Like some of you here on the Falcoholic, I wanted to know a little bit about Brandyn Harvey and why he's so awesome, yet went undrafted.
First and foremost, he went to Villanova, the alma mater of our own Brian Finneran. If Finn has done anything for us, it's that he's been extremely clutch and even more reliable when we needed him. Just on school glance alone, our previous history with a 'Nova receiver would suggest that we may have found another diamond in the rough.
During minicamp back in early May, fans and coaches alike were wowed by Harvey's athletic ability and glue-like hands. I almost couldn't believe some of the descriptions people were giving about this guy.
So, for this insomnia filled assignment, I did a little digging for some info on Brandyn Harvey, and found these tidbits:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B-KWtwe6yGk - I'll leave what it is for when you watch it!
As luck would have it, the 2009 FCS Championship pitted our own Shann Schillinger against none other than our own Brandyn Harvey. Harvey had an absolute slobberknocker of a block in the championship game, as shown here:
It's the first play shown on that video.I watched about half of the video and broke down what I saw. What I see in Harvey (and probably not far from what TD/Smitty saw) is that he's got some athletic ability, he leaves the ground a little too often in that he's very, very "dance-y", and he's not afraid to stay in-bounds. There were a couple plays there where he could've just strolled out of bounds, but nope, he cut back in for more yardage. His punt returns were decent. Despite his size, he's very shifty, but that got him into trouble on a couple of the returns I watched. He had a sure touchdown on one return but in his attempt to juke the last man by running east-west instead of north-south, his "dance-y-ness" got him tripped up.
Overall, I liked what I saw. I read an article......
......that had him saying he was very involved in blocking because his coach emphasized that. I like the thought of a receiver that has a blocking mindset (but yet still somehow has glue-for-hands).
He has good size (6'4", 200ish) and he's shown he can play ball. I also didn't know until today that 'Nova had even won the FCS last year. Shows what I know, eh? :P
If he can keep that freakish athleticism up, he could spell the end of Michael Jenkins as a Falcon and that may not necessarily be a bad thing.
What do you guys think? Could he be Jenkins's replacement?