Barry Cofield is going to be a sought after Defensive Tackle whenever Free Agency cranks up. The New York Giant DT has Spags written all over him? True, but the 6'4", 306 lbs Cofield is looking for a BIG payday. He's a five year veteran who may also come with a compensation tag. As I've said before, I look for deals if they make sense. What kind of money will Colfield be looking for is what has me looking to contracts not far off on the horizon that need to be addressed sooner rather than later. Do we see value in letting JL55 or Long get into contract years before re-signing them or should we be committing to multi-year deals now? If the latter (hopefully!), we need to find money somewhere...
This year when the FA bell rings, team GMs are going to be making deals fast and flinging money around like Bond Traders. Large market teams can strangle FA opportunities or simply bid to consume small market team's economic futures. My personal belief is this will be one of Billy D's defining moments as the Rams GM. Only the strong will survive the coming FA furball. So let's have a look in the bargain bin, because this is one of the better UDFA crops in a long time...
Today I want to take a quick look at two promising UDFA defensive tackle prospects: Martin Parker, Richmond University and Ian Williams, Notre Dame. Both could be signed for 10% or less per year of what Cofield will command on the open market.
First up will be Martin Parker (SR 6'2", 303 lbs. 5.03-40 yard dash). This is a player who garnered a boat load of honors playing for Richmond U. He had 19 sacks during his college career. Though in need of some technique against the run, (which Spags can provide) he shows flashes of what makes a great DT. He tends to play a bit high at his position, so he has difficulty against top tier offensive linemen. He uses his arms well to slip a block, but has trouble with double teams. Martin is by definition a project player, but I believe he has the upside that would warrant taking a chance on him. Here are some opinions from CBS Sports.com after the break:
"...As a redshirt freshman, Parker stepped up to start all 14 games, making 61 stops, 9.0 for loss, 3.0 sacks and three forced fumbles. His sophomore year saw similar production from the middle (56 tackles, 8.0 for loss, 4.0 sacks), but the exceptional production in his second-team All-Colonial Athletic Association junior year (75 tackles, 15.5 for loss, 6.5 sacks, two forced fumbles) really got him on scouts' radars. The 2010 All-American (96 tackles, 13.5 for loss, 5.5 sacks) earned a spot on the East-West Shrine Game roster after the season, and proved that he belonged with strength and quickness and surprised scouts when weighing in at 300 pounds. His game MVP performance included two early sacks. In a deep defensive tackle class, Parker is the type of mid-round pick likely to surprise early in his career."Chad Reuter - CBS Sports.com