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Official Undrafted Free Agent Signing Thread

Postby Jake » Mon Apr 30, 2007 6:01 am

This is who we've acquired so far. The list is unofficial but mostly accurate.

Jesse Wendt, WR, Wisconsin-Stout
Pete Schmitt, TE,Wisconsin-Whitewater (Try-Out)
Taylor Sele, WR, Boston College

http://draftdaddy.com/features/2007_NFC_UDFA.cfm
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Postby Chris Luva Luva » Mon Apr 30, 2007 7:43 am

WR's? :shock:

Where the heck is Walter Thomas?
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Postby MEZZSKIN » Mon Apr 30, 2007 2:15 pm

thank god were addressing our DE postion ..

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Postby UK Skins Fan » Mon Apr 30, 2007 2:18 pm

The list is getting longer, but still no d-line.

Washington
Undrafted Free Agents:

Sam Hollenbach, QB, Maryland

Jesse Wendt, WR, Wisconsin-Stout

Pete Schmitt, TE, Wisconsin-Whitewater (Try-Out)

Taylor Sele, WR, Boston College

Ryan Cubit, QB, Western Michigan (Try-Out)

Terry Caulley, RB, Connecticut

Tucker Peterson, OG, New Hampshire
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Postby skinsfan#33 » Mon Apr 30, 2007 2:40 pm

Chris Luva Luva wrote:WR's? :shock:

Where the heck is Walter Thomas?


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Postby SKIN4LIFE » Mon Apr 30, 2007 3:17 pm

Denver traded up to draft Walter Thomas. Hopefully we will find a sleeper somewhere. We need football players, not workout warriors.
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Postby Mursilis » Mon Apr 30, 2007 3:34 pm

SKIN4LIFE wrote:Denver traded up to draft Walter Thomas. Hopefully we will find a sleeper somewhere. We need football players, not workout warriors.


Walter Thomas is not the same guy as Marcus Thomas.

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Postby Jake » Mon Apr 30, 2007 3:59 pm

Redskins Bring In Nine Undrafted Rookies
By Gary Fitzgerald
Redskins.com
April 30, 2007

The Redskins agreed to terms on contracts with nine undrafted rookie free agents on Monday, plus signed free agent kicker Tyler Fredrickson.
Fredrickson, 6-3 and 220 pounds, is expected to compete with Shaun Suisham for the Redskins' place kicking job.

Frederickson spent the 2006 training camp with Dallas. He has previously had NFL stints with Denver and Seattle. He first entered the NFL in 2004 with the Seahawks and played his college ball at California.

The Redskins' nine undrafted rookie free agents are as follows:

UNDRAFTED ROOKIE FREE AGENT SIGNINGS
Name Position College

Terry Caulley RB Connecticut
Daniel Francis CB LSU
Stephon Heyer OL Maryland
Justin Hickman DE UCLA
Sam Hollenbach QB Maryland
Zach Latimer LB Oklahoma
Marcus Mason RB Youngstown State
Taylor Sele WR Boston College
Deyon Williams WR Virginia

Three of the undrafted rookies participated in the Redskins' local college workout on April 6: Hollenbach, Mason and Williams.

The Redskins will host a Rookie Camp this weekend, May 4-6, in which upwards of 60 undrafted prospects will try out for the team.

"We tell the agents that if [the tryout players] are better than the free agents that we signed, then we will replace them," vice president of football operations Vinny Cerrato said.

Caulley leaves UConn as the holder of nearly every major rushing record in school history. He started 31 of 36 games and rushed for 3,187 yards on 570 attempts (5.6 average) and 31 touchdowns. Caulley had 13 career 100-yard rushing games.

Francis played in the same defensive backfield at LSU as Redskins first-round draft selection LaRon Landry. He appeared in 48 games over his four-year career at LSU and totaled 76 tackles (39 solo), six tackles for a loss and 3.5 sacks. Francis was also a special teams standout on kickoff and punt coverage. He was selected to play in the 2007 East-West Shrine game.

Heyer played his college ball at Maryland. He overcame a torn ACL at the start of the 2005 season to earn honorable mention All-ACC honors as a senior. He started 37 games at left offensive tackle for the Terps.

