2012 NFL Draft: 5 Undrafted Free Agents in the Mix for Snaps Right Now

Sean MerrimanCorrespondent IMay 24, 2012

2012 NFL Draft: 5 Undrafted Free Agents in the Mix for Snaps Right Now

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    The goal of nearly every promising college football player is to one day be drafted and have a long, successful career in the NFL.

    But in this day and age, you don't necessarily have to be drafted in order for that to happen.

    We have seen it over and over again. From players like Kurt Warner to current-day standouts like Arian Foster, NFL players can go the route of being an undrafted free agent and then making a name for themselves at the next level.

    So, we ask, which undrafted free agents from this 2012 class can take the NFL by storm?

    Let's break down five undrafted agents who are in the mix for snaps right now, Bleacher Report style!

Chris Galippo, Indianapolis Colts

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    When looking over the 2012 Indianapolis Colts depth chart, the two projected starters right now at inside linebacker are Pat Angerer and Kavell Conner.


    This is arguably the weakest core of middle linebackers in the NFL today, which is exactly why former USC linebacker Chris Galippo has the chance to come in and vie for playing time right off the bat despite being an undrafted free agent.

    Galippo has good size and is talented, but injuries kept him off the field at times for USC. If he is able to stay healthy and produce when given the opportunity, this is one guy that should have no problem seeing the field in 2012.

Mike Brewster, Jacksonville Jaguars

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    Mike Brewster was looked at as one of the top centers in the nation heading into the 2012 college football season, but because of Ohio State's poor year and the fact that centers aren't thought of very highly when it comes to NFL drafts, Brewster slipped through the cracks and went undrafted.

    The Jacksonville Jaguars were quick to pounce on the opportunity of adding him to their roster, and now, heading into training camp, Brewster has a shot to not only make the team, but to potentially start on this offensive line.

    The Jaguars are a great run team with a young quarterback, so the opportunity to bring in a guy who can immediately help out this line is huge for this group.

Vontaze Burfict

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    Vontaze Burfict might have had the most interesting path to the NFL of any rookie in the league this year.

    Entering the 2012 season, Burfict was considered by many to be the top linebacker in the nation and a sure-bet first round draft pick. But as the season winded down, so did his draft stock.

    A poor attitude, demeanor and play on the field all led to Burfict being undrafted.

    The Cincinnati Bengals took a chance on this kid, knowing they don't have much depth at the linebacker position. And if he can get his attitude together, he could be a special player in the future for this already talented football team.

    Burfict will have to learn behind Rey Maualuga, but he should be next in line to get snaps at the middle linebacker position. That's not to say that Burfict will steal Maualuga's job, because that's strongly unlikely to happen, but he should be in the mix for playing time in his rookie season.

    If he gets it together, of course.

Cliff Harris, Philadelphia Eagles

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    The reason Cliff Harris is on this list is not because the Philadelphia Eagles need help in their secondary. It is because he is simply too talented not to vie for playing time in his rookie season.

    Harris was an All-American candidate heading into the 2011 college football season, but like Vontaze Burfict, his off-the-field antics got him into trouble, so much that he actually got dismissed from Oregon's football team.

    Harris has good speed and he is a playmaker, and if you follow the NFL, you know that those two aspects should be enough to get one on the football field.

    He isn't going to be a starter anytime soon, but it would be surprising if Harris' skill alone doesn't land him a shot at some early playing time with a very talented football team.

Chris Polk, Philadelphia Eagles

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    It is still an ongoing debate about whether the biggest surprise in this year's NFL draft was the fact that the Seattle Seahawks took Bruce Irvin with the No. 15 overall selection, or the fact that Washington standout Chris Polk went undrafted.

    Polk was considered by many to be one of the top-five running backs in this year's draft class, but somehow, he slipped through the cracks and ended up being scooped up by the Philadelphia Eagles as an undrafted free agent.

    The fact that the Eagles are a run-first team helps Polk's immediate chances of not only making this roster, but also cracking the lineup. LeSean McCoy is one of the top running backs in the NFL, but behind him, everything else is really up for grabs with this group.

    This is one of the most interesting position battles to watch this summer, because between Chris Polk, Bryce Brown and Dion Lewis, there is a lot of talent in this Eagles backfield, and all are good enough to get snaps early on.

    But many would say that Polk is best of the group.