Blake Sims was Alabama’s starting quarterback in 2014. Starting all 14 contests, he was 252 of 391 for 3,487 yards and 28 touchdowns to 10 interceptions. He also ran 78 times for 350 yards and 7 TDs. Blake was not selected in the 2015 NFL Draft and teams tried to pigeonhole him in at another position other than quarterback. Sims headed north to the Canadian Football League. There he was on the roster of both the Argonauts and the Roughriders during the 2015 season.
Blake then took his skills to an unusual destination: Australia. He was going to play for the Wollongong Devils of the National Gridiron League- but the league never got off the ground in 2016, so he returned to the United States and signed with the Falcons and spent time on their practice squad before ultimately ending his season on the practice squad of the Bucs.
After he was waived by the Bucs, Sims eventually signed with the Alliance of American Football. He was assigned to the Birmingham Iron and then later re-selected by the team with their second round pick during the QB Draft. Unfortunately he’d be injured and subsequently waived by the team before taking a regular season snap.
A physical one on one defender, MJ Stewart saw action for the Tarheels as a True Freshman and worked his way up from there. A cornerback by trade, its thought that Stewart might be moved to safety at the pro level or work his way into the lineup by playing some nickelback. He finished his time at the school with 199 total tackles, 11.5 tackles for loss, 3 sacks, 6 interceptions, 41 pass deflections, and 3 forced fumbles.
When the Bucs moved down during the 2018 NFL Draft, they were able to pick up a few additional draft choices from the Bills. They used one of those additional picks to select MJ during the second round (pick 53). Impressive from day one, Stewart worked his way into the starting lineup at corner and earned high praise from coaches during training camp.
MJ Stewart has a nice looking card here. The icy whites he’s wearing really add to the canvas nicely, and the light blue compliments the black, which in turn really stands out on the white.
Kenny Cook played college ball at Gardner-Webb from 2012-2014 after transferring from Garden City Junior College. Playing wide receiver for the Runnin’ Bulldogs, Kenny finished tied for 3rd in school history with 188 career receptions to go along with 2432 yards and 21 TDs. He had 10 career 100 yard games, and averaged the highest number of catches per game in school history (5.7). Kenny’s best year came in 2013, when he caught 76 passes for 1008 yards and 9 TDs. He also set a conference record with 251 yards receiving (12 catches, 2 TDs) in a double overtime win over VMI in 2014. Cook finished his career with numerous honors including being a 2013 FCS All-American, a 3 Time All-Big South Player, and a 2014 Walter Payton Watchlist nominee.
Going unselected in the 2015 NFL Draft, Kenny was signed as an UDFA by the Kansas City Chiefs bouncing on and off their practice squad for the remainder of the year. He’d be signed to a futures contract in 2016 by the team, but sustained a torn quadriceps in camp. Kenny was cut in 2017 is currently a free agent.
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