By: Andrew Ludwig
With training camp approaching, it is time to take a look at some of the undrafted rookies. There is always someone that comes out of the undrafted class that catches us by surprise. We will look to see what players can potentially make the 53 man roster.
1. The first is Roy Finch, a running back from the University of Oklahoma. He can bring some solid competition to the running back position. Although he is only 5'6", coming out of the University of Oklahoma has to give us some hope that he has the ability to play against top talent. He has explosive burst in the open field, and he ran a 4.44 40 yard dash at his pro day. He has the speed to be a threat, but we will see how holds up against NFL hits. I am looking for him to make the roster as a special teams player, and for depth and versatility at the RB position.
2. Next is Travis Hawkins, cornerback from the University of Delaware, has no chance of making this roster as a secondary player, but he is smart and has stated that he is all about special teams. He understands that if he needs to play special teams for a year or two to earn a spot, then that is what it takes. That kind of mentality could earn him a spot on the 53 man roster.
3. The last potential undrafted free agent that could be signed will come from a competition at the tight end position.Justin Jones, from East Carolina, is the most intriguing player that the Patriots signed. At 6'8" 274 pounds, his size is undeniable. He is physical presence, and if he can show a solid skill set, he can without a doubt make the 53 man roster as depth until Gronk returns. Not to mention the red zone target that he could be.
4. The next tight end competing for a spot on the roster is Asa Watson out of N.C. State. He is the brother of former Patriot Benjamin Watson, and is another intriguing prospect to look at. Although undersized at 6'3" 239 pounds he makes up for his lack of size in speed. He ran a solid 4.69 40 yard dash, and a 7.00 second time in the three cone drill, that would have been the fastest time of all tight ends at the combine, had he been invited. He is a player that has talent, but is very raw. I look for Justin Jones to beat him out in training camp. But do not forget Asa Watson's name, as I believe we will be seeing him again after he has spent some time on the practice squad.