Not much earth-shattering in Sid Hartman’s Sunday morning Leslie Frazier column. Mostly it’s the usual “we really like our rookies” quotes, praise for Matt Kalil’s hard work this offseason, a few nice words about Harrison Smith and Jarius Wright. What, you expected him to rip them?
Really only one thing caught my eye in the whole grab-bag, a quote way down the page about UFA linebacker Corey Paredes. “The one linebacker that we took out of Hawaii, Corey Paredes, he showed the ability to make some plays for us,” Frazier said.
When a coach singles out one particular obscure guy, that’s probably a name we should add to our watch list for training camp. Obviously Paredes was not highly-touted coming out of school. National Football Post basically wrote him off as a no-shot guy in their scouting report, saying things like “lacks ideal range and is a really limited athlete” and “is slow to react to the football, gets late jumps on the inside run game and doesn’t even play fast in tight quarters.”
So he’s not the world’s greatest athlete, but he does apparently have good instincts and obviously Frazier saw something in the kid that made him go “hmmmm…” Like I said, a name to watch in Mankato. Corey Paredes. Write it down.