PASADENA, CA - OCTOBER 8: Wide receiver Nelson Rosario #83 of the UCLA Bruins goes up for a pass over cornerback Damante Horton #6 of the Washington State Cougars at the Rose Bowl on October 8, 2011 in Pasadena, California. UCLA won 28-25. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
While I know we've signed about 20 or so UFAs so far tonight I'm only posting on the guys in the positions I believe actually have a legitimate opportunity of sticking on the roster:
-Defensive End and Tackle possibly have an opportunity to stick due to depth and competition with Collins being released, Douzable going to the Titans, and Knighton's injury.
-Offensive line is in that same situation with depth and competition for Tackle mainly. And no matter what the big guys are usually valued higher than others.
-I could see them holding on to MAYBE one more Wide Receiver from this group.
-Not sure how everyone one else is feeling but I'm praying that one of these Tight Ends can be what Zach Miller was actually hyped up to be.
-There likely isn't enough room for another LB or CB to make this roster even for special teams (then again rosters were expanded to 90 players, so you never know).
-Maybe, MAYBE there will be room for one more RB from this group...Not really feeling Banyard. Just my opinion anyways.
Here we go: Our current FA pickups...info from around the web-
Taylor Allen-TE-Endicott College-
Not a lot of info out there on Allen. Opened a lot of eyes at the BC Pro Day. In eleven games had 482 yards 6 TDs receiving. Also plays long snapper.
Matt Veldman, TE, North Dakota State (6-7, 254 lbs, 4.88 forty)
Positives: Excellent size and growth potential — has very long arms and big hands. Presents a big downfield target. Good hands and flashes ability to haul in contested catches. Intelligent.
Negatives: Is high-cut with herky-jerky movement — unfurls long strides and builds to below-average speed. Wooden hips — cannot sink his weight. Too easily bumped off course. Limited strength to anchor in line and struggles to sustain. Has underachiever traits. Average production vs. marginal competition. Is immature, entitled and could rub teammates the wrong way. Injury-prone and too comfortable in the trainer’s room.
Summary: Big-framed, inconsistent size prospect with catching ability who could be a practice-squad candidate. However, his straight-linish movement skills and unappealing intangibles could deter teams. (Source)
Lee Barbiasz, OT, Northern Colorado (6’6" 300 lbs)
NFL teams like his size (6-foot-6, 300 pounds) and his footwork. Three-year UNC starter from Milford, N.H.
Positives: Large small school lineman who blocks with leverage and moves his feet well. Quickly sets up off the snap, sets with a wide base and displays the ability to adjust. Bends his knees, keeps his feet moving and displays solid lateral blocking range. Effectively slides out in pass protection, makes good use of angles and stays square. Better than average skills if asked to pull across the line of scrimmage and block in motion. Gets his hands into defenders and keeps them away.
Negatives: Lacks a dominant base for such a large lineman and gets pushed back off the ball. Does not play a powerful game.
Analysis: Barbiasz is a fairly athletic lineman with terrific size and skills in pass protection. He offers growth potential and is a practice squad player who will need to spend a year in an NFL weight training program before he's ready for the next level. (Source)
Kevin Elliott, WR, Florida A&M (6’2", 205lbs, 4.56 forty)
Positives: Adequately sized possession receiver who also helps out as a downfield blocker and special teams player. Gives effort running routes, comes back to the ball out of breaks and lays out or extends to make receptions. Makes the catch with defenders draped on him. Offers the quarterback a big target. Solid downfield blocker who seals running lanes for the ballcarrier.
Negatives: One-speed receiver who lacks a burst. Average production on the small school level.
