Once the NFL draft ended, the real frenzy began.
Every NFL team was working the phones trying to fill its rookie minicamp spots with undrafted free agents. And while these players were obviously passed over in the draft, some will still make an impact in the league.
Take the Seattle Seahawks as an example. Last season, the Seahawks had 70 different players dress for regular season games, and 32 of them started their careers as undrafted free agents. Fifteen of those players started at least one game.
Here is a list of local undrafted hopefuls and their destinations:
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▪ Duke S Jeremy Cash: Carolina Panthers
▪ UNC WR Quinshad Davis: Detroit Lions
▪ N.C. State TE David Grinnage: Green Bay Packers
▪ Duke K Ross Martin: New York Jets
▪ Duke WR Max McCaffrey: Oakland Raiders
▪ Duke P Will Monday: Pittsburgh Steelers
▪ UNC RB Romar Morris: New York Jets
▪ Duke LB Dwayne Norman: Denver Broncos
▪ UNC LB Shakeel Rashad: Houston Texans
▪ Duke TE David Reeves: Pittsburgh Steelers
▪ N.C. State DE Mike Rose: New York Giants
▪ N.C. State C Quinton Schooley: Pittsburgh Steelers
▪ UNC LB Jeff Schoettmer: New Orleans Saints
▪ Duke C Matt Skura: Baltimore Ravens
▪ UNC OG Landon Turner: New Orleans Saints
▪ Duke DT Carlos Wray: San Diego Chargers
Additionally, Duke TE Braxton Deaver (Panthers), OG Lucas Patrick (Packers) and RB Shaquille Powell (New England Patriots) were invited to try out at the indicated teams’ rookie mini camps.
Joe Giglio and Andrew Carter contributed.