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shylo3716
05-18-2011, 03:17 PM
There is no other word to define Demps other than WORLD CLASS SPEED DEMON! Although the goal is to be a NFL prospect, he is in the running to be a top candidate to compete in the 2012 London Olympics. With him being a track guy he will have a chance to take his talents to the NFL to become the FASTEST player EVER! The knock on him is that he is very undersized to be a 4-down back, so I can expect him to be a 3rd down back, or to be used strictly for the return game. Next February I can guarantee he will be a UFO, because he will do something in the 40 that has never been seen before. I'm projecting a 4.1_ 40 yard dash in Indianapolis.

http://blogs.orlandosentinel.com/sports_college_uf/files/2010/09/os-florida-demps1.jpg

Pat Sims 90
05-18-2011, 03:20 PM
He will end filling a Reggie Bush type role for whatever team decides to draft him.

Iamcanadian
05-18-2011, 03:21 PM
Well, if he is an Olympian runner, then your prediction is possible. I think he may end up at WR in the pros.

shylo3716
05-18-2011, 03:25 PM
Well, if he is an Olympian runner, then your prediction is possible. I think he may end up at WR in the pros.

Is his hands decent enough to make the transition?

shylo3716
05-18-2011, 03:26 PM
What Round do you all project for him either as a RB or WR prospect?

Caulibflower
05-18-2011, 08:04 PM
If he runs the fastest 40 of all time, there's no way he gets drafted any lower than the second round. It hardly even matters if he runs good routes or has great hands. If he's even serviceable in those categories, a 4.1_ is going to make every team in the league drool.

ellsy82
05-18-2011, 10:22 PM
If he runs the fastest 40 of all time, there's no way he gets drafted any lower than the second round. It hardly even matters if he runs good routes or has great hands. If he's even serviceable in those categories, a 4.1_ is going to make every team in the league drool.

He's Willie Parker with HANDS!! If he packs on a few pounds while still maintaining said speed...he might sneak to the Raiders in the second round.

Duffman57
05-18-2011, 11:45 PM
He's Willie Parker with HANDS!! If he packs on a few pounds while still maintaining said speed...he might sneak to the Raiders in the second round.

Pshhhhh, It doesn't matter, the Raidaz will take him with their 1st round pick, Al Davis is wet in the diaper for big plays.

shylo3716
05-18-2011, 11:47 PM
Pshhhhh, It doesn't matter, the Raidaz will take him with their 1st round pick, Al Davis is wet in the diaper for big plays.

He will be the highest picked KR in the league.

ellsy82
05-19-2011, 12:11 AM
He will be the highest picked KR in the league.

Ryan Broyles might disagree with you.

shylo3716
05-19-2011, 12:30 AM
Ryan Broyles might disagree with you.

Broyles career position wouldn't be a KR IMO......Not to get off topic with Demps, but you don't think Broyles will be more then just a KR?

ellsy82
05-19-2011, 01:07 AM
Broyles career position wouldn't be a KR IMO......Not to get off topic with Demps, but you don't think Broyles will be more then just a KR?

I really don't. I just don't see it, man. Maybe a Sproles-type guy...but nothing more.

roscoesdad27
05-19-2011, 06:18 AM
I like him as a long yardage/third down back, could play a bit in the slot and be an all around decoy ala bush...could also be a great return specialist.

The 40 time + a productive season in a pro offense vs. SEC defenses + gaining a lil weight could possibly get him in the late first.

Saints-Tigers
05-19-2011, 09:24 AM
So who is going to be next year's projected 4.1 guy that runs a very high 4.2 at best?

The only guy that ever even got on the low end of 4.2 was Chris Johnson, and he just barely did it (4.24).

Unless you mean he's going to run a 4.1 at his pro day? I disagree, unless he transfers to VT.

Iamcanadian
05-19-2011, 10:02 AM
Is his hands decent enough to make the transition?

That we won't know till the post season next year when they work him out at WR. However, Florida usually puts a pretty good receiver at RB in their system.

FUNBUNCHER
05-19-2011, 12:24 PM
I expect Demps to break Chris Johnson's 40 at the combine, isn't he the fastest 100m sprinter in the USA??

He needs to give up the track dream IMO because he's never going to beat Usain Bolt in this lifetime.

A totally 'blah' football player, but his speed demands that he's covered on any given offensive play, even in the NFL.

Agree that he's going to earn his bones as a KR.

If only Demps was a halfway decent RB, he'd be sooo awesome with that 4.1-4.2 speed.

mdmgrand
05-19-2011, 12:32 PM
I can bet money that he will not break 4.2....

