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Longshot Vikings: Undrafted Rookie Spotlight, Week 4

Continuing the Longshot Vikings series, the next two undrafted rookies to spotlight are defensive tackle Anthony McCloud and running back Bradley Randle. McCloud comes from Florida State, ranked as the #23 defensive tackle in the draft by CBS (#285 overall) and Randle comes from UNLV ranked as the #59 running back in the draft by CBS. As I did in the first article of this series, you'll get a statistical breakdown, scouting report summary and video highlights on each player. Also, as I mentioned before, be sure to check out Arif's Undrafted Free Agent Summary, as that's a great place to start to learn more about these undrafted rookies, although Bradley Randle is not included since he was signed after the first wave. So, hopefully this will allow you to get to know these players just a little bit better!

1. Anthony McCloud, DT Florida State

Measurables

Height: 6'2"
Weight: 322
Age: 23
Arm Length: 32 3/4"
Hand Length: 11"
40-yard Dash: 5.23
Bench Press: 24
Vertical Jump: 28.5
Broad Jump: 8'5"
Short Shuttle: 4.70
Three-Cone: 8.19
Grade: 7th/Free Agency
Contract: 3 years, $1,493,000

College Stats

Tackles

Tackles for Loss

Sacks

2008 - JuCo

24

5.5

4

2009 - Redshirt

n/a

n/a

n/a

2010 - FSU

35

3

2

2011 - FSU

25

5

2

2012 - FSU

24

1

1

Here are what some scouting reports were saying about McCloud before the draft:

Positives

From NFL.com:
Squat widebody who sees snaps at three technique and nose tackle. Strong upper body. Does well to recognize screens after free releases and peels back to chase down with effectiveness. Flashes getting the leverage advantage. If initial push does for opponent to move backwards, that momentum can be sustained. Consistently tries to get backfield vision, moves side to side.

From Draft Insider:
Gap-occupying lineman who plays with terrific pad level. Bends his knees, gets leverage on opponents, and works his hands throughout the action. Keeps his feet moving on contact, explosive, and easily holds his ground.

Negatives

From NFL.com:
Waits and absorbs on first contact. Initial step is not powerful. Anchor is entirely upper body strength, lacks the base to absorb and redirect. Burst off the snap is almost nonexistent. Lower body looks thin while upper body looks sloppy. Waist bender at the line of scrimmage. Hand use is too close to chest, fails to press. Struggles to work over top of blocks. Known to go down if leverage is lost while moving laterally. Very little short area quickness, base gets too skinny when forced to move.

From Draft Insider:
Struggles getting off blocks once engaged at the point of attack. Possesses just a small burst of speed. Marginally productive and better off occupying blockers versus making plays on the ball.

Analysis

"Amp" as he is better known by his teammates at FSU, joins teammate and 7th round pick Everett Dawkins for a shot at the 53-man roster. McCloud is a big run-stuffing, 1-tech tackle ala Pat Williams. After spending a year at junior college where he was very productive, he redshirted at Florida State and then came in as the starter for the next three years. He is compared to Shaun Smith and could also be well suited for a 3-4 Defense on the nose in 3-man fronts. But, he'll get his shot with the Vikings competing with the likes of Fred Evans and Letroy Guion. Seeing as how Guion was rated by Pro Football Focus as the worst defensive tackle in the entire NFL last year (that's every defensive tackle regardless of scheme...in the entire NFL...even those players that only played a single snap), and his only other competition at the 1-technique spot on the roster is practice squad holdover Chase Baker, this Longshot Viking might have a legitimate shot to make the roster. He sure seems like a shoe-in for the practice squad at the very least. McCloud may not be the most athletic specimen on the roster, but with his ability to take up space and gain leverage in the run game, he could find a role on the team.

For more on Anthony "Amp" McCloud, check out this good scouting report from Bleacher Report. There is also this player profile from Florida State's website. Here are a few highlight videos as well:

Anthony McCloud v North Carolina St 2012 (via Baggabonez)

FSU Football Amp'd Up: Anthony McCloud on Media Day (via flstateseminoles)

2. Bradley Randle, RB UNLV

Measurables

Height: 5'7"
Weight: 190
Age: 22
40-yard Dash: 4.48
Bench Press: 15
Vertical Jump: 36"
Broad Jump: 9'07"
Three-Cone: 7.08
Grade: Free Agency
Contract: 3 years, $1,492,500

UNLV Stats

ATT

YDS

AVG

TD

REC

YDS

TD

2009 - red shirt

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

2010

25

110

4.4

1

1

11

0

2011

112

489

4.4

2

5

60

0

2012

138

635

4.6

8

8

80

1

There were virtually no pre-draft scouting reports that I could find with anything meaningful about Bradley Randle. But, here is what one source had to say about Randle after the draft:

Positive

From UNLV Rebel Yell:
Made his mark early on kickoff returns with 38 combined returns his first two years. If Randle can somehow prove himself to anywhere near as versatile as the freshly departed Percy Harvin - and without any of the headaches - then, and only then, will Randle's decision to leave school early seem like a good decision.

Negative

From UNLV Rebel Yell:
A one-dimensional running back, accumulating just 14 career receptions for 151 yards and 1 TD. Randle has just one career game with over 100 yards rushing...another year of seasoning for Randle would've certainly boosted his draft stock. It seems unlikely that Randle will suddenly transform to a versatile tool against the most prestigious, toughest level of competition.

Analysis

There's not much out there about Bradley Randle, mainly because he was a backup his entire UNLV career, behind starting running back Tim Cornett. Randle's father played professional baseball and had an 8-year career in the MLB, including 5 years with the Texas Rangers, so he does have a professional athlete pedigree. Despite having one year of eligibility remaining at UNLV, Randle decided to forego his "senior" year and enter the draft early, although it's worth pointing out that he officially graduated and earned his degree. His size limited his opportunities at UNLV, though as you can see from the stats above, he was plenty effective with the ball when given a chance. He's more of a short, speedster type of player, or scat-back, and has some limited experience as a kick returner. His best shot to make the Vikings is as a 3rd down, change of pace option, and potentially on special teams as a returner. But with the depth at running back with Adrian Peterson, Toby Gerhart and Matt Asiata, his competition will be tough, especially against fellow undrafted rookie Zach Line and Jerodis Williams, as well as practice squad holdover from last year Joe Banyard. It looks like an uphill battle for what might be a true longshot to make the roster.

For more on Bradley Randle, check out this little write-up on SB Nation's MW Connection and this article about him declaring for the draft. Here are some nifty little highlight videos:

Bradley Randle Top NFL Running Backs In 2013 Draft (via positivegreatness)

Bradley Randle RB Vikings Trained By Az Hakim (via positivegreatness)

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