On April 18, the Hub Football Camp put together another excellent event for NFL street free agents looking for another shot in the league. The Hub has NFL free agents run through drills that teams run in practice, allowing teams to get a great look at what players will be able to do for them. Our own Ric Serritella was in attendance at the event in sunny California. According to those in attendance, there were a few players at the event that stood out. Here are some of the players who excelled:
Brandon Marshall, Linebacker, University of Nevada
The starting inside linebacker for the 2015 world-champion Denver Broncos was in attendance Sunday and did all he could to get an organization's attention. Marshall had an excellent day at the Hub and was able to show his value as a veteran linebacker with the experience of a Super Bowl run. Marshall could be a very good addition to a team on the cusp of competing, looking for depth and a potential starter at linebacker. He started at linebacker for one of the greatest defenses in NFL history. He was then paid handsomely for his performance with the Broncos. Someone who was a late-round pick, won a Super Bowl, was paid as one of the top players at his position and then had some bad luck with injuries has a lot of experience for young players. The 31-year-old linebacker is healthy and ready to help a team.
Deondre Francois, Quarterback, Florida State
Francois was another standout at the Hub Football Camp event. He is a former four-star recruit, according to 24/7, as a dual-threat quarterback that committed and played for Florida State. Francois was an excellent player for the Seminoles before a patella injury that cost him his redshirt sophomore season. He then transferred to Hampton University, where he set records and was able to play in the College Gridiron Showcase and the Hula Bowl after his season with the Pirates. Francois signed with the Atlanta Falcons after the 2020 NFL Draft, but didn't stick on the roster. He has taken every opportunity to get back to the league, including the Fan-Controlled Football League and the Hub Football Camps. Francois is ready for his next opportunity and proved that on Sunday.
CJ O’Grady, Tight End, Arkansas
According to those present, the former Razorbacks tight end had an impressive day at the Hub on Sunday. O’Grady went undrafted in 2020 after playing 27 games for Arkansas over five years. O’Grady was a former four-star recruit, according to 24/7. O’Grady will look to build off his Hub appearance with a team looking for tight-end depth. O’Grady is just one year removed from playing college football, so bringing him in for a workout could be advantageous for teams.
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