The big name that’s out right now is Jordan Campbell, the linebacker from New Mexican Highlands, and granted his highlight reel is real nasty with him diagnosing the point of attack on runs, pass-rush and lateral movement, but there isn’t much (if any) of him in pass protection. Coming off of two years of Manny Lawson, maybe I’m still a bit gun-shy in terms of pure ‘excitement’. Further, Jayson Dimanche seems like he is going to have just as good of a chance to make the final cut as any right now after the mini shoot-out with Jacksonville over the UDFA.
Minnesota cornerback Troy Stoudermire has me the most intrigued within this class of non-draftees. Holder of the NCAA career kick return record (3,615 yards), Stoudermire played both receiver and corner before moving to full defensive role as a senior, which adds a degree of versatility to him as a player, something the Bengals have coveted as of late. Some would argue that the Golden Gophers gave up a lot of points on defense to have that many kick-offs, but with only 22 players drafted from the Big Ten this year,Minnesota’s defense as well as overall play wasn’t necessarily good from several perspectives. Nonetheless, Stoudermire was a contributor and stand-out player; lead the team in tackles (82) from the cornerback position. Uninvited to the Combine, he posted solid numbers in his Pro-Day: 4.51 40-yard, 19 reps 225 lbs, 35″ verticle, which places him as an X-factor as an NFL corner. While he never be a starter, he’s dynamic facets as a player may earn him a spot on the roster for depth on defense, special teams, and offense.
I too am very intrigued with Minnesota’s Troy Stoudemire. He holds the NCAA career kick return yardage record with 3,615. He actually switched between receiver and cornerback his first three seasons before moving primarily to defense this past season, so not having a defined position really hurt his stock, even though he had some flashes on a rather putrid Golden Gophers defense this past season.
I’m just ready for anyone to come in and take some pressure off of Adam Jones on return duties, and get Brandon Tate off of them completely. I don’t foresee Stoudermire making the opening 53-man roster, but he’s an interesting player to watch develop in the coming years.