The NFL's Top 10 Undrafted Players of the 2000s

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The NFL's Top 10 Undrafted Players of the 2000s

Earlier in the week, I gave you the "Top 10 NFL Draft Steals of the 2000s."

In doing so, I realized that a lot of guys also went undrafted but are now perennial All-Pros and some of the biggest names in the game.

The rules are a bit different for this list.

A guy doesn't have to be successful for the team that signed him in order to make it here. Undrafted players don't always get a fair shot, which results in them being picked up elsewhere and becoming stars down the road.

Also, no kickers or punters. Rob Bironas and Mat McBriar are both great at what they do, but there are undrafted kickers and punters who become full-time starters and have successful careers nearly every draft.

So when your team is signing undrafted free agents the week after the draft, and you glance at the names and assume they will all be serving you coffee by the time training camps begin, remember that names like Kurt Warner, Jeff Saturday, Tony Richardson, and Rod Smith once appeared on those lists.

All those guys went undrafted, but eventually signed, in the 1990s and are now some of the best to ever play their positions.

So as we enter the 2010s, let's take a look back at the 2000s and see what names weren't announced in New York on draft day but have potential to be announced in Canton someday in a place that most football players only dream of.

Because as everyone knows, it's not where you start, but where you finish.

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