we call a “run and hit” guy. His center-field tracking and ball skills are top-notch, although his injury history is lengthy, including a torn ACL in 2019 at Utah, a torn Achilles in 2021 and a shoulder injury in 2023. — Mueller

Epenesa has a good blend of speed and power that makes him unblockable on some reps, though there is still some inconsistency to his game. Regardless, entering his age-26 season with 13 sacks in the last two seasons as only a part-time player, he has the profile of a player whom teams flock to in free agency. He might get a bigger contract than some expect. — Joe Buscaglia

Zeke can still pick his way through traffic and put his foot in the ground to accelerate with conviction and pop. He still breaks arm tackles but might be lacking the breakaway speed he once had. He’s very good in the pass game on screens and dump-offs, getting yards on his own. He moves the chains effectively and could easily be considered a starting back for many NFL teams. — Mueller

Approaching 31 with a cap number of $25 million, Howard was released by Miami for salary purposes. His ability to mirror receivers in man-to-man coverage slipped in 2023, maybe because he wasn’t 100 percent healthy (he missed four games). His speed and suddenness to catch up was only evident in flashes. He would fit best in a zone scheme where he can play off technique and use his above-average ball skills and reactions to make plays. — Mueller

Brown remains very fast, and he’s been productive for stretches, but he’s also battled nagging injuries and caught just half of his targets in 2023. He’s very slight and gets knocked off of routes easily, an issue that can be difficult for offensive coordinators to scheme around. — Mueller

Bakhtiari has been a great player for a long time, and he probably still would be if healthy. But he’s played in just 13 of a possible 51 games over the last three seasons, as his surgically repaired knee has not cooperated. I’m not sure he’ll ever be fully healthy, which would make it hard to make the math work on a contract. — Mueller

Trautman is more effective in the pass game than the run game. He has above-average body control, and nobody adjusted to more balls outside his catching radius — his numbers reflected this. He lacks ideal strength and power in the run game but works for position and can lean on defenders. There is more production in his tank. — Mueller

Charles never stuck at tackle or guard for Washington, as he battled injuries and inconsistency, including losing his starting job at left guard this past season. He’s not likely to return to the Commanders. — Ben Standig

Gallimore played in all 17 games last season, totaling one sack and two tackles for loss. If the price is right, the 2020 third-round pick could be back, but that depends on the Cowboys’ other options as they look to improve their run defense, and whether Gallimore can find a bigger role elsewhere. — Jon Machota

Becton is a large man who can create space on impact and cover up defenders on contact. He lacks ideal lateral range and the ability to recover when off-balance. His inconsistencies show consistently. His injury history is also concerning, even though he started 16 of 17 games in 2023, predominantly at left tackle — Mueller

A regular starter in Jacksonville in 2019 and 2020, Herndon has been relegated to the third cornerback role since 2021, playing predominantly in the slot. He doesn’t have an interception since 2019, but his experience and versatility will offer value somewhere. — DeChant

For the first time in his career, Kinlaw was healthy for a whole season. He had some midseason struggles against the run but delivered in big moments and totaled 35 pressures as a pass rusher. The 2020 first-round pick’s future looks bright, and the Niners might struggle to keep him. — David Lombardi

Brewer allowed seven sacks in 2023, per TruMedia, as the whole Titans offensive line struggled. However, he’s young, experienced (40 starts) and versatile (experience at both left and right guard), with the mobility that zone-heavy running teams covet. — DeChant

Williams moved from left tackle to right tackle this season but has the same game. He is very quick and athletic, and he can move in space with balance. He still lacks power and anchor once engaged but did a better job of being physical in 2023 while playing every snap for Cincinnati. — Mueller

Gesicki is a one-dimensional, pass-catching tight end who can also line up in the slot as a bigger wideout. Not a prototype Y in a regular personnel group, he needs to be used as a matchup or red zone option to be productive. His blocking lags behind the tight ends above him on this list. — Mueller

Darnold had less than 50 attempts this season in San Francisco, but he displayed physical talent and intangibles, showing why he was drafted highly in 2018. His arm strength, accuracy and ability to process finally fit into a scheme for the first time in his career. He’s a viable option to upgrade a team if he were allowed to compete for a starting job. — Mueller

