Someone may get a major bargain in Da'Rick Rogers. (Getty Images)Every year, right after the draft is over, NFL teams get on the phone with hundreds of kids who didn't hear their names called during the actual selection process. For any number of reasons, there are times when teams miss out on potential, or develop it later, and benefit from the ultimate bargain score -- the undrafted player who turns into a starter -- and, on occasion, a Pro Bowl or Hall of Fame-level asset. From Kurt Warner to John Randle to Rod Smith to Antonio Gates to Wes Welker to London Fletcher and on and on, there's always enough of a chance that a few of these payers will hit on the bigger gamble to make them worth monitoring.
Here, based on what we've seen, are the best players still left standing once the 2013 NFL draft was done, and the teams they've signed with in parentheses.
Da'Rick Rogers, WR, Tennessee Tech: A Greg Cosell favorite. NFLDraftScout.com gave him a third-round grade. Was suspended indefinitely from the Tennessee squad for violations of team rules and subsequently transferred, but dominated at the bigger-school level, as well. Big kid (6-foot-3, 217) with 4.5 speed and interesting after-catch abilities. If he gets his act together, could be a legitimate starter. (Buffalo Bills)
Matt Scott, QB, Arizona: Mobile quarterback with some pretty serious mechanical fixes ahead of him, but he really intrigues as an athlete and thrower. Not just a guy who runs around in the pocket -- has the speed to threaten upfield. Could be a long-term NFL backup and spot starter in the Seneca Wallace mold, and perhaps more than that with a team willing to take the shot on developing him over time. (Jacksonville Jaguars)
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Alvin Bailey, OG, Arkansas: Big but agile blocker with the ability to protect in space and at the second level, but can also bring it with power at the line. Can play right or left guard. Struggles with more advanced defensive concepts and is erratic in play-to-play blocking consistency. Needs an NFL team that understands how to bridge the gap between potential and performance. (Seattle Seahawks)
Tyler Bray, QB, Tennessee: Impressive arm talent with question marks just about everywhere else. Annoyingly erratic thrower who benefited from a great deal of receiver talent. Not an effectively mobile player when he needs to be and doesn't really have a gauge with his arm strength. Has some reported off-field concerns, and there could be more underneath the surface. Buyer beware, but someone will fall in love with the cannon and try to deal with all the other stuff. (Kansas City Chiefs)
Kwame Geathers, DT, Georgia: Father, uncle, and brother played, or currently play, in the NFL. Massive run-stuffer with surprisingly quick feet and a certain level of burst off the snap. Dropped because he's got a lot of technique work to do -- he loses power a lot on leverage, doesn't show a lot of effective hand movement, and disappears for long stretches of time. Rotational guy at the NFL level. (San Diego Chargers)
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