Notable Undrafted Free Agents:
Mark Herzlich, Boston College 6040 244 4.92
Three-year starter. Prior to the 2009 season, Ourlads rated Herzlich a first round talent and was the defending ACC Defensive Player of the Year. He has made 247 career tackles. During the spring of 2009 he was diagnosed with Ewing’s sarcoma, a rare form of bone cancer, which he overcame. Productive over his career. In 2008 he had 110 tackles, 6 INTs, 8 PBU, 2 FF, 2 FR, and 13 TFL. Our notes based on his 2008 tape read: solid measurables, good athletic ability with pass rush quickness and balance. Good football intelligence. Not soft at the point of attack. Burning desire to win. Makes big plays. Gets off blockers with quick strong hands. Eager and intense. Wrap tackler who will knock the ball carrier backwards. Has the chase speed to catch from behind. Gets clean separation. Can string out blocker laterally. Good speed and range. Hustles all out on every play. Aggressive and hits with authority. Received several honors in 2009 for his courage and outreach in his battle with cancer, including the Disney Spirit Award and the ACC Commissioner’s Cup. Senior Bowl notes: good size for a 3-4 outside linebacker, but could play the Sam in the right 4-3 scheme. Decent initial quickness and toughness taking on a block. Flashes good shed technique using his hands well to separate. Occasionally locked up with a block. May lack top upper body power and strength. Hustles in pursuit and gives a good effort. Showed up well in pass rush drills, with a quick move around the corner. Takes good drops in coverage and shows good zone awareness. Good relation to receivers in zone. Plays up to the short route while getting under the deep one. Struggles in space at times on the perimeter. Has good range and with a clear path to the ball can chase sideline to sideline. A good athlete who needs more strength to consistently play off a block. He has a lot of good qualities that would allow him to fit in the right scheme.
Martin Parker, Richmond 6021 303 5.03
Four-year starter. Was voted defensive MVP in the Shrine East/ West game where he had two sacks and a forced fumble. Plays high and narrow based but is slippery. Uses the arm over move but will need to change up on Sundays. Needs to work on more consistency using his hands. Has good arm length for the position. Very productive with 96 tackles and 5 1/2 sacks in 2010. He averaged 8.7 tackles per game. Active would be an understatement. Made 13 tackles against Delaware. In 2009 he made 75 tackles, including 15 1/2 for loss. Has developed a pattern of success with effort. Sudden first step. Good instincts and awareness to quickly locate the ball. He can defeat a block at this level, but will need to play lower with hip flexibility to leverage blocker. Has the foot quickness to move and free himself from a block. Good effort, angles, and desire to finish pursuit. A wrap up tackler. Aggressive press and bull rush to press the pocket. Relentless in his play. Will need more technique development on his hand use. Will upgrade a current team backup and fit into a rotation once his toolbox is in order. (placed on injured reserve.)
Jerrard Tarrant, Georgia Tech 6003 204 4.62
Junior entry. Two year starter. Has experience as a corner, safety, and punt returner. Productive in his play. Good short area quickness. Majors in zone coverage. Average arm length to reroute receivers. Has some hip tightness in his turns. Loses position discipline at times by missing tackles and taking bad pursuit angles. Will contribute on special teams coverage. Also had a 13.4 punt return average as a sophomore. Red flags may influence his draft position.
Henry Hynoski, Pittsburgh 6003 257 5.06
Junior entry. Two-year starter. An H-back type that blocks on the run. One speed player with good size for the position. A position wall off type blocker. Average athlete for the position. Role in offense is that of a blocker and occasional receiver. Below average run skills. Straight line on track runner. Will contribute on special teams. Had five tackles for Pittsburgh in 2010. Marginal hip flexibility to bend his hips and knees. Stops feet on contact. Inconsistent to hit a moving target. Good hands. A check down type receiver. Runs hard after catch.
David Sims, Iowa State 5093 200 4.53
Two-year starter. Junior college transfer from Butte Community College. Originally signed with Oklahoma out of high school. Was the 2009 Big-12 Newcomer of the Year. A better than average athlete who is a good open field tackler and run support player. Competitive with good foot quickness. Will struggle in the slot with a mismatch of tall receivers. Built like a running back. Generally takes good angles to the ball and will hit and wrap. Needs to drop his butt when backpedaling. Will get too high at times and has wasted steps in transition. Has borderline measurables and pro physical skills. Will contribute as a backup punt and kickoff return specialist. Good special teams player.
Justin Trattou, Florida 6033 254 4.71
Two-year starter. Rotated in 2007 and 2009. Explosive first step to get off the ball. Active in his play. Plays with high energy and a relentless effort. Productive in the East/West Shrine game with a sack, tackle for loss, and a pass breakup. He also influenced several quarterback hurries. A 3-4 edge pass rushing candidate. Can turn the corner with good body control and balance. Highly competitive, instinctive, and intense in his play. Flies to the ball. Doesn’t stay blocked. Will contribute on special teams.
Ibrahim Abdulai DLT (Arkansas-Pine Bluff)
Darnell Burks DBC (Fort Valley State)
Brant Clouser OLG (Villanova)
Chris Hopkins TE (Toledo)
Jarriel King OLT (South Carolina)
Craig Marshall DLE (South Florida)
Spencer Paysinger LBO (Oregon)
Ryan Perrilloux QB (Jacksonville State)