The 2024 NFL Draft is over.
The Giants collected arguably the top wide receiver, a solid tight end, and a running back who, after switching from receiver, averaged 6.3 yards per carry last year.

Drafted players are expected to make the roster, but every year, the front office and scouting staff look to find a diamond in the rough—that prospect from the undrafted free agent (UDFA) class—that next Victor Cruz

Now is the time to root for the underdogs, those players who were not drafted.

With the Giants having just six picks in this draft, they had plenty of time to get on the phones and start luring UDFAs to their team, as well as inviting prospects to their Rookie Camp (beginning May 10th).

While the team has not put out an official list of the UDFAs coming to the Rookie Camp, the following players are rumored to be signed to the 90-man preseason roster:

  • Marcellus Johnson, OT, Missouri
  • Jon Jiles, WR, West Florida
  • Ayir Asante, WR, Wyoming
  • Jake Kubas, OT, North Dakota State
  • Alex Johnson, DB, UCLA
  • Casey Rogers, DT, Oregon
  • Ovie Oghoufo, LB, LSU
  • Jude McAtamney, PK, Rutgers

The Giants did not draft any offensive linemen this year.  They did invest significant money in signing veteran offensive linemen before the draft (Jon Runyan Jr, Jermaine Eluemunor, Matt Nelson).  Giving up 85 sacks in 2023 mandates that the team make significant upgrades, which explains the heavy investment in veterans.  The team already has young players (Josh Ezeudu, Evan Neal, John Michael Schmitz) who need to make positive steps forward in 2024.  UDFAs Jake Kubas and Marcellus Johnson could challenge for roster spots.  In fact, Johnson is receiving a hefty ($170,000) amount of guaranteed money for a UDFA. 

A larger number of prospects are invited to the Rookie Camp. For these players, there are no guarantees, no signing bonuses, just a chance to make one more impression on the coaching staff and possibly get an invite to training camp.

Keep an eye on two players invited to the Rookie Camp:

  • Liam Thompson, QB, Wabash College
  • Chris Autman-Bell, WR, Minnesota

Thompson played for a Division III college in Indiana. In 41 starts, he threw for over 11,000 yards and ran for over 1,700 yards. The college’s nickname? The “Little Giants.”

What could be more perfect? Thompson was a three-year counselor at the Manning Passing Academy. He is said to have a strong arm and quick release.  

Let’s remember that last year’s UDFA quarterback, Tommy DeVito, made the roster. Brian Daboll loves quarterback projects.  

Autman-Bell had a seven-year career with the Minnesota Golden Gophers. Players during the pandemic years had much more eligibility. Add to that a red-shirt freshman year, and Autman-Bell is a top-ten career wide receiver for Minnesota. He can make the contested catch and has a great catch radius.

One challenge for the Giants is that Autman-Bell was also invited to the Jets rookie camp one weekend sooner than the Giants’ camp.  

You look at the Giants roster, and every year, undrafted players make the team, proudly wearing that chip on their shoulder.
Ask Victor Cruz, Tomon Fox, Bryce Ford-Wheaton, or Tommy DeVito.


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