Re: Demps Signs With Patriots
posted at 8/18/2012 12:43 AM EDT
Response to Re: Demps Signs With Patriots
[QUOTE]In Response to Re: Demps Signs With Patriots : he shouldn't pop a hammy, hes been running top speed in competition. he should be supremely flexible. never understood how any pro athlete dont keep their hamstrings flexible and conditioned when yoru livelihood depends on it.
Posted by bredbru[/QUOTE]
He may not amount to much, as he has been injury prone throughout his college career. But, his speed makes him an intriguing prospect. The knock on him as a runner and receiver is that he is small framed, with very small hands. BB has signed him to a three year deal...so he must have faith in the kid. Surely, BB has been on the phone with Charle Weis and Irvin Meyer about Demps: http://espn.go.com/boston/nfl/story/_/id/8277930/olympic-silver-medalist-jeff-demps-sign-new-england-patriots-sources
Here's a couple of scouting reports on Demps:
1.) ProFootball Weekly: Jeff Demps:
Native Floridian who starred in football and track, capturing a pair of state championships in the 100 meters. As a true freshman at Florida in 2008, carried 78 times for 605 yards (7.8 yards per carry) with 7 TDs. Had groin surgery in the spring of 2009 to repair a left abductor release. In the Fall, he started 12 of 14 games and ran 99 times for 945 yards, and 7 TDs (a 7.5 yard average per carry) despite battling the flu in September, a sprained neck against Mississippi State, and a dislocated left elbow against Cincinnati. Sustained a concussion in August of 2010, before starting 5 of 11 games...in which he rushed for 551 yards on 92 carries (6 yard average per carry), and 3 TDs. Sprained his left foot against Tennessee and was bothered by the injury the rest of the season, sitting out against LSU and Vanderbilt. Caught 41 career passes for 309 yards (22.3 yards per catch), and 10 TDs.Also returned 11 kickoffs for 354 yards (32.2 yard average), and 2 punts for 37 yards (18.5 average). Played 12 games in 2011, starting 5, and totaled 569 yards on 98 carries (5.8 yds. per carry) rushing, 16 receptions for 172 yards receiving (10.8 yard average), and had 10 kickoff returns with one TD, averaging 25 yards per return. Hurt his shoulder against UAB and sat out the second half of that game. Sprained his left ankle against Alabama, carried just twice against LSU and was unable to play against Auburn. Fumbled 11 times in 424 touches
, and gained 6.7 yards per carry. Team captain. Doubles as an Olympic caliber sprinter.At the conclusion of his senior season, opted to forgo football in order to train for the Olympics., which required dropping nearly 15 pounds. Declined invitation to The Combine. Positives:
Has world-class track speed that translates to the football field. Possesses game-breaking explosiveness - accelerates in a blink and shows an extra gear very few players have. Only needs a crack, gains the edge and outruns angles in the open field. Has enough shiftiness to sidestep the first tackler. Cuts at high speed and turns on the afterburners. Good potential as a receiver - is agile and pops out of breaks to create separation. Special-teams standout. Surprisingly tough and durable. Mature, motivated, competitive athlete praised for his makeup and football character. Negatives:
Short and small framed with very small hands. Limited run strength - too easily turned on contact or tripped up. Marginal inside runner. Never carried 100 times in a season. Is a bit straight-linish and does not string moves together. Could stand to refine route-running ability. Underpowered blocker. Questionable mental and physical toughness. May take some time to grasp the playbook. Summary:
A versatile, super quick slasher with turbo speed and a shredded physique. Demps is a threat to go the distance every time he touches the ball, as he rips off yards in big chunks. Will have to be used strategically to maintain his durability, but can be a dynamic utility player and mismatch weapon as a change-of-pace RB, slot receiver and returner. Could warrant late consideration despite choosing to pursue a track career and graded as a middle round pick on talent alone.
2.) Mel Kiper:
20. Jeff Demps 5-8 190 Florida (S. 4.32) R. 7.1Background: High School – Demps was a star at South Lake HS in Winter Garden, FL, running for 1,401 yards and 16 touchdowns as a senior. He was also a track star at the prep level, setting the state meet record in the 100-meter dash with a time of 10.37 seconds.
Freshman – Demps played in all 14 games as a true freshman with the Gators in 2008, starting five times. He ran for 605 yards, a 7.8-yard average and seven scores as a rookie, adding 15 receptions for 141 yards and a touchdown out of the backfield. He had 76 yards and a touchdown on just two carries in his debut, against Hawaii; he had seven carries for 103 yards and two TDs at Arkansas; and he had 129 yards and a score on 10 rushes vs. LSU. Sophomore – Demps started 12 of his 14 appearances in 2009 and he ran for 745 yards and seven touchdowns, while averaging an impressive 7.5 yards per carry. He also caught eight passes for 52 yards as a sophomore. He opened the year with 89 yards and two touchdowns on just five carries against Charleston Southern; he had 12 rushes for 97 yards at Kentucky; and he had 106 yards on just seven attempts in the Florida State game.
Junior – Demps led Florida in rushing as a junior, gaining 551 yards with a six-yard average and scoring three touchdowns. He added 18 catches for 116 yards and he returned eight kickoffs for a 32.5-yard average. He had eight carries for 98 yards and a score vs. Miami; he had a season-high 139 yards and a touchdown on 11 totes against South Florida; and he ran 26 times for 73 yards at Tennessee.
Senior – This past season, Demps started five of his 12 games played and he ran for 569 yards, a 5.8-yard average, and six touchdowns. He caught 16 balls out of the backfield for 172 more yards and he returned 10 kickoffs for a 25-yard average, with one going for a score. His best games in 2011 came against Florida Atlantic (12-105, 2 TDs), at Kentucky (10-157, 2 TDs), vs. Georgia (1-72 rec; 99-yard kickoff return for TD), and against Vanderbilt (23-158, 2 TDs).
Analysis: Demps would have been a solid third round choice had he approached the draft focused solely on football. Instead, he has set his sights on the 2012 US Olympic Trials and a career in track. Demps is pure speed, with game-breaking ability. He also impressed me with his toughness and his ability to drop his pad level and absorb contact. He’s not real shifty or elusive; he’s more of a straight line guy. Demps might be worth late round consideration because he can always come back to football if the track career doesn’t pan out. He’s one of those asterisk guys who might not get drafted, but had he chosen football as his primary focus, he would have been a lock for the third round. *Combine Note: Didn’t workout.