Undrafted NFL Free Agents 2013: Where Marquee Stars Landed After Draft

Donald WoodFeatured ColumnistApril 28, 2013

GLENDALE, AZ - JANUARY 03:  Collin Klein #7 of the Kansas State Wildcats looks to pass against the Oregon Ducks during the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl at University of Phoenix Stadium on January 3, 2013 in Glendale, Arizona.  (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
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After seven rounds of the 2013 NFL draft, there were still more than a few marquee undrafted free agents left on the board, but the top teams in the league wasted no time, signing them almost immediately.

All of the following players were stars in the college ranks, and after being passed on during the draft, each will take the opportunity with their new team to prove their worth to the NFL and the teams that passed on them.

For the full list of the top undrafted free agents, check the updated tracker here.


Collin Klein, QB, Kansas State

After racking up an impressive 3,561 total yards and 39 total touchdowns in 2012, Kansas State dual-threat quarterback Collin Klein went undrafted in 2013.

According to Klein’s Twitter account, there is a new player fighting for a roster spot on the Houston Texans:

Despite not hearing his name during the NFL draft, Klein has the raw talent and the winning attitude to be a positive addition to any team in the league. While there is undoubtedly a risk leaving him at QB, the Texans have decided to take the gamble with the K-State star.

With a limited ceiling as a quarterback, Klein will likely be entering the NFL as another Tim Tebow-esque player that would be better suited as a fullback, tight end or special teams ace.


Cierre Wood, RB, Notre Dame

The Notre Dame Fighting Irish had one of the most potent rushing attacks in the nation over the last few seasons, and one of the reasons the program was so dangerous was the elite play of running back Cierre Wood.

Even with limited touches during his career at Notre Dame, Wood announced via his Twitter account that the Houston Texans came calling as soon as the draft was over and signed the undrafted free agent:

While 742 rushing yards (6.5 per carry) and four touchdowns in 2012 doesn’t sound too impressive on paper, Wood split time with another back (Theo Riddick) and a running quarterback (Everett Golson).

Wood may not have the elite top-end or lateral speed most running backs in the NFL possess, but his size (5’11” and 213 pounds) and vision will make him the natural fit as the Texans' backup RB in their zone-blocking schemes.


Tyler Bray, QB, Tennessee

One of the biggest wild cards in the 2013 draft was Tennessee quarterback prospect Tyler Bray and when he would end up being selected. After going seven rounds without hearing his name, Bray was one of the top stars to go undrafted.

Bray may not have been selected, but he was signed by the Kansas City Chiefs soon after the draft was completed, according to ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter:

Not only is Bray off the charts physically (6’6” and up to 232 pounds at the combine), but also the Volunteers starter amassed an impressive 3,612 yards passing, 34 touchdowns and 12 interceptions in 2012.

While there were obvious flaws in his game at times (inconsistent accuracy and trouble reading defenses), this much raw talent at quarterback was not going to be a free agent long.