2017 NFL Draft: Best Undrafted Players

2017-nfl-draft-best-undrafted-players-bug-howard-north-carolina-tar-heels-WRThe 2017 NFL Draft is officially complete and street sweepers are cleaning up the aftermath in Philly.

253 players were drafted over a three-day period. Some of those players will never play one down in a regular season NFL game. On the other side of the coin, many college players that went undrafted could end up having long careers in the NFL.

Kurt Warner went undrafted in the 1994 NFL Draft. He was a training camp invitee with the Green Bay Packers. He was released before the season and then found himself in the Arena Football League. He was successful there and then signed by the St. Louis Rams. Starting QB Trent Green suffered an ACL injury in the preseason and Warner was named the starter. He went on the win the Super Bowl that season. Warner will be inducted in the NFL Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio late this Summer.

Other recent undrafted players who have had success in the NFL:  OT La’el Collins (Dallas), RB Thomas Rawls (Seattle), LB Zach Orr (Baltimore), WR Willie Snead (New Orleans), CB Malcolm Butler (New England), RB C.J. Anderson (Denver) and many others.

Cole Hikutini – TE – Louisville Cardinals
Lorenzo Jerome – S – St. Francis (PA) Red Flash
Keionta Davis – DE – Chattanooga Mocs
KD Cannon – WR – Baylor Bears
Bug Howard – WR – North Carolina Tar Heels
Aviante Collins – OT – TCU Horned Frogs
Tyler Orlosky – C – West Virginia Mountaineers
Jessamen Dunker – OT – Tennessee State Tigers
Jon Toth – C – Kentucky Wildcats
Jadar Johnson – S – Clemson Tigers
Carroll Phillips – LB – Illinois Fighting Illini
Jarron Jones – DT – Notre Dame Fighting Irish
Damien Mama – OG – USC Trojans
Amba Etta-Tawo – WR – Syracuse Orange
Devonte Fields – DE – Louisville Cardinals
Fred Ross – WR – Mississippi State Bulldogs
Ben Braden – OG – Michigan Wolverines
Scott Orndoff – TE – Pittsburgh Panthers
Corey Clement – RB – Wisconsin Badgers
Speedy Noil – WR – Texas A&M Aggies
Zach Pascal – WR – Old Dominion Monarchs
Bryan Cox – LB – Florida Gators
Hardy Nickerson Jr. – LB – Illinois Fighting Illini
Travis Rudolph – WR – Florida State Seminoles
Devine Redding – RB – Indiana Hoosiers
Will Likely CB – Maryland Terrapins
Stanley Williams – RB – Kentucky Wildcats
Kermit Whitfield – WR – Florida State Seminoles
Charles Walker – DT – Oklahoma Sooners
Travin Dural – WR – LSU Tigers
Ashton Lampkin – CB – Oklahoma State Cowboys
Praise Martin-Oguike – DE – Temple Owls
Chad Wheeler – OT – USC Trojans

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Bobby Roberts (otherwise known as Sweetbob) is the creator of ‘America’s White Boy’ and contributor at Project Shanks. His writing has been featured on ESPN’s ‘SportsNation’, Sports Illustrated’s Hot ClicksGuyspeed, and various other sites. You can follow him on Twitter at @Sweetbob.

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