Can You Name These NFL Stars Who Went Undrafted?

By: Gavin Thagard

Can You Name These NFL Stars Who Went Undrafted?
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About This Quiz

As football fans, it's easy to go back and look at a player's career to judge just how big of a star the player was during the prime years of their time in the NFL. However, before these players ever made it into the league, they were judged by professional scouts and coaches who had to make the tough choice of taking them in the draft or not, and of course, some future stars never made it onto the draft boards. 

It's hard to be a scout, though. After all, some players are just developing when the time comes to enter the league. That means many of the best players go undrafted during one of the most pivotal times of their lives. The best of these players never quit, however, as they fight for a spot on an NFL roster. 

Do you know which players went on to have exceptional careers, winning Super Bowls, making Pro Bowls and earning their way into the Hall of Fame despite not being drafted? Here's a quiz where you can find out just that. 

If you think you know all of the greatest NFL stars who went undrafted, get started with this quiz and see if you would make a decent NFL scout! 

Chris Harris Jr The winner of Super Bowl 50, who is this undrafted star?
Richard Sherman
Jalen Ramsey
Chris Harris Jr.
Since joining Denver in 2011, Chris Harris Jr. played in every regular season game except one through the 2017 season. During that span, he recorded 16 interceptions and returned three of them for touchdowns.
Marcus Peters

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Adam Vinatieri This undrafted kicker is playing well into his 40s. Who is he?
Gary Anderson
Jason Hanson
Jason Elam
Adam Vinatieri
Adam Vinatieri is the NFL's all-time leading scorer. Though Vinatieri​ is still playing, he passed Morten Andersen's record of 2,544 points in 2018.

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Dave Krieg This undrafted quarterback played for six teams throughout his career. Who is he?
Dave Krieg
Dave Krieg spent the largest part of his career with the Seattle Seahawks. He currently holds Seattle's record for career touchdown passes.
Sam Adkins
Jim Zorn
Kelly Stouffer​

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London Fletcher An undersized linebacker, who is this once-undrafted star?
Von Miller
London Fletcher
2012 was London Fletcher's second to last year in the league. However, it was also one of his best years as he recorded a career-high five interceptions and made his fourth Pro Bowl.
Ray Lewis
Thomas Davis

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Arian Foster This undrafted star's career was cut short by injuries. Who is he?
Arian Foster
At the height of his career, Arian Foster was one of the top running backs in the league. He twice led the league in rushing touchdowns and led the league in rushing yards once.
LaDainian Tomlinson
Todd Gurley
Reggie Bush

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Joe Jacoby Who is this undrafted player who started 13 games his rookie year?
Walter Jones
Forrest Gregg
Joe Jacoby
Joe Jacoby won three Super Bowls playing for the Washington Redskins. Though he hasn't made the Hall of Fame, Jacoby was selected to the Redskins Ring of Fame.
Jim Parker

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Rod Smith This undrafted star led the league in receptions in 2001. Who is he?
Isaac​ Bruce
Rod Smith
Rod Smith played college football at Missouri Southern State where he had an outstanding career. Smith was elected to the College Football Hall of Fame in 2009.
Terrell Owens
Chad Johnson

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Cameron Wake Starting his career in the CFL, who is this player who went undrafted in 2005?
Doug Adkins
J.J. Watt
Bruce Smith
Cameron Wake
Cameron Wake's short career in the CFL displayed the defensive star's talent. In his rookie season, he was named the CFL Rookie of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year.

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Wes Welker This undrafted receiver was a favorite target for Tom Brady for a few seasons. Who is he?
Tim Brown
Wes Welker
During their time together, Tom Brady connected with Wes Welker over 100 times per season every year except one. In those seasons with over 100 receptions, Welker also had over 1,000 yards receiving.
Julian Edelman
Chris Hogan

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Cliff Harris Receiving the nickname "Captain Crash," who is this undrafted star?
Ed Reed
Ken Houston
Cliff Harris
Cliff Harris played in five Super Bowls during his time with the Dallas Cowboys. His team walked away with two victories during that span.
Larry Wilson

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Jay Hilgenberg Once selected to seven straight Pro Bowls, who is this undrafted star?
Mike Webster
Dwight Stephenson
Frank Gatski
Jay Hilgenberg
Jay Hilgenberg was drafted out of Iowa in 1981. Wearing number 63, he played the center position throughout his NFL career.