Released by the Jaguars, Jenkins is a productive player with size, straight-line speed and very good toughness, though his instincts leave something to be desired. His reactions are at times a half-count late. He would fit best in a man-to-man heavy scheme, where he doesn’t have to read things in zone as often. — Mueller

A surprise in a good way for me, Smith is a borderline starting tight end, but he’s more skilled than that, and increased usage would improve his numbers. He’s very capable of being an option as a move tight end or H-back. He runs well and can stretch the field, which could make him a value signing. — Mueller

The third linebacker behind Fred Warner and Dre Greenlaw with the 49ers, Al-Shaair followed Ran Carthon to Tennessee last offseason on a one-year deal and finished fifth in the NFL with 163 tackles. He can improve his coverage awareness, but he’s a starting-caliber player who could still have upside. — DeChant

Even at 35, Taylor can be a solid backup. He makes good decisions for the most part and can administrate the offense while offering plus athletic ability. He has enough arm, gets the ball out quickly and can throw accurately downfield. — Mueller

95. Bobby Wagner, LB, Seahawks (34)

Wagner led the NFL in tackles in 2023, but he can’t move like he used to. He would like to play a 13th NFL season, and he’d like to do it wearing a Seahawks uniform, but with Pete Carroll out as coach, a reunion would appear unlikely. Seahawks linebackers Jordyn Brooks and Devin Bush are also free agents. — Michael-Shawn Dugar

Best suited as a backup at this stage, Tannehill can still process coverage, but his release seems to have slowed a bit. He is athletic and can be deceptively effective while extending plays or tucking and running for a first down. His arm velocity is average at this point in his career, and the ball does not jump off his hand. He can stand in the pocket, if protected, and make most NFL throws. — Mueller

A versatile, undersized but productive back, Singletary uses lateral quickness more than explosive north-south speed to make defenders miss. He has natural vision to find holes but can go down easily at times because of his smaller frame. He’s a good fit in the Texans’ scheme. — Mueller

A one-time Pro Bowler and longtime starter, Leno has faded some after 10 years in the league, but he has 141 starts under his belt, almost all at left tackle. He missed four games in 2023 and is having offseason hip surgery, so he might not be in high demand. — DeChant

Even though Lucas played less than 25 percent of the snaps for Washington (all on the left side) in 2023, his length and technique have proven to be very effective at combatting speed rushes and protecting on an island at tackle. He might just be a starting option for a needy team, or at least as a third offensive tackle. — Mueller

101. Geno Stone, S, Ravens (25)

Not tendered as a restricted free agent last offseason, Stone re-signed with the Ravens on a reduced deal and had the best year of his career. He led the AFC with seven interceptions and started 11 games. Also a solid special teams player, Stone has earned himself a nice-sized contract and a starting spot. — Jeff Zrebiec

102. Yosh Nijman, OT, Packers (28)

Nijman wasn’t a regular starter in 2023, but he’s experienced on both sides, especially at left tackle. He has size, athleticism and the ability to bend, working to engage his lower body as a run blocker and pass blocker. He catches more than he punches, but he plays under control with the balance to recover. He has the length to play on an island and actually was effective against top pass rushers. He is hesitant at times to see and react to stunts, but that should improve with reps. — Mueller

Pringle isn’t a household name, but he has a great combination of size and speed, plus reliable hands when throws come his way (69.5 catch rate in his career). He also has some juice as a kick returner. He could fit nicely in an offense that needs a speedy third or fourth receiver. — DeChant

Hooper still has the hands, body control and feel versus zone coverage to be very productive. He can’t run like he once could but is effective because of his football IQ and consistent ability to separate on short routes. — Mueller

A third tackle option who started 13 games on the right side as an injury replacement in 2023, Fant has always been one of the better athletes at the position. He just lacks ideal power and anchor. Assuming Tytus Howard returns healthy for the Texans in 2024, Fant would likely go back to the swing tackle role if he re-signs with Houston. — Mueller

The 2020 first-round pick, who has battled injuries throughout his career, wound up being the Chiefs’ primary backup to Isiah Pacheco. He really has a knack for making defenders miss after the catch, averaging 13.4 YAC per reception, tops in this group. He is quicker than he is fast and can gain yards when plays are not blocked as designed. — Mueller

