Since there’s not much going on in the NFL right now, it’s kind of hard to keep those of us that are pro football junkies entertained. So, since i’m still working on my huge list of the best players ever drafted with each individual pick, I figured i’ll find something entertaining about the 2010 season that hasn’t had much attention drawn to it yet.
In my search for all of the best players drafted with each individual pick, i’ve also compiled a huge list of really good undrafted free agents. This year, we finally had an undrafted player that ran for over 1,000 yards in his rookie season. After looking into the numbers, I found out that three undrafted running backs ran for over 1,000 yards in 2010. Since the undrafted talent pool is pretty impressive right now, I figured i’d point out the best of them in an all undrafted, 53 man roster:
Arian Foster, Houston Texans 2009
He went on to lead the league in rushing with 1,616 yards and 16 touchdowns in 2010 after being activated from the practice squad in 2009.
BenJarvus Green-Ellis, New England Patriots 2008
Ran for 1,008 yards and 13 touchdowns in 2010.
LeGarrette Blount, Tampa Bay Buccaneers 2010 (Undrafted FA-Tennessee Titans)
What is the NFL coming to when a rookie can run for 1,007 yards and 6 touchdowns with a 5 yard per carry average, but only end up as the third best undrafted free agent runner of the season?
Vonta Leach, Houston Texans (Undrafted free agent-2005 Green Bay Packers)
Selected to the Pro Bowl in 2010; has blocked for 1,000 yard rushers 2 of the last 3 seasons.
Tony Richardson, N.Y. Jets (1994 Undrafted FA-Dallas Cowboys)
4 time Pro Bowl fullback blocked for Adrian Peterson when he ran for a single game record 296 yards as a rookie.
Tony Romo, Dallas Cowboys 2003
His first year as a starter was also the year he was selected to the first of 3 Pro Bowls so far.
Shaun Hill, Detroit Lions (Undrafted FA-2002 Vikings)
He helped the Lions remain competitive after losing blue chip prospect Matthew Stafford.
Jon Kitna, Dallas Cowboys (Undrafted FA-Seahawks 1996)
He had a 98.7 QB rating during the Cowboys comeback in the 2nd half of the season.
Mat McBriar, Dallas Cowboys 2004
He has average 47 yards or more per punt in 5 of the last six seasons, including a 47.9 yard average in 2010.
Adam Vinatieri, Indianapolis Colts (Undrafted FA-1996 Patriots)
The only kicker to play in six Super Bowls, and he made the game winning kick in two of them.
Wes Welker, New England Patriots (Undrafted FA-2004 Chargers)
You know you’re good when a down year after surgery still produces 86 catches.
Miles Austin, Dallas Cowboys 2006
He still had 1,041 yards and 7 TD’s in a dysfunctional season for the Cowboys.
Danny Amendola, St. Louis Rams (Dallas Cowboys Undrafted FA-2008)
He doubled his production to 85 catches playing as Sam Bradford’s slot receiver.
Davone Bess, Miami Dolphins 2008
Has quietly produced 209 catches in three seasons with the team.
Anthony Armstrong, Washington Redskins (Undrafted FA-2008 Miami Dolphins, 2006 IFL)
Averaged 19.8 yards per catch on 44 catches in his first season of extensive action.
Antonio Gates, San Diego Chargers 2003
An annual Pro Bowler, he only played in 10 games due to injury, but still produced 10 touchdowns.
Evan Moore, Cleveland Browns (Undrafted FA-2008 Green Bay Packers)
He only had 16 catches, but averaged 20.1 yards per catch, unheard of for a TE. You’ll know this name in 2011.
Daniel Fells, St. Louis Rams (Undrafted FA-2006 Atlanta Falcons)
Led Rams tight ends with 41 catches, but averaged only 9.5 yards per catch.
Tramon Williams, Green Bay Packers (Undrafted FA-2006 Houston Texans)
Became a household name in 2010, being named to the Pro Bowl and winning a Super Bowl.
Brent Grimes, Atlanta Falcons 2006
Named to his 1st Pro Bowl in 2010 as a replacement for Charles Woodson; he’s made 11 interceptions in the last 2 seasons.
Sam Shields, Green Bay Packers 2010
I’m a Packers fan and I can still say he was the best undrafted rookie corner since Everson Walls.
Jabari Greer, New Orleans Saints (Undrafted FA-2004 Buffalo Bills)
Signed a four year deal with the Saints in 2009, and played a key role on their Super Bowl winning team.
Leigh Bodden, New England Patriots (Undrafted FA-2003 Cleveland Browns)
Although he missed the 2010 season due to injury, he was a top notch corner before his injury.
