Victor Cruz. Wes Welker. Arian Foster.
They all share one hard-to-believe distinction: None of them were drafted into the NFL.
Each was forced to pave their way with a team willing to take a chance on a guy who wasn't deemed big, fast or quick enough to merit a draft choice, and each has yielded a return on that investment that no one foresaw.
Many teams have already announced their undrafted free-agent classes for 2012, and it's possible that one or more of these players will one day be spoken of in the same vein as the aforementioned hidden gems.
We'll find that out down the road, but for now, let's take a look at five undrafted free agents that came out of nowhere.