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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.

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2015 NBA Draft: Best Undrafted Players

2015 NBA Draft undrafted players brett comer florida gulf coastThe NBA Draft is only 60 picks, so many players fall through the cracks…especially in a year in which a draft is deep.

The 2015 NBA Draft wasn’t the deepest draft in recent memory, but that doesn’t mean every potential NBA player was all drafted. It’s not the end of the road for these players. They will just need to work a little harder to attain their dream.

Many of these guys will be signed to play in the NBA Summer League. They can showcase their skills in hopes of earning a invite to training camp. Unfortunately for most, they will end up playing overseas or in the NBA Development League. There are still a few every year that surprise everybody and beat the odds to earn an NBA contract.

Here are the best college and international players who went undrafted during the 2015 NBA Draft.

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Best Players Not Drafted During 2015 NFL Draft

Devin Gardner Michigan Wide Receiver 2015 NFL Draft undraftedThe NFL Draft is seven rounds and you would think teams are scraping the bottom of the barrel in the last rounds, but that is not the case. Quality players like Kurt Warner, Tony Romo, Antonio Gates and Arian Foster all went undrafted out of college.

NFL teams do their due diligence during the pre-draft process. They dig deep into a prospect’s personal life and can sometime do a little too much work. Many players fall through the cracks due to off-the-field issues or a perceived idea that a certain player doesn’t fit a team’s current scheme.

I’ll leave all the draft grades and winners & losers posts for the so-called ‘experts’ that can tell the future. Here is a list of the best college players who didn’t get drafted during the 2015 NFL Draft.

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2014 NBA Draft: Best Undrafted Players

Aaron Craft 2014 NBA Draft Undrafted Ohio StateThe NBA Draft is only 60 picks, so many players fall through the cracks…especially in a year in which a draft his deep.

The 2014 NBA Draft is very deep, so more good players than usual didn’t make the cut. It’s not the end of the road for these players. They will just need to work a little harder to attain their dream.

Many of these guys will be signed to play in the NBA Summer League. They can showcase their skills in hopes of earning a invite to training camp. Unfortunately for most, they will end up playing overseas or in the NBA Development League. There are still a few every year that surprise everybody and beat the odds to earn an NBA contract.

Here are the best college and international players who went undrafted during the 2014 NBA Draft.

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2012 NBA Draft: Best Undrafted Players

Not everyone can be selected in the NBA Draft. Many undrafted players will go into NBA Summer League hoping to land a camp invite or deal with a team. Most of these players will either sign with a NBA D-League team or go onto Europe and play. Their dream of playing the NBA one day is not dead, they will just need to work even harder and hope that a team takes a chance on them.

This list of undrafted players is filled with players who were once future first-round picks but fell to injury, unknown talent came out of nowhere, and established players who lack upside.

Who went undrafted in the 2012 NBA Draft? Who do you pick to make an NBA team or stand out in NBA’s D-League this upcoming season?

Scott Machado – Point Guard – Iona
Terrell Stoglin – Shooting Guard – Maryland
Kevin Jones – Power Forward – West Virginia
Drew Gordon – Power Forward – New Mexico
Henry Sims – Center – Georgetown
Garrett Stutz – Center – Wichita State
Hollis Thompson – Small Forward – Georgetown
Eric Griffin – Power Forward – Campbell
William Buford – Shooting Guard – Ohio State
J’Covan Brown – Point Guard – Texas
Kostas Sloukas – Point Guard – Greece
Tony Mitchell – Shooting Guard – Alabama
Tu Holloway – Point Guard – Xavier
JaMychal Green – Power Forward – Alabama
Alex Young – Shooting Guard – IUPUI
Casper Ware – Point Guard – Long Beach State
Cameron Moore – Power Forward – UAB
Ricardo Ratliffe – Power Forward – Missouri
Jordan Taylor – Point Guard – Wisconsin
John Shurna – Small Forward – Northwestern
Yancy Gates – Power Forward – Stanford
Xavier Gibson – Power Forward – Florida State
Gus Gilchrist – Center – South Florida
Toure’ Murry – Shooting Guard – Wichita State
Herb Pope – Power Forward – Seton Hall
Bradford Burgess – Shooting Guard – VCU
Jet Chang – Shooting Guard – BYU Hawaii
Ashton Gibbs – Point Guard – Pittsburgh
Dario Hunt – Power Forward – Nevada
Ralph Sampson III – Center – Minnesota
Maalik Wayns – Point Guard – Villanova
Wesley Witherspoon – Small Forward – Memphis
Dee Bost – Point Guard – Mississippi State
Devoe Joseph – Shooting Guard – Oregon

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Post-Draft Rumors: Shaq To Portland?

