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Old 05-03-2012, 05:14 PM   #121
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Here's one of the articles.

Spartans wide receiver Keith Nichol joins teammate Kirk Cousins on the Redskins | May
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Old 05-03-2012, 05:20 PM   #122
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Here's the article I read, pretty good read. I think he will be the guy I root for this season... long shot with good attitude and high IQ.

Michigan State's Keith Nichol gets shot with Washington Redskins, hopes 'football IQ' can help him earn NFL roster spot | MLive.com
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Old 05-03-2012, 05:22 PM   #123
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You mean Michigan State, this is the dude that caught the hail mary against Wisconsin
Yep sorry. Yeah I think it's just a tryout. Cousins suggested the team bring him in. Who knows maybe he and Cousins make a connection in the preseason games and the team decides to keep him.
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Old 05-03-2012, 05:27 PM   #124
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“I think it'll be a real good thing for us,” Nichol said of he and Cousins both joining the Redskins. “We're both high IQ football guys. It wasn't the deciding factor that Kirk was there, but that's a bonus.”

He settled on Washington after multiple teams approached him following the draft.

The strong and athletic 6-foot-2, 220-pound Nichol said he felt the Redskins offered him the best opportunity to prove he can be a multi-dimensional threat on the football field at the professional level – as a wide receiver, a special teams contributor, a third-string quarterback or even on defense as a safety.

“I'm going to be very confident,” Nichol said of getting a shot at the NFL. “I won't go in there cocky. I'll be humble and I'll try to show my football IQ and that I can play a lot of positions. I may not have a (defined) position, but if you're a guy who can produce at a lot of spots, you're going to be in the league just as long.”

Nichol, once a prolific high school quarterback, began his college career at Oklahoma, buried on the depth chart behind eventual Heisman Trophy winner and No. 1 overall NFL pick Sam Bradford. He transferred to Michigan State, where he lost an extremely tight battle with Cousins to be the starting quarterback.

He made the transition to catching passes in his final two seasons.

He had 50 receptions for 625 yards and four touchdowns as a Spartan, including the dramatic Hail Mary catch-and-stretch touchdown to defeat Wisconsin at the end of regulation this past season.

He also finished with 826 passing yards and nine touchdowns, accumulating most of that in his sophomore season.

Nichol said he expects to make an NFL roster as a wide receiver.

“I see myself as a guy who can get on the field at wide receiver. I think I've come a long way in two years at that position,” he said. “I've got the size for the NFL, I run very good routes and I'm fast in and out of my breaks.

“I'll play anywhere they want me, though. I feel I would be a third quarterback if teams need that, I play on special teams, and I think I could move over and play safety if I had a chance there,” he added.

Nichol just wants a chance to prove he belongs in the NFL.

“I'm really looking forward to it,” he said. “I know that it's going to be tough in the NFL, but I just want a chance to get out there and prove myself at that level. I want to make that 53-man roster on game days.”
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Old 05-03-2012, 05:58 PM   #125
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Full UDFA list from Rich Tandler:

Redskins announce undrafted player signings - Rich Tandler's Real Redskins
The Redksins have announced that they have signed the following undrafted free agents:

Antwon Bailey, RB, Syracuse
Kelvin Bolden, WR, Southern Miss
Lennon Creer, RB, La. Tech
Grant Garner, C, OK St.
Darius Hanks, WR, Alabama
Donnell Holt, LB, Cal
Monte Lewis, LB, Jacksonville State
Lance Lewis, WR, East Carolina
Vaughn Meatoga, NT, Hawaii
Chase Minnifield, CB, Virginia
Michael Shaw, RB, Michigan
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Old 05-03-2012, 07:22 PM   #126
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When does it look Chase Winnfield will be ready to get on the field
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I've been hearing a lot of about this kid Chase Minnifield. His knee injury must have been serious if he went undrafted. Hopefully his mends from the injury and make the other 31 teams regret that they passed on him. He has the ability to play cornerback in the NFL and when healthy he's a first round talent. If this kid can apply himself and make plays in preseason then he might even unseat Josh Wilson opposite D. Hall.
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Old 05-03-2012, 08:28 PM   #128
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Center Grant Garner was not only Big 12 Lineman of the Year, but also a 2011 Remington Award Finalist...

According to Ok.St. info... 6'3 - 304lbs...

In 798 snaps allowed a TOTAL of 2 QB pressures & 1 HALF sack. Also had 42 "knockdown blocks," 7 "domination" blocks, and helped a team avg 171 yds rushing.

