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Smith began his career as an extra-teams player

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    Sebastian Vollmer, New England Patriots -- Despite not traveling to Indianapolis, the German offensive lineman had an exclusive workout in the New England Patriots. The Patriots were impressed enough that they were able to select him in first round selection in 2009. He also raised some eyebrows in the process. What follows is what Madden NFL 24.com had to say about the pick:

    The Patriots pick up an intriguing developing prospect in Vollmer. The former Cougar started his college career as a tightend but he became an excellent offensive tackle prospect in his senior year. Though he lacks the athleticism that is required for playing left tackle in an experienced player, Vollmer has the size and length to develop into a starter right tackle at some point.

    Vollmer has grown to be among the best right tackles  Madden 24 coins available in the NFL and was named a second-team All-Pro in 2010.

    Julian Edelman, New England Patriots - Joining the Patriots here Edelman was a seventh round selection in 2009. He was a the position of quarterback at Kent State and got New England's attention throughout his pro day. He was a seventh rounder. Madden NFL 24.com didn't have any expectations.

    Edelman will function in the Wildcat line with the Patriots. He was unbelievably productive as a college quarterback and could make the team an expert in certain positions. He's a fascinating prospect for New England.

    Edelman was elevated to wide receiver and was mostly a special teams player for the first four years. He came out in a massive way in 2013. setting career records with 105 catches , and emerged as Tom Brady's latest favorite weapon after Wes Welker left. The free agent Edelman is trying to take advantage of his stellar year.

    Malcolm Smith, Seattle Seahawks--A seventh-rounder in 2011 the former Trojan was reconnecting with his college coach Pete Carroll. Here's what Rotoworld was saying about the pick:

    Smith is a friend of Pete Carroll's. Carroll invited him to an official pre-draft meeting a couple of weeks ago. Even though he's only a sophomore at linebacker weak-side at USC, Smith is a workout superstar. Smith benched 225 pounds 29 times at the Trojans' March 30 Pro Day, and ran 4.47 at 6'1'' and 225. Smith projects as a special team player, as well as a possible nickel backer in Seattle.

    Smith began his career as an extra-teams player and a part-time participant. Smith played more during 2013 and enjoyed his most successful season to date. Smith was the star of the coming out celebration in the playoffs, being able to catch Richard Sherman's tipped ball to clinch the NFC Championship Game and running back a pick-six during the Super Bowl, winning the MVP award.

    Smith is a uplifting success story for the guys that didn't get invited to the Combine. He admitted to MMQB that he's angry at being overlooked and is using it as a continuous motivational tool:

    "It's not about how you begin but how you end," he said. "Let that humble you, and let it inspire you." the fire you need to succeed.. You'll notice that I have the 2011 draft bookmarked on my computer. I'd suggest that once every month, at a minimum I would open it then scroll through the book and look at all the namesfrom 1 to 254. I still do it now. I just want to see all those picked ahead of me and what happened to them. Winning the Super Bowl validated my progress and showed that I'm able to play."

    The most significant Combine snubs include Wyoming quarterback  mut 24 madden coins Brett Smith, who was one of the 13 players who did not go to Indianapolis.