NFL Draft: 8 best undrafted free agents

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Oct 20, 2014; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Houston Texans running back Arian Foster (23) runs the ball as Pittsburgh Steelers safety Mike Mitchell (23) attempts to tackle him during the first half at Heinz Field. Mandatory Credit: Jason Bridge-USA TODAY Sports

I am an undrafted free agent.

By the time May 2nd came to a close, all 32 teams in the NFL passed on a chance to add me to their roster. Collectively, they had 256 chances to secure the rights to signing me. It’s their loss, because now I have the opportunity to sign any place that comes calling.

In that regard, I was on the same level as countless NFL hopefuls who were passed on the draft. In every other regard, I am hopelessly underqualified to join an NFL roster. If analytics declares that they need someone who is gifted at making blueberry pancakes, I expect to receive a phone call.

For most of the players signed after the NFL draft concludes, their careers will last mere months. They will be training camp bodies, maybe play in a preseason game or four and disappear from the league’s conscious memory like March snowflakes.

But every so often, there are players who emerge as contributors and even stars. Wes Welker utilized his incredible toughness and route running to translate into a potential Hall of Fame career in Miami, New England and Denver. Arian Foster is a sure fire Hall of Famer in the “buzzing-logos-into-the-side-of-your-head” league.

But on the Texans, he has developed into one of the premier backs in the league, using fluidity and patience to generate steady production for Houston.

These are the signings that have a chance to touch on that type of success.

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