107. Josh Uche, Edge, Patriots (25)

Uche appeared primed for a big payday, but that probably won’t be on the table after his production dipped. In 2022, he was one of the NFL’s leaders in pressure rate, notching 11.5 sacks. But without Matthew Judon on the other side for most of 2023, Uche’s pressure rate and sack numbers (3.5) dipped. Now he’s likely headed toward a one-year, prove-it deal. — Chad Graff

A four-year starter in Seattle (the last three seasons at left guard), Lewis might be a little bit heavy, which affected his stamina late in games. But that size helps him get significant push in the run game. As a pass blocker, he’s inconsistent adjusting laterally but holds up very well against power rushes. His agility worries me, but for teams that prioritize a downhill run game, he’d be a good fit. — Mueller

Williams battled nagging injuries in college and early in his NFL career, and then he missed the second half of 2023 with a torn ACL. He has shown impressive stretches while playing guard and center, but durability is a significant concern. — DeChant

Rudolph showed enough while starting the Steelers’ last three regular-season games to earn a shot to compete. He showed improved poise and pocket awareness to go with his impressive deep ball ability, which was evident in college at Oklahoma State. He is a viable backup in the right scheme. — Mueller

Hicks was a captain and called the Vikings’ defensive signals, and he performed admirably on the field. He’s not the fastest nor the most physical, but his discipline and experience will keep any defense in check. Although he missed four games in 2023, he previously hadn’t missed a game since 2018, putting early-career injury woes behind him. — Alec Lewis

A quality player for several years in Seattle, Diggs was released for cap purposes. He still has very good instincts to key and diagnose run or pass, as well as excellent ball skills. But at age 31, he’s lost a step in coverage, and his tackling skills were inconsistent in 2023. In a deep safety class, his small frame and declining speed might lead some teams to look elsewhere. — Mueller

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Brissett was remarkably efficient in relief of Sam Howell — leading touchdowns on five consecutive possessions — but that shouldn’t be the expectation. If Washington brings him back on a one- or two-year contract, he would mentor whichever rookie it drafts at No. 2. — Ben Standig

115. Tashaun Gipson Sr., S, 49ers (34)

Gipson has been a revelation for the 49ers since they signed him during the 2022 preseason following Jimmie Ward’s injury. The Niners retained Gipson for $2.9 million last season. With Talanoa Hufanga rehabbing from a torn ACL, another one-year deal might make sense if Gipson chooses to continue playing. — David Lombardi

Released by the Giants, Glowinski can still be effective in a zone scheme. He is smart, has good instincts and takes good angles in the run game. He’s not going to knock anyone off the ball but stays engaged and positions his body well to sustain. He’s a tough competitor who should make sense for some as a third guard option. —Mueller

Walker struggled with a handful of injuries late in the 2023 season after missing most of 2022 with a quad injury. The linebacker position seems to rank last in positional priority with the folks running the Browns, so he likely won’t be back. — Zac Jackson

Risner hit the open market last offseason and was not as sought after as he hoped. He signed with Minnesota three weeks into September and became a starter at left guard in Week 7. Pass protection is his strength. The Vikings are likely to want Risner back, but they won’t be the only team interested. — Alec Lewis

Wallace had six interceptions and 24 passes defensed in his two seasons with the Steelers, who would love to have him back but won’t consider him a high priority. He shouldn’t be in high demand, which would allow the Steelers to snoop around for somebody younger with more upside. — Mark Kaboly

Minshew stepped into a less-than-ideal situation after Anthony Richardson’s injury and played winning football in 2023. He finished with 18 total TDs (15 passing, three rushing) against 14 total turnovers (nine interceptions, five lost fumbles), so it wasn’t always pretty, but I think Indianapolis should prioritize bringing him back. — James Boyd

An instinctive player, Jewell has the football IQ to administrate the defense, make calls and get others lined up. He relies on his reads and reactions more than speed and range, but he shows a consistent nose for the ball and has been productive. He won’t make plays beyond the scope of the scheme, but his discipline will be welcome anywhere. — Mueller

