Bodden brings experience, reliability

Leigh Bodden, left, is a capable starter. Bobbie Williams is coming off a standout season. US Presswire

With free agency set to open Friday, Scouts Inc. takes a look at five of this year's hidden gems.

1. Leigh Bodden, CB, New England
Bodden is a well-built corner who has had success at this level. Despite not getting much publicity for his play in 2009, he had a very strong season for the pass-rushing-starved Patriots. That isn't to imply that he is a No. 1 cornerback, but any team in the league should be happy with him as a starter opposite its best guy. He is physical, plays the run well and is effective playing several coverage variations.