Undrafted players I would target
Herzlich tops list of undrafted players to target
Every year as the Mr. Irrelevant selection is announced to end the draft, all 32 teams hit the phones hard trying to quickly sign the undrafted rookies. Signing bonuses can go as high as $35,000. There are always a number of undrafted players that go on to have excellent careers.
My own experience was with Wayne Chrebet, the receiver from Hofstra. No one thought enough of the 5-foot-9, run-and-shoot receiver to draft him, but he started for the Jets on the opening day of his rookie season, he had the hottest-selling jersey in New York for years and he led the NFL in third-down conversion routes one year. If, and when, the labor issues get solved, here's a list of the players I would try and sign immediately. I guarantee more than one will make a team and most of the rest will be on a practice squad. I would budget $100,000 in signing bonuses to sign as many of these guys as I could as soon as the lockout is lifted. 1. Mark Herzlich, LB, Boston College: Herzlich battled back from cancer. He is not 100 percent yet, but played well enough to be drafted. He will make a team and could play Mike or Sam linebacker. He would have been a first-round pick if he came out before he got the cancer. He had 11 interceptions and 40 plays behind the line of scrimmage in college. 2. Kendric Burney, CB, North Carolina: He ran slowly at the combine, but he makes plays. Watch the Senior Bowl practice tapes. He has a knack for being around the ball. Explain how a slow guy had 11 interceptions and averaged 30 yards per interception return. 3. Jake Kirkpatrick, C, TCU: He's better than some of the centers drafted, and is one tough guy. This is another player from the Senior Bowl that teams missed out on. He only played one year of high school football. Go watch how well he battles a nose tackle. 4. Pat Devlin, QB, Delaware: He completed more than 65 percent of his passes, threw for more than 6,500 yards and 42 touchdowns in college, and he ran 4.8 at 6-foot-3 and 225 pounds at the NFL Scouting Combine. 5. Scott Tolzien, QB, Wisconsin: He completed 68 percent of his passes with 32 touchdowns and just 18 interceptions, and had a 21-5 record as a starter. He's worth more than a look. 6. Derrick Locke, RB, Kentucky: He lit up the first half of the Senior Bowl game. He has 4.4 speed and the hands to be a developmental third-down back. 7. Kai Forbath, K, UCLA: He made 40 consecutive field goals from under 50 yards, and a total of 85 of 101 attempts. 8. Henry Hynoski, FB, Pittsburgh: Hynoski was born to be a lead blocker. He also had 40 receptions in college. At 6-feet tall and 257 pounds, he will contribute on special teams and make the short-yardage goal-line package better. 9. Terrence Toliver, WR, LSU: Toliver put forth an outstanding performance at LSU's pro day. He was also the offensive MVP of the 2011 Cotton Bowl against Texas A&M. 10. Colby Whitlock, DT, Texas Tech: A four-year starter and a candidate for a backup three-technique in a 4-3 defense. He's 6-foot-2, 302 pounds, and has short arms but has some penetration skills. He broke 5.0 in the 40 at the combine. 11. DeAndre McDaniel, SS Clemson: He was at the Senior Bowl, but he might have some off-the-field issues. The 6-foot, 217-pound player had 35 college starts, 296 tackles, 20 pass breakups and 15 interceptions. 12. Joe Lefeged, S, Rutgers: Another Senior Bowl safety with high character and very good speed (4.4 at the combine). Lefeged had 238 tackles in college, eight forced fumbles, and was a solid special teams guy. 13. Chas Henry, P, Florida: In 54 college games, Henry had 165 punts, none blocked, a 43-yard average and 68 kicks inside the 20-yard line. 14. Kristofer O'Dowd, C, USC: O'Dowd has an injury history, but got through 2010 without a problem. He has 36 starts in a big-time program. I signed Casey Wiegmann
coming out of college as an undrafted rookie with a medical history and he played for double-digit seasons. 15. Andre Smith, TE, Virginia Tech: Smith is an in-line blocking tight end with just 39 college receptions, but could establish the off-tackle point of attack for the running game. If he can run, he plays special teams. 16. Ryan Winterswyk, DE, Boise State: Winterswyk made 43 college starts, and is a real try-hard guy with production. He has 168 tackles, 47 tackles for a loss and 22 sacks. His motor never stops. At the very worst, he makes camp more competitive. 17. Quentin Davie, OLB Northwestern: He's a 6-foot-4, 230-pound linebacker that could be a nice Sam 'backer. In 50 college games, he had 116 tackles, 24 tackles for a loss and nine sacks. His five forced fumbles is also a positive.
18. Noel Devine, RB, West Virginia: The "little big man" deserves a chance. He had more than 4,300 yards rushing with 29 touchdowns at 5.9 yards per carry. He also had 98 receptions and could be a Darren Sproles-type pro. 19. Nick Bellore, LB, Central Michigan: Bellore made a ton of tackles for the Chippewas over his college career, with 90 last season and more than 400 total. He looked good in the position drills at the combine and ran a 4.84 40. 20. Scott Lutrus, LB, Connecticut: Clocked at 4.68 in the 40 at the combine, he runs well for an inside linebacker. However, Lutrus has a history of experiencing stingers. 21. Orie Lemon, LB, Oklahoma State: Lemon is a strong inside player who can probably only play two downs in the NFL because he lacks coverage speed. 22. Ricardo Lockette, WR, Fort Valley State: Lockette was one of the fastest players at the combine, running a 4.37-second 40-yard dash. At Fort Valley State, Lockette displayed average hands; he'd make a great catch, then drop an easy one. 23. Ian Williams, DT, Notre Dame: Williams was a three-year starter for the Irish. He's very strong (31 bench-press reps at combine), understands leverage, but is just an average pass rusher. 24. Darvin Adams, WR, Auburn: Adams was an early entry player who doesn't have great speed, but does a very good job of catching the ball in traffic. 25. DeAndre Brown, WR, Southern Mississippi: Looked like a star during freshman campaign before gruesome, leg-snapping injury sapped his speed. A huge possession receiver, goes over top of DBs.
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Offensive Guard Justin Boren (Michigan and Ohio State)
Great run support
Physical and nasty blocker
Able to knock the defender down a lot
2007 All-Big Ten honorable mention
2009 All Big Ten first-team (media) and second-team (coaches)
2010 All Big Ten first team (media) and second-team (coaches)
2010 College Football All-America Team (2nd team - AP, CBS, Rivals & Scout)
Source: Wikipedia - Justin Boren
Bowl Game Appearences
2008 Capital One Bowl
2010 Rose Bowl
2011 Sugar Bowl
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Originally Posted by gammabears
Sounds great. I'd pick him up. Any idea why he's a UDFA?
Kendric burney has my attention. He sounds like a young tillman type. no great in the speed dept, but a ball hawk. like it says... Avg 30 yards per INT return? no only a ball hawk but knows what to do with it once he has it.... reminds me a bit of a SS we used to have.
Herzlich is one guy they should definitely target. Then an OC, OG and a CB. Your guys look good LB. Screw the QB's. We already have 4 on the roster. The Rutgers SS, Lefged looks like the kind of ST guy we like and a couple of WR's for camp fodder and ST's. And finally a DE or two. We didn't draft any this years and after all it's tradition. LOL
I'm getting to that age where a lifetime warranty just doesn't mean as much to me anymore as an afternoon nap. Honey Badger Don't Care. Honey Badger Don't Give a Shit.
Boren and O'Dowd for sure, see if they can push the other guys for backup spots.