undrafted free agents

Virginia Tech's Alonzo Tweedy, one of the nation's top special teams players, will vie for a roster spot this summer.

Though it?s a bit early to tell, Victor Cruz may go down as one of the top undrafted free agents in Giants? history.

Hall of Fame defensive back Emlen Tunnell is also on that list with his 79 career interceptions.

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From April 26 to April 28, 253 young men saw their dreams of being drafted by an NFL team come true.? For hundreds of others, the NFL draft cruelly concluded with their names uncalled.? Most of us reading this have never known what it feels like to be a prospective NFL player going undrafted, but I imagine it might feel like your high school crush refusing your advances in front of all your friends and family.? That is, if your high school crush happened to be all 32 NFL teams.

But as much as it stings, going undrafted is not the end of the road for these young athletes with dreams of playing under the brightest of lights, on the greenest of fields, wearing the costliest of cleats.? Undrafted players who still long to make a living as a professional football player must look no further than the Super Bowl 46 champions for a sign of hope.? Several members of the Giants? 2011 roster were overlooked at the draft by every NFL team seven times over.

Not all undrafted free agents are created equal, and there are a number of players whose stories could have been ripped right out of a Hollywood script.? Mark Herzlich was named ACC Defensive Player of the Year, and was a consensus first round prospect after his junior season at Boston College.? But when he was diagnosed with Ewing?s sarcoma, a rare form of bone cancer, the only thing that mattered was getting healthy.? Herzlich and his doctors successfully tackled the disease, and he was miraculously able to return to the field roughly one year later.? Herzlich fell all the way out of the draft, but was quickly signed by general manager Jerry Reese the morning undrafted free agency began.? He has yet to establish himself on the field, but his story has inspired millions, and his leadership and toughness make him a coach?s dream.

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In exactly four hours, teams will be able to sign undrafted free agents. ?It is likely that many teams have already contacted players, so I'd expect a flurry of signings to come in throughout the day.

There have been many discussions on this site about who the Giants should sign. My personal favorites are Center Jake Kirkpatrick, Fullback Henry Hynoski and, of course, Linebacker Mark Herzlich.

Scouts Inc. just released their list of top 40 undrafted free agents. Unfortunately, you must be a member of ESPN Insider, and few people I know actually fork over their money for this when similar articles are available for free all across the web. ?Luckily, Ohm Youngmisuk, who has done a great job during the lockout, has the?top 20 of this list on ESPN New York.

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