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2024 NFL Free Agent Rankings: Top 75 Players Available

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The 2023 NFL season has officially come to an end, which means it is time to look ahead to 2024 — starting with the top NFL free agent players available. Teams will start evaluating their rosters and analyzing the free agents to see which holes they can fill on their roster ahead of the 2024 NFL Draft.

 

In this article, you will find a breakdown of the top 75 free agents heading into the 2024 offseason. Keep in mind that several of these names may not even hit free agency due to the franchise tag, but as of today, they are not under contract with their team.

Player ages are as of Feb. 14.

2024 NFL Free Agent Rankings: Top 75 Players Available

1. Josh Allen, OLB/DE, Jacksonville Jaguars

6-foot-5, 255 pounds, 26.5 years old

Josh Allen hits the free agent market on a high note after setting a career high with 17.5 sacks. Allen is second among defensive players in this free agent class in PFF’s pass rush grade (89.5) and has the versatility to play as a stand-up outside linebacker or traditional defensive end. Plus, he’s just hitting his prime, which should make him the most coveted potential free agent in this class (thanks to the franchise tag).

FTN Stat to Know: The Jaguars had a league-worst 20.9% pressure rate in 2023.

2. Chris Jones, DT/DE, Kansas City Chiefs 

6-6, 310, 29.6 years old

Chris Jones Kansas City Chiefs 2024 NFL Free Agent Rankings

One of the rarest traits for an interior defensive lineman in the NFL is the ability to disrupt the passing attack. Chris Jones is one of the few players in the league who can do it consistently, as evidenced by his 15.5% pressure rate in 2023. The veteran defensive tackle can line up anywhere on the defensive line and disrupt opposing passing attacks. He has at least 6.5 sacks in each of his last seven seasons and has hit double-digit sack totals three times in that span. Jones is poised to strike a massive payday and would be an immediate upgrade for every team in the NFL.

FTN Stat to Know: The Chiefs finished second in the NFL in quarterback hits in 2023 (82).

3. Brian Burns, OLB/DE, Carolina Panthers

6-5, 250, 25.8 years old

Brian Burns silenced any questions about his transition from defensive end to pass-rushing outside linebacker in his contract year. The veteran edge rusher has at least 7.5 sacks in each of his five seasons in the league and finished 2023 with a 13.1% pass-rush win rate. He isn’t as impactful in the run game as Allen and Jones but will be one of the youngest available free agents in the class on defense.

FTN Stat to Know: Carolina generated the fifth-most sacks in the NFL in 2023 (63).

4. Justin Madubuike, DT, Baltimore Ravens

6-3, 305, 26.2 years old 

For three years, Justin Madubuike was a high-motor defensive lineman who lacked counting stats. That changed in 2023 after the veteran defensive tackle amassed more sacks in a single season (13.0) than his previous three years combined (8.5). Madubuike’s 12.5% pressure rate finished second to only Chris Jones (15.5%) in this class and has him poised to cash in as a younger alternative to Jones on the open market this offseason.

FTN Stat to Know: Baltimore had the fourth-highest sack rate in 2023 (8.4%).

5. Kirk Cousins, QB, Minnesota Vikings

6-3, 205, 35.4 years old 

Kirk Cousins Minnesota Vikings 2024 NFL Free Agent Rankings

Kirk Cousins comes in as the top offensive free agent in the 2024 class despite suffering a season-ending Achilles injury after just eight regular season games. It helps that Cousins was on pace to have a career-best season during that stretch, completing 69.5% of his passes for 2,331 yards and 18 touchdowns with just five interceptions in that limited time. A 35-year-old coming off an Achilles tear isn’t great, but Cousins shouldn’t be heavily impacted as a pocket passer. He’s a significant upgrade at quarterback for many teams in the NFL and should ink a lucrative deal despite the injury.

FTN Stat to Know: Cousins was fourth among quarterbacks (min. 10 attempts) in pass accuracy on throws that traveled 20-plus air yards in 2023 (92.6% on 27 attempts).

6. Christian Wilkins, DT, Miami Dolphins, DT

6-4, 310, 28.1 years old

Christian Wilkins has always been a force in the run game, but his pass-rushing skill took a major step in his contract year. Wilkins had nearly half his career sacks in 2023 (9.0 out of 20.5) while continuing to be a force in the run game (71.5 PFF run defense grade). Time will tell if he can continue that sack production going forward, but at the very least he will command a big contract thanks to his acumen as a run-stopper who can push the pocket on the interior defensive line.

FTN Stat to Know: The Dolphins had the second-highest sack rate in 2023 (9.0%). 

7. Tee Higgins, WR, Cincinnati Bengals

6-4, 219, 25.0 years old

Tee Higgins enters his fifth season as the top free-agent wide receiver. Injuries limited Higgins to career lows in most of his counting stats (42 receptions for 656 yards and five touchdowns), but his total body of work with the Bengals suggests that he has all the necessary tools to function as a team’s WR1 going forward. Before 2023, Higgins had at least 108 targets in three straight seasons, two seasons with over 1,000 receiving yards, and three years with at least six receiving touchdowns while working as the 1B to Ja’Marr Chase in Cincinnati’s passing attack.

FTN Stat to Know: Tee Higgins converted 33.3% of his contested targets in 2023.

8. Antoine Winfield, FS, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

5-9, 203, 25.4 years old 

Antoine Winfield enters the free agent class as one of the best two-way safeties in the NFL. Winfield had a 92.5 PFF run defense grade in 2023 while setting a career-high in solo tackles (76). The first-team All-Pro also set career highs in interceptions (three), forced fumbles (six) and passes defended (12) in his fourth season. Winfield is an instant impact player on the back end of the defense and is just now hitting his prime before his first big contract.

