15 Most Underrated NFL Free Agents

15 Most Underrated 2014 NFL Free Agents

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It's that time of year again. The time of year in which NFL teams are all clamoring toward the free agency period. With that said, this years free agent crop lacks the big-name talent we've become accustomed to over the past few years. Because of that, there will be a reliance upon underrated players and not big-name talents. Without further ado, here are the 15 most underrated NFL free agents.

15. Rashad Jennings

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15. Rashad Jennings

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Given a chance to prove himself last season as a member of the Oakland Raiders, Rashad Jennings didn’t disappoint. Although he is 28, Jennings doesn’t have a lot of mileage on his legs. He could be a great pick-up as a timeshare back.

14. Anthony Collins

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14. Anthony Collins

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As a member of the Cincinnati Bengals, Anthony Collins hasn’t seen the playing time he deserves. Fantastic as a swing blocker for the Bengals last season, the team has for some reason decided to let him test the free agency waters. Look for Collins to make Cincinnati regret letting him walk.

13. Daryl Smith

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13. Daryl Smith

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Isn't it funny how a linebacker who piled up 123 tackles and five sacks during the 2013-14 season can somehow remain underrated? Daryl Smith was great for the Baltimore Ravens last year, and although he is starting to age, there should be some sort of market for someone of Smith’s caliber.

12. Shaun Phillips

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12. Shaun Phillips

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Last year during free agency when the Denver Broncos signed Shaun Phillips, it was seen as a desperate attempt to make up for losing Elvis Dumervil. As it would turn out, Phillips was every bit as good as Dumervil, racking up 11 sacks by the time it was all said and done. Phillips could be a great pass rusher for any team that makes a move for him.

11. Chris Clemons

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11. Chris Clemons

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Although Chris Clemons isn't quite at the level of someone like Jairus Byrd, he is pretty good in his own right. Clemons can cover with the best of them, and although his tackling could use some work, Clemons is a solid starter.

10. Golden Tate

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10. Golden Tate

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Playing in an offense that is extremely run-heavy, Golden Tate hasn't gotten much of an opportunity to showcase his skills over his time in the league. With that said, he has excellent playmaking ability and a knack for making tough catches when it matters most. Tate could shine if given the chance elsewhere.

9. Willie Young

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9. Willie Young

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Willie Young of the Detroit Lions is a player who hasn't really gotten to show the world his talent yet. A talented pass rusher, Young is coming off the best season of his young career, and it appears that he is only scratching the surface of his potential.

8. Knowshon Moreno

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8. Knowshon Moreno

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Although Knowshon Moreno is too injury-prone to carry the full load for a team, there is absolutely no doubt that the man is talented. Coming off the first 1,000-yard season of his career, Moreno would be a great addition to almost any backfield.

7. Andre Roberts

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7. Andre Roberts

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Throughout his career, Andre Roberts has been at the disadvantage of playing with subpar quarterbacks as a member of the Arizona Cardinals. With that said, he was able to rack up 759 yards in 2012, and could be a solid slot receiver on a team with an above-average quarterback in place.

6. Wesley Woodyard

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6. Wesley Woodyard

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Before last season, Wesley Woodyard was one of the brightest young linebackers in all of football. Despite coming off a disappointing season, Woodyard is entering his prime and is a great candidate for a bounce-back season.

5. Toby Gerhart

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5. Toby Gerhart

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Playing in the shadow of Adrian Peterson, Minnesota Vikings’ running back Toby Gerhart hasn't gotten a lot of opportunity to prove his worth over his career. However, he has impressed when he is on the field, and it’s not crazy to think that Gerhart is a starting-caliber player.

4. Ted Ginn

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4. Ted Ginn

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Considered a bust over his career with the Miami Dolphins, Ted Ginn Jr.’s career appeared to be ending quickly. Ginn found himself a member of the Carolina Panthers last season and flashed some exciting potential. He may never be a top option in an offense, but there is no doubt Ginn can provide some playmaking ability.

3. Garrett Graham

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3. Garrett Graham

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During the 2013-14 season, the Houston Texans totally fell apart as a team. While Garrett Graham didn't put up fantastic numbers during his time with the franchise, he does have some potential as a pass catching tight end.

2. Karlos Dansby

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2. Karlos Dansby

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For a player who was supposedly washed up prior to last season, Karlos Dansby did pretty well for himself, piling up 122 tackles with the Arizona Cardinals. Dansby might not have a ton of football left, but there is certainly something left in the tank.

1. LaMarr Houston

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1. LaMarr Houston

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Being a member of the Oakland Raiders, LaMarr Houston doesn’t get the recognition his play deserves. Equally as dominant at both stuffing the run and rushing the quarterback, Houston is one of the more complete players in the entire league, and is going to be a very nice acquisition for one lucky team.


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