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Olympics over, Jeff Demps wants to play in the NFL

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After finishing his college career as a Florida running back in January, Jeff Demps said that he wasn’t interested in being selected in the NFL draft, because he wanted to put all of his focus on trying to qualify for the Olympics. That decision worked well for Demps, who made it to London and won a silver medal as part of the American 4×100-meter relay team.

With that goal behind him, Demps now wants to make it in the NFL.

Ian Rapoport ‏of NFL Network reports that Demps is ready to play football and hoping to sign with some team now, with an eye to playing in the NFL this season. He’s a free agent who can sign with anyone.

It’s not surprising that Demps wants to play in the NFL: I wrote at the time that Demps declared he was focusing on track that it was possible he’d switch his focus to football after the Olympics, because for all but a tiny number of sprinters, there’s more money in football than there is in track.

And Demps ran for 2,470 yards and 23 touchdowns and averaged 28.8 yards per kickoff return at Florida, so he has a résumé that should impress NFL teams. It would be surprising if he’s not in some team’s training camp soon.

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45 Responses to “Olympics over, Jeff Demps wants to play in the NFL”
  1. snargi01 says: Aug 14, 2012 1:20 PM

    He would already be in Raiders camp if Al Davis was alive.

  2. ebrownwareagle says: Aug 14, 2012 1:21 PM

    He will not be a Free agent long.

  3. tlmoon2112 says: Aug 14, 2012 1:21 PM

    Speed kills, go Gator!

  4. bengals3285 says: Aug 14, 2012 1:23 PM

    Come on bengals, we could use a speed runner!

  5. deeeeetroit says: Aug 14, 2012 1:25 PM

    please detroit? Best is not better (LOL) and if anything this will put some more speed into the mix

  6. trojan33sc says: Aug 14, 2012 1:26 PM

    time to focus on “straight cash homey !!” some team should pick him up quickly !!!

  7. whodatsaybaby says: Aug 14, 2012 1:29 PM

    New Orleans can use you as the 6th running back. Just saying.

  8. patsandwannabees says: Aug 14, 2012 1:30 PM

    Bill Belichick turned wrestler Stephen Neil (who never played a down of football in college) into a 3 time superbowl guard. Give the kid a try, Bill.

  9. typerico says: Aug 14, 2012 1:31 PM

    4.2 40 time. Heck, why not??? Speed is one talent you can’t teach.

  10. asw1028 says: Aug 14, 2012 1:32 PM

    As an Eagles fan who just watched his former teammate, Chris Rainey, run all over us I’d love for my Birds to go and sign Demps. He’s fast and versatile, give him a shot!

  11. beckzhere says: Aug 14, 2012 1:33 PM

    Very interesting. He won’t be a free agent long.

  12. flipola says: Aug 14, 2012 1:35 PM

    Hopefully Tennessee will consider him for a return man.

  13. cali49er707 says: Aug 14, 2012 1:36 PM

    Could be a HUGE weapon for any team out there!! Special Teams KR/PR or out the back field, electric in space with his speed!!

  14. cletusvandam says: Aug 14, 2012 1:42 PM

    How long before Nick Mangold’s sister makes the same declaration?

  15. billhicks666 says: Aug 14, 2012 1:44 PM

    Texans should pick him up as a kick returner and 3rd down specialist. He could add a wrinkle to Kubiak’s already potent offense.

  16. sarcasticks says: Aug 14, 2012 1:44 PM

    In his picture, he’s attempting to show another asset he could bring to an NFL team that cheerleaders would especially appreciate.

  17. jwreck says: Aug 14, 2012 1:44 PM

    The kid obviously deserves a tryout, but if he makes it, it’s as a receiver or change of pace tailback. Sad, but true, the era of the NFL return-man is over. With kickoffs moving up to the 35, and potentially disappearing entirely in the near future, no NFL team is giving a job to a guy who only does returns any more.

  18. rg3enoughsaid says: Aug 14, 2012 1:47 PM

    You all make me laugh… you hear “speed” and everyone wants him. Any of you know wheather he can hold on to a football or not? Anyone know if hes ever been accused of Chand Johnson-ing his girl? Do some research..

