It is every college football player's dream to have his name called out at the NFL draft. Unfortunately, not everybody gets to hear his name read, but that doesn't mean he can't still have a future in NFL. Many college football players will make a NFL team after being signed as undrafted free agents.
The Alabama Crimson Tide dominated the early rounds of the draft, and, naturally, several other Alabama players were signed as undrafted free agents.
Jerrell Harris (LB), Atlanta Falcons
Harris was ranked in the 30s among the linebackers in the NFL draft, so he probably was not far from being drafted. When Harris was being recruited for college he was believed to be the best run-stopping linebacker in his class. Harris didn't reach that expectation in college but was a solid contributor to the best defense in the country.
Alfred McCullough (OG), Baltimore RavensIn Week 8, McCullough was an honorable mention in the SEC's Player of the Week. That week McCullough didn't miss any assignments, didn't allow any sacks, didn't allow his assignment to get pressure on the quarterback, and didn't commit any penalties. Obviously, McCullough didn't do this every week or he would have been drafted, but the potential to fill in and have a great game is there.
Marquis Maze (WR), Pittsburgh Steelers
Maze has a great shot to make the Pittsburgh team. The Steelers have a great collection of wide receivers in Mike Wallace, Antonio Brown, Jerricho Cotchery and Emmanuel Sanders, and they also drafted a wide receiver. That's only five receivers, though, and the Steelers usually carry six. Maze could be a valuable backup and could get some time on special teams returning kicks.
William Vlachos (C), Tennessee Titans
Vlachos might be the most overlooked player on this list. Vlachos started at center for three seasons at Alabama and two of those teams were national championship teams that offensively depended on running the ball. The knock on Vlachos is his small stature, but he played far too good in his career to not get drafted.
Dairus Hanks (WR), Washington Redskins
The good news for Hanks is that he's going to a team that has lousy wide receivers, so there is a chance he makes the team. The bad news for Redskins fans is that while Hanks is nice, the Redskins still don't have the weapons they need for Robert Griffin III to succeed.
Phelon Jones (CB), Washington Redskins
Jones is not a bad pickup for the Redskins, because, honestly, he could have a more impressive resume if he got on the field more. Jones started at LSU with a stacked secondary that has already produced multiple NFL players. Then Jones transferred to Alabama where he again was behind future NFL players. There is a chance we haven't even seen what Jones is capable of yet.
Andrew Gribble, Catching up with Alabama's undrafted free agents, Al.com
Lee Andrew Henderson has lived for more than 30 years in the state of Alabama. Surrounded by Alabama and Auburn fans he is constantly immersed with the team schools, the rivalry, the SEC and college football in general. Lee Andrew Henderson can be found on Twitter @LeeAHenderson.
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