FTN Stat to Know: Tampa Bay allowed the four lowest deep passing completion percentage in man coverage in 2023 (23.1%).

9. Jaylon Johnson, CB, Chicago Bears

6-0, 196, 24.8 years old

For years, the biggest critique of Jaylon Johnson was his inability to generate turnovers at cornerback. However, that changed in 2023 thanks to a season that saw the fourth-year cornerback generate four interceptions (one touchdown) and a forced fumble. The veteran cornerback finished first among free agent quarterbacks in PFF’s pass coverage grade (91.0) in 2023.

FTN Stat to Know: Chicago allowed the fifth-highest completion percentage in zone coverage in 2023 (72%).

10. Tyron Smith, LT, Dallas Cowboys

6-5, 320, 33.1 years old

Tyron Smith proved that he could stay healthy in 2023, hitting the 13-game mark for the first time since 2019. Smith may not be the dominant force he once was, but he did prove that when he is on the field, he is still one of the best left tackles in the NFL. The veteran left tackle allowed a 3.0% pressure rate in 2023 and finished with the top PFF pass-blocking grade (88.6) in the free-agent class. There will be some obvious risk in signing Smith to a big deal given his age and injury history, but any team that takes the plunge will get an anchor at left tackle as long as he’s on the field.

FTN Stat to Know: The Cowboys allowed the seventh-lowest pressure rate in 2023 (25.2%).

11. Michael Pittman, WR, Indianapolis Colts

6-4, 223, 26.3 years old

Michael Pittman Indianapolis Colts 2024 NFL Free Agent Rankings

Michael Pittman picked an excellent time to have a career year while operating as the focal point of the Colts offense thanks to injuries to Anthony Richardson and Jonathan Taylor. Pittman set career-highs in targets (156), receptions (109) and receiving yards (1,152) and had his third straight season with at least four touchdowns. There are some athletic limitations to Pittman’s game (as evidenced by his 8.1-yard aDOT in 2023), but he’s a reliable outside receiver who can move the chains and is due for some positive touchdown regression given his target share.

FTN Stat to Know: Pittman had 31.3% of the Colts’ receiving yards in 2023.

12. L’Jarius Sneed, CB, Kansas City Chiefs

6-1, 192, 27.0 years old 

L’Jarius Sneed cracks the top 12 after a season that saw him draw the top coverage assignment in a Super Bowl winning season. Snead finished the year generating 10 pass breakups and two interceptions. He allowed just 48 receptions on the season and didn’t allow a single touchdown as the primary coverage man despite drawing matchups against players like DJ Moore, Ja’Marr Chase, Davante Adams (twice) and Justin Jefferson.

FTN Stat to Know: Kansas City played man coverage at the seventh-highest rate in the NFL in 2023 (52.7%).

13. Danielle Hunter, OLB/DE, Minnesota Vikings

6-5, 263 pounds, 29.2 years old

Danielle Hunter is another edge rusher in this class who has taken his game to the next level after being moved from a traditional defensive end to an outside linebacker. Over the last two seasons as a stand-up rusher, Hunter has totaled 26.5 sacks and 100 total tackles. Hunter’s 15.8% pass rush win rate finished is the sixth highest in this free agent class.

FTN Stat to Know: Minnesota’s defense had the 10th-worst pressure rate in 2023 (27.0%).

14. Mike Evans, WR, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

6-5, 231, 30.4 years old

The retirement of Tom Brady (and shift to Baker Mayfield) was supposed to signal the end of Mike Evans’ impressive 1,000-yard season streak. Instead, Evans posted 79 receptions for 1,255 yards and a career-high 13 rushing touchdowns while leading the free agent class with a 2.32 yards per route run. Evans is on the wrong side of 30 and has a history of soft tissue injuries, but he showed no signs of slowing down and will be a coveted player on the open market.

FTN Stat to Know: Mike Evans had a 16.5% touchdowns per touch rate in 2023.

15. Kendall Fuller, Washington Commanders, CB

5-11, 198 pounds, 29.0 years old

The Commanders’ secondary was abysmal in 2023, but one bright spot was the strong play of Kendall Fuller on the outside. Fuller enters free agency coming off an 82.8 PFF coverage grade (second among cornerbacks in the free agent class) and can move into the slot as he ages. His versatility should be attractive in this free-agent class.

FTN Stat to Know: Washington had the second-worst touchdown rate in both man (9.6%) and zone (4.3%) in 2023.

16. Xavier McKinney, SS, New York Giants

6-0, 201 pounds, 24.5 years old

Few safeties have been more impactful than Xavier McKinney over the last three seasons. Since 2021, McKinney has totaled eight interceptions, two forced fumbles, and 166 tackles in 43 games. McKinney makes his calling as a playmaker in deep coverage as evidenced by his 91.2 coverage grade, which is the top in this class.

FTN Stat to Know: The Giants had the seventh-best passer rating against while in man coverage in 2023 (82.5).

17. Leonard Williams, DT/DE, Seattle Seahawks

6-5, 300, 29.6 years old

Leonard Williams has never been able to regain his initial production with the New York Giants (11.5 sacks in 2020), but he is still a very productive player who generates consistent pressure on the interior. Williams made the most of a midseason trade to the Seahawks, racking up 41 tackles and 4.5 sacks in just 10 games with the team. Williams finished the season with a 76.2 pass-rush grade and generated pressure on 10.7% of his pass-rush snaps in 2023.

FTN Stat to Know: Seattle had the ninth-highest quarterback hurry rate in 2023 (13.9%).