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James Harrison A player who only got better with age, who is this undrafted star?
James Harrison
James Harrison finished his career playing in a Super Bowl with the New England Patriots. However, the Patriots lost the game to the Philadelphia Eagles.
Doug Atkins
Jack Youngblood
Michael Strahan

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Donnie Shell This player spent his entire career with the Steelers after going undrafted. Who is he?
Larry Wilson
Ronnie Lott
Donnie Shell
Donnie Shell was part of a dominant Steelers' defense in the '70s and '80s. Led by the defense, the Steelers won four Super Bowls with Shell on the team.
Ken Houston

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Nate Newton A winner of three Super Bowls, who is this undrafted star?
Nate Newton
Nate Newton's football success was marred by his legal troubles after leaving the game. In 2001, he was arrested twice for drug trafficking.
John Hannah
Tom Mack
Larry Allen

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Drew Pearson This undrafted player started on special teams before coming on as a star receiver. Who is he?
Torry Holt
Drew Pearson
Drew Pearson had his greatest NFL season in 1977 when he led the league in receiving yards. For his play, Pearson was selected to the NFL 1970s All-Decade Team.
Marvin Harrison
Reggie Wayne

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Brian Waters Undrafted out of North Texas, who is this NFL star?
Gene Upshaw
Tom Mack
John Hannah
Brian Waters
Brian Waters played tight end and defensive end in college. When he entered the NFL, the six-time Pro Bowler moved to guard where he remained throughout his career.

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Jason Peters Playing tight end in college, who is this undrafted star offensive tackle?
Walter Jones
Joe Thomas
Ron Yary
Jason Peters
Jason Peters went to Super Bowl LII with the Philadelphia Eagles. The Eagles defeated the Patriots to win the first Super Bowl in franchise history.

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Priest Holmes This undrafted star led the league in rushing touchdowns twice. Who is he?
Bo Jackson
Priest Holmes
In 2003, Priest Holmes set the NFL single-season rushing touchdowns record when he scored 27 touchdowns on the ground. The record was broken a few years later by LaDainian Tomlinson.
Gale Sayers
Barry Sanders

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Tony Romo Back injuries eventually slowed this undrafted star down, who is he?
Drew Bledsoe
Troy Aikman
Dak Prescott
Tony Romo
Tony Romo passed for 7,816 yards and 82 touchdowns while in college at Eastern Illinois. In 2009, Eastern Illinois honored Romo by retiring his number.

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Jim Langer This undrafted star was part of the only undefeated team in NFL history. Who is he?
Wayne Moore
Larry Little
Jim Langer
Jim Langer played for the Miami Dolphins when they went undefeated during the 1972 season. The year culminated in a Super Bowl victory for the Dolphins over the Washington Redskins.
Norm Evans

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Jeff Saturday This undrafted player eventually became an analyst for ESPN. Who is he?
Mike Webster
Mel Hein
Jeff Saturday
Jeff Saturday spent most of his career blocking for quarterback Peyton Manning. Together, they won Super Bowl XLI while playing for the Indianapolis Colts.
Jim Otto

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Antonio Gates This former college basketball player went undrafted as a football player. Who is he?
Jason Witten
Antonio Gates
Antonio Gates helped revolutionize the tight end position. In previous eras, tight ends were primarily used for blocking, but Gates made teams realize that tight ends could be star receivers as well.
Mike Ditka
Kellen Winslow

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John Randle Undrafted out of Texas A&M-Kingsville, who is this NFL star?
John Randle
John Randle finished his NFL career with 137.5 sacks. In his best season, he led the league in sacks with 15.5.
Jason Taylor
Willie Davis
Ed Jones

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Kurt Warner This undrafted star joined the Arena League before coming back to the NFL. Who is he?
Isaac Bruce
Torry Holt
Marshall Faulk
Kurt Warner
Kurt Warner was part of a Rams' offense known as "The Greatest Show on Turf." Other key players in the offense were Isaac Bruce, Torry Holt, and Marshall Faulk.

