What Happens After The Smell of Hair Gel Dissipates: Post Draft Activity Begins

4/19/10 in NFL   |   elevenbravo138again   |   1163 respect

Every year prospects go through the disappointment of not being selected in the 7 rounds of the current draft, but trust me talent acquisition is far from over.  However: Coy Bacon, Bill Bates, Jeff Bostic, Gary Brackett, Willie Brown, Jim Burt, Wayne Chrebet, Josh Cribbs, Manny Fernandez, London Fletcher, Jeff Garcia, Antonio Gates, Cornell Green, Lou “The Toe” Groza, Cliff Harris, James Harrison, Priest Holmes, Joe Jocoby, Dick 'Night Train Lane', Jim Langer, Larry Little, Sam Mills, Warren Moon, Marion Motley,  Nate Newton, Adewale Ogunleye, Shaun O'Hara, Willie Parker, Drew Pearson, Joe "The Jet" Perry,  Jason Peters,  Antonio Pierce, John Randle, Tony Romo, Jeff Saturday, Bart Scott, Donnie Shell, Rod Smith, Emmitt Thomas, Jessie Tuggle, Emlen Tunnell, Adam Vinatieri, Everson Walls, Kurt Warner,  Brian Waters, Wes Welker, Pat Williams, Bill Willis and Willie Wood, are among the hundreds of undrafted players that have gone unto successful and even Hall of Fame careers.

So what happens after Mel Kiper leaves?  Even before the 7th round is over teams are working the phones.  This where scouts shine, the GMs and even some coaches have most of the input into the draft, however for the 8th round teams lean on the notes, memories and relationships scouts have made with players.  Usually late in the draft scouts work together with front office personnel to figure out a "post-draft board" a ranking of players the team likes but suspects will go undrafted.  Calls are made to those players to first make it clear how much they'd love to have you be a _____ and if they could they'd draft you, but if by some chance another team doesn't take you how'd you feel about being a _______?  Well all the teams are making these same calls to anywhere between a hand full and 20+ players.

Now the vitally important differences between the undrafted free agent signing period and the draft are: 1 there is no order, no matter how good or bad your team is, you have equal rights to any undrafted players; 2 the players now may choose the team the ‘draft shoe’ is now on the other foot and a highly sought after UDFA may occasionally create a better situation in terms of his chances to make the team and rarely even signing bonus than is he had been a 7th round pick.

Finally I wish to propose a few players I think may end up upholding the proud tradition of the aforementioned players who overcame un-drafted status in the past:
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