18. D.J. Reader, DT, Cincinnati Bengals 

6-3, 335, 29.6 years old

D.J. Reader continues to be one of the most impactful run-stopping defensive tackles in the NFL. His 75.3 run defense grade is second among interior defensive linemen in the class. Reader doesn’t put up gaudy numbers as a pass rusher (9.5 career sacks), but he’s still able to have a big impact by collapsing the pocket from the inside (10.8% pressure rate in 2023). A torn quadricep ended his season early, but he should still have a healthy market given his contributions as a run-stuffer who can push the pocket.

FTN Stat to Know: The Bengals had the fourth-highest QB hit rate in 2023 (10.4%).

19. Trent Brown, OT, New England Patriots

6-8, 370, 30.8 years old

Trent Brown has a reputation as a mauler in the run game (80.7 PFF grade on gap-blocking assignments in 2023), but he had a solid season in pass protection last year. Brown allowed just a 4% pressure rate in 2023 and gave up just 3.0 sacks. He has experience on both the left and right side of the offensive line, giving him the versatility that teams will covet and giving him a market for any tackle-needy team ahead of the 2024 season.

FTN Stat to Know: New England’s quarterbacks had the fourth-lowest time in the pocket in 2023 (2.41s).

20. Marquise Brown, WR, Arizona Cardinals

5-9, 180, 26.6 years old

Marquise Brown Arizona Cardinals 2024 NFL Free Agent Rankings

The trade that landed Marquise Brown in Arizona should ultimately be considered a failure thanks to injuries to both Brown and Kyler Murray. Still, there were some bright spots for Brown in his two seasons with Arizona. The veteran wide receiver hits the open market after averaging 10.7 yards per reception over his 26 games with Arizona. Brown does have a season with 90-plus catches and 1,000-plus receiving yards on his resume, but it’ll be hard to trust a diminutive receiver who has never truly emerged as a top option in a passing attack.

FTN Stat to Know: Brown had a 13.8% opportunity share in 2023.

21. Kamren Curl, SS, Washington Commanders

6-2, 198, 24.8 years old

Kamren Curl is a solid all-around safety, but his calling card comes in the run game. During his four-year tenure with the Commanders, Curl had at least 83 tackles and a sack in four straight seasons. He leaves a lot to desire in the passing game (three career interceptions), but he is solid enough in coverage (67.8 PFF coverage grade) despite finishing the year. Teams have figured out to avoid throwing his way on defense as evidenced by his 11.2 snaps per target in 2023. The lack of turnovers in his career makes it tough for him to crack the top 20, but he’s still an extremely solid player who has earned a significant payday.

FTN Stat to Know: Washington allowed quarterbacks to complete the sixth-highest percentage of their deep passes in 2023 (51.6%).

22. Kevin Dotson, OG, Los Angeles Rams

6-4, 321, 27.3 years old

A preseason trade from the Steelers to the Rams likely made Kevin Dotson a whole lot of money. Dotson put together one of the best seasons of any interior linemen in the NFL and enters free agency as PFF’s second-highest-graded offensive lineman in the class (85.2 PFF grade). Dotson finished the season with an 88.8 run-blocking grade (including a 90.8 grade on gap runs) and had just a 3.0% pressure rate in his lone season with the Rams.

FTN Stat to Know: The Rams allowed the seventh-fewest sacks in 2023 (34).

23. Mike Onwenu, OT/OG, New England Patriots

6-3, 350, 26.1 years old 

There may not be a more versatile offensive lineman in the 2024 free-agent class. In four seasons with New England, Mike Onwenu logged 402 snaps at left guard, 1,425 snaps at right guard and 1,548 snaps at right tackle. 2023 wasn’t his best season, but he still played at a high level (especially once he returned to right tackle full-time midway through the season). The veteran allowed just 23 pressures on 505 pass-blocking snaps in 2023.

FTN Stat to Know: The Patriots allowed the 15th-highest pressure rate in 2023 (27.3%).

24. Kyle Dugger, SS, New England Patriots 

6-2, 222, 27.8 years old 

Kyle Dugger will have plenty of value in this free agent class as NFL teams look for versatile pieces to move around the defense. Dugger has the size to play down in the box and enough speed to cover tight ends in the slot. The veteran safety has shown a nose for the football in a full-time role, racking up nine interceptions in his last three seasons. He also set a career-high in total tackles in 2023 (109), including six tackles for loss.

FTN Stat to Know: New England played man defense on 46.8% of their defensive plays in 2023.

25. Saquon Barkley, RB, New York Giants 

6-0, 232, 27.0 years old

Saquon Barkley was the lone bright spot on the Giants offense, consistently producing despite subpar quarterback play behind the worst offensive line in the NFL. The counting stats aren’t impressive (247 carries for 962 yards and six touchdowns), but Barkley looked to finally be back to form by logging a 31.7% breakaway run rate. Barkley remains one of the most dangerous pass-catching weapons out of the backfield and could flourish in a new home with an offensive line that can move defenders.

FTN Stat to Know: 20.6% of Saquon Barkley’s carries came against a stacked box in 2023.

26. Frankie Luvu, ILB, Carolina Panthers 

6-3, 235, 27.4 years old

Off-ball linebackers rarely get any love, and that is especially true when you play for the Carolina Panthers. That has allowed Frankie Luvu’s stellar play over the last two seasons to fly under the radar. Luvu has racked up 236 total tackles and 12.5 sacks in his last two years as a full-time starter in Carolina. Luvu’s ability to get to the quarterback more than offsets the struggles he has in coverage.

FTN Stat to Know: The Panthers had the eighth-highest blitz rate in 2023 (31.1%).

