It was an odd year where the undrafted free agents were able to be signed before the current NFL free agents due to the lockout. For the first time in months fans were able to talk about actual moves instead of the CBA or hypothetical situations and it was very exciting as a fan.
Jeron Johnson has played in all 5 games on special teams and he also contributes as an extra defensive back in dime situations and has amassed 6 total tackles.
The most surprising out of this group is wide receiver Doug Baldwin. He has 20 receptions for 330 yards and two touchdowns and continues to get better from week to week so it is realistic to think he can maintain his current pace of production.
At his current pace he would end up with 64 receptions for 1,056 yards and 6 touchdowns which would be 1 less reception then Mike Williams had last year but 304 more yards and and extra 4 touchdowns.
There are only two rookie receivers making a bigger impact than Baldwin and both were 1st round draft choices.
A.J. Green was selected 4th overall by the Bengals and is averaging 0.8 more receptions and 9.5 more yards per game than Baldwin.
Green also makes an average of a little over $306,000 dollars per game if you average out his fully guaranteed rookie contract of $19.5 million whereas Baldwin received $17.5 thousand dollars guaranteed for his three year contract or roughly $364 dollars per game over the three year deal.
Julio Jones is the other receiver and Atlanta gave up a their first round pick this year and next year, a 2nd this year, a 4th this year and their 4th round pick next year for the rights to draft the guy who is posting 1 extra reception and 5.6 yards per game more than the undrafted free agent.
Did I mention he has yet to find the end zone?
It sure looks like Doug Baldwin was one of the biggest steals of the draft, or the not drafted in this case.