Another NICE grab... How did he not get drafted?
Grant Garner*|*Oklahoma State,*C*:*2012 NFL Draft Scout Player Profile

no kidding...rank 8th center in the draft here. seems solid, great pick up
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Old 05-04-2012, 01:00 AM   #129
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I've been hearing a lot of about this kid Chase Minnifield. His knee injury must have been serious if he went undrafted. Hopefully his mends from the injury and make the other 31 teams regret that they passed on him. He has the ability to play cornerback in the NFL and when healthy he's a first round talent. If this kid can apply himself and make plays in preseason then he might even unseat Josh Wilson opposite D. Hall.
From what I read he graded as a 2nd or 3rd rounder prior to the injury, but still, to snag him as a UDFA will be a steal if he comes back 100% or close to it.
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Injury red flags knocked him out of the draft. It happens.

If healthy he was definitely draftable.
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04/25/2012 - Former Virginia defensive back Chase Minnifield is recovering slower than expected from his January knee arthroscopy, which reports indicate included a microfracture procedure, but he expects it will lead to an improved final result. "I am getting better every day and I only have trace swelling," Minnifield told NFLDraftScout.com. "My doctor, James Andrews, made a report that all NFL teams received. They know. I am not 100 percent, but I will be." Minnifield would not confirm he had microfracture during his January 3 knee scope, but said he was familiar with the procedure. Multiple league sources confirm that medical reports said he had the procedure. Team reactions have been mixed. Minnifield, once projected as
a second round draft prospect, has dropped two or more rounds on some boards and at least one team said he is off their draft list now. "We know this procedure is designed to enhance recovery and make the knee more sound," reported one team executive. "We also know it takes time." Despite Minnifield's desire for a rapid recovery, studies on NBA players who had microfracture indicate that a slow, deliberate rehabilitation yields the best results, although some individuals respond quicker than others. Microfracture is a procedure developed in the late 1980s by famed Vail, Colorado orthopedic surgeon Richard Steadman. Dr. Andrews, whose clinic attended Minnifield, advocates a version of that procedure. It is an arthroscopic procedure that is done in conjunction with a traditional clean-out, which is what Minnifield said he had. - Frank Cooney, The Sports Xchange
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I can tell you that 80% of the players drafted in the 2nd and 3rd rounds from previous drafts are no longer in the league, which is also a real possibility for Minnifield. If Minnifield was a 2-3 round talent then he would have gone there, or atleast would have gotten drafted. He didn't. Theres a reason 32 teams passed him up in the draft, and thought that 253 players were better than him.
Yeah notice I used the phrase "prior to the injury."
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So signing him as a UDFA was a good move by us a WIN WIN. He makes the Team it's a WIN didn't cost a pick or alot of $$, if he dosen't make the team it's a WIN didn't cost us a pick or alot of $$.
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Well, its never too early to start hatting on our secondary, even if he hasnt made the team. Move over Carlos, Laron, D Hall, Reed, please welcome Chase
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I can tell you that 80% of the players drafted in the 2nd and 3rd rounds from previous drafts are no longer in the league, which is also a real possibility for Minnifield. If Minnifield was a 2-3 round talent then he would have gone there, or atleast would have gotten drafted. He didn't. Theres a reason 32 teams passed him up in the draft, and thought that 253 players were better than him.
You can tell us that but you would be blatantly, utterly, incontrovertibly wrong. Unless you're talking about 2nd and 3rd rounders drafted in before 2002.

2011: 31 of 31 2nd rounders were on the roster at the end of 2011.
30 of 32 3rd rounders were on the roster at the end of 2011.

2010: 29 of 32 2nd rounders were on the roster at the end of 2011.
23 of 33 3rd rounders were on the roster at the end of 2011.

2009: 29 of 32 2nd rounders were on the roster at the end of 2011.
27 of 35 3rd rounders were on the roster at the end of 2011.

2008: 26 of 31 2nd rounders were on the roster at the end of 2011.
27 of 35 3rd rounders were on the roster at the end of 2011.

2007: 27 of 32 2nd rounders were on the roster at the end of 2011.
15 of 34 3rd rounders were on the roster at the end of 2011.

2006: 26 of 32 2nd rounders were on the roster at the end of 2011.
17 of 33 3rd rounders were on the roster at the end of 2011.

NFL Draft History and AFL Drafts - Pro-Football-Reference.com

I stopped b/c, even from drafts six years ago, two thirds of the players drafted in the 2nd and 3rd were still in the league at the end of last year. Of the 2nd and 3rd rounders drafted four years ago, more than 80% were still in the league at the end of 2011.

If Minnifield was a 2nd or 3rd round talent knocked out of the draft due to injury concerns (1) it wouldn't be the first time that had happened only to have the player come back and be a solid contributor; and (2) if we get 2nd or 3rd round production from Minnifield we have a pretty good shot at many serviciable years.

Sorry, the inanity of your 80% assertion was just to blatant to let pass.
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