NFL News and Notes: Jeff Demps Drawing Interest from NFL Teams, Impressing Rookies


Welcome to another installment of NFL News and Notes. Regularly I scour the web for the stories I find most interesting and share them with you. There’s always a focus on the draft and today’s news and notes segment is no exception.

“Agent Daniel Rose told The Associated Press late Wednesday night that several NFL teams are interested in signing the speedy Demps, a former running back at the University of Florida. Rose said Demps is expected to make a decision by Thursday night.

“He’s speed,” Rose said. “The NFL is about speed and there’s so much you can do with a guy like that if used correctly. He could be a kick returner, slot receiver, stuff like that. There’s gadget plays teams can come up with. If used correctly, he could definitely be a weapon.”

Demps is a an intriguing player, but has a history of injuries, limited size, and was not as invovled in the passing game as you would expect with his speed and abilities in space.

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Auburn doesn’t have any current first round prospects, but Corey Lemoiner has a chance to Make a name for himself this year. I’m also very intrigued by WR Emory Blake. He’s a player that I think analysts will fall in love with (much like they did Marvin Jones this year) this time next year.

Here’s a quick blurb from the article.

“Head coach Gene Chizik may have his work cut out for him to calm fans worried that the 2010 season wasn’t just a flash in the pan. His 2012 team does possess some legitimate NFL talent — including a potential high round pass rusher in junior Corey Lemonier — but this is a noticeably less skilled roster than the first two programs previewed as part of the SEC West (Alabama, Arkansas) and, unless there is significant improvement from several prospects, Draft Day 2013 may not be much more exciting for Auburn fans than it was last year.”

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“Eric Ward, WR*- Now that I got that spread offense rant out of the way, I can continue on down the list of prospects that Texas Tech has to offer. The top returning wide receiver is Eric Ward, who is listed at 6’0”, 203 pounds. He totaled 84 receptions, 800 yards and 11 touchdowns as a sophomore this year and as Doege’s go-to guy he has a very realistic chance at 100 catches, 1,000 yards and 10+ touchdowns this season in my opinion. Ward isn’t going to run a 4.4 flat in my estimation, but he has enough speed and burst to be a NFL receiver and proved that his hands were reliable last season. When I’ve seen him I’ve seen him catch with his hands, and that is critical for any receiver attempting to get to the next level. I’m excited to see what Ward can do this season, because I still don’t have a great feel for his route running and his ability to create yardage after the catch.”

Check out the link if you want to catch the rant on the spread passing system and a few other prospects to watch out for on Texas Tech.

Lastly two articles on some rookies impressing around the league.

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Rookies are always impressing on every team at this time of year. There’s nothing as exciting to write about as impressive rookies. Don’t read too much into it, but sometimes it is a sign of more to come in the following season.

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