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Longshot Vikings: Undrafted Rookie Spotlight, Week 6.5

Continuing the Longshot Vikings series, the next two undrafted rookies to spotlight are two out of four W's. No, not wins, the last four players in the series all have a last name that begins with W. The first is center Camden Wentz from North Carolina State. He was the 28th ranked center on CBS last year. The second player is the first of three William's that will wrap up this series: running back Jerodis Williams from Furman. Jerodis was not ranked by CBS and in fact, was not even listed on their prospect rankings at all. 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 players. So, hopefully this will allow you to get to know our undrafted rookies just a little bit better!

Camden Wentz, C NC State

Measurables

Height: 6' 3"
Weight: 305
Age: 23
40-yard Dash: 5.33
Vertical Jump: 27"
Broad Jump: 8'5"
20-Yard Shuttle: 4.72
3-cone Drill: 7.77
Bench Reps: 27
Grade: Free Agent
Contract: 3 Years/$1,490,000

Positives

From Draft Insider:

Mechanically sound lineman who gets the most from his ability. Quickly sets up off the snap, bends his knees, and gets leverage on opponents. Easily adjusts or redirects to defenders, stays square, and seals opponents from the play. Keeps his feet moving on contact and works blocks.

Negatives

From Draft Insider:

Lacks a dominant base and gets pushed back into the pocket. Only average skills blocking in motion.

Analysis

There was a lack of decent scouting coverage on Camden Wentz, aside from the one source above. But, NFL Draft Scout did have this to say:

A three-year starter at center, Wentz had his share of hiccups as a senior but was the most consistent of an underwhelming offensive line.

Draft Insider also mentions that he was productive and durable during those 3 years as starter, although he appears to lack the athleticism to be much more than a backup at the next level. But his only real competition for backup center duties for the Vikings is veteran journeyman Joe Berger. Berger has been a backup for the Vikings for the past 2 seasons, but last year did not see a start after starting 7 games after Sullivan was injured in 2011. With Berger now 31 years old, it's certainly possible that an experienced youngster like Wentz could come in and unseat the vet for backup duties. He certainly has ideal size.

Try as I might, it was next to impossible to find any additional information on a low ranked center prospect, and while there were no individual highlight videos to be found, check out these NC State game highlights, Wentz is number 53 (and oh hey, bonus Patterson coverage in the 3rd video).

Wake Forest vs NC State Football Highlights - 2012 (via ACC Digital Network)

Clemson vs. North Carolina State Football Highlights - 2012 (via ACC Digital Network)


Tennessee vs NC State Highlights (via utsportstv)

Jerodis Williams, RB Furman

Measurables

Height: 5' 11"
Weight: 203
Age: 22
Arm Length: 30 1/4"
Hand Length: 9 3/4"
40-yard Dash: 4.51
Vertical Jump: 39 1/2"
Broad Jump: 10'01"
Short Shuttle: 4.29
Three-Cone: 6.90
Grade: Free Agent
Contract: 3 Years/$1,494,000

Furman Stats

Att.

Yds

Avg

TDs

Rec

Yds

Avg.

TDs

2012

199

1,203

5.9

11

26

171

6.6

0

2011

199

1,101

5.3

9

9

60

6.7

0

2010

84

405

4.6

6

2

19

8.0

1

2009

92

515

5.6

3

19

181

9.5

1

Positives

Gil Brandt of NFL.com had this to say:

Williams was not at the NFL Scouting Combine but had a good pro day. He caught the ball well, but he didn't choose to do the bench because he had right shoulder surgery in 2012.

From Scout.com:

Shifty, nifty, instinctive runner who had a very productive college career as a runner, receiver and kickoff returner. Runs hard, breaks tackles, makes people miss and fights for yardage. Was involved in the passing game and catches the ball well out of the backfield.

Negatives

From Scout.com:

Lacks true magic as a runner and will need to prove himself on pass protection.

Analysis

Jerodis Williams was mysteriously off the radar for most of the main stream scouting outlets. In fact, only 10 teams were present for Furman's Pro Day. But with elite production at a small school, and an FCS All-American, Williams will need to prove that he can replicate that at the next level. He plays faster than his 40-time, and he could find a role with the team as a 3rd down-type back as he has good experience catching passes out of the backfield. But as Scout.com points out, he will need to improve in pass protection if he hopes to earn a roster spot. The competition at running back is non-existent for the starting spot and backup position with Peterson and Gerhart locking down those respective spots. But if he can unseat 2012 surprise Matt Asiata and beat out last year's practice squad player Joe Banyard as well as fellow undrafted rookie Bradley Randle, he could find his way onto the roster. But that is no small feat. In fact, he might find better luck making the roster as a returner challenging Marcus Sherels and Cordarrelle Patterson in training camp. If he can prove he has multiple skills, that will give him value.

For more on Jerodis Williams, check out this Bleacher Report article highlighting what was maybe his best game as a Furman Paladin. There are also these highlight videos and Pro Day coverage:

Furman running back Jerodis Williams | 2013 NFL Draft Sleeper (via BigCProfootball)

Furman-WCU 2012 Football Highlights (via Furman26Paladins)

Pro Day At Furman (via Furman26Paladins)

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