With NFL free agency starting in less than a month, NFL teams are putting together their target lists of players they believe fit their schemes and systems. Most general managers and personnel executives will break down the unrestricted lists into tiers.
Tier 1 is made up of players who will command high salaries yet deserve the money. These players are expected to start from day one and become Pro Bowl-caliber players, if they aren't already.
Tier 2 players are ones who have starting ability but may have a part of their game that needs improvement. This tier will also include players who have had injuries or have not played as much because they were behind Pro Bowlers.
Tier 3 players belong in the NFL but have more of a niche or role for a particular skill set. This may include a nickel cornerback, a designated pass-rusher or a special teams player. Members of this tier will not command huge contracts but are vital to any team's success.
Here is a list of players who may not be household names right now, but in the right system on the right team, they can help get a franchise to a Super Bowl.