Jaguars defensive line (err…Rushmen) coach Joe Cullen is a happy man. He’s got a smile on his face because he has had the chance to evaluate some good rookie potential as of late.
The 2nd round pick, Andre Branch from Clemson, looks really good by all accounts. To top it off, the Jag appear to have brought in two very good un-drafted rookies: Ryan Davis and Kendrick Adams. The players have a “strong maybe” at making the squad from Cullen but ultimately must impress Special Teams Coordinator John Bonamego if they expect to make the team and contribute in 2012.
The players are up against the likes of Aaron Kampman and Andre Branch to really secure their spot on the team. They know the veterans have an edge. But that won’t stop them from working hard.
And it won’t stop Cullen from being happy with the potential.
Adams is a whopping 6’5″ 244 pounds and has the physical tools to be effective off the edge. Davis (6’2″ 261 lbs) racked up an impressive 21 tackles for a loss and 12 sacks on his way to being named defensive player of the year his senior season in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference.
When you have the opportunity to get some really good talent that passed up in the draft you have to make sure that the player is properly evaluated. With a slew of rookies in town this past week, Cullen has had his hands full. But in Adams and Davis, he is finding some humble, hard working players that could step up for the team if need be.
There’s no guarantees for an NFL rookie, but if you make your position coach a happy man, you’ve got a much better shot.
- Luke N. Sims