We will not dare say he is the next Victor Cruz, by wide receiver David Douglas could be the next in a recently long line of superb undrafted free agent pickups by the New York Giants.
The undrafted rookie from Arizona has been making noise with his performance thus far in training camp and could be earning himself a spot on the Giants roster. He has garnered praise from head coach Tom Coughlin and the media alike.
Douglas has shined for Big Blue, showcasing miraculous catches during nearly every practice. His outstanding grab on a vastly overthrown pass from Ryan Perrilloux is easily the highlight of camp for the 23-year-old, but Douglas has not failed to entertain.
“It’s a big learning process so you’ve got to take it one play at a time. If you do something good you’ve got to treat it like you do something bad,” Douglas said, via Big Blue View. “I’ve tried to make an effort to be consistent and I try to get better every day that I step out there.”
While only training camp, Douglas has shown exciting flashes of brilliance that should enable him to be a contributor in some fashion for the defending Super Bowl champions in 2012. Giants general manager Jerry Reese loves having undrafted free agents on his roster, as shown by the handful of standouts on the Super Bowl roster which included Cruz, Jake Ballard and Chase Blackburn.
Douglas caught 65 passes for 666 yards and four touchdowns in his senior season for the Arizona Wildcats, but couldn’t do enough in pre-draft workouts to earn a selection on draft weekend. His unimpressive 36.5-inch vertical leap could have been a cause of concern for several teams interested in Douglas’ services later in the draft.
Now, Douglas is striving to earn his place in the NFL with the Giants, but faces steep competition. Five receiver spots are certain locks for Cruz, Hakeem Nicks, Reuben Randle, Domenik Hixon and Jerrel Jernigan. Douglas is competing with Ramses Barden, Dan DePalma, Isaiah Stanback and fellow undrafted rookies Brandon Collins and Julian Talley for one of the few remaining spots behind those players.