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Undrafted Rookie FA's that made the cut takes a look at notable players who went undrafted out of college.

Life in the NFL boils down to one thing: making the roster.


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This is true for all, but especially for rookies. For some, the NFL Draft opens up a lane toward that end goal. For others, an invitation to walk on is all they can ask. It's then up to them to prove their value come autumn.

Making it as an undrafted rookie is no easy task, but it is possible. From Hall of Fame defensive back Emlen Tunnell to wide receiver Victor Cruz, undrafted players make rosters every year, and 2014 likely won't be any different.

Here's a look at undrafted rookie free agents who have made the final cut in Tom Coughlin's tenure with the New York Giants:


  • CB Charles James (Charleston Southern)


  • DE Adewale Ojomo (Miami)
  • S Will Hill (Florida)
  • CB Terrence Frederick (Texas A&M)


DE Justin Trattou (Florida)

  • LB Spencer Paysinger (Oregon)
  • FB Henry Hynoski (Pitt)
  • LB Mark Herzlich (Boston College)
  • DT Martin Parker (Richmond)


  • WR Victor Cruz (UMass)
  • CB Brian Jackson (Oklahoma)
  • WR Duke Calhoun (Memphis)
  • TE Jake Ballard (Ohio State)
  • C Jim Cordle (Ohio State)


  • CB Bruce Johnson (Miami)
  • CB Domonique Johnson (Jackson St.)
  • S Sha'reff Rashad (Central Florida)


DT Jeremy Clark (Alabama

  • DT Leger Douzable (Central Florida)


  • RB DJ Ware (Georgia)
  • TE Michael Matthews (Georgia Tech)
  • DB Geoffrey Pope (Howard)
  • DL Dek Bake (Texas Tech)
  • DB Craig Dahl (North Dakota St.)


  • RB James Sims (Washington)
  • CB R.J. Cobbs (UMass)
  • CB Kevin Dockery (Mississippi State)
  • RB Robert Douglas (Memphis)
  • TE Darcy Johnson (Central Florida)
  • WR Michael Jennings (Grambling State/Florida State)
  • G Matt Lentz (Michigan)
  • CB EJ Underwood (Pikeville)


  • LB Chase Blackburn (Akron)
  • S James Butler (Georgia Tech)
  • LB Marcus Lawrence (South Carolina)
  • DE Adrian Awasom (North Texas)


  • G Greg Walker (Clemson)
  • LB Jim Maxwell (Gardner-Webb)
  • QB Jared Lorenzen (Kentucky)
  • LB T.J. Hollowell (Nebraska)
  • T Jason Hilliard (Louisville)
  • DT Damane Duckett (East Carolina)
  • CB Curtis DeLoatch (North Carolina A&T)
  • RB Chris Douglas (Duke)
  • T/G Greg Walker (Clemson)

Historically, here are some notable former Giants who went undrafted out of college:

  • DB Emlen Tunnell (Iowa, 1948)
  • DT Jim Burt (Miami, 1981)
  • P Jeff Feagles (Miami, 1988)
  • C Shaun O'Hara (Rutgers, 2000)
  • G Rich Seubert (Western Illinois, 2001)
  • K Lawrence Tynes (Troy, 2001)
  • LB Antonio Pierce (Arizona, 2001)
  • LB Chase Blackburn (Akron, 2005)
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