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ASU Football: Assessing the Sun Devils 2016 Undrafted Free Agent Class

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How will these Sun Devils adjust to their NFL homes?

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There are four players currently officially listed as a part of teams' 90-man rosters. There have been reports that other players have minicamp deals in place however, and this article will be updated in correspondence to teams updating and including former Sun Devils in their official roster listings on their respective team sites.

Mike Bercovici, QB - San Diego Chargers (No. 6)

Where the Chargers' passing game is predicated, Bercovici's abilities are enabled.

Over the course of Philip Rivers' career, we've watched him attack the perimeter, the seam a la Antonio Gates and/or Ladarius Green, and launch the deep ball. These are the three phases of the passing game Bercovici's play mimicked while at ASU, which even mirrored San Diego's oft-make-shift offensive line unit.

In regards to playing time, Berco has his work cut out for him trailing behind Rivers, Kellen Clemens, and former North Carolina gun-slinger Bryn Renner, but there may be a chance he lands on the roster.

As goes with any undrafted player, preseason showings will be important for him to produce in, but there's no reason to assume he'll flounder instead of rise to the occasion just yet. It may come down to whether or not he shows more promise than Renner, who once was touted as a very talented passer, and has previous NFL-backup experience.

Lloyd Carrington, CB - Washington [update: Carrington wearing No. 25]

Washington general manager Scot McCloughan has a penchant for building talented teams and bringing in talented players (just look at Washington's draft class).

While Washington's secondary has been in recent flux, the belief is that some assortment of newly-signed Josh Norman, Bashaud Breeland and DeAngelo Hall will manage the starting outside corner duties, with a mix of younger players and veterans (such as Cary Williams and Greg Toler) having an opportunity to prove their worth to remain on the roster.

When including third-round selection Kendall Fuller, there's presumably at least five roster spots filled, with teams generally reserving five to eight for cornerbacks.

Carrington is still relatively new to the sport of football, so if McCloughan sees whatever ASU head coach Todd Graham did to give the former basketball player a scholarship on the gridiron, there's reason to believe there's something to work with.

Considering his 5-foot-10 stature and great change of direction ability (6.88 three-cone score, per 3SigmaAthlete.com), he offers some intriguing potential.

Gary Chambers, WR - Buffalo Bills (No. 87)

Buffalo has its star on the outside in Sammy Watkins, and solid options in Robert Woods and Marquise Goodwin. However, none of these options possess the size which Chambers presents.

Chambers, who stands at 6-foot-4, is only matched in stature by second-year player Dezmin Lewis as the tallest receivers listed on the Bills' roster.

Outside of the first three spots (and even the third is arguably up for grabs), there's opportunity to be taken. Chambers was a serviceable player during his days at ASU who had the highest yards per catch (17.5), yards per target rate (12.4) and highest catch rate (70.6%) of any Sun Devil during the 2015 regular season, per Football Study Hall.

Buffalo offensive coordinator Greg Roman has ample speed to tinker with, but Chambers provides him a possession target to potentially incorporate in his receiving unit. As the tweet above shows, he's working to leave a strong impression early.

DJ Foster, RB - New England Patriots (No. 27)

He's listed as a running back on the Patriots' official roster.

Since Bill Belichick and Josh McDaniels have been in New England, receiver backs have been integral to offensive success, particularly serving as a foil to an every-down runner. LeGarrette Blount, Dion Lewis, Brandon Bolden and even James White will most likely be listed ahead of him on the initial depth chart, however none of them have the ability to naturally flex as a wide receiver the way Foster does.

Think Shane Vereen.

While Foster may not possess the straight-line speed Vereen held, his short-area quickness and explosiveness more than makes up for it, as it allowed him to dominate out of the slot during his college career.

Foster's versatility as both a running back and a receiver give him a viable shot at making the Patriots roster, especially considering how much it's been valued by Belichick and his coaching staff in the past.