Rookie Free Agents

Each year, it seems like a virtual impossibility for an undrafted free agent to make an NFL roster. Yet year after year guys that slipped through the Draft's cracks prove themselves and end up on NFL rosters. Of last year's Big Blue bunch, two players – S James Butler and DE Adrian Awasom – are still around. Here's a closer look at each of New York's 16 rookie free agents that will be vying for roster spots in Albany at the end of July.

Sir Henry Anderson, DT, Oregon State, 6-3, 314

    Bio: Started 22 of 32 games and recorded 65 tackles (37 solo), 6 sacks for minus 43 yards and 17.5 stops for losses of 69 yards…As a senior, was a second-team All-Pac 10 Conference selection…Started every game at right defensive tackle

    Pros: Good size, run-stopper, strong enough to collapse pocket

    Cons: Not much of a pass rusher, not real athletic

    Analysis: Going to be tough to crack this unit of DT hopefuls

    Thomas Carroll, DE, Miami, 6-4, 239

    Bio: Started 30 of 43 games at Miami…Recorded 142 tackles (55 solo) with 14.5 sacks for minus 90 yards and 28.5 stops for losses of 111 yards…Also had 38 quarterback pressures, 3 forced fumbles and 7 fumble recoveries for 9 yards in returns

    Pros: Tall, pass-rusher, played at big-time program

    Cons: History of injuries, one-dimensional

    Analysis: It's obvious the Giants will take pass rushers any way they can get them; could be a practice squad candidate

    Kevis Coley, LB, Southern Mississippi, 6-2, 230

    Bio: Played in 50 games with 14 starts…Finished career with 237 tackles (131 solo), 7 sacks for 46 yards, 16 tackles for losses of 67 yards, 3 forced fumbles and 4 fumble recoveries…Started all 12 games at middle linebacker as a senior in 2005 and led team with 150 tackles (81 solo) and 13 tackles for 49 yards in losses

    Pros: Productive inside player

    Cons: Questionable speed

    Analysis: One of the guys with the best shot of sticking around

    Trevis Coley, S, Southern Mississippi, 6-2, 225

    Bio: Played in 49 games with 24 starts…Finished career with 297 tackles (202 solo), 9 interceptions, 2 forced fumbles, a fumble recovery and a sack…Started all 12 games at free safety as a senior in 2005 and finished second on the team with 109 tackles (69 solo) and tied for second with 2 interceptions

    Pros: Playmaking free safety

    Cons: Little on the heavy side

    Analysis: Needs to lose a few pounds and hope he can ride his twin brother's coattails

    Willie Evans, DE, Mississippi State, 6-1, 269

    Bio: Started 35 of 46 games and recorded 219 tackles (139 solo) and finished third in school history with 24.5 sacks for minus 145 yards…Also finished third all-time with 48.5 stops for losses of 211 yards

    Pros: Productive two-way player with a lot of sacks

    Cons: Little short for a DE

    Analysis: Like Carroll, if he can consistently rush the passer, they'll find a spot for him

    Na'Shan Goddard, OL, South Carolina, 6-5, 315

    Bio: Played in 44 games with 37 starts at South Carolina…Played center, guard and tackle for the Gamecocks…Started all 12 games as a senior in 2005, including the Independence Bowl vs. Missouri. Started 8 games at right tackle, 1 at left tackle and 3 at right guard…Started all 11 games at right tackle as a junior in 2004

    Pros: Versatile player that projects to tackle

    Cons: Inconsistent

    Analysis: There is definitely room for another young tackle besides Guy Whimper

    Marcus Green, DT, Ohio State, 6-1, 307

    Bio: Started 21 of 46 games and finished his career with 86 tackles (47 solo), 3 sacks for minus 20 yards and 8 stops for losses of 31 yards…Earned All-Big Ten honorable mention while starting all season at left tackle in 2005. Posted a career-high 37 tackles (23 solo), including a sack, 4.5 stops for losses and a fumble recovery in 12 games

    Pros: Started at a big program, has good size and can anchor

    Cons: Not much of a pass rusher

    Analysis: Played in a pro style defense for Buckeyes

    Darcy Johnson, TE, Central Florida, 6-5, 252

    Bio: Started 35 of 48 games at Central Florida…Caught 81 passes for 919 yards (11.3-yard avg.) and scored 6 touchdowns while recording 14 tackles (8 solo) on special teams. Also had a 22-yard kickoff return…Earned All-Conference USA second-team honors in 2005. Ranked third on the squad with 36 catches for 435 yards (12.1-yard avg.)

