Undrafted Free Agents 2012: 5 Rookies Who Could Have Huge Impacts This Season

Tony Santorsa@@TonySantorsaSenior Writer IIMay 1, 2012

Undrafted Free Agents 2012: 5 Rookies Who Could Have Huge Impacts This Season

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    With the 2012 NFL draft coming to an end this past weekend, we saw all 32 teams swarm the free-agent market targeting undrafted rookie free agents left and right. 

    Unfortunately, most of these players likely won't be making a roster in 2012, but there are just a select few that will and out of those few, some of them will actually have an impact—take for an example, cornerback Sterling Moore for the New England Patriots this past season.

    In that spirit, here are five undrafted free agents who could have the biggest impact in 2012. 

Chris Polk

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    It was quite the surprise to see Washington running back Chris Polk go undrafted as he was arguably one of the better running backs that the 2012 draft class had to offer—I actually had him going in the second round.

    However, teams were apparently skeptical about his shoulder problem which ultimately led to him being undrafted and signing with the Philadelphia Eagles

    As of right now, Polk is the Eagles most reliable running back behind LeSean McCoy and could have quite the impact in 2012. 

James Brown

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    This might very well be the steal of the draft as no one expected Troy offensive guard James Brown to go undrafted. 

    The Chicago Bears choose not to address one of their biggest weaknesses in this year's draft as they did not draft one offensive lineman—but the signing of Brown should be quite the addition.

    Brown is a great athlete who plays with a high motor but is raw in talent and will need some coaching in order to develop into a starting guard at the NFL level. 

Chase Minnifield

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    If Chase Minnifield proves to be healthy, then the Washington Redskins added quite the talented player via free agency.

    Minnifield is a very talented cornerback as he played at an elite level while at Virginia. 

    If Minnifield can stay healthy in 2012, then he should be a pretty integral part in Washington's secondary and could very well be the future replacement of DeAngelo Williams. 

Matt Reynolds

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    Heading into the 2012 NFL draft, the Carolina Panthers really needed to address their offensive line, more specifically their right tackle position.

    The Panthers did add some possible help by signing undrafted offensive tackle Matt Reynolds out of BYU.

    Reynolds projects as a right tackle at the NFL level and could very well see some playing time as one of Carolina's backup linemen who could be used to be rotated in and out throughout the game. 

Jeff Fuller

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    If Ryan Tannehill sees the field at all in 2012, then I am sure that he will be targeting his former teammate at Texas A&M—wide receiver Jeff Fuller.

    The signing of Fuller was a brilliant idea on the Miami Dolphins part as Fuller caught 70 receptions for 828 yards and six touchdowns this past season at Texas A&M with Tannehill playing at quarterback.

    The duo already have a chemistry together. It will just be a matter of adjusting to the NFL-level playing style.