27. Chase Young, DE, San Francisco 49ers 

6-5, 264, 24.8 years old 

Chase Young finally bounced back from a 2021 torn ACL last season, regaining his explosiveness and logging 7.5 sacks between the Washington Commanders and San Francisco 49ers. This marks the third season in his career that Young has hit the 7.5 sack mark. The veteran defensive end also posted an impressive 15.5% pressure rate, which shows that with a little luck, he can finally crest a double-digit sack total in the future. Young struggles to adequately play the run off the edge (60.8 run defense grade), but won’t turn 25 until April. There is still plenty of potential to unlock here, especially since he’s healthy.

FTN Stat to Know: The 49ers had the sixth-highest pressure rate in 2023 (31.1%).

28. Connor Williams, C/OG, Miami Dolphins

6-5, 312, 26.7 years old 

A torn ACL will likely suppress Connor Williams’ value on the free agent market, which is a shame because he has become one of the best centers in the NFL since arriving in Miami. Williams played in just nine games in 2023 but finished with an 86.5 PFF grade thanks to his exceptional quickness in Miami’s zone-based rushing attack. Williams has played both guard and center at a high level in his career, so his market should still be robust even though he is likely to miss time recovering from his knee injury.

FTN Stat to Know: Miami’s quarterbacks had the shortest time in the pocket in 2023 (2.25s).

29. Calvin Ridley, WR, Jacksonville Jaguars 

6-1, 190, 29.1 years old

Calvin Ridley Jacksonville Jaguars 2024 NFL Free Agent Rankings

It was expected that Calvin Ridley would need to knock some rust off after missing the 2022 season thanks to a gambling suspension. Ridley flashed big-play ability at times with the Jaguars, finishing the season with 1,016 receiving yards and eight touchdowns. However, Ridley struggled with consistency and posted an 8.4% drop rate in 2023. As a positive, Ridley did post a 14.1-yard average depth of target in his first season back.

FTN Stat to Know: Calvin Ridley had 36.4% of Jacksonville’s air yards in 2023.

30. Robert Hunt, OG, Miami Dolphins 

6-6, 330, 27.4 years old

Originally a right tackle, Robert Hunt has become a staple along Miami’s offensive line since moving to right guard. He has excellent movement skills for his size, which allowed him to find success in Miami’s zone-rushing attack. Hunt finished with a career-high 77.1 PFF grade in 2023 and allowed just five pressures on 329 pass-blocking snaps (he missed several games with a hamstring injury).

FTN Stat to Know: Teams had the second-lowest pressure rate against Miami in 2023 (21.1%).

31. Bryce Huff, DE, New York Jets 

6-3, 255, 25.8 years old

Bryce Huff thrived with the Jets in 2023 as part of the deep pass-rushing rotation. Huff generated 67 pressures and 10.0 sacks on just 334 pass-rushing snaps in 2023. Huff is one of the most efficient pass rushers in the NFL but has zero interest in trying to stop the run. The team that signs him will hope that that part of his game will develop in his prime. Huff never played more than 481 snaps in a season in his four years in the NFL.

FTN Stat to Know: The Jets had the lowest blitz rate in 2023 (16.5%).

32. Stephon Gilmore, CB, Dallas Cowboys 

6-0, 190, 33.3 years old 

Stephon Gilmore’s game continues to age well despite playing for his third team in three seasons. The veteran cornerback posted a 72.3 PFF coverage grade in 2023 and registered nine pass breakups while playing the third-most-man coverage (42.8%) among cornerbacks in this free-agent class. Gilmore has at least two interceptions in 10 of his last 11 seasons.

FTN Stat to Know: The Cowboys led the NFL in man coverage in 2023 (62.4%).

33. Josh Jacobs, RB, Las Vegas Raiders 

5-10, 223, 25.9 years old

Josh Jacobs struggled with injuries in 2023 after logging an absurd 393 touches in 2022. However, when Jacobs was on the field he still functioned as the focal point of the Raiders’ offense last season. The veteran running back has continued to develop as a pass catcher and has turned into one of the few backs that functions as a workhorse when he’s on the field.

FTN Stat to Know: Jacobs had a 3.9% explosive run rate in 2023.

34. Patrick Queen, ILB, Baltimore Ravens 

6-0, 230, 24.4 years old

Patrick Queen is often overshadowed by teammate Roquan Smith at linebacker, but 2023 was arguably the best season of his career. Queen finished with a career-high in total tackles (133) and logged one interception, six pass breakups and a forced fumble in 2023. Queen is also an extremely talented pass rusher for an off-ball linebacker, logging a 22.4% pressure rate in 2023.

FTN Stat to Know: The Ravens had the 12th-lowest blitz rate in 2023 (24.4%).

35. Jonathan Greenard, DE, Houston Texans 

6-3, 263, 25.7 years old

Jonathan Greenard Houston Texans 2024 NFL Free Agent Rankings

Will Anderson got all of the love for Houston’s defensive turnaround, which turned Jonathan Greenard into one of the least-appreciated defensive ends in 2023. Greenard posted career highs in total tackles (52) and sacks (12.5) with defenses working to take away Anderson on the other edge. Greenard is a solid, but unspectacular defensive lineman. Time will tell if his uptick in success is a result of him taking a step or new head coach Demeco Ryans’ scheme giving him opportunities to win in one-on-one matchups.

FTN Stat to Know: The Texans had the 10th-highest pressure rate in 2023 (30.1%).

36. Jonah Williams, OT, Cincinnati Bengals 

6-5, 312, 26.2 years old 

Jonah Williams flipped from left tackle to right tackle in 2023 after the Bengals signed Orlando Brown in free agency. Williams played well despite the abrupt move to the other side, giving up a 5% pressure rate in 2023. Williams isn’t the most talented offensive tackle, but he’s a dependable starter who now has the versatility to play at either tackle spot.

