2013 NFL Free Agents: Overlooked Players Who Have Massive Potential

John Rozum@Rozum27Correspondent IMay 20, 2013

Don't underestimate the capability of Ramses Barden.
Don't underestimate the capability of Ramses Barden.Rob Carr/Getty Images

There's plenty of talent still residing in the NFL's 2013 free-agent market.

Because of that, multiple players will go overlooked as the more established talents garner greater attention. Factor in the impact from when free agency began, as well as the 2013 NFL draft and that only puts less appealing players farther off the radar.

By the same token, however, that makes players such as the following a gem acquisition once the season nears.


Kerry Rhodes, Safety

Kerry Rhodes went drastically overlooked during his tenure for the Arizona Cardinals.

Although he was responsible for 14 turnovers in three seasons (eight picks, six fumbles recovered), Rhodes' production can rightfully be attributed to the presence of Adrian Wilson. Still, Rhodes also recorded 191 tackles, defended 27 passes and racked up 213 interception return yards.

Prior to Arizona, Rhodes had a sound career with the New York Jets from 2005 through 2009. There, he defended 47 passes, snagged 15 picks and accounted for 417 tackles.

In short, his nose for locating the ball and helping win the field-position battle is an appealing part of his impact.

Jackie Battle, RB

Jackie Battle isn't going to rush for 1,000-plus yards, because he's not that type of back.

However, Battle's style is a competitive advantage when facing any short, down-and-distance situation. With the power to burst through would-be tacklers, Battle also provides reliable vision and quickness in narrow space to immediately redirect.

That all-encompassed ability also helps inside the red zone simply in terms of setting up the pass. As for production, he proved dependable for the Kansas City Chiefs in 2011 (665 total yards) and the San Diego Chargers last year (419 total yards).

Possessing No. 2 back potential, Battle's a better dual threat than given credit for and will answer the call when given opportunities.

Ramses Barden, WR

The NFL world was briefly introduced to Ramses Barden in 2012.

Against the Carolina Panthers he caught nine passes for 138 yards on 10 targets. It was the only game where he significantly contributed to the New York Giants last fall. Just because he didn't consistently impact, though, doesn't mean Barden lacks potential.

Measuring at 6'6", 224 pounds, Barden features the body frame to fend off Cover 1 press and Cover 2 jams. In addition, his size is an advantage inside the red zone, over the middle and on third down.

As a result, Barden's snapshot talent from a season ago paired with his size is quite useful. Ultimately, he'll keep a secondary occasionally occupied and help extend running lanes by blocking downfield.