2023 NFL Draft: UDFA Signings for Green Bay

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The following list of players makes up the 2023 undrafted free agent (UDFA) class for the Green Bay Packers, following their 13-man draft class. Having gone heavy on some positions and lighter on others, it is now up to Brian Gutekunst and the coaching staff to find the right undrafted options that could have essential depth roles.

Unless noted otherwise, player traits and stats were all gathered from Pro Football Network, and the aggregated UDFA signings were all pulled from Cheesehead TV.

RB Jamyest Williams (Georgia State)

Running back Jamyest Williams, the lone Georgia State player that earned any draft-capital consideration this year, earned a rookie minicamp invite from Green Bay.

Not a ton stands out about Williams, but he does have good vision and a willingness to utilize north/south movement to shed his defenders. Having played most of his college career as a CB, Williams transferred from South Carolina and made the switch to offense.

WR Duece Watts (Tulane)

Facing an uphill battle after Green Bay drafted three wide receivers, fellow wideout Duece Watts was signed as a UDFA and has some decently-intriguing skills.

With his stature being his best trait, there is a real chance that Watts turns into this year’s UDFA crush on offense, which certainly is never a bad thing.

WR Malik Heath (Mississippi)

Similar to Watts, Malik Heath will have a tough time making the Green Bay roster at WR, and his testing numbers (4.64 40-yard dash, 34” vertical, and 6.58 RAS) didn’t help him either.

A tall WR is always great to have in camp, but Heath is looking up from the bottom at his chances to make the team.

TE Camren McDonald (Florida State)

One of Green Bay’s top-30 visits this year was used on Florida State TE Camren McDonald, who they scooped up as a UDFA after the draft.

On the leaner side for a prototypical tight end, McDonald spent a lot of his time (784 snaps) helping run block, which is likely why he was brought into camp. With the TE room quite barren, McDonald could see his name on the final 53-man roster.

TE Henry Pearson (Appalachian State)

The second TE brought in after the draft is Henry Pearson, another option with a ton of run-blocking experience (1,400+ snaps). A sub-5 RAS score speaks to his below-average athleticism, but having experience both as an in-line and a slot option makes his signing an intriguing one.

Chuck Filiaga finished his college career as a starter on the offensive line for the University of Minnesota Golden Gophers, helping them to a 9-4 record and a Pinstripe Bowl victory. Now the former Aledo Bearcat awaits his chance at a possible professional career. He is shown playing against Rutgers.

G Chuck Filiaga (Minnesota)

The lone inside offensive lineman signed/drafted this year for Green Bay is Minnesota’s Chuck Filiaga, a heavy-footed lineman with experience working both inside and outside for two Big Ten schools.

If the staff can help correct some of Filiaga’s flaws, there is an outside shot at him making the final roster – but I wouldn’t count on it.

T Kadeem Telfort (Alabama-Birmingham)

Seen as a UDFA since early on, Kadeem Telfort is an OL that uses his hands well when locked into a block, and he also works hard to seal off defenders away from the play. Projected to the right side of the line, Telfort has enough skills to work with that we could see him making it past a few rounds of cuts in camp.

DL Jason Lewan (Illinois State)

Even after investing heavily in DL, the Packers went and found Jason Lewan as an inside guy. A shade over 300 pounds, Lewan has excellent hand size but inconsistent tendencies that make him a likely project that the staff will need to heavily invest in.

EDGE Justin Ademilola (Notre Dame)

Justin Ademilola received an invite for the rookie camp for Green Bay, and he will look to improve upon his dreadful RAS score. 13 tackles for loss and 9 sacks across his nine seasons, but this looks to be a tough road for Ademilola to overcome.

EDGE Keshawn Banks (San Diego State)

Strong against stopping the run, Keshawn Banks is a defensive lineman that spent a lot of his time out at edge. Banks had 8 sacks last season, something that could propel him into a strong showing at camp.

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LB Jimmy Phillips Jr. (Southern Methodist)

The lone linebacker signed after the draft is SMU’s Jimmy Phillips Jr., a ‘backer with average size and traits but nothing super glaring that makes him bad. Phillips could earn a spot as a depth piece for Joe Barry’s defense or even as a special teams guy because it is unlikely he would see a lot – if any – playing time with any of the starters.

DB Benny Sapp III (Northern Iowa)

Probably the UDFA that has the best chance of making an impact, Benny Sapp III is a rangy safety with good awareness and a drive to the ball. His aggression can lead to issues, but overall he looks like a player that is too good to have gone undrafted.

S Christian Morgan (Baylor)

Solid against the run with extensive special teams experience, safety Christian Morgan may be a beneficiary of a position still looking for its starters. Having played in the box, slot, and at free safety, Morgan’s familiarity with wearing many hats on defense can be the facet that puts him over the top.

P Shane McDonough (NC State)

Not much is out there or known about Shane McDonough, but he did earn a camp invite for Green Bay. With Pat O’Donnell having kicked well last year in his first year with the Packers, McDonough likely is just filling a camp spot and shouldn’t be looked to as real competition for O’Donnell’s job.

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Mike Johrendt has been an avid fan of the Packers ever since he can remember. He is now a writer at PackersTalk and you can follow him on Twitter at @MJohrendt23

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