FTN Stat to Know: The Bengals allowed the seventh-most sacks in 2023 (50).

37. Derrick Henry, RB, Tennessee Titans 

6-3, 247, 30.1 years old

Derrick Henry continues to defy logic, putting together another season with at least 300 touches out of the backfield. Henry has now hit that mark in four of his last five seasons, although this was the first time he didn’t get there on carries alone. Henry averaged his lowest yards per carry mark (4.2) since 2017 and enters free agency as a 30-year-old running back with 2,000-plus carries on his body. He can’t last forever, but he can still be productive in his next home.

FTN Stat to Know: 8.2% of Henry’s carries went for at least 10 yards in 2023.

38. Jadeveon Clowney, OLB/DE, Baltimore Ravens

6-5, 266, 31.0 years old

Jadeveon Clowney bounced back from an underwhelming 2022 season (2.0 sacks) with Cleveland by putting up 9.5 sacks with the Baltimore Ravens in 2023. Clowney finished his ninth season by posting an 85.7 PFF grade, ranking second among free-agent edge rushers with a 16.2% pressure rate. Clowney was also a factor in the run game, logging 43 total tackles for the first time since 2018. He still has plenty in the tank.

FTN Stat to Know: Baltimore generated the most sacks on defense in 2023 (58).

39. Tony Pollard, RB, Dallas Cowboys 

6-0, 209, 26.8 years old

Tony Pollard’s first foray as a lead back didn’t go well analytically, with the running posting just a 19.2% breakaway run rate after years of providing consistent explosive plays. However, Pollard did post his second consecutive 1,000-yard rushing season and set a career-high in carries (252) and receptions (55) despite coming off a significant ankle injury in the 2022 playoffs. Pollard showed he could handle the workload and could have a solid bounceback season in 2024 with a healthy offseason.

FTN Stat to Know: Tony Pollard averaged 2.58 yards after contact per attempt in 2023.

40. Chidobe Awuzie, CB, Cincinnati Bengals 

6-0, 202, 28.7 years old 

Chidobe Awuzie Cincinnati Bengals 2024 NFL Free Agent Rankings

Chidobe Awuzie bounced back from a 2022 ACL injury, finishing the season with a respectable 62.3 coverage grade in 2023. The veteran cornerback continues to be a solid tackler (43 solo tackles in 2023), although he has gone two consecutive seasons without an interception after starting his career with six interceptions in five seasons.

FTN Stat to Know: The Bengals allowed the eighth-lowest completion percentage in man defense in 2023 (55.9%).

41. Steven Nelson, CB, Houston Texans

5-11, 194, 31.1 years old

Steven Nelson is as steady as they come at the cornerback position. Nelson tied a career-high in interceptions in 2023 (4) while logging 12 pass breakups. The veteran cornerback continues to play a significant role in the run game as well, logging 63 total tackles in 2023. He has now had at least 50 tackles in six of his last eight seasons.

FTN Stat to Know: The Texans allowed the highest QB accuracy percentage in zone coverage in 2023 (95.4%).

42. Kenny Moore, CB, Indianapolis Colts

5-9, 190, 28.4 years old

Kenny Moore bounced back from an awful 2022 to reclaim his title as one of the best slot cornerbacks in the league. The veteran cornerback finished 2023 with the second most interceptions (3) and tackles (93) in a single season in his career and scored two defensive touchdowns. Additionally, Moore has logged at least 1.0 sacks in six straight seasons while playing 72% of his snaps in the slot. He’s strictly a slot player due to his size, but given how many teams are using 11 personnel (3WR sets), that is more than adequate in the current NFL.

FTN Stat to Know: The Colts allowed the second-lowest accuracy percentage in man coverage in 2023 (86.9%).

43. Dalton Schultz, TE, Houston Texans 

6-5, 244, 27.5 years old

The free agent market didn’t materialize for Dalton Schultz in 2022, so he gambled on himself and took a one-year deal in Houston. The move allowed Schutlz to prove that he’s exactly what he thought he was, a solid tight end who can produce with volume and provide solid blocking in the run game. Schultz posted nearly identical stats (59 receptions for 635 yards and five touchdowns) with Houston as his last season in Dallas (57 receptions for 577 yards and five touchdowns) and once again enters the free agent market as chain chain-moving tight end with athletic limitations.

FTN Stat to Know: Dalton Schultz averaged 8.71 yards per target against zone defense in 2023.

44. Andre James, C, Las Vegas Raiders 

6-4, 300, 26.8 years old 

The Raiders offensive line was a pleasant surprise in 2023 thanks to the steady play of Andre James. James is a solid center who can stay in front of interior pass rushers and get solid movement in the run game. The veteran center finished 2023 with a 75.0 run block grade and 71.2 pass block grade thanks to some struggles against power rushers on the interior.

FTN Stat to Know: The Raiders allowed the sixth-fewest pressures in 2023 (151).

45. Za’Darius Smith, OLB/DE, Cleveland Browns 

6-4, 275, 31.4 years old

On the surface, Za’Darius Smith’s trade to Cleveland before the 2023 season did not yield impressive results. Smith posted his lowest sack (5.5) and tackle (27) totals since 2018 while working across from Myles Garret. However, the advanced stats show that he hasn’t lost a step despite being 31 years old Smith posted an 87.4 PFF pass-rush grade in 2023 and finished third in the defensive class in pass-rush win rate (18.5%). He still has plenty in the tank and should see his numbers go up when he’s not playing across from the reigning defensive player of the year.

