Every year there are a couple of undrafted free agents who wind up coming out of nowhere and making the roster for the New York Giants. Not all of them end up having the success of someone like Victor Cruz, but every spot on a 53-man roster is precious, a contribution from every player is needed to field a winner.
Which undrafted free agents have the best shot at making the roster for the 2016 season? Truth is, from watching one rookie minicamp practice in shorts, reading a handful of reports and talking to a few analysts about many of the players it's pretty much impossible to know. Shoot, from what I saw Friday and had been told by scouts I had the impression Liberty quarterback Josh Woodrum had a chance to push for a spot as a third quarterback. Then, Monday he got cut for B.J. Daniels. B.J. Daniels!
So, nobody really knows. We can, however, take some educated guesses based on the limited information we have right now about players and what we know about the state of the Giants roster.
Any of the wide receivers -- As we said Monday, it is pretty obvious that the Giants are holding open auditions for the final wide receiver roster spots behind Odell Beckham Jr., Victor Cruz, Dwayne Harris and Sterling Shepard. The Giants waived Ben Edwards with an injury designation on Monday, meaning the only holdovers are Myles White and Geremy Davis. Neither of them feels like a lock to stick around.
Undrafted guys in the competition are Frenchman Anthony Dable, Roger Lewis, K.J. Maye, Darius Powe, Kardon Boone and Donte Foster. Lewis, from Bowling Green, is a guy the scouting community had given a mid-round draft grade. Dable (6-foot-5, 215) and Power (6-3, 220) have appealing size. Boone played for wide receivers coach Alex Henry at LSU.
Who might emerge? No clue, but right now you have to think one of them could.
Ishaq Williams -- When I did an early 53-man roster projection I only kept four defensive ends. I would like to keep five, to be honest. Could Williams be that fifth guy? Could he be headed to the practice squad? After not playing in a real game since 2013, could he flame out and get cut? Any of those is possible.
Back in 2013, before an academic dishonesty scandal wrecked his Notre Dame playing career, some thought Williams was on a path to being a first-round draft pick.
Can Williams return to that level? Head coach Ben McAdoo recognizes the difficulty.
"It is not something that you can go out to the playground and play. You need it to be on a team and be around a team. It is tough to simulate the game," McAdoo said.
Still, Williams bears paying attention to.
Marvin Lewis/Greg Milhouse -- Defensive tackle is another position where the Giants could use more depth. Say what you want about their abilities, but the Giants subtracted Cullen Jenkins and Markus Kuhn from their rotation and potentially have an open spot for a rotational tackle.
Lewis and Milhouse offer different things. Lewis is a 6-2, 343-pound run stuffer in the mold of Damon Harrison. Milhouse, out of small-school Campbell, is a 6-1, 295-pound player more in the mold of a pass-rushing 3-technique.
Michael Hunter/Donte Deayon -- I'm adding these guys for the simple reason that the Giants still need depth at corner. Leon McFadden and Tramain Jacobs aren't going to scare anybody, except perhaps Steve Spagnuolo if he actually has to play them. So, anyone with cornerback next to his name has to have a chance.
Hunter, 6-foot, 186 pounds, had an impressive pro day at Oklahoma State, but most reports indicate his season season was underwhelming. Deayon is a curiosity. Can a 5-9, 158-pound corner actually make an NFL team? We'll find out.