Ask any NFL general manager or personnel executive about undrafted free agents and they will probably tell you that there was something in a player’s background—injury, skill or character—that caused that player to receive a lower draft grade.
That doesn’t mean that undrafted free agents can’t become contributors on their respective teams. Just look at the New York Giants as a perfect example.
In 2011, linebackers Mark Herzlich and Spencer Paysinger and fullback Henry Hynoski all made the Giants team despite not having been drafted. All three, at some point or another, have been starters; currently, all three still contribute to the roster.
Granted there generally aren't many roster spots open for undrafted free agents, and often times those free agents land up on a practice squad where they will receive further coaching as they wait that long-desired promotion to the 53-man roster.
That brings us to 2014, and those undrafted free agents that the Giants currently have on their roster who could very well become a contributor on this team, if not this year then perhaps in the foreseeable future. Read on to see which five prospects have the best chance.