Clearing up the Undrafted Free Agency Sweepstakes

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:

Offense

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Heisman committee give me a ballot because I can do better.

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College Football Preview Week 9

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Top 50 draft prospects...

Every draft I am asked to list the 100 players I believe that will be drafted in the first 100 picks. This is always a difficult task, mainly because rather than simply consider who the best 100 prospects are, you have to take into consideration which teams are picking when. Good players, and I mean really good players slip out of those first 3 rounds, because they aren't positions of need or they are just plain missed by the league. I have always felt pretty good that I can usually pull about 80 of the first 100 picks and I will continue to do it and hope to improve. But this year, I am going to add a little something. This is my list of the 50 best prospects from what I've seen regardless of where or by whom they will be drafted. To make it a little easier to follow, I have broken the players into groups, based on where I rate them compared to their peers.


Tier 1-The elite. It's normally not hard to get a group of ten guys you consider trul

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Senior Bowl Report: Wednesday's South Practice

The South had a 5-wide set for their QBs early in Wednesday afternoon's practice and Clemson QB kicked things off with a completion to LSU LB-turned-FB-and for the Senior Bowl practices turned TE Quinn Johnson. West Virginia QB Pat White followed with a pass that Southern Miss TE drops, hitting his fingertips. Pat White then gets his turn to connect with Quinn Johnson. Johnson had to have helped himself this week by virtue of demonstrating good athleticism along with a versatile skill set.

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Senior Bowl Report: Tuesday's South Practice

The South took the field at Ladd-Peebles for the first time on Tuesday afternoon, with standards team warm-ups breaking out to positional work:  OL in 1-on-1, DL in footwork, DBs in footwork and sight/hands for the ball, etc.

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2012 Draft
Player Pos Pick NFL Team
Chris GivensWR 96Rams
Kyle WilberOLB 113Cowboys
Joe LooneyOG 11749ers
Josh BushS 187Jets
Cyhl QuarlesS

2011 Draft
Player Pos Pick NFL Team
Marshall WilliamsWR

2010 Draft
Player Pos Pick NFL Team
Brandon GheeCB 96Bengals
Chris DeGeareOG 161Vikings
Riley SkinnerQB
Ben WoosterTE
Jeff GriffinOG
Boo RobinsonDT
John RussellDT

2009 Draft
Player Pos Pick NFL Team
Aaron CurryOLB 4Seahawks
Alphonso SmithCB 37Broncos
Chip VaughnS 116Saints
Stanley ArnouxILB 118Saints
Sam SwankK

2008 Draft
Player Pos Pick NFL Team
Jeremy Thompson DE 102Packers
Kenny Moore WR 136Panthers
Steve Justice C 201Colts

2007 Draft
Player Pos Pick NFL Team
Josh Gattis S 150Jaguars
Steve Vallos OT 232Seahawks

2006 Draft
Player Pos Pick NFL Team
Ryan Plackemeier P 239Seahawks

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