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Warren Moon This nine-time Pro Bowler went undrafted in 1978. Who is he?
Terry Bradshaw
Warren Moon
Warren Moon was named the NFL Offensive Player of the Year in 1990. That season, he completed 62% of his passes for 4,689 yards.
Joe Montana
Steve Young

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Michael Bennett The winner of Super Bowl XLVIII, who is this undrafted star?
Howie Long
Harvey Martin
Len Ford
Michael Bennett
Michael Bennett is the brother of Martellus Bennett, a former tight end in the NFL. The two played together for a few seasons​ at Texas A&M.

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Bart Scott Finishing his career with 25 sacks, who is this undrafted player?
Derrick Thomas
Bobby Bell
Bart Scott
Bart Scott spent most of his NFL career playing under coach Rex Ryan. Ryan was the defensive coordinator for the Ravens while Scott was on the team, then he signed Scott to the Jets' roster when he became the head coach.
Bill George

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Jeff Feagles This undrafted punter got little attention before being signed by the Patriots. Who is he?
Jeff Feagles
Jeff Feagles mastered the art of the coffin punt while in the NFL. This style of punt is used to pin offenses inside their 10-yard line, forcing them to march the distance of the field to score.
Ray Guy
Yale Lary
Reggie Roby

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Jessie Tuggle A three-time All-Pro​, who is this undrafted star?
Jessie Tuggle
A Georgia resident, Jessie Tuggle played college football at Valdosta State in south Georgia. He was eventually picked up by the Atlanta Falcons where he spent his entire NFL career.
Jack Ham
Kevin Greene
Dave Robinson

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Sam Mills This undrafted linebacker became a star despite being undersized. Who is he?
Junior Seau
Ray Lewis
Jack Lambert
Sam Mills
Sam Mills was a player who only got better with age. In 1996, his second to last year in the NFL, Mills was selected to the First-Team All-Pro for the first time in his career.

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Herm Edwards A future head coach, who is this undrafted NFL star?
Rod Woodson
Herm Edwards
Herm Edwards took the head coaching job for the Arizona State Sun Devils at the beginning of the 2018 season. In his first season, he led the Sun Devils to a bowl game after going 7-5 in the regular season.
Mel Blount
Mike Haynes

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Dan Reeves This undrafted star won a Super Bowl as a player and as a coach. Who is he?
John Harbaugh
Bruce Arians
Dan Reeves
Dan Reeves played running back for eight seasons in the NFL. In Super Bowl VI, he carried the ball one time for seven yards.
Hue Jackson

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Coy Bacon Selected to three Pro Bowls, who is this NFL undrafted star?
Coy Bacon
Coy Bacon played during an era when sacks weren't recorded. However, according to some football historians, Bacon would hold the single-season sack record after recording 26 sacks during the 1976 season.
Bob Lilly
Randy White
Warren Sapp

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Larry Little This undrafted guard won back to back Super Bowls with the Dolphins. Who is he?
Bob Griese
Paul Warfield
Larry Little
Before the 1969 season, Larry Little was traded from the Chargers to the Dolphins. In his first season with the Dolphins, Little was selected to his first of five Pro Bowls.
Jim Kiick

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Emmitt Thomas This undrafted star holds the Chiefs' interception record. Who is he?
Bobby Bell
Willie Lanier
Emmitt Thomas
Despite a successful career, Emmitt Thomas was left out of the NFL Hall of Fame during the early years of his eligibility. However, he finally made the Hall of Fame in 2008 when he was selected by the Seniors Committee.
Buck Buchanan

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Dick Lane Nicknamed "Night Train," who is this undrafted NFL star?
Rod Woodson
Darrell Green
Richard Sherman
Dick Lane
Despite going undrafted in 1952, Dick Lane had a historic rookie season. That year, he set the NFL record for interceptions in a season when he pulled in 14.

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Willie Wood This undrafted safety played his entire career with the Packers. Who is he?
Willie Wood
Willie Wood played for the Packers under the legendary coach Vince Lombardi. Led by quarterback Bart Starr, the team won Super Bowl I and II together.
Kenny Easley
Larry Wilson
Ken Houston

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Joe Perry This undrafted fullback played at Compton Junior College. Who is he?
Bo Jackson
Joe Perry
Joe Perry led the NFL in rushing yards in 1953 and 1954. During the 1953 season, he also led the league in rushing touchdowns.
Walter Payton
Barry Sanders

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