Vontaze Burfict went from an undrafted rookie free agent who fell from grace heading into the draft to the leading tackler on a top-10 defense as a rookie. He is one of the biggest steals of the 2012 class as he signed with the Bengals as an undrafted free agent. He is set to start once again on the Bengals defense, likely at WILL.
His story has inspired other undrafted free agents, especially Cowboys undrafted free agent linebacker Brandon Magee. He was a teammate of Burfict's at Arizona State.
"I talk to him every day," Magee said. "Everybody was all over him. He proved everybody wrong. I'm on that same step."
Burfict stepped in for Thomas Howard in Week 3 following Howard's season-ending injury and went on to make 174 tackles, which led the Bengals, and was the highest-rated starting linebacker on the team, according to Pro Football Focus. It isn't often that an undrafted free agent leads a team's defense as a rookie, and it's likely that his best days lay before him.
If the Cowboys get in Magee what the Bengals got in Burfict, they will be lucky.