Posted: 2:26 pm Thursday, May 8th, 2014
By Ken Sugiura
There is no comparing national signing day with NFL draft weekend. Euclid Cummings practically chuckled at the thought.
“It’s a little bit bigger than signing day,” said the former Georgia Tech defensive tackle. “Signing day was fun, but this is, like, dreams. This is what I’ve been dreaming of since I was a small kid.”
The next three days will reveal what form Cummings’ dream actually takes. Cummings said he has been in contact with a number of NFL teams – including Dallas, Baltimore, Tampa Bay and Minnesota – as they double check their contact information for draft weekend. Signing as an undrafted free agent seems the most likely possibility of latching on with a team for Cummings.
Cummings was worked out a couple weeks ago by New England Patriots safeties coach Brian Flores at Tech. On top of the workout, Cummings said he spent an hour with Flores as he explained New England’s defense and how Cummings might fit, and then watched Tech video and had Cummings explain what he did right or wrong on various plays.
New England is multiple in its scheme. Cummings’ versatility could make him attractive to New England and other teams, having played end in the 3-4 with former defensive coordinator Al Groh and then the “3 technique” defensive tackle for coordinator Ted Roof.
“I feel like playing in both schemes in college helped me understand both defenses so now I just feel like, wherever I go, if someone throws a defense at me, I’ll just be used to it,” he said. “I know the basics of all of them, especially d-line wise. I feel like the learning curve shouldn’t be bad.”
Maybe the most interesting thing I learned in speaking with Cummings Wednesday night – one of his older brothers is Omar Johnson, the executive vice president of global marketing of Beats by Dre, which has become a giant in the headphone industry due in no small measure to its marketing. Johnson was named a Brand Genius by Adweek, Cummings proudly told me.
“He’s doing pretty well for himself,” Cummings said.