Analysis: Elliott was consistent on the college field but never an outstanding player. He does the little things well, offers reliable hands and can play special teams, which could help him secure a roster spot as a fifth receiver. (Source)
Ryan Davis, DE, Bethune-Cookman
Davis ran a 4.79 at the University of Miami Pro Day. The MEAC Defensive Player of the Year and All-American selection posted a 35-inch vertical leap, a 9-6 broad jump and weighed in at 259 pounds. Davis has been limited in the media thanks to a lack of exposure for Bethune Cookman, but he was voted the MEAC defensive player of the year despite having 4-5 other solid NFL prospects in the conference. The eventual 3-4 outside linebacker prospect (former college DE) really impressed in all his drills and now has significant interest from NFL teams. He'll get a lot of visits thanks to his lack of exposure plus not being an NFL Combine invite, but it'd be more of a surprise if he WASN'T drafted. (Source)
DJ Hall, OL, Texas State
"With zero centers & not many guards taken in the 1st round, that hurts the chances Texas State draftee D.J. Hall gets drafted on Saturday." - BrentThibodeaux
At 320 lbs DJ Hall just on size alone will garner some attention for roster contention.
2010: Named an All-Southland Conference First-Team selection, as well as to the Associated Press All-America Third-Team selection. Played most of the season at right guard with an ankle injury, still playing in all 11 games and helped anchor the offensive line that helped the Bobcats average 334.5 yards and 24.8 points per game last season. (Source)
Jarrett Boykin, WR, Virginia Tech 6’2", 220 lbs, 4.72 forty
Above-average size. Good hand size. On early NFLPA Bowl and Players Classic rosters, but not later ones.
Positives: Adequate hands and speed. Can extend well for passes away from body. Gives very good effort. Above-average downfield blocker. Fairly elusive.
Negatives: Questionable body control. Below-average upper-body strength and can be overpowered at line.
Projection: 7th round. Has enough skills to stick on a roster, but not likely to be a starter. (Source)
Raymond Carter, RB, Colorado State (6’0", 217 lbs, 4.44 forty)
Carter ran for 584 yards on 121 attempts in 2011, good for a 4.8 yard per carry average. He also proved to be a capable receiver from the backfield, averaging 9.2 yards per catch with 15 receptions in his senior year.
Drew Nowak, DT, Western Michigan (6’4", 295 lbs)
Nowak earned First Team All-MAC Defense and Defensive Player of the Year honors for 2011, becoming the first Bronco since Ameer Ismail won the award in 2006. He finished his senior season with 8.5 sacks and 20 tackles for loss, ranking fifth in the nation in 2011.
Mike Brewster, C, Ohio State (6’4", 312lbs)
Mike Brewster is a four-year starter with high football IQ and a true team leader. He was the only junior in college football to finish as a finalist for the 2010 Rimington Trophy.
Although he lacks exceptional athleticism or strength, Brewster is a solid offensive line prospect with no gaps in his game. He is a better pass protector than run blocker, but this mostly has to do with his frame. He's a long and lean player who will need to add bulk to his lower half. With an improved knee bend, he'll do a much better job using his pad leverage to his advantage. Brewster has good feet, but sometimes gets a bit lazy with his technique and can get knocked off-balance. He will need to shuffle his feet and better maintain his center of gravity when taking on NFL-caliber defensive tackles. He is sometimes a bit late seeing the second level, identifying a blitzing linebacker and disengaging from his double-team.
Most of Brewster's shortcomings can be improved with refinement of his fundamentals. He could afford to add more bulk, but in this new pass-oriented NFL, pass blockers are at a new premium. (Source)
Nelson Rosario, WR, UCLA (6’5", 4.54 forty, 219 lbs)
Any WR that can do this:
is a very welcome camp body. For me Rosario feels like an extra draft pick...especially with Sullivan coaching him up. If there's one UFA WR that can stick on this roster I think it's him.
Nelson Rosario has big-play ability as a 6-5 wideout, but coaches wondered publicly why he doesn't seem to show it all the time. It was on display in the Pac-12 championship game at Oregon, when he used only one hand to reach up for a twisting touchdown reception, controlling the ball throughout the catch with just the right hand. He averaged 18.1 yards on 64 catches through the Pac-12 title game, with four touchdown catches. In a very mediocre offense at UCLA he managed to put up 64 receptions, 1161 yrads, and 5 TD's. For some reason UCLA did not exploit Rosario's height in the red zone but I think he would prove to be effective with us. (Source)
I’m liking this UFA crop so far…UFA where Gene can be Gene.