He'll probably be a high 4.2 guy....

Olympic sprinters and track sprinters have do not preach acceleration as much as progressively getting faster throughout the race...

Michael Bennett was a perfect example of this, he apparently ran a 4.13, but when it came to the combine he was at a 4.39 (his best run was a 10.00 wind aided 100m)

K Train
05-19-2011, 12:37 PM
4.1 is a stretch.

if america gave a **** about soccer guys like demps and holliday would be ideal soccer athletes, but theres no market for it so they run track and try to be return specialists

Iamcanadian
05-19-2011, 12:40 PM
I can bet money that he will not break 4.2....

He'll probably be a high 4.2 guy....

Olympic sprinters and track sprinters have do not preach acceleration as much as progressively getting faster throughout the race...

Michael Bennett was a perfect example of this, he apparently ran a 4.13, but when it came to the combine he was at a 4.39 (his best run was a 10.00 wind aided 100m)

Michael Bennett was more of a 100 meter runner not built for the 40. Demps looks to have the build of a short sprinter who wins out of the blocks and forces everybody to catch him.
Not saying he'll run a 4.1 but it wouldn't be out of the question being he is a track star.

shylo3716
05-19-2011, 01:23 PM
I just hope he does not decide to pull a Xavier Carter & give up football for track! X-Man would have been 1 of the fastest in the NFL if not the fastest.

jrdrylie
05-19-2011, 01:56 PM
I just hope he does not decide to pull a Xavier Carter & give up football for track! X-Man would have been 1 of the fastest in the NFL if not the fastest.

For his sake, I hope he does pull a Xavier Carter. In track, he has Olympic medal potential. So he can either be just another guy in football (I think Devin Hester is his ceiling) or one of the world's best in track.

K Train
05-19-2011, 02:24 PM
devin hesters ceiling would be ok with me lol

jrdrylie
05-19-2011, 03:02 PM
devin hesters ceiling would be ok with me lol

I have trouble predicting Devin Hester-type return ability for Demps though. Hester had six return touchdowns in college. Demps isn't even a returner on the Gators. Jenkins and Debose did the bulk of the returns. Maybe Demps just doesn't have good return ability.

sbh15
05-19-2011, 03:30 PM
Demps isn't actually in the top five Gators when it comes to his first 10 yards. Teammate Chris Rainey's is tops, with a 1.49 10-yard split (Demps is at 1.57), but it's Demps' closing speed that is jaw-dropping. His "flying 20" -- which the Gators gauge as a player's electronic time for the final 20 yards of his 40 -- is a blistering 1.76 seconds. (Both Rainey and former Gators speedster Percy Harvin measured in the 1.8s.)

That's from an ESPN article on freak athletes in CFB. The first ten and last twenty combined give him 3.33 seconds over the span of 30 of the yards. The second ten I guess would be the key to his forty. I can't see it being much slower than the .088 yds/sec of the last twenty, which would put him in the mid 4.2 range. Even if it's the same rate, that would still put him at a 4.21.

Also the reason Demps doesn't return kicks at UF is the same reason most starters don't return kicks in the NFL. There's no need to risk injury to your starting RB when you have backups just as capable of returning kicks. He has good hands, so he'll definitely find a roster spot, but talk of the first or even second round is a little out there.

jrdrylie
05-19-2011, 03:38 PM
Also the reason Demps doesn't return kicks at UF is the same reason most starters don't return kicks in the NFL. There's no need to risk injury to your starting RB when you have backups just as capable of returning kicks. He has good hands, so he'll definitely find a roster spot, but talk of the first or even second round is a little out there.

I don't buy that. His freshman year, they had Tebow, Moody, and Harvin all carrying the ball and Demps didn't return kicks.

sbh15
05-19-2011, 03:52 PM
I don't buy that. His freshman year, they had Tebow, Moody, and Harvin all carrying the ball and Demps didn't return kicks.

Yeah, they also had this guy named Brandon James on the roster. Nobody would have taken his spot.

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Philliez01
05-19-2011, 03:54 PM
He needs to give up the track dream IMO because he's never going to beat Usain Bolt in this lifetime.


Usain Bolt's career is probably going to change radically within the next couple of years. His time in the 100m (what would be Demps main event) is winding down and he's been tinkering more with the 400m and he even suggests he'll get into jumping. Sure he's a freak athlete (Bolt) but he's not going to stay in an event that he perpetually dominates.

