For some collegiate football players, the path to the NFL is more direct and clear-cut than it is for others.
It is no secret that during coach Randy Edsall’s tenure, only a small handful of players who donned the red, black, and gold have been selected by a pro team in any round of the previous five NFL drafts. Players like wide receivers Stefon Diggs (2015) and Torrey Smith (2011) unsurprisingly fulfilled their dreams of making it to the pros by hearing their names called on their respective draft days.
For others, the chances of making it to the NFL as undrafted free agents requires a little extra work, both on and off the field.
Recently, running back LaVance Taylor out of Central Missouri (Division II) tweeted his highlight video to the Kansas City Chiefs. The very next day, the Chiefs announced they signed Taylor.
Former Maryland cornerback Isaac Goins is currently attempting to follow in Taylor’s footsteps and utilize social media to promote his own highlight video.
For the past week, Goins has been tweeting his highlight and workout videos to countless entities and individuals in hopes of catching an interested eye. He’s tweeted the video to all 32 NFL teams multiple times, but he has not stopped there.
Goins has also tweeted it to the Twitter accounts of various national sports networks, television personalities, and television/radio programs including the NFL Network, ESPN, Sports Center, Stephen A. Smith, Skip Bayless, Michael Smith, and Jemele Hill.
He’s even tweeted the highlight video to former Terrapins Vernon Davis and Boomer Esiason. Goins has also taken a slightly broader approach, by tweeting it to the NFL’s general Twitter account as well as to NFL commissioner Roger Goodell.
In two seasons (20 games) with the Terps, Goins recorded 71 total tackles, eight tackles for loss, seven defended passes, and two interceptions. As a senior in 2013, Goins appeared in all 13 games and started 11. Goins signed with the Miami Dolphins as an undrafted free agent in 2014, but is obviously looking for work in 2015.
The ultimate goal is certainly worth the effort and persistence he is putting forth via social media, especially since there seems to be a case where this unorthodox approach has actually worked. Hopefully for Goins, an NFL team is paying attention and is impressed enough to give the former Terp another shot.
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