122. Geoff Swaim, TE, Cardinals (30)

Swaim is the best and most consistent run blocker of all tight ends in this class. He’s physical, strong and very willing — which should not be assumed as a given, even at the NFL level. He does the dirty work. — Mueller

Released by the Vikings, Cook flopped with the Jets before being waived, then went unclaimed on waivers and played sparingly for Baltimore in one playoff game. As low as his stock is now, he averaged 4.4 yards per carry in 2022 and doesn’t turn 30 until August 2025. — DeChant

124. K.J. Osborn, WR, Vikings (27)

Osborn had a disappointing season, dropping seven passes, according to PFF. But he was rarely the primary read, and he’s a strong blocker and runner after the catch. He’s probably in line for a short-term deal between $5 million and $8 million. — Alec Lewis

Injured for most of the 2023 season, Henderson — who was a first-round pick by the Jaguars on 2020 — has the height, weight and skill set to be a quality cornerback. He just needs a larger body of work. He would rank higher if healthy. — Mueller

126. Will Dissly, TE, Seahawks (28)

Dissly is at his best as a blocker, with great size and play strength for the position, which will earn him a significant role somewhere. As a receiver, he has reliable hands but needs the scheme to get him open. He’s a trustable third tight end at this stage of his career. — Mueller

127. Krys Barnes, LB, Cardinals (26)

Untendered by the Packers as a restricted free agent last offseason, Barnes joined the Cardinals and flashed as a part-time starter, logging 55 tackles and six passes defensed in only 408 defensive snaps. Arizona has plenty of cap space if it wants to keep him. — DeChant

128. Joe Flacco, QB, Browns (39)

I find it hard to believe any team is going to make Flacco its starter, but he played well enough to draw interest — and maybe command more money than the Browns want to pay a backup QB. Given Flacco’s popularity in the locker room, can Cleveland risk bringing him back in case Deshaun Watson struggles, or would that undermine Watson? — Zac Jackson

Davis has ideal physical traits. The Chargers saw those traits turn into congruous production only in spurts, however, as he excelled late in 2022 but struggled in 2023. A line-up-and-play, heavy-man-coverage system could be a better fit than Brandon Staley’s scheme was. — Daniel Popper

A starter from Day 1 despite being drafted in the sixth round, Fuller has been productive and does a good job of minimizing damage on the back end. He is not a dynamic athlete, nor is he physical, but he shows good understanding and instincts. He just lacks the burst and ideal play speed to be a long-term answer for the Rams. — Mueller

Winston has fit well in the Saints’ locker room, but he’s been uneven in 21 appearances (10 starts) with New Orleans over the last four seasons. His best stretch came during seven games as a starter in 2021 before tearing his ACL. His coach that season, Sean Payton, might need a new QB in Denver … — DeChant

Rankins has a strong all-around skill set, providing versatility in where he can align and his style of play. He’s agile and can get an edge as an inside rusher. He also plays well with his hands and shows good range, even outside the tackle box. His effort and anticipation remain strengths as he enters his ninth season. — Mueller

An All-Pro special-teamer in 2022, Reaves’ 2023 season ended early due to a torn ACL, but he could be a useful third safety for somebody. — Mueller

134. Greg Gaines, DT, Buccaneers (28)

A regular starter in 2021 and 2022 with the Rams, Gaines was relegated to a backup role in Tampa, where his numbers dipped while playing behind Vita Vea, Calijah Kancey and Logan Hall. He’s not much of a pass rusher, but he should provide value in a D-line rotation. — DeChant

A two-time Pro Bowler released by the Bucs, Barrett is not the player he once was, as his production has shown the past two seasons. His athletic ability has slipped, and he struggles in space or going backward, but he still has a nice set of pass rush moves. He’s probably best suited as a rotational pass rusher at this stage. — Mueller

Jackson is coming off his worst season with the Giants since signing a three-year, $39 million contract in 2021. His durability concerns (18 games missed from 2020 to 2021) continued in New York, as he missed 14 games in three seasons. He can still cover, and his flexibility to play in the slot adds value, but he struggles with tackling. — Dan Duggan

137. Tyler Boyd, WR, Bengals (29)

All signs point to the end in Cincinnati for Boyd, who should have a market among teams searching for a slot receiver. His reliability and savvy will be gold for any team grooming a young quarterback. He’ll probably end up with a multiyear deal in the $7-9 million per season range, which would be too rich for the Bengals’ balance sheet. — Paul Dehner Jr.

