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PostPosted: Wed Jan 30, 2013 6:03 pm    Post subject: Greatest undrafted players of all time? Reply with quote

I love the story of an underdog. And nothing screams that more than a guy going undrafted and becoming a great player. I was thinking about this though, and started to ask myself who are the greatest undrafted players ever?

A couple of names that came to my mind?
Bart Scott 11 seasons. 25 sacks. 4 interceptions. 530 tackles
Kurt Warner 67-49-0 record 32,344 yards 208 Touchdowns 128 Interceptions -65.5 completion %.
Antonio Gates 642 receptions 8,321 yards 83 touchdowns
James Harrison 64 sacks 5 interceptions 29 Forced Fumbles 451 tackles
London Fletcher 37 sacks 23 interceptions 18 forced fumbles 1320 tackles
Wes Welker 768 receptions 8,580 yards 38 touchdowns
Priest Holmes 8172 yards 86 touchdowns 339 receptions 2962 yards
Rod Smith 849 receptions 11,389 yards 68 touchdowns
Warren Moon 102-101-0 record 49,325 yards 291 touchdowns 58.4 completion % 233 interceptions.
Tony Romo 55-38-0 record 25,737 yards 177 touchdowns 91 interceptions 64.7 completion %
And to go back in history a little, "Night Train" Lane. I love watching video from guys like these. Its important to note though Lane only attended CC for a little bit before quitting to go into the Army.

A guy I think may end up on this list; Arian Foster.
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 30, 2013 6:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Kurt Warner then everyone else.
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 30, 2013 6:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

John Randle a Hall of Fame DT with 556 tackles, 137.5 sacks, 6 all pro selections, an all decade team selection, and an interception was left off the list.
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 30, 2013 6:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Victor Cruz Pun wrote:
John Randle a Hall of Fame DT with 556 tackles, 137.5 sacks, 6 all pro selections, an all decade team selection, and an interception was left off the list.


Randle, Moon, and Warner were the ones who first came to mind. Donnie Shell is better than many on the OP's list as well.
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 30, 2013 6:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Randle, Moon, Warner came to mind immediately.
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 30, 2013 6:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote


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PostPosted: Wed Jan 30, 2013 6:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Great list of players. Couple more I would add:

Marion Motley FB, Cleveland: Stud back in the 40's/50's who held the YPC in a game record @ 17.1 until Vick broke it, 50 years later!

John Randle: Pass rushing terror at DT in the 90's

Brian Waters: Probable one of the top 5 OL in the leagure for a decade

Rod Smith: 849 catches for 11,389 yards and 68 TDs. Top among undrafted players I believe
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 30, 2013 6:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Victor Cruz Pun wrote:
John Randle a Hall of Fame DT with 556 tackles, 137.5 sacks, 6 all pro selections, an all decade team selection, and an interception was left off the list.


No idea how I left Randle off. I really dropped the ball on that one for sure.

I'm not sure if someone like Drew Pearson would qualify, but to go from undrafted to being as important as he was to those Cowboys teams is pretty special.

Joe Perry was also a special talent that held the rushing record at the time of his retirement.

Ohhhh and another one I totally dropped the ball with is Willie Brown. Recorded 54 interceptions and made it to 9 pro bowls and the HOF after going undrafted.

And maybe I'm a little biased but I also forgot Jessie Tuggle, maybe I'm biased because he's a Falcon but he went undrafted and wound up with 6 interceptions, over 1,600 tackles, and 21 sacks.

Some of these guys may NOT belong I'm just putting some names out there for discussion.

Also, sorry about putting this in the wrong section earlier I was unsure. Thanks for moving it though.
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 30, 2013 6:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hard to argue against what Warren Moon did in the NFL and that's without the massive numbers he put up in the CFL the 6 yrs prior 21,000+ and 144 TD, 3 grey cup titles.

Warren Moon 49,325 yards 291 touchdowns 58.4 completion % 233 interceptions.
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 30, 2013 7:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

This is very easily Night Train.
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 30, 2013 7:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Vanilla_Ice wrote:
Kurt Warner then everyone else.

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PostPosted: Wed Jan 30, 2013 7:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

RiseUp wrote:
Victor Cruz Pun wrote:
John Randle a Hall of Fame DT with 556 tackles, 137.5 sacks, 6 all pro selections, an all decade team selection, and an interception was left off the list.


No idea how I left Randle off. I really dropped the ball on that one for sure.

I'm not sure if someone like Drew Pearson would qualify, but to go from undrafted to being as important as he was to those Cowboys teams is pretty special.

Joe Perry was also a special talent that held the rushing record at the time of his retirement.

Ohhhh and another one I totally dropped the ball with is Willie Brown. Recorded 54 interceptions and made it to 9 pro bowls and the HOF after going undrafted.

And maybe I'm a little biased but I also forgot Jessie Tuggle, maybe I'm biased because he's a Falcon but he went undrafted and wound up with 6 interceptions, over 1,600 tackles, and 21 sacks.

Some of these guys may NOT belong I'm just putting some names out there for discussion.

Also, sorry about putting this in the wrong section earlier I was unsure. Thanks for moving it though.


It's alright, I understand how you can miss a guy or two as the only reason I remembered he was an undrafted player was from watching the 98 Vikings Americas Game Missing Rings episode. As for the question Kurt Warner might be my answer, really can't go wrong with anyone on the list but him and Randle are 1A and 1B for me Smile
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 30, 2013 7:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Warner easily. If it weren't for him entering the league at age 27 and suffering loads of injuries he would be in the thick of the GOAT conversation IMO.

He turned the ball over a decent amount but like Favre he made enough big plays to make up for it. Plus, his playoff rating in 10 points higher than his regular season rating.

No brainer for me.
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 30, 2013 8:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Definitely thinking Warner in the lead for this.

Randle is a good choice as well.

Always loved the Priest too.
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 31, 2013 1:45 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Antonio Gates, end the discussion here.
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