Miami Hurricanes Free Agent Tracker and Analysis

Brad Barr-USA TODAY Sports

Several UM players look to follow in the footsteps of players like Sam Shields and find NFL Stardom despite being undrafted.

Congrats to Brandon Linder, Pat O'Donnell, and Seantrel Henderson.  Hearing your name called on draft night (be it day 1,2,or 3) is the culmination of years of hard work and a dream come true.

But not every NFL contributor makes his way the drafted route.

The Super Bowl Champion Seattle Seahawks had a roster this past season made up of 21 players who were undrafted.  Yes you can find value in many unconventional places.

Superstar players like John Randle, Kurt Warner, and of course former 'Cane Sam Shields also started out undrafted.

Here is a full list of UM players looking to take the hard road to NFL stardom:

Arizona Cardinals

DL Justin Renfrow

Buffalo Bills

OL Jimmy Gaines



Carolina Panthers

OL Jared Wheeler



Indianapolis Colts

TE/WR Erik Swoope (Basketball)



Jacksonville Jaguars

WR Allen Hurns

QB Stephen Morris

FB Maurice Hagens

Atlanta Falcons

FB Maurice Hagens



Miami Dolphins

DT Curtis Porter

DL Shayon Green



San Francisco 49ers

TE Asante Cleveland

Our take: Hard to believe Hurns wasn't plucked.  The all-time UM leader in catches figures to get a long look in Jacksonville. In my mind Hurns was simply the victim of an incredibly deep WR draft this year. Look for him to stick around at minimum as a practice squad player for the Jaguars. How much of Stephen Morris' struggles his senior year were due to a balky angle?  We will find out quickly in the preseason as he battles to back-up Chad Henne this year and Blake Bortles likely next.  Reuniting with Jedd Fisch, with whom he had his best season when Fisch was the OC in Miami, gives him a decent chance to stick.  The hardworking Green deserves a long look by the 'Phins. Perhaps he benefits from being teammates with former Miami DE Olivier Vernor.  Swoope is intriguing. His athletic ability is with out question.  If he shares the football aptitude of former 'Canes hoops star Jimmy Graham, watch out. But the transition from hoops to the gridiron is not as easy as Jimmy G makes it look. Hagens is underrated and may stick as well. In all honesty, every other UM player on this is a long shot.

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