UDFA: Going Against All Odds

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  1. HOU-TEX

    HOU-TEX Ah, Football!

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    There's an interesting video and transcript on HT.com with Turk, Ferguson and Deljuan explaining their experiences as an UDFA. It kind of got me thinking how we (fans) tend to over look these guy's as just camp fodder or PS players. Here are a couple quotes:

    http://www.houstontexans.com/news/Story.asp?story_id=5283

    So, considering we're at the beginning of the worst part of the off season, let's discuss UDFA's of the past. What UDFA's of the past beat the odds and are now successful or have see success in the past for the Texans or any other NFL team?
     
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    Mike Briesel is our best UDFA.
     
  3. m5kwatts

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    Briesel is the best....I think Foster and JJohnson could be pretty darn good football players in Kubiakspeak
     
  4. Ole Miss Texan

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    Mike Brisiel may not be the "best" but I think on our team he's proabably the most valuable since he's been our starting RG and only improving. He's #1 on my list.

    I think Tim Bulman deserves some credit. Played well and improved last season and I see him being a part of the rotation this year.

    Darius Walker, while not great or playing with us anymore, did decent in my opinion. I expect Forster or Johnson to at least have a similar impact as Walker.


    I'd also like to note Chris Myers (6th rd pick), Kevin Walter (7th rd pick), Jacques Reeves (7th rd pick) as some guys that contribute a whole heck of a lot and are late round picks (not undrafted though).
     
  5. HOU-TEX

    HOU-TEX Ah, Football!

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    Warren Moon went undrafted in 1978
     
  6. DiehardChris

    DiehardChris You betcha!

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    My favorite non-Texan NFL player Bart Scott was, incredibly, undrafted.

    Also - I believe the Defensive player of the year James Harrison was undrafted.
     
  7. Señor Stan

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    Jeff Saturday was undrafted in 1999.
     
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    He's number one all time on this list I found.

    http://www.bet.com/News/Sports/betsnflundrafted.htm?i=9

    1. Warren Moon
    2. Kurt Warner
    3. Rod Smith
    4. Priest Holmes
    5. Antonio Gates
    6. Boney Romo
    7. Willie Parker
    8. Adam Vinateri (how many kickers actually get drafted?)
    9. Wes Welker
    10. Adewale Agunleye

    BET.com is pretty much an authority on these types of things. LOL
     


  9. Señor Stan

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    I don't think Antonio Gates was drafted either.



    edit... nevermind ^^^^^... I got scooped.


    What about Jake Delhomme?
     
  10. El Tejano

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    I was undrafted.
     
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    As long as Al Davis is alive, there is still hope.
     
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    HOU-TEX Ah, Football!

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    :spit: Nice!
     
  13. Polo

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    Does "I expect Foster or Johnson to atleast have a similar impact as Walker" mean you are secretly hoping for Friday's with Foster edition on HT.com? :)
     
  14. Ole Miss Texan

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    Kurt Warner, Willie Parker, Ryan Grant, Wes Welker, James Harrison, Adam Vinatieri, Leigh Bodden

    I loved those clips with Walker!!
     
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    Texans_Chick Utopian Dreamer

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    Since his days in Denver, Kubiak gives a speech at the beginning of the year on UDFAs and lower drafted players who have made teams and excelled. Denver traditionally had a number of those players. Rod Smith says he owes his career to Kubiak.
     
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    Dude, that was very well played. ;-))
     
  17. Ole Miss Texan

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    I bet that's pretty interesting!

    Here's some players currently on our roster that, in my humble opinion, are great to have, solid contibutors, great rotation/depth or that Kubiak speaks highly of:

    QB- Dan Orlovsky- originally 5th rd draft pick, Kubiak really likes his potential
    FB- Vonta Leach- Undrafted free agent
    TE- Owen Daniels- 4th round pro bowl TE
    WR- Kevin Walter- originally 7th round draft pick
    C- Chris Myers- originally a 6th round draft pick (6th rd pick traded too)
    G- Mike Brisiel- Undrafted free agent
    DL- Tim Bulman- Undrafted free agent
    DT- Deljuan Robinson- Undrafted free agent
    DE- Antonio Smith- originally a 5th rounder
    LB- Zac Diles- 7th round draft pick
    LB- Cato June- originally a 6th round draft pick
    CB- Jacques Reeves- originally a 7th round draft pick
    S- Domanick Barber- 6th round draft pick
    K- Kris Brown- originally a 7th round draft pick
    P- Matt Turk- undrafted free agent
     
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    Gates was a 2nd round pick just so you guys know :user:
     
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    I believe, that's incorrect...........he wanted to go into the NBA but decided to give up basketball and get into the NFL...............He was signed as an undrafted FA by the Chargers in 2003. BTW, he had not played any football during college (only HS).
     

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