Searching for the next Philip Lindsay: 2020 UDFA mock draft round two

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PITTSBURGH, PA – SEPTEMBER 07: Maurice Ffrench #2 of the Pittsburgh Panthers returns a kick in the second half during the game against the Ohio Bobcats at Heinz Field on September 7, 2019 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Justin Berl/Getty Images) /

2.09 – Maurice Ffrench (WR – KC)

"“More receptions in one season at Pitt than Larry Fitzgerald. Nuff said” (@masterjune70)"

A talented wide receiver from Pittsburgh who can contribute on special teams Maurice Ffrench projects on having a good chance at making the Kansas City Chiefs final 55 man roster. While Justin Jefferson and James Proche tied for first in the nation in total receptions (111), it was Ffrench who led the nation in receptions per game (8.7 per contest vs. Proche’s 8.5).

It is actually quite surprising that Ffrench did not find any takers in the seventh and final round when one considers how prolific he was at Pitt. The expansion of NFL rosters from 53 to 55 players means that most teams will be looking to add an extra linemen (offensive, defensive or both) and a special teams player. Ffrench fits into the latter category, and could emerge as something as a possession type of fourth receiver behind Tyreek Hill, Sammy Watkins, and Mecole Hardman.

He may have to fight fellow top UDFA Kalija Lipscomb for a roster spot, but he has enough talent to potentially win that battle against the more heralded receiver from Vanderbilt. Ffrench reportedly had offers from nine other teams, but wisely decided that the Chiefs would give him the best opportunity to make the final roster based on depth charts. A talented receiver who excels in space due to his background as a returner, he should be an immediate post-draft stash in deeper leagues. For those of us in shallower formats he is someone to monitor over the summer.