This clip (uploaded in November of 2006) brings me back to my high school days sitting in a computer lab flipping through the four cool YouTube videos I knew of (the others being Jason Williams highlights, Mike Tyson's best knockouts, and that awesome Earl Campbell run against the Rams). I remember hearing that this YouTube sensation, Sam McGuffie, was going to play at the University of Michigan, but after he decided to transfer he completely fell out of the public eye.
I never expected to hear from him again, but all of a sudden he ends up signing with my favorite team, the Oakland Raiders. The Raiders signed the 5'10'' speedster - who finished up his collegiate career at Rice University - on Monday, and they plan to see if they can make any use of him as a slot receiver. McGuffie made the full transition from running back to receiver as a senior, catching 54 passes for 603 yards and five touchdowns.
McGuffie is a very intriguing prospect, as he ran a 4.36 forty-yard dash and completed a 134-inch broad jump at Rice's pro day. If he had put up those numbers at the combine (which he did not attend), they would have ranked 4th and 2nd among receivers.
As it turns out, receiver is one area of the Raiders' roster that actually isn't completely terrible, with Denarius Moore and Jacoby Ford penciled in as the starters, while promising second-year players Rod Streater and Juron Criner round out the group. However, the Raiders will hope that McGuffie can show them something in camp as a playmaker in open space.
He certainly has the physical tools to make the team, but we'll see if he can convert those tools into on-field production from the slot.