2013 NFL Free Agents: Unheralded Players That Will Garner Heavy Interest

Jesse ReedCorrespondent IFebruary 18, 2013

KANSAS CITY, MO - SEPTEMBER 09:  Strong safety William Moore #25 of the Atlanta Falcons defends as quarterback Matt Cassel #7 of the Kansas City Chiefs slides during the game at Arrowhead Stadium on September 9, 2012 in Kansas City, Missouri.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
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With Ed Reed and Charles Woodson grabbing headlines, NFL free agents like William Moore aren't getting the attention they deserve. Moore is an excellent safety who will receive plenty of interest when free agency kicks off in March, despite being largely ignored by the media. 

Moore isn't the only unheralded free agent teams will be clamoring for, either. 

Besides, we've learned over the years that landing a big-splash player like Mario Williams doesn't necessarily translate to victories. 

Here are three players you may not know about who will generate plenty of buzz by NFL teams when the free-agency period begins in earnest on March 12, 2013.


William Moore, S, Atlanta Falcons

This is an interesting season for safeties in the NFL. The 2013 NFL draft is loaded with talent at the position, there are some seasoned veterans coming into the market, like Reed and Woodson, and guys like Dashon Goldson and Jairus Byrd are unrestricted, too.

Moore is a player who won't fall under the radar this spring, despite the fact that his name isn't usually mentioned on NFL Network. 

Pro Football Focus (subscription required) tracks every player on every snap, and the site found Moore to be one of the better safeties in the league last season. He ranked higher than Reed—a legendary safety—and Goldson—a player who is hoping to earn a long-term deal worth upwards of $8 million per year (via CSN Bay Area's Matt Maiocco). 

Moore is an effective player against the run and in coverage, and the Falcons will certainly have some competition from secondary-ravaged teams this spring to keep him in the fold.


Delanie Walker, TE, San Francisco 49ers

Delanie Walker has always been hidden behind stud tight end Vernon Davis during his tenure with the 49ers.

Although he's a bit undersized, Walker is a versatile player who can impact a team in a number of different ways. He's an excellent special-teams player, a willing, able run-blocker and a dynamic playmaker as an H-back or tight end. 

Walker only caught 123 passes for 1,465 yards and eight touchdowns with the 49ers in his six years with the club, but given a larger role with a team that doesn't feature one of the NFL's top tight ends, he'll flourish. 

The 49ers will be hard pressed to keep this valuable player on their roster in 2013. 


Andy Levitre, OG, Buffalo Bills

One of the best-kept secrets in the NFL, Andy Levitre has developed into one of the league's top guards, and at the age of 26, he's entering the prime of his career.

Levitre was PFF's No. 9-ranked guard last year, allowing just one sack, three quarterback hits and seven hurries in 1,039 snaps.

Levitre isn't a mauling run-blocker, but he'd be a welcome addition for teams like the Dallas Cowboys, New York Giants, Chicago Bears, Indianapolis Colts and Green Bay Packers—teams with pass-first offenses and top-tier quarterbacks. 

The Bills will have to shell out a pretty penny in order to keep Levitre on the roster next season.


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