The 2008 National Football League Defensive Player of the Year was a guy named James Harrison. Perhaps you remember this individual? He wore number 92 for the Pittsburgh Steelers and was a part of two Super Bowl Championships? Does he ring a bell?
Actually, he rang lots of bells in his days as a Steeler but he was also an undrafted rookie free agent out of Kent State. He spent time with the Steelers, then Baltimore and then back to the ‘burgh where he found the bulk of his professional success.
Harrison is far from the only player to go undrafted and then have a solid, professional career, but he clearly stands out.
The Steelers signed nine undrafted rookie free agents in the hours following the 2014 NFL Draft this past weekend and there are two guys in particular you should keep an eye on.
Howard Jones of Shepard, a Division II school, is an edge rusher extraordinaire who set the career record for sacks by a Division II player before leaving for the NFL. At 6’2″ and 235lbs, Jones a...