After the NFL Draft comes to an end, there are the unfortunate players who did not receive a phone call. But there’s still hope as teams sign many of these undrafted free agents. Some still find success even if they were late to the party (see Wes Welker and Adam Vinatieri).
Let’s take a look at the top undrafted offensive free agents and see where they landed. Two will get tryout chances because of their last names.
Here’s a look at the quarterbacks.
Collin Klein (Kansas State)
After starting the 2012 season as a Heisman contender (third-place finisher), his star had fallen by November. The dual-threat Klein still put up good numbers in his final NCAA season: 3,561 total yards with 39 total touchdowns. Thanks to his poor passing ability, many thought Klein should switch to wide receiver for the NFL. He was invited to the NFL Combine as a tight end but he held his ground and now he’ll have to prove himself.
Team: Houston Texans
Tyler Bray (Tennessee)
The junior quarterback entered the draft early after steering the Vols to a 5-7 record last season. Bray had an inconsistent season but the 6’6″ player has a good arm and likes to throw. Some have compared to his fellow former SECer, former Vanderbilt and now Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler. Bray has fortunately landed with a quarterback-loving coach, Andy Reid.
Team: Kansas City Chiefs
Matt Scott (Arizona):
In his one season as a starter, Scott thrived under new coach Rich Rodriguez’s spread-option offense; he had 3,620 passing yards with 27 touchdowns. Oh yeah, he can also run, adding 506 ground yards with six scores. While he’s shown his versatility, the best may be yet to come. I thought he was a sleeper for this draft and he should have a chance to compete on his new team.
Team: Jacksonville Jaguars
Here’s some other offensive players.
RB Cierre Wood (Notre Dame): Wood didn’t get as much chance to show off his talents. Having injuries and fumbling problems didn’t help his case in 2012. He’ll have some tough competition against Arian Foster and Ben Tate but if he’s got it, he’ll find his way and grow up quickly.
Team: Houston Texans
WR Da’Rick Rogers (Tennessee Tech): Many thought Rogers was a first-rounder but his numerous failed drug tests may have been the thorn in his side. In his final college season, he caught 61 passes for 893 yards with 10 touchdowns. One scout compared him to the Chicago Bears wide receiver Brandon Marshall who took awhile to find a team to call home and much-needed maturity.
Team: Buffalo Bills
WR Conner Vernon (Duke): Vernon leaves his college career as the Atlantic Coast Conference’s all-time leader for receptions and receiving yards. He was not reviewed as a early pick but with his accomplishments, it’s somewhat surprising he fell so far. He has been compared to Denver Broncos wide receivers Eric Decker and Wes Welker but it may be a race thing.
Team: Oakland Raiders
G Alvin Bailey (Arkansas): Bailey jumped ship early for the draft after his team’s disruptive and poor 2012 season. This sesaon may not be any better under a new coaching regime. He is a versatile and strong player.
Team: Seattle Seahawks
And just for fun, here’s two undrafted free agents who are getting a chance because they’re NFL legacies. Yes, it’s just like the Greek system in college. Both are considered long shots.
WR Duron Carter (Numerous schools)
Yep, he’s that Carter of Minnesota Vikings Hall of Famer Cris Carter. He’s been invited to try out with his dad’s team.
The younger Carter had a busy college career, attending four in four years, beginning with Ohio State, his dad’s school. Because he was busy moving around, he last played football in 2010 while at Coffeyville (Kan.) Junior College; he had 10 touchdown passes.
His best season came in 2009 at Ohio State with his 13 receptions for 176 yards with one touchdown.
QB Nate Montana (Numerous schools)
Montana, Joe’s eldest son, has been invited by the San Francisco 49ers to their upcoming rookie mini camp. The younger Montana has also been a college nomad.
He started at Notre Dame (Dad’s school), followed by stops at Pasadena Community College, the University of Montana and West Virginia Wesleyan, his most recent stint. Here, he amassed 2,480 yards with 19 touchdowns and became the West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference leader for both categories.