2023 NFL Free Agency: 5 most underrated free agents still available feat. Jerick McKinnon
Even if there aren't many superstars remaining on the open market, some good players are still available.
While they might not be the best option available, these free agents might be crucial squad pieces for a team in contention.
Many of these players are not being treated with the respect they deserve. Some organizations might be wary of their injury records, one-dimensional expertise or other circumstances that prevent them from having their choice of admirers. These players still hope to agree to new deals after some of their colleagues have been signed.
In light of this, these are the five most overlooked free agents that are still attainable.
Five most underrated NFL free agents
#1, EDGE Yannick Ngakoue
Yannick Ngakoue, despite a decline in performances from his Pro Bowl campaign six years ago, could turn out to be a valuable acquisition to a contender's backline this year.
Despite having trouble stopping the run, he is still a talented pass rusher, recording 9.5 sacks in 2022. Ngakoue might end up being a fantastic value acquisition in 2023 as some of the NFL's most productive offenses become more pass-oriented.
#2, CB Rock Ya-Sin
The Indianapolis Colts selected Rock Ya-Sin as the 34th overall choice in the 2019 NFL draft. He developed as a player there during his initial three seasons in the league before being traded to the Las Vegas Raiders in 2022. He continues to be highly regarded by the Colts' management.
Ya-Sin has made 183 tackles throughout his first four years, with two interceptions, two fumbles recovered, two forced fumbles and 27 pass breakups while starting 38 of 52 contests.
Many believe Ya-Sin would suit best with the Raiders, Colts or Baltimore Ravens. After the trade of Stephon Gilmore by the Colts, a homecoming return to Indianapolis cannot be ruled out.
#3, EDGE Justin Houston
Twelve years have passed since Justin Houston joined the league. He was a sensation for the Baltimore Ravens in 2022, recording 12 sacks and six QB hits on 306 pass-rushing snaps. While there aren't many players his age that have double-digit sack totals, Houston hasn't shown any signs of slowing down, judging by his 2022 performances.
Houston is a pro at swerving from the edge and snooping through interior spaces to knock down quarterbacks. Any club looking for more vigor in quarterback interruption will find him to be an excellent rotational acquisition.
#4, RB Jerick McKinnon
Only a few stars who recorded 10 TDs in the 2022 season are currently available in free agency. With the Kansas City Chiefs this season, Jerick McKinnon was incredibly effective when he was one of the key difference-makers out of the backfield and in the passing game.
McKinnon has long been renowned for his aptitude in the passing game. It's a key factor in why the San Francisco 49ers offered him a lucrative deal in 2018 with an average annual salary of $7.5 million.
Injuries haven't been a big problem for McKinnon in the last three years. Despite being an aging back, he still excels in the passing game.
#5, DE A’shawn Robinson
Robinson, a 2016 second-round choice, will enter his eighth NFL season at the age of 28. Although he has had pass-rushing grades below 60.0 in each of the previous four campaigns, he fits the bill of a backup player who can show some promise against the run. With the Los Angeles Rams over the previous two years, Robinson earned PFF run-defense marks of 78.3 and 68.7.