No one wants to go undrafted, but it’s not a death sentence to an NFL hopeful's career.
Forty-nine undrafted free agents (UDFAs) from the 2013 NFL draft made rosters last year, according to NFL.com's Gil Brandt. From a 2014 draft class lauded as one of the best in recent history, there could be even more UDFAs who survive final cuts this summer.
Of the hundreds of UDFAs who signed with NFL teams following this year's draft, all will have an opportunity to prove themselves in training camp, and many of them legitimately have enough talent to fight their way onto a roster.
The prospects who have the best chances of making rosters aren't simply the undrafted rookies with the most talent, but those who are in the best depth-chart situations with the talent to take advantage of windows of opportunity. While each UDFA had the opportunity to choose where he signed rather than being drafted onto a team, some of them ended up in much more favorable situations than others.
Most observers expected the following 10 players to be drafted, and any of them could have been selected without causing any significant stir. However, going undrafted might actually end up working in their favor, as all of these newcomers landed with teams who could have a real need for their services this upcoming season.