Hickman earned first team All PAC-10 honors as a senior after totaling 42 tackles (30 solo), two forced fumbles, 19 tackles for loss and 12.5 sacks in 13 games. Prior to joining UCLA in 2004, Hickman played for Glandale Community College in Glendale, Ariz. Hickman appeared in 35 games with 97 tackles (60 solo), 19.5 sacks and 31 tackles for loss while at UCLA.

Hollenbach finished his career as only the fourth Terrapin to throw for more than 5,000 yards in his career. During his time at Maryland he played in 28 games, starting 24, and throwing for 5,139 yards, 28 touchdowns and 26 interceptions. He finished his career on a high-note being named MVP of the 2006 Champs Sports Bowl.

Latimer earned All-Big 12 honorable mention honors for the 2005 and 2006 seasons. Over the course of his career he has appeared in 41 games with 26 starts, and totaled 180 tackles (104 solo), 19 tackles for loss, seven sacks, two forced fumbles and three interceptions.

Mason was named Division 1-AA first-team All-America by the Associated Press as a senior thanks in large part to rushing for a school record 1,847 yards and 23 touchdowns. Prior to transferring to Youngstown St. he played at the University of Illinois. During his two seasons as a Penguin, he rushed for 2,739 yards and 31 touchdowns and was named 2006 Gateway Offensive Player of the Year.

Sele played wide receiver and was a valuable member of the special teams coverage units at Boston College. He finished his career at Boston College catching 27 balls for 296 yards for an average of 10.9 yards per catch.

Williams appeared in 38 games while at Virginia totaling 95 catches for 1,237 yards and 10 touchdowns. He is the 26th player in school history to go over the 1,000 yard mark at Virginia. As a junior in 2005 he earned honorable mention All-ACC honors.


http://www.redskins.com/news/newsDetail.jsp?id=25913
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Postby SkinsFreak » Mon Apr 30, 2007 4:27 pm

Justin Hickman DE
Height: 6-13/8 | Weight: 254 | 40-Time: 4.75

Official Bio

Strengths:
Has an excellent motor...Decent timed speed and quickness...Knows how to get off blocks...Was very productive...Does a terrific job in pursuit and has a burst to close...A playmaker...Mobile with good range...Has solid instincts and awareness.

Weaknesses:
Undersized and has neither the height or bulk you look for...Marginal athlete...Is not real strong or powerful...He is not real stout at the point or versus the run...A 'tweener who may not have a true pro position...Could be just a situational guy.

Notes:
His father, Donnie, played in college at USC and was chosen by the Rams in the 1977 NFL Draft...A JUCO transfer from Glendale Community College...Really had a fantastic senior campaign...Might also be looked at as a 3-4 outside linebacker...A good college player who just does not have the measurables...At most a backup.
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Career Statistics
Year GP TKL TFL SACK
2003 JUCO - - -
2004 10 22 4.0 1.5
2005 12 31 8.0 5.5
2006 13 42 19.0 12.5
Totals 35 95 31.0 19.5



Not a bad signing. He did have 12.5 sacks and 19 tackles for a loss last year.

Justin Hickman's 12.5 sacks during his senior year put him in a tie for the lead in the Pac-10 in that category, and he was the sole leader in tackles for a loss in the conference with 19 for the season. Learn more about him in his exclusive interview with Scout.com's Ed Thompson.


http://nflexperts.scout.com/2/634227.html

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Postby The Hogster » Mon Apr 30, 2007 4:29 pm

Deyon Williams is a nice tall wideout...my cousin happens to represent him. This is his first time negotiating with the redskins...well maybe not negotiating, it was probably more like...hey Deyon come out to camp and we'll give you 500 bucks, three hots and a cot.....agent: Okay. He also has Marcus Hamilton...CB from University of Virginia who went undrafted. I thought he would be an early second day pick based on his production. All ACC, lead the league in interceptions.

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Postby The Hogster » Mon Apr 30, 2007 4:30 pm

SkinsFreak wrote:
Justin Hickman DE
Height: 6-13/8 | Weight: 254 | 40-Time: 4.75

Official Bio

Strengths:
Has an excellent motor...Decent timed speed and quickness...Knows how to get off blocks...Was very productive...Does a terrific job in pursuit and has a burst to close...A playmaker...Mobile with good range...Has solid instincts and awareness.

