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Encyclopedia > Undrafted free agent

The term undrafted free agent is the common name for a football player who is eligible for the NFL Draft, but is not selected. The player is not drafted for a number of reasons. Two recurring reasons are that NFL scouts consider the player too small and/or too slow. In other cases, the player just does not have enough talent to make the team. Still other players may have been stars in college at one position, but scouts do not think that they will be able to play that same position in the NFL. Other reasons exist, but these are among the most common. The NFL Draft (officially the NFL Annual Player Selection Meeting) is an annual sports draft in which National Football League (NFL) teams take turns selecting amateur college American football players and other first-time eligible players. ... NFL logo For other uses of the abbreviation NFL, see NFL (disambiguation). ... NFL logo For other uses of the abbreviation NFL, see NFL (disambiguation). ...


The Process

Some players that are not drafted choose not to sign with the NFL. Instead, they choose to play in other leagues such as the Canadian Football League, the NFL Europe League or arena football leagues. After they refine their skills in those leagues, they then choose to sign with NFL teams as free agents in later years. The Canadian Football League (CFL), also known by its French name, Ligue canadienne de football (LCF), is a professional league located entirely in Canada that plays Canadian football. ... NFL Europe logo Old World League of American Football (WLAF) logo The NFL Europe League is an American football league which operates in Europe. ... Arena football is a sport invented by Jim Foster, a former executive of the United States Football League and the National Football League. ... NFL logo For other uses of the abbreviation NFL, see NFL (disambiguation). ...


As for the players who still hope to go straight into the NFL, they go through the free agent process. After the draft, these players sign free agent contracts, and are invited to training camps by NFL teams. They usually face extremely long odds to make the NFL roster at the end of training camp. Most of these players are only considered "camp bodies," who get most of the playing time during the preseason so that the regular players can avoid injury. NFL logo For other uses of the abbreviation NFL, see NFL (disambiguation). ... NFL logo For other uses of the abbreviation NFL, see NFL (disambiguation). ...


Occasionally, these undrafted free agents make the NFL regular season roster or the practice squad. Many have short careers as backups. Others don't make the rosters in their first season, play in other leagues, and come back in later years to make the team. However, others not only overcome the odds, but also become NFL stars. NFL logo For other uses of the abbreviation NFL, see NFL (disambiguation). ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... NFL logo For other uses of the abbreviation NFL, see NFL (disambiguation). ...


From Unsigned Free Agent to Superstar

There are many undrafted free agents who became NFL success stories. One of the most well-known undrafted free agents is quarterback Kurt Warner. He went from undrafted free agent out of Northern Iowa to NFL and Super Bowl MVP. Priest Holmes, the NFL's leading rusher in 2002, originally signed as a undrafted free agent from Texas with the Baltimore Ravens in 1997. Rod Smith, the leading wide receiver in Denver Broncos history, signed as an undrafted free agent out of Missouri Southern in 1994. NFL logo For other uses of the abbreviation NFL, see NFL (disambiguation). ... Joe Montana, an American quaterback. ... Kurtis Eugene Warner (born June 22, 1971 in Burlington, Iowa) is an American football quarterback currently playing for the Arizona Cardinals of the NFL. // Childhood & Early Career Warners story is considered one of the most inspirational in the history of American sports. ... The University of Northern Iowa, in Cedar Falls, Iowa, was founded in 1876, as the Iowa State Normal School. ... NFL logo For other uses of the abbreviation NFL, see NFL (disambiguation). ... The winning Super Bowl team receives the Vince Lombardi Trophy. ... Priest Anthony Holmes (born October 7, 1973 in Fort Smith, Arkansas) is an American football running back who currently plays for the Kansas City Chiefs of the NFL. Holmes was raised in San Antonio, Texas. ... NFL logo For other uses of the abbreviation NFL, see NFL (disambiguation). ... The University of Texas System comprises fifteen educational institutions in Texas, of which nine are general academic universities, and six are health institutions. ... City Baltimore, Maryland Other nicknames None Team colors Black, Purple, and Metallic Gold Head Coach Brian Billick Owner Steve Bisciotti General manager Ozzie Newsome Fight song None Mascot Edgar, Allan, and Poe Local radio Flagship stations: WBAL-AM (1090) and WIYY-FM (97. ... 1997 (MCMXCVII in Roman) is a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Roderick Rod Smith (born May 15, 1970, in Texarkana, Arkansas) is an American football player who currently plays wide receiver for the Denver Broncos of the NFL. Interestingly, he played quarterback and not wide receiver at Missouri Southern State University. ... The wide receiver (WR) position in American and Canadian football is the pass-catching specialist. ... City Denver, Colorado Other nicknames None Team colors Broncos Navy Blue, Orange, and White Head Coach Mike Shanahan Owner Pat Bowlen General manager Ted Sundquist Fight song None Mascot Miles Local radio Flagship stations: KOA (850 AM)-English and KBNO (1280 AM)-Spanish Announcers: David Diaz-Infante and Dave Logan... Missouri Southern State University, a public state college in Joplin, Missouri. ... 1994 (MCMXCIV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated the International year of the Family. ...


