2012 NFL Undrafted Free Agency: 19 Players Ready to Contribute Right Away

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2012 NFL Undrafted Free Agency: 19 Players Ready to Contribute Right Away
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Run, Chris, Run!

Now that all 32 NFL teams have chosen some as-yet-to-be-determined stars and some unhoped-for busts in the 2012 draft, it’s time for those ubiquitous “handfuls of undrafted free agents” that everyone signs to come out of the shadows.

While no one can claim the crystal ball ability to announce the next Arian Foster, a few of these under-the-radar contenders show real promise.

Undrafted free agents generally went undrafted due to one of several concerns:

1)     Character issues. Let’s face it; most of these guys never turn it around—yes I mean you, Pacman.

2)     Size issues. NFL rosters aren’t exactly full of diminutive over-achievers, but there are more of them out there than one might expect—yes, I mean you, Jeff Saturday.

3)     Lack of experience and polish. They came from a smaller school, came to football later or simply haven’t had a chance to get the best or most devoted positional coaching.

Here are a few players who could very well surprise the public by sneaking onto rosters and onto the field.

Linemen of both persuasions often emerge from the UFA ranks. Teams usually draft either skill positions or stars. Teams need a lot of linemen these days and 22-year-old young men often haven’t reached their full growth and body-control potential by the NFL draft.

So, starting with my favorite behemoths of the gridiron…

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