    Pros: Blocking type tight end, short-to-intermediate receiver

    Cons: Not very agile or fast

    Analysis: Maybe they finally give up on Visanthe Shiancoe?

    Matthew Lentz, G, Michigan, 6-5, 311

    Bio: Started 36 of 45 games at right guard…Earned first-team All-Big Ten Conference honors in 2004 as the offense averaged 386.5 yards per game…Was again named All-Big Ten first-team in 2005

    Pros: Started at major college program, run blocker

    Cons: Not much athletic ability

    Analysis: Who doesn't love offensive linemen from the Big Ten?

    Jai Lewis, OT, George Mason, 6-6, 277

    Bio: Did not play football in college, but enjoyed a successful basketball career…Started 33 games for a team that made a surprise run to the Final Four in 2005-06, when he averaged 7.7 rebounds and 13.7 points per game. Lewis blocked 23 shots and also had 63 assists…Holds the school records for games played with 124. He ranks sixth all-time in rebounds (884) and blocked shots (91)

    Pros: Athleticism

    Cons: No experience

    Analysis: Can't imagine he'll do any better than the practice squad

    Todd Londot, OL, Miami (OH), 6-5, 301

    Bio: Arrived on campus as a walk-on and started 46 career games, including 42 in a row…Three-time All-Mid-American Conference second-team selection…Started all 11 games at center as a senior in 2005, when he was a second-team all-conference choice

    Pros: Hard-working, effort player

    Cons: Needs work on pass protection

    Analysis: Looks to be a camp body to us

    Anthony Mix, WR, Auburn, 6-4, 252

    Bio: Played in 49 games with 11 starts for the Tigers…Finished with 76 receptions for 1,010 yards (13.3-yard avg.) and 7 touchdowns. Also delivered 3 tackles (2 solo) and blocked a kick

    Pros: Great height, good hands

    Cons: Too heavy and slow

    Analysis: Has good enough skills that he could stick if he drops a couple pounds

    James Sims, RB, Washington, 6-1, 205

    Bio: Played in 45 games in 4 seasons, the first 2 at safety and the last 2 at running back… Rushed for 713 yards on 171 carries (4.2-yard avg.). As a safety, was credited with 50 tackles (32 solo)…Played in 11 games in 2005 and led the Huskies with 495 rushing yards on 112 carries (4.4-yard avg.) and 6 touchdowns with a long run of 46 yards. Also caught 11 passes for 73 yards

    Pros: Slashing type runner with good quickness

    Cons: Needs to improve vision

    Analysis: There's an opening for a practice squad running back

    Tony Tella, G, Miami, 6-4, 307

    Bio: Played in 33 games with 23 starts…Moved into the starting lineup at left guard in 2004, becoming the only offensive lineman to start every game when injuries decimated the unit…He did not start the 2005 season opener due to an ankle sprain, but went on to start the final 11 games at right guard, earning All-Atlantic Coast Conference honorable mention

    Pros: Short area guard, very powerful

    Cons: Needs technique work

    Analysis: Never count out Miami guys

    E.J. Underwood, CB, Pikeville, 6-1, 185

    Bio: Played first 3 seasons at Ohio State before transferring to Pikeville…Played in 10 games last season for Pikeville and finished fifth on the team with 49 tackles (35 solo)…Led the team with 22 punt returns for 322 yards (14.6-yard avg.), including a 77-yard touchdown, and with 10 kickoff returns for 279 yards, including a 65-yarder…Played in 10 games at Ohio State in 2004, starting the first 6 at cornerback

    Pros: Tall corner, has return ability

    Cons: Inconsistent, marginal hands

    Analysis: With big school experience, he might surprise

    Jerod Void, RB, Purdue, 6-2, 215

    Bio: Played in 50 games with 31 starts at running back…Finished career with 2,429 rushing yards on 569 carries (4.3-yard avg.) and 36 touchdowns. Added 41 receptions for 301 yards (7.3-yard avg.) and 21 kickoff returns for 449 yards (21.4-yard avg.)…Started all 10 games in which he played as a senior in 2005

    Pros: Power runner, productive, can catch

    Cons: Little on the slow side

    Analysis: Could be another camp surprise


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