Is there a Victor Cruz among the 10 undrafted free agents the New York Giants signed following the conclusion of the 2012 NFL Draft? Let's take a brief look at each UDFA who will be trying to earn a spot with the Giants in 2012.
Janzen Jackson, S, McNeese State
Janzen was dismissed from University of Tennesee football program last summer after reportedly failing multiple drug tests. Giants general manager Jerry Reese is not put off by those trangressions, saying Monday on WFAN that "we've had some success with guys like that."
Scouting Report: "Jackson was immediately productive as a freshman in Tennessee and watched his game take off before being dismissed from the program. He possesses the underlying skills to be used at a variety of positions in the defensive secondary and could develop into a starting cornerback in the NFL if he turns up the intensity against the run and stays away from off field distractions."
Does he have a chance? It would certainly seem like it. The Giants listed the 5-foot111/2, 181-pound Jackson as a safety, though he seems small for that position. Could the practice squad be a possibility if he flashes some talent and keeps himself out of trouble?
Matt Broha, DE, Louisiana Tech
A four-year starter at Louisiana Tech with some pass-rush skills, and possibly the versatility to get a look at outside linebacker. He had 23.5 sacks the past two seasons.
Scouting Report: "Broha was productive on the college level and has quietly been one of the better pass rushers in the nation. He offers a variety of skill and his approach to the game will help him catch on as a backup at defensive end, pass rush linebacker or even tight end."
Does he have a chance? The Giants love pass-rushers, and that is what Broha is. If he can show the ability to get to the quarterback against NFL linemen then, sure, he has a shot.
David Douglas, WR, Arizona
Highly productive his last two seasons with 52 and 65 catches. A 6-foot, 200-pound possession type receiver.
Scouting Report: "Douglas does the little things well at his position and offers possibilities as a fifth receiver/special teams player for an NFL team."
Does he have a chance? A slim one, maybe. Cruz, Hakeem Nicks, Rueben Randle, Jerrel Jernigan, Ramses Barden and Domenik Hixon are all in front of him. The Giants would seem set, but you never know. Hixon might get hurt again or just not have much left. The Giants could get tired of waiting for Barden, too, and that could open a spot.
Adewale Ojomo, DE, Miami
Another guy looked at as a defensive end/ linebacker 'tweener (6-ffot-3, 260) with some pass-rush potential. Not as productive collegiately as Broha.
Scouting Report: "Ojomo was a solid college player who possesses a linebacker?s body with defensive lineman speed. He offers possibilities as a one-gap pass rushing end brought onto the field during third-and-long situations."
Does he have a chance? Probably about the same shot as Broha.
Julian Talley, WR, UMass
Talley, of course, comes from the same school Cruz attended and plays the same position. So, there will be natural comparisons. Can he justify them, or come anywhere close to doing so?
Scouting Report: "Could be worth a pick late, but at worst looks likes a priority FA who should be able to fight for a roster spot if he can continue to improve his hands."
Does he have a chance? As I said before, the wide receiver spot seems pretty crowded right now. I hate to hear about wide receivers who need to improve their hands, but you never know what can happen when he gets to camp.
Jojo Nicolas, S, Miami
Nicolas comes out of Miami, which has produced many great NFL safeties over the years. He does not seem to be in that stratosphere, though.
Scouting Report: "Nicolas is an underrated safety prospect who displays good instincts on the field and is effective in all areas of the game. He possesses ordinary size/speed numbers yet has the ability to be used as a nickel safety in a variety of systems at the next level. Effective on special teams for the hurricanes, Nicolas should also be an asset on coverage units."
Does he have a chance? The Giants are thin at safety, and Nicolas might have a chance to impress on special teams. Maybe a practice squad possibility if he plays well.
Damian Davis, WR, Mary Hardin-Baylor
Davis was dismissed from the Oklahoma State football team back in 2009 for a violation of team rules. He ended at someplace called Mary Hardin-Baylor, a Division III school, and I can't find out much more than the fact that he is 6-foot-5, 185 pounds.
Does he have a chance? Not likely.
Stephen Goodin, OL, Nebraska-Kearney
Goodin is a 6-foot-6, 310-pound player out of Division II with a huge transition in front of him if he hopes to make it to the NFL. Goodin was a guard for Nebraska-Kearney.
Does he have a chance? Well, Rich Seubert had a long career with the Giants after being an undrafted free agent. So, anything is possible.
De'Angelo McCray, G, Memphis
He is a 6-foot-4, 336-pound guy who you would have to think has a chance to be a quality run blocker.
Does he have a chance? Maybe as a developmental player on the practice squad if he shows anything on the field.
Joe Martinek, RB, Rutgers
The Giants say they were surprised the former Scarlet Knight went undrafted. He seems like somewhat of a 'tweener, not big enough to be a fullback and not fast enough (4.65) to be a tailback.
Scouting Report: Martinek was moderately productive in a variety of ways on the college level. The ability to carry the ball, catch it out of the backfield and be used as a blocker could help catch on as a fourth back in the NFL.
Does he have a chance? Why not? Martinek has a variety of skills even though it doesn't seem he would do anything exceptionally well. Maybe he can hook on as a practice squad guy.