Weaknesses:
Undersized and has neither the height or bulk you look for...Marginal athlete...Is not real strong or powerful...He is not real stout at the point or versus the run...A 'tweener who may not have a true pro position...Could be just a situational guy.

Notes:
His father, Donnie, played in college at USC and was chosen by the Rams in the 1977 NFL Draft...A JUCO transfer from Glendale Community College...Really had a fantastic senior campaign...Might also be looked at as a 3-4 outside linebacker...A good college player who just does not have the measurables...At most a backup.
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Career Statistics
Year GP TKL TFL SACK
2003 JUCO - - -
2004 10 22 4.0 1.5
2005 12 31 8.0 5.5
2006 13 42 19.0 12.5
Totals 35 95 31.0 19.5



Not a bad signing. He did have 12.5 sacks and 19 tackles for a loss last year.

Justin Hickman's 12.5 sacks during his senior year put him in a tie for the lead in the Pac-10 in that category, and he was the sole leader in tackles for a loss in the conference with 19 for the season. Learn more about him in his exclusive interview with Scout.com's Ed Thompson.


http://nflexperts.scout.com/2/634227.html


finally at least someone to compete with our Ends.....
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Postby brad7686 » Mon Apr 30, 2007 5:46 pm

The Hogster wrote:
SkinsFreak wrote:
Justin Hickman DE
Height: 6-13/8 | Weight: 254 | 40-Time: 4.75

Official Bio

Strengths:
Has an excellent motor...Decent timed speed and quickness...Knows how to get off blocks...Was very productive...Does a terrific job in pursuit and has a burst to close...A playmaker...Mobile with good range...Has solid instincts and awareness.

Weaknesses:
Undersized and has neither the height or bulk you look for...Marginal athlete...Is not real strong or powerful...He is not real stout at the point or versus the run...A 'tweener who may not have a true pro position...Could be just a situational guy.

Notes:
His father, Donnie, played in college at USC and was chosen by the Rams in the 1977 NFL Draft...A JUCO transfer from Glendale Community College...Really had a fantastic senior campaign...Might also be looked at as a 3-4 outside linebacker...A good college player who just does not have the measurables...At most a backup.
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Career Statistics
Year GP TKL TFL SACK
2003 JUCO - - -
2004 10 22 4.0 1.5
2005 12 31 8.0 5.5
2006 13 42 19.0 12.5
Totals 35 95 31.0 19.5



Not a bad signing. He did have 12.5 sacks and 19 tackles for a loss last year.

Justin Hickman's 12.5 sacks during his senior year put him in a tie for the lead in the Pac-10 in that category, and he was the sole leader in tackles for a loss in the conference with 19 for the season. Learn more about him in his exclusive interview with Scout.com's Ed Thompson.


http://nflexperts.scout.com/2/634227.html


finally at least someone to compete with our Ends.....


Nice pickup. Yahoo has this guy in the 260's and he's built like a bowling ball. He can use his hands well, can penetrate and get under the tackles pads. Good speed and quickness. One of those players that slipped cuz he is 6'2" and only because of that, because 12.5 sacks is productive. I like this. Maybe a few more? ESPN had him as a linebacker, rated slightly better than Sartz.
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Postby SkinsFreak » Mon Apr 30, 2007 7:44 pm

Peterson signs with Washington Redskins

April 30, 2007

By Tom Haley Herald Staff

The phone call to Tucker Peterson's family home in Clarendon on Monday at 8:30 a.m. brought an end to a weekend of frustration and suspense. The Washington Redskins asked him to report to a camp for workouts Thursday.

Peterson, a first team All-Atlantic 10 selection at left guard, had come home from the University of New Hampshire with his girlfriend Becca Porter to watch the NFL draft Saturday and Sunday.

Saturday was a relaxing day as Peterson knew he would not hear his name called in one of the earlier rounds. He busied himself making notations about who was selected so he would have a feel for what team might be the best fit if he did find a place in the NFL.

Sunday was a different story. He waited and waited and did not hear his name called.

