Undrafted NFL Free Agents Who Could Be Major Contributors in 2014

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Undrafted NFL Free Agents Who Could Be Major Contributors in 2014
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For many young football players, last week's NFL draft was a dream come true, as years of hard work were rewarded by hearing their name called in New York City.

For others, however, there was no such moment, only the disappointment of going undrafted.

However, that's hardly the end of the world.

The NFL is littered with undrafted free agents who have gone on to be major contributors for teams: Denver Broncos wide receiver Wes Welker, San Diego Chargers tight end Antonio Gates, Houston Texans running back Arian Foster; in just the past two years, Cincinnati Bengals linebacker Vontaze Burfict (who led the NFL in stops a year ago) and Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Marlon Brown.

All were undrafted free agents. So was Hall of Fame defensive tackle John Randle, in an era when the draft was 12 rounds long, no less.

With that in mind, here's a look at a handful of youngsters who could be in line to continue the long and storied tradition of making scouts and front offices look silly.

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