It’s got to be a little nerve-racking for the guys we’re about to talk about. Undrafted players have always had a chance to sign with NFL teams following the draft. They might not have been the lengthiest contracts, but at least players could get into camp to try to earn a spot.
Now, with the NFL in disarray, undrafted players are forced to play the waiting game. Drafted players can't even have contact with their new teams, and teams can’t make offseason moves. Everyone seems to think there will be a 2011 season, but there has to be a sense of nervousness circulating through the minds of players who didn’t hear their names called over the weekend.
Here is a list of some SEC snubs who will be waiting for the league to get its act together:
Darvin Adams, WR, Auburn
Not only was he one of Auburn’s top playmakers in 2010, but in his last two seasons with the Tigers, he grabbed 112 receptions for 1,960 yards and 17 touchdowns. The knock on him is that he has average height and speed to be a productive receiver in the NFL, but that didn’t keep him from making plays at Auburn. Once the league resumes, expect him to get into camp somewhere.
Chas Henry, P, Florida
Punters aren’t the biggest commodities in the draft, but Henry was the best at his position last year. He won the Ray Guy Award as the nation’s top punter and was a consensus All-American, averaging 45.1 yards per punt and pinning 18 of his 50 kicks inside the 20-yard line. He also kicked field goals last season.
Derrick Locke, RB, Kentucky
Locke was a major part of Kentucky’s offense at times, but he did have injury issues during his career. Locke has great speed and is a tough runner who accumulated 2,618 rushing yards and 22 touchdowns during his career at Kentucky.
Terrence Toliver, WR, LSU
Toliver has great size and speed at receiver, but didn’t hear his name called over the weekend. He caught 126 passes for 1,820 yards and 12 touchdowns during his four years at LSU. Ninety-four of those catches came in his last two seasons.
Ladi Ajiboye, DT, South Carolina
He was one of the Gamecocks’ top interior linemen, and while he doesn’t have great size, he was very fast off the line. He had back-to-back 40-plus-tackle seasons at South Carolina and recorded nine tackles for loss in that time.
Chris Walker, DE/OLB, Tennessee
He has battled injuries throughout his career, but had a solid last two years with the Volunteers. He totaled 87 tackles (14.5 for loss) and had nine sacks. He’s got good speed and has some room to bulk up a little more. When allowed to, he should field a few calls from teams.
Nick Reveiz, LB, Tennessee
Reveiz doesn’t have great size for a linebacker, but he almost always seemed to find himself around the ball in 2010. He was fifth in the SEC with 108 tackles last season. He has natural leadership skills and should get invited to a camp when (if) the lockout ends