"It was a stressful situation," Peterson said. "The phone was not ringing and I was getting nervous. I saw a lot of linemen picked who were right around me according to different web sites. It was really nerve racking."

No less so for Porter, who came to home with Peterson to share the moment.

"It was very stressful and nerve racking. I knew how upset he was. There was so much pressure on him," she said.

Alabama defensive back Ramzee Robinson was selected as the 255th and final player in the draft. It was over. Peterson and David Ball, a UNH teammate and fellow Vermonter, had not heard their name called. UNH defensive back Corey Graham, on the other hand, heard his name called in the fifth round by the Chicago Bears.

Peterson waited by the phone, hoping for that post-draft call that would invited him to some NFL team as a free agent. That call never came Sunday night.

Peterson's agent said he did not understand why nobody had called.

Neither did Peterson. He impressed everyone during a pro day on the Durham campus when scouts from at least a dozen NFL teams came to assess his goods. The 6-foot-2, 310-pound Peterson showed them a 35-inch vertical jump, ran the 40 in just over five seconds and broad jumped 9 feet, seven inches.

That workout had raised his hopes for hearing his name on TV on the second day of the draft.

But Monday morning the call came from the Redskins, wiping away all the frustration from Sunday.

"The mood changed just like that," Peterson said.

"The Redskins sounded like they were very surprised I was still around."

Peterson said he had been talking about a number f teams he thought he might go with and the Redskins was not one of them.

"We said it would be probably some team we had not talked about," Peterson said. "I always kind of liked them."

There is, in fact, a photo in one of the family albums of a 3-year-old Tucker Peterson wearing a Redskins jersey.

Peterson said a chance of playing in the NFL went from being more than a far-off dream to something approaching reality when he was a junior at Mill River Union High School attending a football camp at Penn State.

"It kind of hit me then when I was at least holding my own with some of the best high school players in the country," Peterson said. "I was running a 5.2 in the 40 and the other linemen were running a 5.4 or 5.5. They were kind of amazed at what I was doing.

"I said 'Maybe this is not just a dream.'"

Peterson was a teammate of his brother George Peterson for much of his career at UNH. George was an outstanding linebacker and had his own chance at professional football. He was recently cut by the Colorado Crush, the Arena Football League team owned by NFL Hall of Fame quarterback John Elway.

You get the feeling Tucker is going to be playing for George a little bit, too, when he arrives inWashington D.C.

"He didn't get a fair chance. They cut all the rookies," Tucker said.

Peterson hopes to improve his chances with the Redskins by trying out as a center as well as at the guard position he played at UNH.

"I am a little bit short for the offensive line so I have been working out at center," Peterson said.

Monday he was going to get his brother Joe, who lives in Clarendon, and execute 100 to 200 snaps with him.

Peterson's blocking was a big part of UNH's offense that scored 35.31 points per game, second in the nation in Division I-AA.

The Peterson football lineage is impressive. Tucker's father Art Peterson started on the offensive line at Army. Tucker's grandfather also played football at Army and a great uncle was a two-time All-American at Navy. Brother George, like Tucker, was a captain at UNH.

One phone call Monday morning removed a lot of stress and uncertainty.

"It was a relief," Porter said.

One phone call changed Tuckerson Peterson's mood and, just maybe, his life. And it added yet another line to the considerable family football lineage.


http://www.rutlandherald.com/apps/pbcs. ... S/70430002

I haven't seen this anywhere else yet, but looks like a good pick-up as well.

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Postby PulpExposure » Mon Apr 30, 2007 7:51 pm

Steven Heyer is a great pickup. He was highly touted before his 2005 knee injury knocked him out for the year.

It's not a surprise that he wasn't at full strength in the 2006 season, but I think he's got serious potential at RT or guard. Big guy with strength.

