It may not be the most conventional way of making it to the NFL, but signing a free agent contract as an undrafted player still provides players an opportunity to make it at the next level.
A total of eight former LSU players were contacted by NFL teams following this weekend's draft and have signed with teams as undrafted free agents. This came after the Tigers had a total of five players selected in the draft, including defensive standouts Morris Claiborne and Michael Brockers, who were both top-15 picks.
Former starting tight end Deangelo Peterson and offensive lineman T-Bob Hebert both signed with the St. Louis Rams and will be joining Brockers, who was the 14th overall selection in the draft to St. Louis.
With a lack of talent at the tight end position and the Rams, Peterson should have a good chance to make the roster and possibly even be a starter for this team down the road. The same can be said for Hebert, who wasn't expected to get drafted, but finds himself in a good position to make a roster that lacks depth on the offensive line.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers, who many considered to be one of the biggest winners in this year's NFL Draft, also added former LSU quarterback Jordan Jefferson and linebacker Ryan Baker.
Jefferson could have a difficult time making this roster as a quarterback, not necessarily because Tampa Bay is deep at the position, but because his skill set simply doesn't transition well to the NFL game.
Baker, on the other hand, was a very productive linebacker in college and should have a realistic shot to make the roster as an unsigned free agent.
The other four Tigers to sign as undrafted free agents are Jarrett Lee (San Diego Chargers), Will Blackwell (Carolina Panthers), Kendrick Adams (Jacksonville Jaguars) and James Stampley (Seattle Seahawks, free agent tryout).
Of course it is unlikely that all eight will make an NFL roster, but if it were to happen, a total of 13 players from LSU's 2011 SEC title team could be playing in the NFL next season.
What do you have to say to that, Alabama?
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