The best NFL free agents left on the market ahead of training camps aren't hard to figure out. 

Fans know the big names. Richard Sherman, Justin Houston, K.J. Wright and Melvin Ingram headline the list of top players left for the taking. 

But what about the lesser-known names or underappreciated guys capable of making as big of an impact on a new team, if not more, than some of the household names?

Those lesser-known names are veterans with proven past production and plenty in the way of projectable upside in new homes. The best fits for each have the need and situation necessary to help produce that production.

These are the best under-the-radar free agents left and ideal homes for each.  


S Malik Hooker

Had Malik Hooker been able to stay healthy after being the 15th pick in the 2017 draft, he'd easily be a household name. 

The proof resides in the film and numbers, as the elite athleticism and instincts that made him a first-rounder showed up when he played 14 games in 2018 and posted a 79.1 Pro Football Focus grade, easily in starter range. 

But that sort of attendance has very much been an anomaly for Hooker, as he suffered a season-ending injury halfway through his rookie season and to date has missed 19 games over the last three seasons. 

Still, Hooker is a huge-upside get for a win-now team like the Pittsburgh Steelers. NFL Network's Ian Rapoport said he had a recent visit there, and his rangy skill set would be the perfect complement alongside Minkah Fitzpatrick.

Best Fit: Pittsburgh Steelers


OL Austin Reiter

As a seventh-round success story, Austin Reiter didn't generate a ton of headlines, even after breaking out as a starter for a Super Bowl contender. 

Reiter, 29, joined the Kansas City Chiefs as a waiver claim in 2018 and eventually worked his way into a starting role. Last year over 15 games and 867 snaps, he didn't allow a sack or get called for a penalty en route to a 70.9 PFF grade. 

Kansas City blew up the offensive line this offseason, and Reiter has yet to find a new home. He'd make an interesting buy for a contender like the Green Bay Packers, which lost star center Corey Linsley in free agency. 

In Green Bay, Reiter would get a chance to compete for a starting job in one of the interior spots, which would equate to a win-win for all involved. 

Best Fit: Green Bay Packers