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Oct 6, 2013; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bengals outside linebacker Vontaze Burfict (55) kneels in the end zone before the game against the New England Patriots at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Marc Lebryk-USA TODAY Sports

Vontaze Burfict

From undrafted to All-Pro, not many people can say this. Vontaze Burfict on the other hand accomplished this feat. After his draft stock fell drastically during his last few weeks as an Arizona State Sun Devil. Burfict kept pushing on and eventually signed with the Cincinnati Bengals. When the late Thomas Howard went down with an injury, Burfict saw his shot and never turned back. It was a bit Tom Brady-ish.  And just like Brady, a superstar was born.

In a division where all four defenses are stacked and Linebackers are extremely important Vontaze excels. Although last season he didn’t see the field much due to injuries, Burfict is sure to rebound this upcoming season.