Undrafted Free Agents

And we’re off to the races for undrafted free agents.

We reported last night one signing a CB, Vince Anderson out of a small school

Anderson is a 6’2” Defensive Back (I’ll say it again, the Giants obviously prefer big, tall, strong CB opposed to short, shifty, fast Cornerbacks)

The Giants have also signed (according to Ralph Vachhiano NY Daily News)

DE Maurice Evans, Penn State
DE Kenny Mainor, Troy (Tryout)
S Shar’eff Rashad, Central Florida
S Otis Wilely, michigan state
DE Alex Field, Virginia
S Kenny Ingram, Florida State

I don’t know much about Kenny Mainor, or Rashard.

But I did watch a lot of FSU games and I know a little bit about Kenny Ingram.

He as a four star recruit out of high school and FSU played him at Safety.

He’s massive Safety (listed at 6’6” on FSU home site, but probably 6’4”- or 6’5”)

He wasn’t nearly as productive at Florida State as FSU would have liked. But he’s got fairly decent speed, and is a big guy.

Could be a diamond in the rough who knows.

There have been some good players who have been undrafted even recently (the most famous cited example is Hall of Fame DT John Randell)

But James Harrison, Wes Welker, Jason Peters, Ryan Grant, Antonio Pierce

are all undrafted free agents that have played very well in the N.F.L.

So we’ll see if there is a diamond in the rough.

My favorite site for scouting reports is nfl.com/draft/2009

Here’s one on Otis Wilely

Wiley had a brilliant sophomore season that had scouts pining to see more, but was nowhere near that level as a junior. Wiley bounced back at the start of his senior season, showing rare elusiveness as a punt returner for a player his size and snaring four interceptions over his first four games in 2008

Positives: Prototype frame for the position. … Surprising athletic ability for a player of his size. … Good lateral agility and has at least adequate straight-line speed to compete in an NFL secondary. … Has a late break on the ball. … Competes well for the ball. … Times leaps well and can highpoint passes. … Reliable open-field tackler who flashes some pop. … Not afraid to play in the box. … Athletic enough to slip by blocks and make the tackle between the hashes. … Versatile. … Starting experience at free safety, strong safety, nickel cornerback and as a punt returner. … Showed surprising burst as a first-year punt returner in 2008.

Negatives: Lacks consistency. … Flashes the range of skills scouts are looking for, but has yet to put it all together in one dominant campaign. … Relies on his agility to evade blocks, rather than facing up and discarding blockers. … A reliable open-field tackler, but not a punisher in the middle. … Will have to prove his straight-line speed.

So whatever that means for anyone, I’m not sure.

But there’s a breif look at the undrafted free agent for the Giants.

Obviously they are targeting

More CB depth (especially safety) which suprises me as to why they didn’t draft a Safety like Emanuel Cook in round 6 or 7, and another DL.

The one thing I also think they may be targeting for Undrafted Free Agents is a possible player who may be able to return kicks or punts.

If Hixon remains the #1 WR, we have no return game.

The Steal out of all of these guys could be Maurice Evans though.

Now that I think about it.

here’s a report on Maurice Evans

Evans’ decision to enter the draft as a junior was surprising considering his lack of production as a senior. Early in the season, he was suspended after marijuana was found in his apartment, taking him out of rhythm for most of the season (four starts, 34 tackles, three sacks). He was on most All-American watch lists entering 2008 because of his first-team All-Big Ten performance (12.5 sacks, five forced fumbles) as a sophomore. Although his draft stock has taken a beating, teams looking for a solid reserve end could consider Evans late in the draft.

Positives: Strong, low center of gravity end with adequate quickness and hustle. … Can play on the weak or strong side. … Gets most of his sacks on second and third effort. … Goes for the turnover when bringing down the quarterback. … Disengages to catch ballcarriers coming through the line. … Wraps up well, can be an explosive tackler.

Negatives: Shorter than scouts prefer in a defensive end and isn’t fluid or quick enough to move to linebacker. … Not explosive off the end, is kept at bay by his man too often. … Most of his sacks are the result of strong coverage. … More hustle than speed when chasing a play. … Slow adjusting on bootlegs and misdirection. … Lack of length and height prevent him from disengaging against larger tackles. … Does not handle cut blocks well, lacks to the quickness to recover.

Then there are a few guys at WR I’d take a look at to see if they can return kicks or just to add more talent and to push for jobs.

When is Kevin Ogletree out of Virginia. 6’4 ran a 4.46 40 yard dash

Then there is Aaron Kelly out of Clemson, I liked too. He’s 6’5 runs a 4.53 40.

He’s also retruned punts and kicks. I would like to see if he had anything to offer.

Have a nice day, everyone.


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