Clearing up the Undrafted Free Agency Sweepstakes
Written by Ben Morgan on 04/26/2010
Of the hundreds of guys who go undrafted each year, some of them give up the dream of playing football and opt for further education like New Hampshire's Scott Sicko (DBI wishes you the best of luck by the way Scott). Some give up on the NFL and go play elsewhere but some of the luckier ones get picked up by NFL teams as Undrafted Free Agents. Some of these guys even end up being paid more than their colleagues drafted in rounds 5 onwards. How does that happen? Well quite simply, some of these guys are in very high demand with several teams chasing their signature. Competition, as any agent will tell you, is going to get you paid more.
Sure lots of guys signed as UDFAs are nothing but camp fodder but for some they have a chance to earn a spot in the league and for some, it's as more than a Special Teams demon and backup. Take a look at this lineup:
Not a bad team eh? OK the Secondary isn't great but the rest are pretty sweet. That's an entire lineup of Undrafted players from the 2009 season. A lot of Probowlers, a few All Pros and a couple of future Hall of Famers. So it's not necessarily just a short holiday to training camp. So, you may have noticed during the draft on our Draft Tracker, that little sliding box titled "Top Available Prospects"? Well, let's take a look at what's happened to our leftover guys and a few other key Undrafted fellas...
1. Donovan Warren CB Michigan, New York Jets - Warren was really high up our draft board and Curt is a fan so the Jets Secondary may have just got even better.
2. Jeremy Williams WR Tulane, San Diego Chargers - Might get a chance to compete there. There's 2 good starters there but maybe opportunities behind them.
3. Blair White WR Michigan State, Indianapolis Colts - If he can get on the field Peyton Manning will make him look good. Could be tough to win a roster spot though.
4. Joe Pawelek ILB Baylor, Seattle Seahawks - If he can do well on Special Teams he could make the roster, The Seahawks great draft continues into Day 4...
5. Ciron Black OT LSU, Pittsburgh Steelers - If he can slide inside and show some versatility to backup at least 1 Tackle spot he'd be a good bet for the Day 1 roster
6. Jarrett Brown QB WVU, San Francisco 49ers - Would only have to beat out Nate Davis for the 3rd QB job. Landed in a great spot to win a job.
7. Chris Brown RB Oklahoma, Denver Broncos - The Broncos are pretty stacked at RB already and Shanahan is no longer there to champion undrafted RBs.
8. LeGarrette Blount RB Oregon, Tennessee Titans - With LenDale White traded away Blount has a very good shot at the roster in Tennessee. If he keeps his fists to himself
9. Harry Coleman S LSU, New Orleans Saints - Didn't manage a Safety in the draft so Coleman should get a good run at the roster.
10. Lindsey Witten DE Connecticut, Unsigned?
11. Thomas Austin OG Clemson, Minnesota Vikings - Vikings could do with getting a little younger inside but Austin may have to wait on the Practice Squad.
12. Brandon Carter OG Texas Tech, New Orleans Saints - Might be in with a shot of a spot. The Saints only added Matt Tennant and Carter. Still, they're pretty good.
13. Rico McCoy OLB Tennessee, Tampa Bay Buccaneers - You figure he'll have to compete with Dekoda Watson for a roster spot
14. Adam Ulatoski OT Texas, Houston Texans - Staying in Texas. Ulatoski will have his work cut out to make the roster. They picked up a few rookie OL guys.
15. Jevan Snead QB Mississippi, Tampa Bay Buccaneers - The Bucs are very young at QB so Snead has a chance, he needs to beat out Rudy Carpenter.
16. Javarris James RB Miami (FL), Indianapolis Colts - The Colts are pretty stacked at RB but James is the only rookie so far so he has a shot.
17. Josh McNeil C Tennessee, Unsigned
18. Boo Robinson DT Wake Forest, Unsigned
19. Rashawn Jackson FB Virginia, Carolina Panthers - With the way the Panthers like to run they're sure to appreciate Jackson.
20. Derek Hardman OT Eastern Kentucky, Tampa Bay Buccaneers - The Bucs didn't draft any Offensive Linemen so he should get some quality snaps.
21. Manase Tonga FB BYU, Oakland Raiders - Fullbacks are always have a chance and our former interviewee could even be a starter. Oakland's current FB is injury prone.
22. Jack Corcoran FB Rutgers, Houston Texans - Our resident blogger's got a job and could land a more permanent one too. Texans only have Vonta Leach on the roster.
23. Mike Caussin TE James Madison, Jacksonville Jaguars - Another former interviewee, Caussin may be a long shot for the roster. But could land on the Practice Squad
24. DaJuane Collins RB Toledo, Unsigned - as far as we know so far...
For a full list of the Undrafted Free Agent signings so far I'd urge you to check out NE Patriots Draft. They keep as full a list as I've seen.
Last Edited: 04/26/2010