Can You Name These NFL Stars Who Went Undrafted?


By: Gavin Thagard

6 Min Quiz

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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! 

The winner of Super Bowl 50, who is this undrafted star?

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.


This undrafted kicker is playing well into his 40s. Who is he?

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.


This undrafted quarterback played for six teams throughout his career. Who is he?

Dave Krieg spent the largest part of his career with the Seattle Seahawks. He currently holds Seattle's record for career touchdown passes.


An undersized linebacker, who is this once-undrafted star?

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.


This undrafted star's career was cut short by injuries. Who is he?

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.


Who is this undrafted player who started 13 games his rookie year?

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.


This undrafted star led the league in receptions in 2001. Who is he?

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.


Starting his career in the CFL, who is this player who went undrafted in 2005?

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.


This undrafted receiver was a favorite target for Tom Brady for a few seasons. Who is he?

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.


Receiving the nickname "Captain Crash," who is this undrafted star?

Cliff Harris played in five Super Bowls during his time with the Dallas Cowboys. His team walked away with two victories during that span.


Once selected to seven straight Pro Bowls, who is this undrafted star?

Jay Hilgenberg was drafted out of Iowa in 1981. Wearing number 63, he played the center position throughout his NFL career.


A player who only got better with age, who is this undrafted star?

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.


This player spent his entire career with the Steelers after going undrafted. Who is he?

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.


A winner of three Super Bowls, who is this undrafted star?

Nate Newton's football success was marred by his legal troubles after leaving the game. In 2001, he was arrested twice for drug trafficking.


This undrafted player started on special teams before coming on as a star receiver. Who is he?

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.


Undrafted out of North Texas, who is this NFL star?

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.


Playing tight end in college, who is this undrafted star offensive tackle?

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.


This undrafted star led the league in rushing touchdowns twice. Who is he?

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.


Back injuries eventually slowed this undrafted star down, who is he?

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.


This undrafted star was part of the only undefeated team in NFL history. Who is he?

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.


This undrafted player eventually became an analyst for ESPN. Who is he?

Jeff Saturday spent most of his career blocking for quarterback Peyton Manning. Together, they won Super Bowl XLI while playing for the Indianapolis Colts.


This former college basketball player went undrafted as a football player. Who is he?

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.


Undrafted out of Texas A&M-Kingsville, who is this NFL star?

John Randle finished his NFL career with 137.5 sacks. In his best season, he led the league in sacks with 15.5.


This undrafted star joined the Arena League before coming back to the NFL. Who is he?

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.


This nine-time Pro Bowler went undrafted in 1978. Who is he?

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.


The winner of Super Bowl XLVIII, who is this undrafted star?

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.


Finishing his career with 25 sacks, who is this undrafted player?

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.


This undrafted punter got little attention before being signed by the Patriots. Who is he?

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.


A three-time All-Pro​, who is this undrafted star?

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.


This undrafted linebacker became a star despite being undersized. Who is he?

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.


A future head coach, who is this undrafted NFL star?

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.


This undrafted star won a Super Bowl as a player and as a coach. Who is he?

Dan Reeves played running back for eight seasons in the NFL. In Super Bowl VI, he carried the ball one time for seven yards.


Selected to three Pro Bowls, who is this NFL undrafted star?

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.


This undrafted guard won back to back Super Bowls with the Dolphins. Who is he?

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.


This undrafted star holds the Chiefs' interception record. Who is he?

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.


Nicknamed "Night Train," who is this undrafted NFL star?

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.


This undrafted safety played his entire career with the Packers. Who is he?

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.


This undrafted fullback played at Compton Junior College. Who is he?

Joe Perry led the NFL in rushing yards in 1953 and 1954. During the 1953 season, he also led the league in rushing touchdowns.


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