A Guide to Striking Gold in NFL Undrafted Free Agency

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A Guide to Striking Gold in NFL Undrafted Free Agency
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While so much emphasis is placed on the NFL draft every year, many people's interest begins to wane after the first round is over.

Sure, maybe they'll keep the TV on in the background as they do something else, or maybe they'll even remind themselves to log on to Bleacher Report on Monday morning to see who their favorite team picked up. Heck, even ESPN and the NFL Network spend Days 2 and 3 talking about players picked (or *gasp* not picked) on Day 1.

Yet there's still talent to be had not only in the later rounds but even after the draft is over.

Fifteen players have gone to the Pro Football Hall of Fame after going undrafted—the most recent is Jack Butler, who went undrafted in 1951 and was a 2012 inductee.

So how can teams find the next big free-agent superstar? It's due to a mix of luck and a number of varied ways of looking for that unpolished diamond in the rough.

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