  19. iceberg317 says: Aug 14, 2012 1:51 PM

    If Indy could could pick him up that backfield would be dangerous….Luck to Demps=Dangerous….c’mon Grigson make it happen

  20. kwgator says: Aug 14, 2012 1:51 PM

    He should go to Buffalo. They are happy with second place as well

  21. sdelmonte says: Aug 14, 2012 1:53 PM

    Bob Hayes lives!

  22. realitypolice says: Aug 14, 2012 1:57 PM

    I don’t want to be the you-know-what in the punch bowl, because I respect his determination to succeed at the Olympic level.

    But didn’t we possibly just open a little loop hole here to allow guys to bypass the draft?

    Make sure everyone knows that even though you’re draft eligible, you aren’t going to be available for whatever reason so you don’t want to be drafted.

    Then after the draft, wait a few months and say you’ve changed your mind. Presto, instant free agency.

    This is obviously not why Demps did it, but it could set a precedent.

  23. steelerslakersyankeesnascargolf says: Aug 14, 2012 1:58 PM

    We need some more speed on the Steelers!!!!

  24. sarcasticks says: Aug 14, 2012 2:00 PM

    rg3enoughsaid says: Aug 14, 2012 1:47 PM

    You all make me laugh… you hear “speed” and everyone wants him. Any of you know wheather he can hold on to a football or not? Anyone know if hes ever been accused of Chand Johnson-ing his girl? Do some research..
    ——————————————————
    The article says he played football in college. And why would you assume he’s a wife beater?

  25. Getoffmylawn! says: Aug 14, 2012 2:01 PM

    rg3enoughsaid says:
    Aug 14, 2012 1:47 PM
    You all make me laugh… you hear “speed” and everyone wants him. Any of you know wheather he can hold on to a football or not?
    ———————————–
    Demps ran for 2,470 yards and 23 touchdowns and averaged 28.8 yards per kickoff return at Florida.
    Reading is fundamental.

  26. tdk24 says: Aug 14, 2012 2:03 PM

    Doesn’t he have to go through the supplemental draft? Plus he would need to serve a 5 game suspension because it’s quite obvious he used the Olympics to circumvent the draft process.

  27. patsandwannabees says: Aug 14, 2012 2:07 PM

    kwgator says:
    Aug 14, 2012 1:51 PM
    He should go to Buffalo. They are happy with second place as well

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    Happy with 2nd place at being in 3rd place. I think they sit 4th in the AFC East almost every year (except when the dolphins take it) (or this year when the Jets take it) Oh yeah, Happy Birthday to Tim Tebow. I think ESPN is throwing him a party today. JOKE
    Hey, Maybe the Bills could use Demps as THEIR back up QB??

  28. realitypolice says: Aug 14, 2012 2:13 PM

    tdk24 says:
    Aug 14, 2012 2:03 PM
    Doesn’t he have to go through the supplemental draft? Plus he would need to serve a 5 game suspension because it’s quite obvious he used the Olympics to circumvent the draft process.
    ==================

    He doesn’t have to go through the supplemental draft. His eligibility was expired which meant he was automatically entered into the regular draft. The reason he wasn’t drafted was because he said he was focusing on the Olympics. Teams chose not to draft him based upon that- they could have drafted him.

    The supplemental draft is for underclassmen who leave school after the regular draft and were not eligible for it.

    I do not believe he “used the Olympics” to bypass the draft, but I do agree that it is a loop hole that needs to be closed.

  29. jwreck says: Aug 14, 2012 2:15 PM

    iceberg317 says: Aug 14, 2012 1:51 PM

    If Indy could could pick him up that backfield would be dangerous….Luck to Demps=Dangerous….c’mon Grigson make it happen
    ______

    No disrespect to Indy, they’ll do better this year than people expect, but that might be putting it a little strongly. Donald Brown has always had playmaking ability, but struggles in pass protection, and has yet to show he can carry the load for a team. Delone Carter has promise, but still has a lot to prove. Vick Ballard could be the steal of the draft, and it wouldn’t be at all surprising if he turned out better than both of them, but the kid has yet to play an actual NFL snap.