FTN Stat to Know: The Browns had the third-highest pressure rate in 2023 (32.4%).

46. Lloyd Cushenberry, C, Denver Broncos

6-4, 315, 26.2 years old

Despite early struggles, Lloyd Cushenberry has developed into a very good center in the NFL. Cushenberry allowed a 2.0% pressure rate in 2023 while posting a 72.4 PFF run-blocking grade. Denver would do well to secure him as the lynchpin to their offensive line, but he will be highly coveted on the open market as an ascending young player at an important position.

FTN Stat to Know: The Broncos allowed the highest pressure rate in 2023 (38.4%).

47. Josh Uche, OLB, New England Patriots 

6-3, 240, 25.3 years old

Josh Uche has functioned strictly as a pass-rushing specialist during his time with the Patriots. After a promising 2022 (11.5 sacks), Uche seemingly took a step back in 2023 (3.0 sacks). His 16.2% pressure rate is very impressive, but he will need to work to improve on his role in the run game to take the next step. Thankfully for the team that signs him, Uche is just now hitting his prime. The edge rusher has yet to play more than 400 snaps in a season.

FTN Stat to Know: The Patriots had the sixth-highest blitz rate in 2023 (32.2%).

48. Hunter Henry, TE, New England Patriots

6-5, 258, 29.2 years old 

Hunter Henry is as steady as they come at the tight-end position. Since signing with New England in 2021, Henry has played in 48 games and amassed 133 catches for 1,531 yards and 17 touchdowns. The veteran tight end doesn’t have the athleticism to provide a big ceiling, but he’s a solid tight end who will contribute to a high floor as a pass catcher in the red zone and as a run blocker.

FTN Stat to Know: Hunter Henry had a 14.3% touchdowns per touch rate in 2023.

49. Kevin Zeitler, OG, Baltimore Ravens 

6-4, 340, 33.9 years old

Kevin Zeitler remains an above-average guard, although there are signs that his age is catching up with him. The veteran guard posted the worst PFF run-blocking grade of his career (59.7) in 2023 and gave up the most pressures (19) since the 2020 season. That said, he’s one of the most dependable offensive linemen in the league. He’s played at least 955 snaps in every season since 2014.

FTN Stat to Know: The Ravens quarterbacks had the seventh-most time in the pocket in 2023 (2.74).

50. Bobby Wagner, ILB, Seattle Seahawks 

6-0, 242, 33.6 years old

Bobby Wagner might be the first player to defeat Father Time. Wagner returned to Seattle after a year with the Rams for his age-33 season. All he did was set a career-high in tackles (183) while adding 3.5 sacks and three passes defensed. Wagner isn’t what he used to be in coverage, but he’s evolved into one of the smartest players in the league who is seemingly always in the right spot.

FTN Stat to Know: Seattle allowed the second-lowest touchdown rate in man coverage in 2023 (4.0%).

51. Geno Stone, SS, Baltimore Ravens 

5-11, 210, 24.8 years old 

Geno Stone struggled as a tackler in his first season as a starter (19% missed tackle rate), but made up for it with his exceptional abilities in coverage. Stone finished the season with an 84.9 coverage grade and led the free-agent class with seven interceptions. Kyle Hamilton (rightfully) gets the recognition for his Swiss Army knife role on defense, but a lot of that is possible with a coverage safety like Stone locking down the deep passing areas of the field.

FTN Stat to Know: Baltimore allowed the second-lowest deep completion percentage in zone defense in 2023 (17.2%).

52. Noah Fant, TE, Seattle Seahawks 

6-4, 249, 26.2 years old 

Noah Fant has yet to hit the potential many envisioned for him when he was drafted in the first round of the 2019 NFL Draft. However, he enters free agency at age 26 with five straight seasons with 30-plus receptions and 400-plus receiving yards. Fant still possesses considerable athletic gifts and could still become a weapon in a system that will utilize them.

FTN Stat to Know: Noah Fant had a 5.5% opportunity share in Seattle in 2023.

53. Alaric Jackson, OT, Los Angeles Rams

6-7, 285, 25.5 years old

Alaric Jackson surprisingly usurped Joseph Noteboom at left tackle for the Rams in 2023 and put together a solid season. In his first full season at left tackle, Jackson allowed a 6.0% pressure rate but only one sack. There is still room for growth, but Jackson is just entering prime and now has a full season as a starter under his belt.

FTN Stat to Know: The Rams quarterbacks had the seventh-lowest time in the pocket in 2023 (2.51s).

54. Grover Stewart, DT, Indianapolis Colts 

6-4, 314, 30.2 years old

Grover Stewart offers very little as a pass rusher but is an exceptional run defender. He frequently eats blocks to keep linebackers clean to make plays and ranks third among defensive linemen and edge rushers in this class in PFF run defense in 2023 (77.3).

FTN Stat to Know: The Colts had the second-lowest blitz rate in 2023 (17.1%).

55. Mekhi Becton, OT, New York Jets 

6-7, 363, 24.8 years old

Mekhi Becton New York Jets 2024 NFL Free Agent Rankings

After two years of devastating injuries, Mekhi Becton played in 16 games in 2023. Unfortunately, injuries have seemingly sapped a lot of his athleticism, leading Becton to surrender 50 pressures and 12 sacks on 644 pass-blocking snaps. Still, he has elite physical tools and experience on both sides of the line, so a team will take a chance on him recovering the dominant form he flashed his rookie season.

FTN Stat to Know: The Jets allowed the fourth-most sacks in the NFL in 2023 (64).