Famous Unsigned Free Agents in NFL History

David Roy Akers (born September 12, 1974, in Lexington, Kentucky) is an American football placekicker who currently plays for the Philadelphia Eagles. ... Thomas F. Ashworth (born October 10, 1977 in Denver, Colorado) is an American football offensive lineman for the New England Patriots of the NFL. Originally signed as an undrafted free agent by the San Francisco 49ers out of the University of Colorado. ... Andrew Russell Bennett (born August 26, 1978 in Berkeley, California) is an American football player in the National Football League. ... Wayne Chrebet (born August 14, 1973, Garfield, New Jersey) was an American Football player who played wide receiver for the New York Jets of the NFL from 1995 to 2005. ... Keith Davis (born December 30, 1978 in Dallas, Texas) is an American football safety for the Dallas Cowboys of the NFL. He was signed as an undrafted free agent out of Sam Houston State University. ... Phil Dawson (born January 23, 1975 in West Palm Beach, Florida) is a National Football League placekicker for the Cleveland Browns. ... Jake Christopher Delhomme (born January 10, 1975 in Breaux Bridge, Louisiana) is an American football quarterback for the Carolina Panthers NFL franchise. ... Eddie Drummond (born April 12, 1980) is a kick returner for the Detroit Lions. ... London Levi Fletcher (born May 19, 1975 in Cleveland, Ohio) is an American football player who currently plays linebacker for the Buffalo Bills of the NFL. Fletcher played football and basketball at Villa Angela-St. ... Hank Fraley is a National Football League offesnive lineman for the Philadelphia Eagles. ... Antonio Gates (born June 18, 1980 in Detroit, Michigan) is a football tight end for the San Diego Chargers of the NFL. He weighs 260 pounds and wears #85. ... Randall Gay is an American football cornerback who plays for the New England Patriots. ... Jeffrey Jason Garcia (born February 24, 1970 in Gilroy, California) is a former Canadian football and current American football quarterback for the Philadelphia Eagles. ... Nick Harper is an American football player for the Indianapolis Colts, out of Fort Valley State University. ... Priest Anthony Holmes (born October 7, 1973 in Fort Smith, Arkansas) is an American football running back who currently plays for the Kansas City Chiefs of the NFL. Holmes was raised in San Antonio, Texas. ... Jon Kitna (born September 21, 1972 in Tacoma, Washington) is an American football quarterback who currently plays for the NFLs Cincinnati Bengals. ... Sammy D. Knight (born September 10, 1975 in Fontana, CA) is an American Football strong safety and graduate of Rubidoux High School in Riverside, CA and USC who currently plays for the Kansas City Chiefs of the NFL. Knight was a pro-bowler in 2001. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... Matt Lepsis is a ninth year veteran who plays Left Tackle for the Denver Broncos. ... Olindo Mare is the longtime placekicker for the NFLs Miami Dolphins. ... Adewale Ogunleye (August 9, 1977-Brooklyn, New York) is a defensive end for the Chicago Bears. ... Willie Parker born (November 11, 1980 in Clinton, North Carolina) is an American football running back for the Pittsburgh Steelers. ... Antonio Pierce (born October 26, 1978 in Ontario, Canada) is a Middle Linebacker on the NFLs New York Giants. ... Shelton Eugene Quarles (born September 11, 1971 in Nashville, Tennessee) is a current linebacker for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the team he played for in his ten year career from 1997 to 2005. ... Dominic Rhodes is an American football running back who currently plays for the Indianapolis Colts. ... Thomas Francis Rouen (born June 9, 1968 in Hinsdale, Illinois) is an American football punter who currently plays for the Seattle Seahawks of the National Football League. ... Marcel Shipp(Born:August 8,1978) is an NFL runningback for the Arizona Cardinals. ... Mack Strong(Born:September 11, 1971) is a National Football League fullback for the Seattle Seahawks. ... Roderick Rod Smith (born May 15, 1970, in Texarkana, Arkansas) is an American football player who currently plays wide receiver for the Denver Broncos of the NFL. Interestingly, he played quarterback and not wide receiver at Missouri Southern State University. ... Hollis Thomas is a National Football League Defensive Lineman for the Philadelphia Eagles. ... Michael Mike Vanderjagt (born March 24, 1970 in Oakville, Ontario) is a National Football League player from Canada who is the placekicker for the Indianapolis Colts. ... Adam Matthew Vinatieri (born December 28, 1972 in Yankton, South Dakota) is an American football placekicker playing for the Indianapolis Colts. ... Billy Volek is a American football quarterback who currently plays for Tennessee Titans. ... Kurtis Eugene Warner (born June 22, 1971 in Burlington, Iowa) is an American football quarterback currently playing for the Arizona Cardinals of the NFL. // Childhood & Early Career Warners story is considered one of the most inspirational in the history of American sports. ... Jermaine Wiggins (born January 18, 1975 in East Boston, Massachusetts) is an American football tight end for the Minnesota Vikings of the NFL. He was originally signed by the New York Jets as an undrafted free agent out of the University of Georgia. ... Pat Williams (born October 24, 1972 in Monroe, Louisiana) is an American football player who currently plays defensive tackle for the Buffalo Bills of the NFL. He attended college at Texas A&M. External link Pat Williams at ESPN.com Categories: Sports stubs | 1972 births | American football defensive linemen | National... Anthony Wright (Born February 14, 1976 in Vanceboro, North Carolina) is an american football player who plays at quarterback as a usual backup for the Baltimore Ravens but has toke over in 2003 when Kyle Boller was injured. ...

 
 

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