The Undrafted

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Vontaze Burfict #7 of the Arizona State Sun Devils points and yells at quarterback Matt Barkley #7 of the University of Southern California Trojans just prior to a play at Sun Devil Stadium on September 24, 2011 in Tempe, Arizona. (September 23, 2011 - Source: Norm Hall/Getty Images North America)


It looks as though the Cincinnati Bengals had one of the best drafts of any team in the NFL in 2012, and fans are riding high on the potential for continued success. If the players selected turn out as good as people think, they are going to have a tremendous core to build with for the future. Not all draft picks pan out, however, and sometimes guys who weren’t drafted at all wind up being better players than their more sought-after counterparts. The Bengals have signed 15 undrafted free agents (UFDA) at this point, and with the expanded rosters, these guys will have a real chance to prove that they belong in the NFL, and land a spot on the roster.

There have been some really good players that weren’t drafted. Wes Welker, Antonio Gates, Arian Foster, James Harrison, and Kurt Warner, along with a host of other great players were all skipped over during the draft proccess and signed as UDFA’s. This year’s crop will surely have some guys who make teams, then make an impact on the league. The Bengals have signed guys who will get every chance to show what they can do, and hopefully, can fulfill their dream, and be on of those impact guys. I’ll take a look at some of them now.


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