Wednesday, June 29, 2011
Saturday, Williams on list of regrets
By Paul Kuharsky
Every franchise in the league has regrets over the one that got away.
In the most recent piece of Football Outsider’s series of disappointing developments, Brian McIntyre lists the 10 most disappointing oversights of the past 25 years.
Colts center Jeff Saturday makes the list at No. 6 for the Baltimore Ravens:
After the former North Carolina Tar Heel was repeatedly passed over by all 30 teams during the 1998 NFL draft, he signed with the Ravens as an undrafted free agent that April. The Ravens released Saturday in June, and he spent the 1998 season without a team before joining the Colts the next January.
Since becoming a full-time starter in 2000, Saturday has started 170 regular-season games, earning five trips to the Pro Bowl and two All-Pro nods as the center on a line that has blocked for seven 1,000-yard rushers and annually ranked in the top 10 in adjusted sack rate.
Tramon Williams is also on the list. The cornerback was an undrafted rookie for the Houston Texans in 2006, but didn’t make the team. Now he’s one of the best up-and-coming corners in the league for the Packers, while Houston is trying to sort out a shaky secondary.
Who’s the one that got away from the Colts, Jaguars and Titans?