2010 NFL Draft: Notable Undrafted Free Agent Signings
The Detroit Lions made the final pick of the draft, taking Tim Toone, wide receiver out of Weber State. After that pick, every NFL team started looking for undrafted players to sign to their teams.
While drafted players have no choice but to play for the team that drafted them, undrafted free agents have more flexibility.
The strategy for them should be finding the team that gives them the best chance of making a roster in the NFL. After the draft, plenty will try to sign as free agents.
With teams signing undrafted free agents, here is a list of some of the college football stars from all 32 teams that went undrafted.
(Note: This is not a full list, but a list of the better-known players, or players that caught my attention as reported from various web sites.)
1. Max Hall — Quarterback, BYU: Led BYU to a 10-2 season, including an upset against Oklahoma
1. Ryan Wolfe — Wide Receiver, UNLV: Career receptions leader in the Mountain West
1. Curtis Steele — Running Back, Memphis: Rushed for 1,239 yards and 15 touchdowns in 2009
1. David Nelson — Wide Receiver, Florida: Tall receiver who did not produce much with the Gators
2. Naaman Roosevelt — Wide Receiver, Buffalo: Local kid gets chance with local team
1. Andrew George — Tight End, BYU: Better known as back up to Dennis Pitta
1. Freddie Barnes — Wide Receiver, Bowling Green: Set NCAA receptions record with 155
2. Juice Williams — Quarterback, Illinois: Down senior year doomed draft hopes
3. Brandon Minor — Running Back, Michigan: Rushed for 1,658 yards and 20 touchdowns career at Michigan.
1. Cordera Eason — Running Back, Ole Miss: Big talent never lived up to billing in college
1. Auston English — Defensive End, Oklahoma: Another injured Sooner who can actually play
1. Bryan McCann — Corner Back, SMU: C-USA career leader in interceptions
2. Matt Nichols — Quarterback, Eastern Washington: Record-setting QB at the FCS level
1. Chris Brown — Running Back, Oklahoma: Never lived up to the hype for the Sooners
2. Cassius Vaughn — Corner Back, Ole Miss: Raw recruit that turned in to a reliable SEC corner
1. Jessie Hester Jr. — Wide Receiver, South Florida: 2009 season marred by injury
2. Ryan Stamper — Linebacker, Florida: Injury prevented postseason workouts for draft scouts
Green Bay Packers
1. Sam Shields — Cornerback, Florida State: Moved from WR to CB after junior season
2. Noah Shepard — Quarterback, South Dakota: Broke most of the USD passing records
3. Tory Harrison — Running Back, Southern Miss: Better known as Damion Fletcher’s backup
1. Tyler Sheehan — Quarterback, Bowling Green: Put up huge numbers throwing to Barnes
1. Brandon James — Running Back, Florida: Very dangerous kick return while with the Gators
2. Tim Hiller — Quarterback, Western Michigan: Production down from junior to senior year
1. Kyle Bosworth — Linebacker, UCLA: Nephew to former Sooner great Brian Bosworth
Kansas City Chiefs
1. Bill Stull — Quarterback, Pittsburgh: First Pitt QB since Dan Marino to lead school to 10 wins
1. Ross Weaver — Cornerback, Michigan State: Reserve DB with the Spartans
1. Ryan Perrilloux — Quarterback, Jacksonville State: Former LSU QB has off-field issues
2. Ray Small — Wide Receiver, Ohio State: Suspend for the 2010 Rose Bowl, broke team rules
New England Patriots
1. Kyle Love — Defensive Tackle, Mississippi State: Finished with 34 tackles his senior year
New Orleans Saints
1. Clint Gresham — Long Snapper, TCU: Best long snapper to come of out of college this year
2. Harry Coleman — Safety, LSU: Another kid gets a shot with the hometown team
New York Giants
1. Riley Skinner — Quarterback, Wake Forest: Broke a ton of school and ACC records
New York Jets
1. Donovan Warren — Cornerback, Michigan: Jets + Cornerback = Love
2. Brian Jackson — Cornerback, Oklahoma: Same as above
1. Manase Tonga — Full Back, BYU: Needs to keep head up to become a better blocker
1. Joey Elliott — Quarterback, Purdue: One-year starter at Purdue
1. Da’Mon Cromartie-Smith — Safety, UTEP: Led the Miners in tackles last season
San Diego Chargers
1. Brandon Lang — Linebacker, Troy: Still coming back from 2007 knee injury
San Francisco 49ers
1. Jarrett Brown — Quarterback, West Virginia: One-year starter after Pat White left
2. Shay Hodge — Wide Receiver, Ole Miss: Became leading WR after Mike Wallace was drafted
1. DeMarcus Granger — Defensive Tackle, Oklahoma: Cousin to Indiana Pacer Danny Granger
St. Louis Rams
1. Thaddas Lewis — Quarterback, Duke: David Cutcliffe-coached QB, like the Manning Brothers
2. Brandon McRae — Wide Receiver, Mississippi State: Ex-MSU coach Sly Croom with Rams
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
1. Jevan Sneed — Quarterback, Ole Miss: Should have stayed at Mississippi for the 2010 season
1. LeGarrette Blount — Running Back, Oregon: Punched BSU player, now has punched 49ers
2. Stafon Johnson — Running Back, USC: Great story after weight lifting injury to NFL
1. Daryll Clark — Quarterback, Penn State: Four college defeats: Iowa (twice), USC, and OSU
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