Gregory is still a talented pass rusher. He can turn the corner, but he can also turn straight-line speed into power. He struggles to hold a disciplined edge and maintain leverage against ball carriers and scrambling QBs, getting caught inside consistently. But his effort with the 49ers was good, and he could provide value as a situational pass rusher on a cheap deal somewhere. — Mueller

Owens entered the starting lineup because of injury in 2023 but held onto his starting spot. Outside of a couple of glaring missed tackles against the Chargers and 49ers, he wasn’t a liability, although the Packers could use more of a game-changer at the position. — Matt Schneidman

140. Drew Lock, QB, Seahawks (27)

Lock has appeared in only four games (two starts) since 2021, highlighted by his 92-yard, game-winning touchdown drive against the Eagles this season. He remains turnover-prone (three INTs on 76 attempts in 2023), but perhaps that shining moment will draw a few suitors. — DeChant

141. Noah Brown, WR, Texans (28)

Known primarily for his blocking, Brown posted a career-high 567 receiving yards in just 10 games in 2023, averaging 17.2 yards per catch (fourth-best among all players with at least 30 receptions). His skill set should interest teams that need a quality third or fourth receiver. — DeChant

Sturdily built with strong hands, Gholston has been a quality run defender throughout his career, playing base end in a 4-3 scheme or five- and three-technique in a 3-4. His snaps dipped in 2023, but he should still contribute to a rotation somewhere. — DeChant

143. Zack Baun, Edge, Saints (27)

An undersized edge rusher in college, Baun played almost exclusively off the ball for the Saints in his first three seasons. Back on the edge in 2023, he showed flashes, beating Penei Sewell cleanly for his first career sack and posting four QB hits and 11 pressures over the final six games. Perhaps another team will provide a better fit. — DeChant

Mariota remains a solid backup with good mobility, which is useful behind one of the league’s more mobile starters in Jalen Hurts. Will the Eagles retain him, or will they prefer 2023 sixth-round pick Tanner McKee (or someone else)? — Brooks Kubena

145. Josh Jones, OT, Texans (27)

Jones filled in at left tackle, left guard and right tackle for Houston last season, allowing just one sack on 144 pass blocking snaps, per TruMedia. He could start or be a valuable backup elsewhere. — DeChant

146. Zack Moss, RB, Colts (26)

Moss posted career highs in carries and rushing yards and scored seven total TDs in 14 games in 2023, impressing in Jonathan Taylor’s absence early in the season. The Colts would certainly welcome him back in 2024 as a backup, but I wouldn’t be surprised if he moves on for a bigger opportunity elsewhere. — James Boyd

147. AJ Dillon, RB, Packers (26)

Dillon is a serviceable No. 2 running back, but he hasn’t proven he can be a feature back, which is why he probably won’t be back with the Packers. He will likely sign a short-term deal for a couple of million dollars per year elsewhere. — Matt Schneidman

Huntley didn’t play especially well in his one start this season, but he’s started some big games for Baltimore and does have ability. With a good chunk of the league looking to upgrade at backup quarterback, he could be an interesting option. — Jeff Zrebiec

Awuzie will start somewhere in 2024, but probably not in Cincinnati, where he knows the Bengals are less likely to put him over Cam Taylor-Britt and DJ Turner. If projecting his level of play with a full year of recovery from a torn ACL and improvement in the second half of 2023, he could end up a bargain for someone. — Paul Dehner Jr.

150. Jamal Adams, S, Seahawks (28)

When healthy, Adams can still make plays, although he is really more of a Will linebacker than a safety at this point in his career. The problem is his injury history, which (combined with his salary) made his release in Seattle inevitable. Most concerning is that the torn quadriceps tendon he suffered in the 2022 opener lingered well into 2023, which would give me significant pause before I would consider signing him. — Mueller

(Photos of, from left to right, Leonard Floyd, Danielle Hunter and Za’Darius Smith: Bryan M. Bennett, Stephen Maturen, Dylan Buell / Getty Images)

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