Can an UDFA wide receiver even have a shot to make the 53 man roster? The answer most on CSR would give is probably not, "myself included." So let me introduce readers to an intriguing prospect that was signed after the draft to come in and compete for a roster spot. He is Trey Diller the UDFA wide receiver out of Sam Houston State, home of the Bearkats.
Diller's measurables are 6'1" at 197 lbs according to the Panthers official website. So without getting into his 40 times and how many bales of hay he can squat I want to look into what this young man could bring to the table and what at least someone in our scouting department saw to even bring him in as an UDFA to start with. First off a little connection might be made to the fact that before he played for Sam Houston State he transferred from good old Wofford College. That means Diller has some ties to the area albeit a few seasons ago. Next Diller was a do everything kind of player while he played for a very good FCS program which is what Sam Houston State has been over the last few seasons. Diller returned kicks, punts, kick coverage, and lined up all over the field as there main wide receiver.
This next little excerpt is from the teams official website:
Diller led the Bearkats in receiving this season with 62 catches for 927 yards and four touchdowns. He also has been effective as a return specialist, ranking third in the Southland in both punt returns and kickoffs. He finished the season as the league's all-purpose yards leader.
The senior from Spring, Texas became the first Sam Houston player to receive All-Southland Conference honors at both wide receiver and return specialist. In Diller's career he had 1,190 receiving yards and seven touchdowns. He caught two touchdowns during the 2012 FCS Playoff run to the national championship game.
What this tells me is this guy could make a run at special teams and could also be penciled in as the last receiver on the depth chart for his rookie campaign. Gettleman values roster spots he has said as much in numerous occasions. Diller could be a jack of all trades not limiting himself to just a certain role so in turn could raise his value towards a team that values how many can suit up on Sundays. This is how most wide receivers get on a NFL roster unless they are true studs as rookies as the likes of Julio Jones or a Calvin Johnson when they entered the league.
Here is a link to the only highlight film I could find on Diller.
It is a long shot of an UDFA making the roster much less the practice squad but Trey Diller might be that diamond in the rough with the skill set to pull it off. Anyway it will be interesting to see what this young man will bring to the table during this years training camp as the Panthers have to sort through all the receivers that fill out that 5th or 6th spot. You could see Diller's name getting penciled in as one of them.