56. Jordyn Brooks, ILB, Seattle Seahawks 

6-0, 240, 26.3 years old

Jordyn Brooks recovered incredibly from a 2022 ACL injury to play in 16 games in 2023. Brooks logged his third straight season with at least 111 total tackles and four passes defensed. He also set a career-high in sacks (4.5). Brooks has the speed to make plays all over the field and should secure a solid contract for an off-ball linebacker who can stay on the field on all three downs.

FTN Stat to Know: Seattle blitzed on 27.1% of their defensive snaps in 2023.

57. Lavonte David, ILB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers 

6-1, 233, 34.0 years old 

Lavonte David is still productive despite his age thanks to his high football IQ. In four seasons since turning 30, David has racked up 19 passes defensed, 11.0 sacks and 311 total tackles. He is still an impactful player and hasn’t shown any signs of slowing down thanks to his ability to process plays.

FTN Stat to Know: The Buccaneers played zone coverage on 64.1% of their defensive plays in 2023.

58. Jordan Hicks, ILB, Minnesota Vikings

6-1, 236, 32.2 years old

Jordan Hicks played in just 13 games in 2023 but still racked up 107 tackles, two fumble recoveries, an interception and a defensive touchdown. He’s lost some of his range in coverage as he’s gotten older, but he’s still a tackling machine in the middle of the field as long as he’s healthy.

FTN Stat to Know: The Vikings allowed the highest passer rating in man coverage in 2023 (115.3).

59. D’Andre Swift, RB, Philadelphia Eagles

5-9, 215, 25.0 years old

D’Andre Swift was able to parlay his draft day trade to Philadelphia into his first 1,000-yard rushing season. However, it still felt like an underwhelming season for a player who came into the league with his level of talent. Swift averaged just 4.6 yards per carry behind one of the best offensive lines in the league and posted career lows in targets (49), receptions (39), receiving yards (214) and receiving touchdowns (1).

FTN Stat to Know: Swift averaged 2.79 yards per carry against stacked boxes in 2023.

60. Baker Mayfield, QB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

6-1, 215, 28.8 years old

Baker Mayfield Tampa Bay Buccaneers 2024 NFL Free Agent Rankings

Baker Mayfield saved his career in 2023 by setting career highs in passing yardage (4,044) and passing touchdowns (28) in his first season with the Buccaneers. However, 2024 will show how much of his growth was a function of offensive coordinator Dave Canales’ quarterback-friendly system versus Baker taking a step now that the former has become the head coach of the Carolina Panthers.

FTN Stat to Know: Baker Mayfield completed 59.2% of his passes against the blitz in 2023.

61. Gabe Davis, WR, Buffalo Bills 

6-2, 225, 24.8 years old

Gabe Davis never turned into a reliable WR2 across from Stefon Diggs, instead functioning as an inconsistent deep threat. Still, Davis can break big plays as evidenced by his career 16.7-yard aDOT. He also has the chops to be a red zone threat with 27 touchdowns in four seasons. His lack of development as a complete receiver likely means that his ceiling is capped, especially since few quarterbacks could capitalize on Davis’ strengths like Josh Allen, and even he couldn’t help Davis ascend to a top-tier wide receiver.

FTN Stat to Know: Davis had an 8.3% opportunity share in 2023.

62. Darnell Mooney, WR, Chicago Bears

5-11, 173, 26.2 years old

Darnell Mooney never found his groove in Luke Getsy’s offense over the last two seasons. Mooney was also reduced to an afterthought when the team traded for DJ Moore before the 2023 season. His game-best plays as a deep-threat complement to a possession receiver, but he finds his way toward the middle of this list thanks to a 2021 season where he posted 81 receptions for 1,055 yards and four touchdowns. The potential is there, he just needs a coordinator who can scheme it out of him.

FTN Stat to Know: Mooney had 20% of Chicago’s targets on passes over 20-plus air yards in 2023.

63. Andrew Van Ginkel, OLB, Miami Dolphins

6-4, 242, 28.6 years old

Andrew Van Ginkel parlayed an increase in playing time due to injuries into a productive season, finishing with a career-high in sacks (6.5) and passes defensed (8). Van Ginkel is a high-motor edge rusher who lacks the size to put his hand in the dirt, so he’s limited in his team choices. Whichever team signs him will get a relentless rusher who can make plays in the backfield.

FTN Stat to Know: Miami had the second-highest pressure rate on defense in 2023 (33.8%).

64. Austin Ekeler, RB, Los Angeles Chargers 

5-10, 200, 28.7 years old

2023 was an absolute disaster for Austin Ekeler. The veteran running back visibly lost explosiveness heading into his contract season, posting a modest 20.4% breakaway run rate. Still, Ekeler has value as a pass catcher in today’s NFL and is coming off a season where he had a solid 1.25 yards per route run. He will have a role going forward, it just won’t be the bell cow version we saw in years past.

FTN Stat to Know: Austin Ekeler had a 1.1% juke rate in 2023.

65. Graham Glasgow, OG/C, Detroit Lions

6-6, 315, 31.4 years old

Graham Glasgow entered the season as a depth lineman for the Lions. Injuries forced him into the starting lineup at all positions on the interior offensive line and he capitalized. Glasgow finished the season with a solid 75.1 PFF grade and flashed as a run blocker. At the very least, he’s shown that he can still be a productive starter anywhere on the interior offensive line.

FTN Stat to Know: The Lions allowed the fourth-fewest sacks in 2023 (31).

66. Jermaine Eluemunor, OT/OG, Las Vegas Raiders 

6-4, 330, 29.1 years old 

Jermaine Eluemunor has developed into an average tackle that has highs and lows. He’s solid in the run game (71.5 PFF run-blocking grade) and has flashes as a pass protector. However, he allowed six sacks in 2023 despite a solid 5.0% pressure rate. Eluemunor also spent most of the season rotating in Las Vegas with Thayer Munford. He has the chops to be a depth tackle or could kick inside to guard and can provide sustainable, starting-level play.

