The NFL Stars get all of the attention, even the backups get put in the lime light fairly often. But what about the third stringers?
There have been plenty of players who have risen from the bottom of the depth charts to become NFL stars, so it is not like all of these guys are football bums. They all had to be pretty good in college to make the NFL (for the most part).
So lets take a look at the potential diamonds in the rough, in the pre 2009 seasons All-3rd String team. I will not cover every position here, for now I will focus on the glory positions on offense (no TE or FB becuase there are not usually 3rd stringers at these positions).
1st String (Of the 3rd Strings)- D.J. Shockley, Atlanta Falcons:
Its tough for me to do this, but I really believe that this is the best quarterback to take among the current 3rd stringers. Shockley is 26, has good speed, was successful in his year as a starter in college. Basically, Shockley is Willie Beeman from the movie "Any Given Sunday." The Falcons made a serious effort to keep DJ when Vick was still the Falcons long term QB, before his legal trouble. He hasnt had many chances in the NFL, but hes impressed when given chances.
2nd String- Josh Freeman, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Freeman is very much unproven, and skeptics will say that playing at Kansas State is not all that impressive (which I think is dumb). However, he was one of the top QBs in this years draft and isnt too bad for a 3rd stringer.
3rd Sting (Of the 3rd Stringers)- Joey Harrington, New Orleans Saints
Yes, I know he is Joey Harrington. But among 3rd string Quarterbacks hes not too bad. Everyone knows about Joey's problems in Detroit, but hes not all bad as a Quarterback.
Honorable Mention: Pat White (MIA)
1st String- Tashard Choice, Dallas Cowboys
Its really too bad that Choice is on one of the deepest teams in the NFL as far as Runningbacks go, he is stuck behind Marion Barber and Felix Jones. Choice always exceedes expectations, in college and the pros. No blazing speed, not overly big and strong. However, Choice simply knows how to run the ball well, and he proved it last year when he got his shot with the Cowboys.
2nd String- LaSean McCoy, Philadelphia Eagles
Despite the unncecessary "La" before his name LaSean McCoy looks like a good back. The 2009 Draft was supposedly weak at RB, but maybe thats just because there were not too many super star RB (with all due respect to Knowshon and Beanie). So, while McCoy may not have had tremendous hype coming out of Pitt, I belive he is a very talented back and could help the Eagles this year.
3rd String- Carnell Williams, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
This is a bit of a cheap pick. Caddilac is currently listed as the 3rd or 4th RB on the Buccaneer's roster, although he likely will not remain there. Still, it does make some sense to put him here. Carnell has shown falshes of a great RB, and he may end up being a 3rd stringer some time soon if he does not get it together.
1st String- Steve Breaston, Arizona Cardinals
Sure Steve Breaston has the advantage of having Larry Fitzgerald and Anquan Boldin ahead of him, but that does not change the fact that he is probably the best among the 3rd string WRs. Let me say that I think Wide Reciever is the hardest position to rank the 3rd stringers for, since there are a bunch of good ones. Who knows if Breaston would make it as a number one reciever, but he is doing pretty well as a number three.
2nd String- Percy Harvin, Minnesota Vikings
If Harvin can stay healthy, and thats a big if, then he could have a suprisingly good year for the Vikings. The Vikings do not have a great deal of depth at WR, and Harvin is a game changer in ways other than just catching the football. He is super quick, and I think his upside puts him just barely ahead of some of his draft piers (Juaquin Iglesias, Hakeem Nicks, Jeremy MaClin).
3rd String- Devery Henderson, New Orleans Saints
Henderson has been a dangerous reciever throughout his NFL career. His great speed make him a serious deep threat, and he has an impressive 23.2 yards per catch over the last 3 seasons. Also it doesnt hurt that he plays on a team that likes to throw the ball a lot.
Honorable Mentions: Nate Burleson (MIN), Miles Austin (DAL), Harry Douglas (ATL)