10 Greatest Undrafted NFL Players

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Houston Texans vs. Tennessee Titans
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3. Arian Foster

In 2009 the Houston Texans took a chance on undrafted running back Arian Foster. However, the chance paid off, as Foster’s move to the Texans as a free agent may just be the best roster addition in the young franchise’s history. Foster, who is still only 27, is regarded as one of the top running backs in the league – and arguably he’s only getting better. He has led the league in combined rushing and receiving touchdowns in two out of his four seasons in the NFL, and he has made the Pro Bowl cut three times. Fantasy football players have often drafted Foster as their first or second pick, and he looks all set for another great season in pro football in 2013.

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Antonio Gates
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2. Antonio Gates

Top tight end Antonio Gates would go undrafted in 2003, but he soon signed with the San Diego Chargers as a free agent. Since then, he has been selected for an impressive eight (out of a possible ten) Pro Bowls. A former college basketball player, Gates turned his attention to football in order to capitalize on his height – 6’5” cutting a less imposing figure in the NBA – as well as his athletic prowess. Since first being spotted by scouts, for close to a decade he has been one of the league’s elite red zone targets. Injuries have slowed down Gates’ career at times, but he still has a shot at making the Hall of Fame, and now that he is back to full health, he is expected to have a strong 2013/2014 season.

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