Don't Forget About Undrafted Free Agents

The 2011 NFL draft is in the rearview for most of us but there's one part of the draft process that has yet to begin -- undrafted free agency. Those are the players that aren't drafted and, if you look at the roster of all 32 NFL teams, you'll see each is littered with undrafted free agents.

In other words, there are still some valuable players that have yet to find a home. Seahawks GM John Schneider noted to Peter King of SI.com last week that they still had a whopping 20-22 players on their draft board when last April's draft concluded. 

"There are three avenues we're all going to have,'' said Seattle GM Schneider. "Your own free agents, free agents from other teams, and the rookie undrafted guys. When the draft ended for us, we still had 20 to 22 draftable players on our board. We're moving toward a younger team, so obviously those guys are a very attractive option for us if we can get some of them.''

Don't sleep on undrafted free agents. At one point in time, guys like QB Kurt Warner and TE Antonio Gates went undrafted and they went on to become two of the best players ever at their positions. 

Undrafted free agency will begin once the NFL lockout is lifted. Unfortunately, we have no idea when that will come. 

Check out SB Nation's Mocking The Draft for the top 25 undrafted players this year. 

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