Five Rookie Free Agents That Need A Look: Offense
Every year, hundreds of players hope and dream for their shot at playing in the NFL. Some are fortunate enough to get drafted, some have to work a little harder and try to make it as an undrafted free agent.
However, even getting signed doesn't mean they've made it. Some players get cut, re-signed, cut again, re-signed, put on a practice squad, etc., until they finally get a chance. The following is a list of five outstanding rookie free-agent prospects that need a second (third, or fourth) look on the offensive side of the ball . . .
Riley Skinner - QB
Undrafted out of Wake Forest, Riley Skinner has several noteworthy career marks that should merit him another chance with a team in the NFL.
At 6'0", 210 pound, Riley isn't the biggest QB, but don't let that fool you, the man can pass.
He won ACC rookie of the year honors in 2006, winning Wake Forest their first ACC title since 1970. Riley set the ACC passer-efficiency record in 2007. He is only the second ACC player to throw for 2,000 yards in all four of his seasons– the other being Philip Rivers. His last year at Wake Forest he threw for over 3,100 yards, 26 touchdowns and with 12 picks, and set the school marks for TD passes and completions.
He was signed by the Giants after the draft, but cut on June 25th. Riley will hopefully find a team needing a durable, accurate passer.
My best guess: Minnesota, Carolina, or Seattle should all check him out.
Carlos Brown - RB
Carlos Brown was a running back for Michigan the last four years. At six feet, 200 pounds, Brown was timed at 4.51 and deemed a little slow. However, he had a 90 yard touchdown run for the Wolverines– the third longest play in Michigan history and finished the day with 187 yards. He averaged over five yards per carry in his Michigan career, and also returned kicks.
Carlos was signed as an undrafted free agent by the Saints, but was cut on May 24th.
My best guess: I think Atlanta could use a versatile player like Brown, as could Chicago.
Rashaun Greer - WR
Rashaun Greer was a very good receiver for a very bad CSU Rams team in 2009. He managed 49 catches for 739 yards (15.1 ypc) and had three carries for 56 yards on the ground as the team lost its nine games. 2008 was a better indicator of Greer's abilities as he had 63 catches for 1,114 yards (17.7ypc) and three touchdowns. He also had a 211 yard receiving effort against UNLV and caught a 69 yard touchdown vs. Fresno State in the New Mexico Bowl.
Standing 6'1 and weighing in at 202 pounds, Greer should be able to make an impact on offense and special teams. He was cut by the Cowboys on June 22nd.
My best guess: I think a player like Greer could carve a spot with a team full of underachieving receivers like Miami or Cleveland, maybe Cincy.
Andrew George - TE
An athletic tight-end out of Brigham-Young, Andrew George has the potential to be a good tight-end in NFL if he gets a second chance. Possessing good size at 6'4, 247 pounds, George has been credited with sure hands, a mean stiff-arm, and good ability to create separation. He definitely needs good coaching to develop his blocking skills, but his athleticism and aggressive style could help him learn those techniques.
George was signed, then cut by the Carolina Panthers.
My best guess: New Orleans is the best place for this kid, although I could see him developing in a place like Pittsburgh too.
John Estes - C
John Estes was a star center for the Hawaii Warriors in college and also spent some time at guard early in his career. Projected by some to go as high as the 3rd round, a tweaked hamstring during his Pro Day caused his stock to plummet. Estes, seemingly now healthy, should be able to help a team out needing depth at center, and this All-WAC center is no doubt ready to show what he's got.
My best guess: the Seahawks and Rams could both use a player like Estes and have the line coaching to develop him.