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Jeff Saturday snubbed in list of best undrafted free agents

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Colts fans know as well as any fanbase the importance of undrafted free agents. There's always an undrafted player or two who makes the team's 53-man roster out of training camp, and some of those players have gone on to have good careers.

One Colts player who stands out among the rest is center Jeff Saturday, who wasn't drafted in 1998, was signed by the Baltimore Ravens but didn't make the roster, and then signed with the Colts a year later. He went on to have a tremendous career with the Colts, but it apparantly wasn't enough to warrant inclusion in a recent ranking of top undrafted free agents.'s Gil Brandt ranked the top 30 undrafted players in NFL history, and Saturday was nowhere to be found. A current player like Chris Harris, however, who has played just five years, came in at number 27. No disrespect to Harris, who has been tremendous in the past few seasons, but I'd take a guy like Saturday who played well for a decade over that resume.

Saturday's career with the Colts was quite impressive. He played in 211 career games and started 202 of them, including an NFL-record 170 of them with Peyton Manning. He was a six-time Pro Bowler and a two-time first-team All-Pro, while he also was a key part of the Colts' record-breaking run of success in the 2000s and their two AFC titles and Super Bowl XLI win. In 2015, he was inducted into the Colts' Ring of Honor.

Maybe it's just a Colts bias in the sense that I'm more familiar with Colts players, but Jeff Saturday certainly seems deserving of inclusion in a list that ranks the top 30 undrafted players in NFL history, especially if that list is including players who have been in the league just a couple of years.