Re: Patriots sign former Jet WR/RB Danny Woodhead
posted at 9/19/2010 3:12 AM EDT
If this kids bio wasn't so sad it would be funny. The kid breaks all the highschool records for rushing in Nebraska but since he's 5'7 he only gets recruited by division II. I college he breaks records for points, yards, all purpose yards and even hold the all time college rushing record for a while. His name is among Barry Sanders, Brian Westbrook, and other greats in the record books, but he's in division II so nobody knows what he would do against (or with) division one talent on the field, plus he's still 5'7 (his build is almost identical to Jones Drew at 5'7, 200). No invite to the Combine so at his pro-day he puts up numbers that are more impressive than any of the backs who did go to the combine division I or otherwise. Here's a quote from an article I read on Bleacher:
He displayed speed and agility, running times between 4.33 and 4.38 in the 40-yard dash, which would place second overall for all college running backs.
He also posted the best agility time (4.03 seconds), the second-best vertical jump (38.5 in), and the best 60-yard shuttle time (11.2) seconds.
Despite only being 5'7" and weighing in at 200 lbs., Woodhead had the best athletic times, overall, of all the running back prospects in the nation.
If those numbers don't sway you, perhaps a look at his college stats will.
Woodhead, the NCAA's former all-time leading rusher (record recently broken by Mount Union's www.youtube.com/watch?v=KeKPixCSYbg" target="_blank" title="Nate Kmic">Nate Kmic), put up his fourth straight 1,500-yard season in 2007, as well as his fourth straight season with at least 21 touchdowns.
He's also known for his ridiculous 2006 season, in which he compiled over 2,700 rushing yards and 34 touchdowns in just 13 games.
So then the kid goes undrafted and makes the Jets. They give him a shot in his first regular season game against Philly and what does he do with his 3 carries? 24 yards, 8.0 per attempt. The Jets then put him on the shelf and he doesn't get a carry the next 5 games and only gets 12 carries in garbage time the rest of the year.
Consider the depth issue the Jets have, Currently they have
LT- They won't cut a big pick up like him
Shonne Greene- 3rd rounder last year, can't cut him
Joe Mcknight- moved up to get him in 4th, teams don't really cut 4th rounders in their rookie year even though he looked like doodoo.
So you have 3 guys you just can't cut because of your investment and hopes that it will pay off and this kid Woodhead who they love but can't fit him on the roster.
I don't know what he'll do and that's the interesting thing- nobody does. We don't know if he had played in division I than he would have done anything like he did in division II. He was a div I talent on a div II school and because of that questions surround him.
All anyone knows is that nobody has been able to stop him anywhere he has ever gone regardless of the talent level of the opposition. Hopefully we get a chance to see him play with guys on his level for once in his career.