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25 undrafted free agents to watch from 2017 NFL draft

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Undrafted players crucial to teams' success (3:07)

SVP's 1 Big Thing is the important role of undrafted players and how you don't need to have your name called during the draft to make an impact. (3:07)

It's common for undrafted players to make up 15 to 20 percent of any NFL team. With the current draft format of just seven rounds, being undrafted doesn't make you a sleeper -- we see undrafted impact players all over the league.

I've gone through early-impact players from Round 1, Rounds 2-3 and Rounds 4-7, and I want to take one final look at the 2017 draft with some names that jumped out at me as undrafted players began to sign.

Here are 25 names to watch, along with the teams with which they signed. Some of these were on my final Big Board, but others were unranked and I just like the team fits.


Antonio Pipkin, QB, Arizona Cardinals

Final Big Board rank: NR

Playing at tiny Division II Tiffin, Pipkin had 85 career touchdown passes to just 28 interceptions while completing 64.8 percent of his passes. He didn't impress at the Senior Bowl, however, and doesn't have ideal size (6-1, 225). There was some thought the Cardinals would use their first-round pick on a quarterback, but they didn't draft one. Arizona is thin behind Carson Palmer, with only Drew Stanton and Zac Dysert on the roster.