Much was made prior to Sunday's Super Bowl blowout about how smart the Seahawks were in building the team, because they had 19 undrafted players, including five starters.
Well, the Panthers had 16, or 30.1 percent of their final 53-man roster. Seven -- offensive tackleByron Bell, outside linebacker Chase Blackburn, guard Nate Chandler, defensive tackle Colin Cole, strong safety Quintin Mikell, fullback Mike Tolbert, and cornerback Melvin White -- were starters.
I get what David Newton is trying to do here, but it doesn't quite work.
Sure we have/had a fair number of "undrafted gems" like the Seattle Seahawks (16 compared to their 19). The thing is (as Newton somewhat breezed over), many of our guys are older, and had already made decent impressions with other teams. But, more importantly, the Seahawks really have found diamonds in the rough, whereas our "discoveries" have been more like...perhaps, rubies.
The biggest question about Seattle's Five starting UDFAs is whether or not they will be able to keep all of them this coming season. Our true UDFAs who got some starting time this year like Melvin White, Mario Addison, Robert Lester, and Nate Chandler still provide big questions as to whether or not they can be longer term answers on the gridiron.
Nice try, Mr. Newton. The comparison is a nice thought that may be valid on the service, but the Panthers have many more questions to answer as to the efficacy of their UDFAs being able to do what the Seahawks did last Sunday.