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Hope Springs Eternal In May

It's the time of year when every prospect is a rose without thorns.


One of the beautiful things about May—and let's be clear, it's one of very few considering it's a dead zone for football—is that every player looks great.

Okay, every player is an exaggeration. My point is that every rookie and unproven linebacker looks like a potential contributor right now, and even those players who were disappointments a year ago are looking at a fresh starter. It's hard not to bring optimism to the table right now.

Even though I should be jaded by years of watching 99% of UDFAS meet a grisly end (roster-wise, I mean!), I have to admit I'm pretty thrilled to see what this group can do. Especially interesting is Adam Replogle, the insanely strong defensive tackle who is joining a depth chart that promises to thin out in a hurry after the 2013 season. If he doesn't at least make the practice squad, I'll be stunned. But I should probably prepare myself to be stunned.

Enjoy these times. Before you know it, the cuts are going to start flowing in. In the meantime, tell us who your favorite UDFA is.