The other day with this being NFL Draft week I presented the top five Pokes who were drafted into the NFL. Today I present to you the top five Pokes who were undrafted free agents. That is the most likely path to the NFL for the former Cowboys who have professional football aspirations this year. These rankings are based on longevity and production (click on their bolded names to see their stats) so just like the other list, if I have it all wrong in your mind, please do chime in. Now on to the list!
5. Nelson Munsey, CB, Baltimore Colts 1972-77
After moving from Pennsylvania to Wyoming for college ball Nelson Munsey went back east playing six years for the Colts making 72 appearances. Between the 1975-1977 seasons Munsey made 22 starts and had 7 interceptions returning one for a touchdown. Munsey passed away in 2009 at the age of 61.
4. Mark Smolinsky, FB/TE, Baltimore Colts 1961-62, New York Jets 1963-68
Smolinsky was a versatile player who was in professional football for eight years playing for the Colts and Jets. After playing running back at Wyoming where he lettered three times he was converted into a blocking and catching FB/TE. He played in 109 NFL/AFL games rushing the ball for 1,323 yards with 9 touchdowns and hauled in 103 receptions for 841 yards and 7 touchdowns. I would have loved to see Smolinsky play because it sounds like he was cowboy tough.
3. Rick Donnelly, P , Atlanta Falcons 1985-1988, Seattle Seahawks 1990-1991
I love me some punters and Donnelly is the only Poke punter to stick long-term in the NFL. Donnelly was the Cowboy punter in 1984 and he still holds the record for best season average in school history with an amazing 47.5 yards per kick. His numbers in the NFL weren’t as good but he held his own in 74 career games with an average of 42.1 yards per kick.
2. Adam Goldberg, OL, Minn. Vikings 2004-2005, St. Louis Rams 2006-2011
Go ahead I dare ya, tell Goldberg he doesn’t deserve to be on this list!
Goldberg lived out a dream his first two years playing for his hometown Vikings. After a stint in purple and gold, Goldberg then donned blue and gold for the Rams. The 6-7, 310 pound lineman played in 111 NFL games with 66 of them being starts at right tackle, left tackle, right guard and left guard.
1. Malcom Floyd, WR, San Diego Chargers, 2004-Present
Floyd needs no introduction and has had a solid NFL career in Charger powder blue for being an undrafted player. The tall and fast WR has played in 88 games with 46 starts and has 233 receptions for 3,984 yards and 25 touchdowns. He started 14 games last season and ranked number one on the team in yards and receptions.