The Draft is the unofficial start to the off-season for the NBA. After the dust settles and the draft day trades get finalized, you start to hear rumors of players opting out, trades that didn’t happen, and rumors of players on the move. The post-draft activities is no different from past years, all of the above is happening.

After Shaquille O’Neal was traded to Cleveland, he mentioned that there could have been a trade that sent him to Portland. He told Steve Kerr that he didn’t want to play in Portland, so all the talk stopped there. The deal was proposed back in February, before the trading deadline last season. How would that trade work? Cleveland made the trade work with expiring contracts that totaled near the total of Shaq’s salary. Portland didn’t have cap space then, but had the expiring contract of Raef LaFrentz is now off the books. If the same trade would have been proposed a couple of weeks ago, it would have been difficult for Portland to make it. Martell Webster and Joel Pryzbilla could have been sent, but it’s all clearly speculation and not sure if the final numbers would have worked out.

Hedo Turkoglu finally sent word to the Orlando Magic that he will definitely opt out of his contract. He would be the prize of this year’s free agency class, but he could try and see if they can settle on a long-term deal to stay in Orlando. The trade for Vince Carter could have sealed Turkoglu’s fate, there may not be enough money to sign their post-season stud.

Is he or isn’t he? The rumors have been swirling about where Amare Stoudemire will end up. Rumors were circulating that Stephon Curry was going to be part of a deal that sent Stoudemire to Golden State, but Don Nelson has been vocal that Curry is staying in Oakland. We should know more this week about the fate of Amare Stoudemire.

Is Ricky Rubio staying in Spain or will he face the cold in Minnesota? A decision should be made in the next few weeks. The New York Knicks are rumored to be working on a proposal to land the talented point guard. If Rubio ends up in New York, you could possibly put an end to the rumor that Steve Nash will sign with the Knicks when he becomes a free agent.

America’s White Boy’s official NBA team, the Indiana Pacers, are saying that they will be very active this off-season. They drafted Tyler Hansbrough and A.J. Price, but those picks didn’t fill any pressing needs for the team. They are shopping T.J. Ford around in hopes of finding another point guard. They have plenty of expiring contracts, but with the state of the economy, don’t look for them to be buyers and taking on extra payroll. They are setting up for a run at a few free agents in a year. They need another young scorer to match up with Danny Granger.

A rumor that is starting to gain steam is Ben Wallace will be traded from Phoenix to New Orleans for Tyson Chandler. The Hornets need to get rid of Chandler’s multi-year deal and Wallace is in the last year of his deal. He has even said that he may retire, if that is true, the Hornets could buyout his contract and save some money.

With free agency starting on Wednesday, Glen “Big Baby” Davis could be looking for a starting job. He said that he is in a position to make more money and maybe even a starting gig. Davis was crucial in the Celtics run last year and with Garnett’s status still up in the air, they should try and work out a deal.

Wondering where Baylor’s Curtis Jerrells may end up? It looks like he will be playing for Dallas on their summer league team. He could end up with a spot on the Mavericks or more likely, this is a gig to showcase his skills and possibly land on an NBDL squad.

Other undrafted free agent landing spots…Temple’s Dionte Christmas accepted a spot on the 76ers summer league team. BC’s Tyrese Rice will be playing for Washington, UConn’s Jeff Adrien will be playing for Memphis, and Gonzaga’s Josh Heytvelt will suit up for Golden State on their summer league team. Gonzaga’s Jeremy Pargo could end up on Portland’s summer league, but no official word as of today.

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2009 NBA Draft – Best Undrafted Players

Not everyone can be drafted in the NBA Draft. Many players go on to become undrafted free-agents and sign on with teams. Most of these players will either sign with an NBA team, play in the NBDL, or go onto Europe and play. I was surprised that my boy, Ben Woodside, didn’t garner a late 2nd-round pick. He is small and played at North Dakota State, but the kid is a scoring machine. Jeremy Pargo and Josh Shipp were two others that surprised me, since they both come from good programs and were stars. Here is a list of the best players who didn’t hear their name called last night.

Josh Heytvelt – Gonzaga
Paul Harris – Syracuse
Dionte Christmas – Temple
Jerel McNeal – Marquette
Chris Johnson – LSU
Courtney Fells – NC State
Tyrese Rice – Boston College
Leo Lyons – Missouri
Jeff Adrien – Connecticut
Curtis Jerrells – Baylor
Eric Devendorf – Syracuse
Shawn Taggart – Memphis
Jeremy Pargo – Gonzaga
Ben Woodside – North Dakota State
A.J. Abrams – Texas
Josh Shipp – UCLA
Alex Ruoff – West Virginia
Andrew Lovedale – Davidson

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