Ryan Clark, Pittsburgh Steelers (Undrafted free agent-2002 N.Y. Giants)
Has started opposite Troy Polamalu for five seasons now.
Jim Leonhard, N.Y. Jets (Undrafted free agent-2005 Buffalo Bills)
Losing him to a season ending injury really hurt the Jets defense.
Melvin Bullitt, Indianapolis Colts 2007
Same situation for him, he was usually the one picking up the slack when Bob Sanders got hurt.
Abram Elam, Cleveland Browns (Undrafted free agent-2005 Miami Dolphins)
Has been a starter since being acquired in a package deal that helped the Jets land Mark Sanchez.
Jordan Babineaux, Seattle Seahawks 2004
I’m still confused about why he was cut & re-signed in 2010, were the Seahawks just being cheap?
Brian Waters, Kansas City Chiefs 2000
5 time Pro Bowl guard really showed his worth blocking for Jamaal Charles, who had 6 yards per carry.
Kris Dielman, San Diego Chargers 2003
Named to his 4th straight Pro Bowl despite the Chargers struggles in the running game.
Rich Seubert, N.Y. Giants 2001
Started at both guard and center in 2010; has been a regular starter for the past 4 years.
Jeff Saturday, Indianapolis Colts (Undrafted FA-Baltimore Ravens 1998)
It’s hard to believe the Ravens cut him in 1998, he was selected to his 5th Pro Bowl in 2010.
Shaun O’Hara, N.Y. Giants (Undrafted FA-2000 Cleveland Browns)
Named to his third straight Pro Bowl in 2010.
Jason Peters, Philadelphia Eagles (Undrafted FA-Buffalo Bills 2004)
Former 320 pound college tight end has been selected to 4 straight Pro Bowls
Donald Penn, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (Undrafted FA-2006 Minnesota Vikings)
Selected to his first Pro Bowl as a replacement for Packers tackle Chad Clifton.
Barry Sims, San Francisco 49ers ( Undrafted FA-Oakland Raiders 1999)
Has started 133 games in 12 years with the 49ers and Raiders
Pat Williams, Minnesota Vikings (Undrafted FA-1997 Buffalo Bills)
Three time Pro Bowl defensive tackle still a force to be reckoned with at age 38.
Remi Ayodele, New Orleans Saints (Undrafted FA-2006 New England Patriots)
After being cut 5 times in his first 2 years, had a breakthrough year in 2010.
Tommy Kelly, Oakland Raiders 2004
Had a career high seven sacks in 2010
Mike Wright, New England Patriots 2005
Had six sacks in only ten games, could be a surprise next season if he stays healthy.
James Hall, St. Louis Rams (Undrafted FA-2000 Detroit Lions)
Had 11 sacks in his 11th season; let’s hope he can do the same in his 16th year?
Chris Clemons, Seattle Seahawks (Undrafted FA-2003 Washington Redskins)
He and fellow newcomer Raheem Brock both hit double digits in sacks for the Seahawks in 2010.
Cullen Jenkins, Green Bay Packers 2003
Kris Jenkins little brother had 7 sacks with the Packers in 2010.
Jacques Cesaire, San Diego Chargers 2003
He made 31 tackles and two sacks in 2010.
London Fletcher, Washington Redskins (Undrafted FA-1998 St. Louis Rams)
Two Time Pro Bowler has made 1,640 tackles since entering the league with the Rams in 1998.
Bart Scott, N.Y. Jets (Undrafted FA-Baltimore Ravens 2002)
Former Pro Bowler is still one of the Jets defensive leaders; he had 81 tackles in 2010.
Gary Brackett, Indianapolis Colts, Indianapolis Colts 2003
He has been the Colts middle linebacker since 2005, and deserves some Pro Bowl recognition.
James Harrison, Pittsburgh Steelers 2002
Four time Pro Bowler building a Hall of Fame resume despite lacking ideal NFL size at 6’0, 242.
Cameron Wake, Miami Dolphins (N.Y. Giants 2005, B.C. Lions 2007)
Released by the Giants in June 2005, now a Pro Bowler after two seasons.
Frank Zombo, Green Bay Packers 2010
Started the year buried on the depth chart; finished it by sacking Ben Roethlisberger in the Super Bowl.
Josh Cribbs, Cleveland Browns 2005
Former college quarterback is now one of the most feared return men in the league.
Kassim Osgood, Jacksonville Jaguars (Undrafted FA-San Diego Chargers 2003)
It’s hard to believe the Chargers found Gates, Dielman, Cesaire, and Osgood all in the same year.
David Binn, San Diego Chargers 1994
The Chargers got stuck playing musical long snappers after he was hurt, & they struggled on special teams all year.
information obtained using Yahoo sports profiles and wikipedia.