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Top 15 Undrafted Stars in the NFL Today

Each year, hundreds of former college football players wait to hear their name called during the NFL Draft. With only seven rounds in the draft these days, there are a lot of people that never get to see their dream realized, as only 256 names were called in the 2015 edition of the entry draft. The dream isn’t completely dead for those that weren’t picked, though, as undrafted free agents are often called upon to help fill out the roster for teams.

Some of those players get cut within just a few days, some hang around on the practice squad for a couple of years and some even get to see the field during the regular season. For those that are given the chance, making a big first impression is vital. While most get put back onto the bench, a certain few become staples for their teams for years to come.

The NFL is filled with a ton of undrafted talent, and some of the best players in league history never got drafted. Many of the best players in the league today never got on stage for the NFL Draft, and have helped their teams win Super Bowls. So who are the 15 best undrafted players that are currently in the league? We ranked them in terms of current productivity instead of career production. Wes Welker is an honorable mention, but he’s not on an NFL roster currently. Here are the 15 that we picked.

15 James Harrison

Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

14 Tramon Williams

Chris Humphreys-USA TODAY Sports

13 Mike Tolbert

Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports

12 Brandon Browner

Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

11 Vontaze Burfict

Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

10 C.J. Anderson

Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports

9 Marcel Reece

Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports

8 John Kuhn

Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

7 Victor Cruz

Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

6 Brent Grimes

Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

5 Antonio Gates

Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports

4 Cameron Wake

Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports

3 Arian Foster

Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

2 Jason Peters

Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports

1 Tony Romo

Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

Tony Romo was a star in the small town of Charleston, Illinois while playing with the FCS Eastern Illinois University Panthers. Before Jimmy Garoppolo came around, Romo held just about every quarterbacking record at the school. Romo didn’t hear his name called in the 2003 NFL Draft, but still managed to sign a deal with the Dallas Cowboys where he spent a couple of years as a holder. When Drew Bledsoe wasn’t performing up to par, Romo came in to replace him and never relinquished the job. Now, 35 years old, Romo has reached four Pro Bowl games and now has as many Cowboys records as he does Eastern Illinois records.

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