The Seattle Seahawks entered the 2014 NFL draft with one of the deepest and most talented rosters in the NFL. They then added nine players through the draft, leaving room for the team to sign nine more undrafted free agents after the draft was completed.
Undrafted players are not viewed as potential starters coming into rookie training camp. They are typically seen as developmental projects, and few end up having an impact in the NFL. Occasionally though, undrafted players end up developing into very good pros.
The Seahawks have had tremendous success with signing and developing undrafted free agents. Wide receivers Doug Baldwin and Jermaine Kearse, as well as safety Jeron Johnson, were undrafted players who played a role in Seattle's Super Bowl team last season.
Grading undrafted free-agent signings is difficult because there are low expectations for each of them. For most of them, just making the roster can be a big deal.
For these grades, players who appear to be in a position to make the final 53-man roster and contribute to the team in 2014 receive the highest grades. Those with a decent chance to land on the practice squad are graded lower, while those who appear to fall into the category of "camp bodies" receive the lowest grades.
How does the 2014 class of undrafted free agents look at this point?