Demps, similar to Carter, would get a decent payday (likely from Nike) if he were to join the pro track circuit. However, being sponsored in Track isn't like NASCAR or other sports. You aren't in the commercials (unless you are Bolt and Tyson ***) and probably not going to have your own shoe.

He's one of the best sprinters to come out of high school, better than J-Mee Samuels and Walter Dix so I'd like to see him go pro from a great HS track class (Demps, Davis, Fernandez & Derrick).

jrdrylie
05-19-2011, 04:56 PM
Yeah, they also had this guy named Brandon James on the roster. Nobody would have taken his spot.

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Two guys are sent back there to return kicks. Why wasn't he one of them? I'm not saying he can't be a great return man in the NFL. But I would be afraid to draft him high based because he hasn't shown the ability in college.

MI_Buckeye
05-19-2011, 05:06 PM
I don't know if anyone has stated the obvious yet, but I think the lock of the draft at this point is that the Raiders will take him about 100 spots too high.

Raiderz4Life
05-19-2011, 05:10 PM
Damn everyone beat me to the Raider jokes/projections lol

jrdrylie
05-19-2011, 05:44 PM
I don't know if anyone has stated the obvious yet, but I think the lock of the draft at this point is that the Raiders will take him about 100 spots too high.

No, two people made that joke yesterday.

gator3guy
05-24-2011, 12:18 AM
Percy Harvin didn't return kicks at Florida either and he turned out OK.

sbh15
05-24-2011, 12:55 AM
Two guys are sent back there to return kicks. Why wasn't he one of them? I'm not saying he can't be a great return man in the NFL. But I would be afraid to draft him high based because he hasn't shown the ability in college.

yea, and note the second man back with james on kickoffs was typically riley cooper, one of the best blocking wide outs in the NCAA. teams are going to be afraid to draft him because he's way too small to be an every down back. sproles was the same kind of electric guy at KSU and went in the 4th round. demps will probably see something similar or higher (lets face it, if he runs in the 4.2's he could go as high as the second-third)

BuddyCHRIST
05-24-2011, 01:00 AM
yea, and note the second man back with james on kickoffs was typically riley cooper, one of the best blocking wide outs in the NCAA. teams are going to be afraid to draft him because he's way too small to be an every down back. sproles was the same kind of electric guy at KSU and went in the 4th round. demps will probably see something similar or higher (lets face it, if he runs in the 4.2's he could go as high as the second-third)

Demps is a split time type back at the college level, and thats in a spread type offense that allows him to basically always get to the edge. If he gets drafted is basically just to be a gadget player because of his speed.

Demps is nowhere near Sproles as a football player, people forget just how great Sproles was in college. And he was an every down back at that level, he ran for almost 5,000 yards in basically 3 years. I hate when people look at every above average little back and think Sproles, Sproles was a dominant college player.

FUNBUNCHER
05-24-2011, 06:24 AM
+1.

What BuddyCHRIST said.

Demps is an average to decent RB with rare speed, but I wouldn't call him this dynamic playmaker. His run instincts are suspect, and if he only ran a 4.5, I don't think he'd even be at Florida.

gator3guy
05-24-2011, 11:00 AM
Darren Sproles-what a beast at K-State.

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murdamal86
09-26-2011, 10:29 AM
Absolutely blazing speed and he shows it duing the game too which is good to see. I think he can be a change of pace back at the next level (if he decides to play football after college) but nothing more than that. While his vision has gotten "better" and he's become more patient, he still needs work in that area and we still haven't seen much as far as receiving goes. It's just hard to deny that speed though, my gracious

FUNBUNCHER
09-26-2011, 11:54 AM
Darren Sproles-what a beast at K-State.

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Barry Sanders-lite.

LonghornsLegend
09-26-2011, 01:21 PM
Track stars get paid alot more then "decent". These guys can make up to the low end of 6 figures, and it's 10x easier to train for track then football. These are guys who were born fast already, so you just hone your speed skills and don't have to worry about putting your body through the physical abuse football takes.


Besides most of these guys are track stars who just play football also. Jamaal Charles was different, he was a football player who ran track also, same for alot of guys. But Xavier Carter, and some of the other names mentioned so far were track guys, and with how easy you get money from sponsors to run in events it's easy to see why most of them just do track.



Also with the Sproles comparisons, most have said my thoughts on that already. It's not just about another little guy and saying he's like Sproles. Did everyone forget how well built Sproles is? His thighs are ridiculously big for his frame, he might be short but it's not like he's tiny.