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The feeding frenzy to gobble up the remaining undrafted players is about to get started after a two-month delay due to the lockout. More than 300 players who were not selected in April's draft will be signed by NFL clubs in the coming days. So who could end up as this year's LeGarrette Blount or Sam Shields -- players who slipped through the cracks in the 2010 draft and went on to produce every Sunday after signing as free agents? Here are 10 names to keep an eye on.
1) Ian Williams/DL/Notre Dame: Williams saw his 2010 campaign cut short and red flags raises after he suffered a knee injury midway through the season. Despite performing well at the combine, he slipped out of the draft's seven rounds. But he has legitimate NFL ability with the potential to play several spots on the defensive line. Rated as a fifth-rounder on many draft boards, Williams could be a steal for any team needing a nose tackle, such as the Denver Broncos or Washington Redskins.
2) Derrick Locke/RB/Kentucky: Locke is another who fell out of the draft after sustaining a knee injury during the 2010 season. The dynamic playmaker has been compared to Dexter McCluster, the second-round phenom of the Kansas City Chiefs last season. Locke produces as a running back, pass catcher or kick returner. He'd be a great fit for the St. Louis Rams or Miami Dolphins, a pair of teams in need of a versatile skill player.
3) Jeron Johnson/S/Boise State: Johnson, one of the most complete defensive backs available in April's draft, was rated as fourth-round value by several teams around the league. He was dogged by a hamstring injury throughout the pre-draft process, which undoubtedly hurt his draft stock. The Dallas Cowboys, Jacksonville Jaguars and Seattle Seahawks, safety needy teams, could be in the market for his services.
4) Kendric Burney/CB/North Carolina: Burney, considered a top-75 pick after the Senior Bowl, watched his draft stock plummet after the combine when he struggled to break 4.8-seconds in the 40. His skills and instincts were some of the best from the senior class yet his lack of speed remains a concern. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Chicago Bears, teams that can protect Burney in their cover-two defensive scheme, would be likely candidates for the talented cornerback.
5) Terrance Toliver/WR/LSU: The 212-pound possession receiver was red-flagged by teams after a shoulder injury was revealed. Toliver has shown the skills to be a dominant, go-to receiver who physically beats down opponents for the reception. The New Orleans Saints or Philadelphia Eagles would be a good home for Toliver.
6) Tim Barnes/C/Missouri: Barnes entered the draft rated as a top-five player at his position. He was a prolific pass protector and dominant run blocker. Why he slid out of the draft's seven rounds is anyone's guess. Barnes could find a home with the Baltimore Ravens, Cincinnati Bengals or St Louis Rams, teams hoping to develop a starting center in the near future.
7) Dane Sanzenbacher/WR/Ohio State: The former Buckeye wowed scouts with his pass-catching in college but poor measurables (5-feet, 11 inches, 182 pounds, 4.55-seconds in the 40) pushed him out of a draft that was deep at the receiver position. Scouts feel Sanzenbacher will have a productive career as a slot receiver in the NFL. His talents are well suited for the Seattle Seahawks, Denver Broncos or Chicago Bears, teams searching for depth and youth at the receiver position.
8) Ray Dominguez/G/Arkansas: Several teams graded Dominguez higher than his college teammate, DeMarcus Love, selected by the Minnesota Vikings in the sixth round. He's a versatile blocker who can line up at guard or tackle and is viewed by teams as a prospect who can see action as a rookie. Dominquez would be a good fit for the Carolina Panthers, New York Jets or Green Bay Packers -- franchises looking to develop a starter on the offensive line.
9) Schuylar Oordt/TE/Northern Iowa: Oordt put up mind-boggling numbers at the combine, running 4.63-seconds in the 40 after measuring 6-5.5 and 261 pounds. He displayed terrific athleticism on the college field, impressing NFL teams with his pass-catching ability. Yet his in-line blocking skills concerned scouts as did his bland production on a small school level. Oordt's upside potential is enormous for a franchise willing to develop his talents, such as the San Francisco 49ers, Jacksonville Jaguars or Chicago Bears, teams looking to add a productive second tight end to the roster.
10) Kai Forbath/K/UCLA: Only two kickers were selected in April's draft, a surprisingly low number considering how many teams need field goal improvement. Forbath struggled as a senior, connecting on 72% of his attempts, a far cry from the 90% he put through the uprights as a junior. He can hit them from long distance (career best of 54 yards) and has shown a good degree of accuracy throughout his UCLA career. Forbath would be a solid fit for the Dallas Cowboys or even the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, a pair of franchises that play in favorable conditions and want to upgrade their field goal units.
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