3. Danny Woodhead, RB, NY Jets
Unlike the other former players mentioned on this list, Danny Woodhead actually started his NFL career with the Jets. Woodhead played his college football at Division II Chadron State from 2004 to 2007 and set several NCAA All-Division rushing records.
Despite his success in college, Woodhead not only went undrafted but did not receive an invite to the NFL Scouting Combine. However, he did make the most of his pro day and attracted the interest of the Jets.
Woodhead signed with the Jets in 2008 but suffered a season-ending injury early in training camp and was placed on the injured reserve list for the entire season.
In 2009, Woodhead was very impressive in the preseason and culminated a strong training camp with a 158-yard rushing performance against the Philadelphia Eagles. He would start the season on the Jets' practice squad but was eventually elevated to the active roster.
Woodhead would gain increased playing time as the season progressed. He finished the 2009 season with 64 yards rushing on 16 carries and also caught eight passes for 87 yards. Woodhead proved to be a viable, multi-purpose type running back in his short time with the Jets.
Despite another impressive training camp in 2010, Woodhead was released by the Jets.
At the time, LaDainian Tomlinson, Shonn Greene, and Tony Richardson were the top trio of running backs. Joe McKnight was also added to the team as a fourth-round draft pick which made Woodhead expendable.
Woodhead would go on to enjoy some success with both the New England Patriots and the San Diego Chargers before injuries would force him to retire.
He ended his career with over 2,000 rushing yards and 300 receptions, and also caught a touchdown pass for the Patriots in Super Bowl XLVI against the New York Giants.