Yaaaaaayyyyyyy we got Tavon Austin, and Ogletree, and McDonald, and Bailey, hell we even somehow came away with Stacy. But what about the guys who were a little more unheralded? Since the end of the draft I have spent the last three week...
Yaaaaaayyyyyyy we got Tavon Austin, and Ogletree, and McDonald, and Bailey, hell we even somehow came away with Stacy. But what about the guys who were a little more unheralded? Since the end of the draft I have spent the last three weeks researching the hell out of our undrafted free agents. I've been digging up every piece of info I could find. Some guys I had already done plenty of research on leading up to the draft, and others either not as much, or none at all. After doing all of that digging and reviewing our current roster, I came to the conclusion we could see 8-11 UDFA make the final 53. I'm only going to list the seven I believe have the best shot, with some having relatively nice impacts.
BENNY CUNNINGHAM RB
Benny Cunningham vs Georgia Tech 2012 (via xuesac84)
WOW!!!!!! This kid is the truth. He looks like a true gem, and a hell of a steal to go undrafted. I'm not saying he is the next Arian Foster, but he has some serious potential, and it only proves that we have better skill at the RB position than we are getting credit for. Understandably so! Steven Jackson is gone, so all you hear now is who is going to fill the void??? Well, we certainly have some damn good options between Richardson, Pead, Stacy, and Cunningham. I do believe Ganaway will be the odd man out, seeing as how he is the least talented of the bunch. But Stacy has been my favorite for a while now. I was a fan before we drafted him. But after studying a lot more on Cunningham, he is going to give Stacy a run for his money. Cunningham has a really well built upper body. He is 5'10" 210, and they way he is built he resembles Ray Rice. He ran a 40 four days before the draft at a private pro day where only two teams showed up, one being the Rams. He was declared 75% back to his old form (tore his patella tendon) at the time that he ran, and still clocked a 4.51. You can see on film his burst and top speed is closer to a 4.4. I found a few things saying he ran 4.42 and even a 4.38, but none were concrete sources, although I wouldn't doubt the accuracy. But he is more than speed. The guy is a BULL. He is so well built and so fast, he is really hard to bring down. His bench total was 26 reps. I thought the Georgia Tech tape was his most impressive game because of who the 212 yds were against, but his best game hands down was against Florida International. The guy only played in 5 games before hurting his knee and was averaging about 120 yds a game with 11 td's. I'm not one to get excited about someone getting injured, but it may have been a blessing in disguise for us, because at the rate he was going and top notch workout numbers to match (I estimate him finishing the year with about 1800 yds 24 td's, and testing a 4.40 40, 4.35 shuttle) he probably would have been about a 4th rounder and we would not have gotten him. He is a nice blend of Stacy, Pead, and Richardson mixed in one. He has Stacy's power, patience, and vision, Pead's speed and agility, and Richardson's burst and decisive running style. Once he is 100%, probably will start out on the PUP list, look out.
Click here for an article covering his entire and impressive workout!!!!!!
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EMORY BLAKE WR
Emory Blake vs Georgia (via Aaron Aloysius)
Blake is one of the guys I wrote about before the draft for possible UDFA pickups. He was definitely someone I was glad we got to sign. I believe he is terribly underrated. He runs good routes, has good hands, tough, smart, NFL bloodlines, and a VERY good blocker (most underrated and over looked trait for a WR). He just played on a team that sucked and the QB was abysmal. Even when Cam Newton was there (his best season 33 rec, 554 yds, 8 td, 16.8 ypc) they didn't run an offense that feeds their WR the ball. Between Cam running and the RB getting nearly 1200 yds, they ran too often and when they did pass it was spread out. Nevertheless Blake was a nice pickup.
PHILLIP STEWARD OLB
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