Both evals from Scouts at ESPN

Stephon Heyer
OT | (6'6", 334, 5.59) | MARYLAND


Strengths: A tall, rangy offensive tackle prospect that has added a great deal of bulk throughout collegiate career. He possesses outstanding overall size. Also displays impressive weight-room strength (365-pound bench, 555-pound squat) and leaping ability (32-inch vertical). He has the frame to engulf smaller defenders at the point of attack as a run blocker. He lacks elite mobility but still is a better pass protector than run blocker at this point. He gets set quickly and is a natural knee-bender. Shows adequate upper-body power to jar defenders with initial hand punch and also uses his long arms effectively to keep separation. Shows adequate lateral mobility and good awareness to pick up blitzes and stunts. He was durable and reliable prior to his 2005 knee injury, as he started 24-consecutive games during his first three seasons (2002-'04).

Weaknesses: Durability is the biggest issue, as he missed the entire 2005 season due to a knee injury suffered during fall practice. He has never possessed great mobility and he looked a half-step slower following the injury. He is very effective in pass pro at the collegiate level but he lacks the agility to be as effective at LOT in the NFL. The more space he's in as a run blocker the less effective he becomes. He is a position and wall-off run blocker that needs to show of a mean streak. He must learn to come out of his stance with more consistent leverage and also needs to do a better job of driving defenders off the line of scrimmage, rather than leaning on them. Comes off of blocks too easily and leaves his feet too frequently.

Overall: Heyer played in the last 13 games of his true freshman season (2002) making one start. He then became the Terrapins' starting left tackle for the entire 2003 (12 games) and 2004 (11 games) seasons. Meyer suffered a torn ACL in fall practice prior to the 2005 and received a medical redshirt. Heyer participated in 2006 spring practice and returned to start all 13 games at left tackle as a fifth-year senior.
Heyer recovered reasonably well from his 2005 knee injury and was able to start every game as a senior in 2006. Even so, long-term durability concerns will undoubtedly cause him to slip. Overall, Heyer is a big, strong right tackle prospect with limited athletic ability. He projects as a possible reserve in the NFL, which is why he's not worth considering any earlier than the sixth round.




Justin Hickman
OLB | (6'1", 254, 4.75) | UCLA

Strengths: At his best working up-the-field as a pass rusher. While somewhat inconsistent and needs to be quicker in this area, flashes decent upper body strength and the ability to shed blocks. Uses hands to protect legs, shows good balance and can fight though cut blocks. Can slip blocks in space and takes sound pursuit angles. Shows good body control, generally wraps up upon contact and doesn't miss many open tackles. Has an explosive firsts step, anticipates the snap well and flashes the ability to turn the corner. Closes well and flashes the ability to knock the ball loose when gets to the quarterback. Shows good lateral mobility, runs line stunts well and flashes the ability to set offensive tackles up to the outside before redirecting inside. Blocked a kick during senior season and can contribute on special teams.

Weaknesses: Appears to take plays off, he isn't relentless in pursuit and motor is inconsistent. Plays too high, hasn't shown great lower body strength and can get driven back. Avoids blockers rather than stacking them up and gets caught out of position at times. Doesn't always take sound path to the quarterback and can get ridden past the pocket. Isn't a powerful bull rusher and doesn't show a variety of pass rush moves. Lacks the power of an every-down defensive end and doesn't have a lot of experience dropping into coverage so there are some concerns about ability to move to outside linebacker.

Overall: Hickman originally attended Glendale (A.Z.) Community College in 2003 where he was a first team All-Western States Football League performer after registering 60 total tackles and 10 sacks. He played in 10 of 12 games (eight starts) during the 2004 season for UCLA, finishing the year with 22 total tackles, four tackles for loss, and 1.5 sacks. Hickman started all 12 contests in 2005, seeing time at both right and left end, and made 31 total tackles, eight tackles for loss, 5.5 sacks, and one fumble recovery. In 2006, Hickman received All-American recognition from several publications after recording 42 total tackles, 19 tackles for loss, 12.5 sacks, two fumble recoveries, and three forced fumbles.
Hickman was a college defensive end that projects best at outside linebacker in a 3-4-scheme, so he should need some time to develop before pushing for playing time. His inconsistency should also cause his draft stock to drop. However, he is quick and athletic for his size, so there is a lot to like about his upside. He also is an instinctive pass rusher. Hickman projects as a second-day pick.


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Postby JansenFan » Tue May 01, 2007 10:21 am

I hope Hollenbach makes it to training camp. Then Jackson can get his #14 Terps jersey autographed.
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