With the draft coming up, people are talking about many players. Talking about who to take in the 2nd round. Talking about TD's success with draft picks. Talking about if we need to the BPA. But one thing that people are not talking about...
are Undrafted Free Agents.
Many UDFA's tend to never do anything and are lucky to even make practice squads. Others are pure gold who were not utilized efficiently to get noticed.
If you do not believe me that they can be a success, let me give a list:
Fred Jackson, RB, Buffalo
Miles Austin, WR, Dallas
"Our" notorious FT holder: Brent Grimes
London Fletcher, LB, Washington
Antonio Gates, TE, San Diego
Tony Romo, QB, Dallas
Wes Welker, WR, New England
Arian Foster, RB, Houston
and many OL players. (Jeff Saturday being one.)
Is that list pretty convincing? I would have to say so.
As with many drafts, they are going to be plenty of quality players left over.
One of the ones that I have serious liking to is one many UGA fans should be familiar with.
Justin "Bean" Anderson, OT
Though he started on the OL in college, his specialty in my mind was on the DL. I watched him back in high school many times. He was from the neighboring county and was one of my brother's friends. He blew up backfields then. He even spent a year on the DL for UGA before getting hit with bad turf toe. He switched back to OL because of the need at OT his senior year. At 6-5 and 335 pounds listed, he is a a big boy. I honestly think a switch back to DL would benefit him more. He seemed so out of position on the OL. His combine results were not horrible. He is being projected to not get drafted.
This kid could work up to being a solid space eater in a couple of years if coached right. I am not stating he could be All-Pro. But players tend to surprise us all the time. First rounders can be mediocre (A la Ryan Leaf) and "leftovers" can be stars.
Now that I have stated one of my choices for a projected UDFA pickup, I would like to hear yours. Please do not rip into anybody's picks.
*BTW the title is a metaphor for like diamonds or some kind of valuable mineral.