Keeping the UDFA land rush in perspective


Before we all start assuming that the undrafted players who are being rounded up in the wake of the lockout will become Week One starters, let’s keep a few things in mind.

First, teams will be taking 90 players to camp.  To take 90 players to camp, a team needs to have 90 players on the roster.  And so plenty of these guys will simply be camp fodder.

Second, we’re paying attention to this because football is back and these signings are for now the only source of player acquisition news.  Starting tomorrow at 10:00 a.m. ET, that will all change, when teams can begin to negotiate with veteran free agents.

So it’s newsy for now because nothing else is going on.  Pretty soon, we will go back to not caring about the undrafted rookies, until one or more of them gives us a reason to care.

19 responses to “Keeping the UDFA land rush in perspective

  1. “So it’s newsy for now because nothing else is going on. Pretty soon, we will go back to not caring about the undrafted rookies, until one or more of them gives us a reason to care.”

    Because there hasn’t been any real football news in ages, so it’s refreshing

  2. Of course your only paying attetion for that reason. Real fans pay attention for other reasons too. UDFA’s are camp fodder, huh????
    Lets keep a few other things in mind, as well….
    1-Warren moon
    2-Kurt Warner
    3-Priest Holmes
    4-Tony Romo
    5-Antonio Gates
    6-John Randle
    7-Jeff Saturday
    8-James Harrison
    9-Wes Welker
    10-Rod Smith
    11-Bart Scott
    12-Deron Cherry
    13-Dick Lane

    I guess all those UDFA’s were also just camp fodder too? Lets just pay attention to top draft picks like Russell, Teblow, Newton, and the like. Cause they are worth all the attention and money right?


  3. Seeing where the UDFAs sign is big news to me every year. Every year UDFAs make huge impacts and this year will be no different.

  4. Whatever. Cardinals got Univ of Delaware QB, Pat Devlin and OL from USC and Mich St. And a WR from NAU, who will be camp fodder, so I guess you are right.

  5. There’s been a UDFA land rush?

    Am I not following the right people on twitter?

  6. @theembalmed:

    Agree 100%.

    Maybe the knucklehead who gets all of his football news from PFT is only paying attention to UDFAs because there is no other news, but people who know how the league actually works know that TWENTY THREE pro bowlers last season were undrafted free agents.

    So, um, yeah, maybe there is a reason to pay attention to them.

  7. Well every year it seems the Packers find a player or two from the undrafted ranks. Last season it was Sam Shields and Frank Zombo. who both had a hand in helping their team get to and win the SB.

    This season im aware of only one UDFA signing of the Packers, WR/Return man Shaky Smithson his Wikipedia says so. Thats a sorely needed position for this team even though they drafted Randall Cobb in the 2nd round.

    Im pretty sure though that no UDFAs can be signed yet so I will have to wait for conformation on that.

    Other UDFAs I want to see the Pack go after are LB Mark Herzlich and FB Henry Hynoski just to name a couple. Herzlich will probally be the most sought after though so I doubt he lands in GB.

  8. @theembalmed and @realitypolice:

    You both have the logic of a newborn chimp. Just because you are able to look up players from Wikipedia does not mean that even a fraction of these udfa’s ever make a splash in the No Fun League. Grabbing 13 or so guys off of a list is a reasonable sample size though right? Wrong. Let’s think rationally for a few seconds shall we? And while we’re at it, show mommy your skills on Google, not people who know what they’re talking about.

  9. “youboettcha says: Jul 26, 2011 12:10 AM

    Gives us a reason to care… like Sam Shields.”

    Dang right. Or, Frank Zombo. The Packers started 2 UDFA’s in SB XLV. Wasn’t Arian Foster, who won the league rushing title, and UFDA as well? I get that 90% of these guys won’t finish the season, but they do have significance, which is why they get signed to contracts that are still 3 times more than I make in a year.

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