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Undrafted Free Agents 2012: Potential Landing Spots for Top 5 Players

Tony SantorsaSenior Writer IIApril 30, 2012

Undrafted Free Agents 2012: Potential Landing Spots for Top 5 Players

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    For an NFL player, going undrafted isn't the end of the world—just ask guys like Wes Welker, Rod Smith, John Randle, Warren Moon and Kurt Warner.

    You can certainly still have a successful career by just walking on as an undrafted free agent.

    Now that the 2012 NFL draft has come and gone, we now have a handful of undrafted rookies that are still very talented players and have hopes of making it with a team during this upcoming season.

    With that being said, and with so many undrafted players getting a call over the past few days, here are the top five remaining players and their potential landing spots.

1. Justin Francis, Defensive End, Rutgers

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    The biggest concern with Justin Francis out of Rutgers is his character, as he was arrested in 2008. But the DE still is a talented player with some potential.

    Francis plays with a very high motor and is always hustling but doesn't have a true position, as he stands in at 6'2" and weighs only 270 lbs—which is rather small for a defensive lineman at the NFL level.

    Potential landing spots: New York Jets, Carolina Panthers, Denver Broncos, Kansas City Chiefs and Pittsburgh Steelers

2. Darron Thomas, Quarterback, Oregon

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    It's rather shocking to see a player with as much talent as Darron Thomas not on any NFL roster.

    Granted, Thomas' style of play might not translate well at the NFL level, but he's still a very athletic player that has a strong arm, though he is rather raw for the quarterback position.

    If the former Oregon star wants to make it at the next level as a quarterback, then he's going to have to improve his mechanics and find a way to be more accurate.

    Potential landing spots: Cleveland Browns, Seattle Seahawks, Miami Dolphins, Pittsburgh Steelers and Jacksonville Jaguars

3. Patrick Witt, Quarterback, Yale

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    Coming in at 6'4" and 230 lbs, Patrick Witt has NFL size but doesn't really have the quality arm strength to make it as an NFL starting quarterback—perhaps as a backup.

    I suppose the only thing Witt has going for him is that he's smart, considering that he studied at Yale.

    Potential landing spots: Jacksonville Jaguars and Washington Redskins

4. Chester Stewart, Quarterback, Temple

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    Chester Stewart is a very athletic QB with a big-time arm but doesn't have the greatest accuracy and tends to throw passes that aren't very tight spirals.

    Stewart had a decent career with Temple, as he was rotated in and out under center, and he might be talented enough to find himself on an NFL roster for training camp.

    Potential landing spots: Pittsburgh Steelers, Jacksonville Jaguars and Miami Dolphins

5. Keola Antolin, Running Back, Arizona

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    Keola Antolin is a very undersized running back at 5'7" and 196 lbs and doesn't really have the kind of speed that you'd look for someone his size.

    Antolin had a very solid career while at Arizona, as he ran with a very low center of gravity and always lowered his shoulder rather than trying to outrun the defender.

    Antolin might not be a lead running back in the NFL, but he might make it on as a special teamer.

    Potential landing spots: New York Jets, New England Patriots, New Orleans Saints and Cincinnati Bengals

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