An undrafted free agent from Maryland, Cole Farrand has a chance to make the Giants roster this season. Farrand is a linebacker that I was surprised to see go undrafted. He has the physical tool set to succeed in the NFL and he was a really productive linebacker as a Maryland Terrapin.
The Giants don’t have a lot of depth at the middle linebacker position so it isn’t unimaginable to find Farrand, who is a textbook tackler to be on the active roster for the opening game against the Dallas Cowboys.
Jon Beason is the Giants starting linebacker in the middle. While Beason is one of the most talented players at his position he struggles to stay healthy. With 276 tackles to his name Farrand put a lot on tape for the Giants to get excited about.
Farrand had a few incredible performances of note in his college career. In his Junior season against Clemson, he made 23 tackles. Playing against the Tigers is a linebacker paradise as they run the football often and Farrand took advantage of being in the middle of the action. Against Indiana this past season Farrand had 19 tackles.
Farrand seems to get involved on every play on the football field. He plays the game almost recklessly and without hesitation. That tells you that he has great instincts and a high football IQ. When you watch him play it is clear that he has the heart of a big time football player.
There may be guys that are bigger, stronger and faster than the 6-2 231 pound Farrand but he gives everything he has on every play. Farrand will have to prove himself on special teams but it wouldn’t surprise me if he ended up on the starting defense in time.
An undrafted free agent and a true underdog heading into his first training camp in the NFL, Farrand is a name to keep your eyes on this preseason.
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