July 20, 2011
Some folks write off undrafted rookies, considering them a mixed multitude of untalented players: quarterbacks whose deep outs hang suspended in air, running backs who can’t keep pace with their own linemen, receivers with carnie hands who can’t even catch a cold. The same holds true with guys on the other side of the ball, where “special teamer at best” becomes a thinly-veiled euphemism for “He doesn’t belong in the league.”
Virginia Tech defensive end Steven Friday is one of many rookie FAs from the ’11 class who could challenge that notion. With a little more time and polish, the speed rusher could become a big-time contributor.
Contrary to the UDFA label, Friday possesses early round explosiveness. His workout numbers compare favorably to some top 50 prospects (4.62 40, 10’4” broad jump). And that explosiveness shows up on the field, where Friday’s gotten the best of NFL-caliber offensive (read more…)