    In short, they could be good, and Demps could be good, but labeling a backfield that put up fewer rushing yards as a group in 2011, than Maurice Jones-Drew did single-handedly, as “dangerous” seems a little premature.

  30. fafaflunky says: Aug 14, 2012 2:23 PM

    Demps and RG3..think about it

  31. taintedsaints2009 says: Aug 14, 2012 2:26 PM

    this guy is very rare. sprinters like justin gatlin tried out for football and just couldn’t adjust to that type of movement, even though Gatlin is one of the fasted humans ever. usain bolt couldn’t play football. he’s is confined to too much striaght line speed for the game.

    this guy already has huge success on the field. he could be a Devin Hester, Percy Harvin type player. he is the starting block guy, which shows he will probably be the fastest guy off the snap in the league. i bet he runs a 4.3. the 40 is all about the start.

    he’ll be on a team in a matter of hours. somebody is going to land a potential superstar.

  32. burnzido says: Aug 14, 2012 2:46 PM

    With Hightower and Helu Jr. banged up I wouldn’t put it passed the Skins to make a move on this guy. I know The Redskins also like Royster and the rookie Morris but this dude has the speed to be a playmaker in the Shanny’s offense. HTTR

  33. rajbais says: Aug 14, 2012 2:54 PM

    Cleveland needs help at tailback!!!

    It’s a good backup plan for T-Rich!!!

  34. cidman2001 says: Aug 14, 2012 3:21 PM

    He should go to Minnesota. He would be a perfect change of pace guy to Petersen and Gerhardt and he could get Percy Harvin off of punt return duty before their #1 wideout in a very thin receiving corps gets killed returning a punt.

  35. phinfan says: Aug 14, 2012 3:28 PM

    No worries you don’t need a resume to get selected by the Browns these days.

  36. njbucsfan says: Aug 14, 2012 3:43 PM

    Word is Tampa has been in touch throughout his training….he’ll move to a WR/RB hybrid and returner.

  37. saints25 says: Aug 14, 2012 3:50 PM

    Highest Bidder will get him,But this is going to happen every year now,just pick who you want to play for…NFL should make him enter next years draft

  38. Carl Gerbschmidt says: Aug 14, 2012 3:59 PM

    A Super Bowl ring would look very nice next to that Silver medal….

  39. itsmammoth says: Aug 14, 2012 4:37 PM

    Don’t you dare go to Green Bay!

  40. leque4 says: Aug 14, 2012 4:54 PM

    He would make a great addition to the TENNESSEE TITANS. He would be someone who would push CJ for reps, and maybe force CJ to work a little harder.

  41. ottomanismydog says: Aug 14, 2012 4:57 PM

    Come join your Florida boys Rainey, Pouncey, Starks, Gilbert and Hicks in the Black and Gold.

  42. countyk66ers says: Aug 14, 2012 5:25 PM

    Ted Thompson Time.

  43. randallflagg52 says: Aug 14, 2012 6:28 PM

    This guy is only 175lbs, so let’s not get a head of ourselves here.

    Noel Devine was a similar player coming out of WVU, had a much better college career and is also 10lbs bigger. The only team to show interest in Devine was Philly, and he didn’t even make the practice squad after final cuts. He’s in the UFL now, probably where Demps is headed.

  44. jgagne0222 says: Aug 15, 2012 9:02 AM

    I enrolled at UF the same year Demps did. He was always my favorite player. Very nice and very smart dude. I took a class with him my senior year. I was cheering for him in the Olympics and will be cheering for him on Sundays. Someone will give him a chance, hopefully my Dolphins. Bush and Demps would be a dynamic duo. If he can stay healthy, he can be real weapon for a team.

  45. blueglaze says: Aug 15, 2012 5:59 PM

    Oh and consistent 4.2 40′s with a couple high 4.1′s in there too… So I know there shouldn’t be any naysayers here, because everybody needs a Demps on their team! Haha

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