FTN Stat to Know: The Raiders allowed the 12th-fewest sacks in 2023 (39).

67. Ryan Tannehill, QB, Tennessee Titans 

6-4, 217, 35.5 years old

Ryan Tannehill Tennessee Titans 2024 NFL Free Agent Rankings

Ryan Tannehill never stood a chance behind a bad Titans offensive line throwing the ball to DeAndre Hopkins and nothing else. Still, it is hard to blame his 8.0% turnover-worthy pass rate completely on the offensive line. Tannehill can still be a bridge quarterback and was efficient in a three-game sample size down the stretch (70% completion percentage for 488 passing yards with two touchdowns and one interception). His days as a starting quarterback are limited, but he could start 2023 as a starting quarterback for a team looking to buy time for a QB of the future.

FTN Stat to Know: Ryan Tannehill completed 40.3% of his passes when under pressure in 2023.

68. Derek Barnett, DE/OLB, Houston Texans

6-3, 259, 27.6 years old

Derek Barnett found himself buried in Philadelphia’s pass rusher rotation to start the season before getting a chance to get more playing time thanks to a trade with Houston. Barnett posted an impressive pass rush win rate (15.5%) in six games with the Texans while racking up 2.5 sacks. He’s a pass rush specialist at this point in his career, but that has value in an NFL centered around putting pressure on the quarterback.

FTN Stat to Know: Houston had the third-highest QB hit rate in 2023 (10.6%).

69. A.J. Epenesa, OLB/DE, Buffalo Bills 

6-6, 260, 25.3 years old 

A.J. Epenesa tied a career-high in sacks in 2023 (6.5) but has not developed into a well-rounded edge rusher. Epenesa had just a 7.7% pass rush win rate in 2023 and is abysmal as a run defender, but he enters free agency as a 25-year-old which means there could still be some potential out there. As it stands, he’s a third-down specialist who can’t be trusted on early downs.

FTN Stat to Know: Buffalo had the ninth-highest pressure rate in 2023 (30.2%).

70. Jordan Whitehead, SS, New York Jets 

5-10, 198, 26.8 years old

Jordan Whitehead is one of the better coverage safeties in the NFL. He set a career-high in interceptions in 2023 (4) and has 10 interceptions over his last four seasons. On the surface, his counting stats look good as a tackler (234 since 2020), but he does tend to miss tackles in the open field. In the right scheme, he can be a game-breaker and is still in his prime despite being in the league for six years.

FTN Stat to Know: The Jets allowed the fourth-lowest deep completion percentage in zone coverage in 2023 (22.2%).

71. Devin Singletary, RB, Houston Texans 

5-7, 203, 26.4 years old 

Devin Singletary landed in Houston in 2023 to serve as a complement to Dameon Pierce. However, he took the backfield over and set career-highs in carries (216) and rushing yards (898). Singletary isn’t an explosive runner, but he’s found a way to surpass 800 rushing yards in each of his last three seasons. His best role is as a timeshare back who can reliably gain four yards on early downs to set the offense up in third and short situations.

FTN Stat to Know: 11.1% of Devin Singletary’s runs went for at least 10 yards in 2023.

72. Jordan Fuller, SS, Los Angeles Rams

6-2, 203, 25.9 years old

Jordan Fuller bounced back from an injury-shortened 2022 season to deliver steady play on the backend of the Rams’ defense. In 48 career games, Fuller has generated seven interceptions and 175 total tackles. He lacks the game-breaking ability, but he will take chances on deep throws and is a sure-handed tackler in the open field.

FTN Stat to Know: The Rams played man coverage on 50.8% of their defensive snaps in 2023.

73. Josey Jewell, ILB, Denver Broncos 

6-2, 236, 29.0 years old

When Josey Jewell is on the field, he makes plays in the run game. Jewell has three seasons with at least 13 games started. In each of those seasons, he’s made at least 100 total tackles and added 2.0 sacks as an interior linebacker. Unfortunately, injuries have limited his time on the field throughout his career. He’s a good, but not great option who won’t make mistakes when he’s able to suit up.

FTN Stat to Know: The Broncos had the seventh-highest blitz rate in 2023 (31.4%).

74. Denico Autry, DE, Tennessee Titans 

6-5, 285, 33.5 years old

Denico Autry has flown under the radar since joining the Tennessee Titans, but he’s one of the most disruptive defensive ends in the game despite his age. Over the last three seasons, Autry has racked up 72 total tackles and 28.5 sacks in 46 games played. Autry posted a 12.8% pass rush win rate in 2023 while working alongside Jeffery Simmons. Autry hasn’t shown any signs of slowing down and could play as a defensive end in a 3-4 defense or kick inside to a three-technique in a 4-3 front.

FTN Stat to Know: The Titans had the second-lowest QB hit rate in 2023 (5.8%).

75. Dalton Risner, OG, Minnesota Vikings 

6-5, 312, 28.5 years old 

Dalton Risner gambled on himself in 2023, signing with the Vikings after training camp had ended. The veteran left guard had a solid season but didn’t show much to warrant a big free-agent deal heading into 2024. Risner didn’t allow a single sack last season but finished with a mediocre 50.0 PFF run-blocking grade. He’s an average interior offensive lineman who won’t kill you but needs a good supporting cast around him to hit his ceiling outcome as a player.

FTN Stat to Know: Vikings quarterbacks had the third-most time in the pocket in 2023 (2.85s).

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