The draft is over. Teams across the league have addressed needs, solidified depth, filled roster spots, and are ready for OTAs and Training Camp, right?
Yes, the draft is over, but the fact remains that, per the collective bargaining agreement, teams are permitted to carry 90 players into training camp. Therefore, in order to reach the 90-man roster limit the Redskins will turn to college free agents (CFA) to fill those spots.
Most fans overlook the undrafted college free agent process, but we advise you to proceed with caution. Talented players abound throughout the college ranks and whether they are drafted or not, players’ NFL careers are not determined by first round draft grades.
Right now, as the draft dust settles, there is a vast talent pool ripe for the picking waiting in the wings.
Here are a few of the top college free agents (according to Yahoo! Sports) in recent years:
- Antonio Gates, TE, San Diego Chargers
- Wes Welker, WR, New England Patriots
- Arian Foster, RB, Houston Texans
- Kurt Warner, QB, Retired
Quality talent has also made its way to the Washington Redskins, via a phone call after the draft.
Former college free agents started a combined 50 games for the 2012 Redskins and accounted for three-of-six captains. Those players are as follows: DE Stephen Bowen (16), LB London Fletcher (16), TE Logan Paulsen (10), FB Darrel Young (8), and now Arizona Cardinals LB Lorenzo Alexander. Additionally, here’s a look at the Top-12: Undrafted Redskins of all-time.
Success stories such as these can be found throughout the league.
Bottom line, the front office and scouts have done their homework and researched these guys inside and out. Now comes the important task of finding the next undrafted “diamond in the rough”.
We anticipate an announcement of undrafted free agent signings to come at some point over the next day or few days. So stay tuned because history has proven that the additions of these players could have an impact when it comes to the 53-man roster!
Next Level Stats:
As referenced by Sport In Review Blog, as of 2011 “the average NFL team had 2.53 UFAs in the starting lineup” and only two teams didn’t have any CFA in their starting lineups at all.
Furthermore, the often revered Bill Belichick-coached New England Patriots had the most UFA starters with seven and finished the 2011 campaign with a 13-3 record earning their fifth Super Bowl appearance since 2002.
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