GAINESVILLE, FL - NOVEMBER 5: Running back Jeff Demps #28 of the Florida Gators runs for a 52-yard touchdown against the Vanderbilt Commodores November 5, 2011 at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium in Gainesville, Florida. Demps scored in the second quarter. (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)
Jeff Demps is three days removed from winning a silver medal at the 2012 Olympics. And now it seems he'll be heading back to the world of pads and hits, as NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reports that Demps has filed paperwork with the NFL to play in the league in 2012.
It was assumed that Demps was done with football after his senior season with Florida in 2011, as he was always a world-class sprinter in a way he could never quite match on the field. Demps wasn't selected in the 2012 NFL Draft because he apparently told teams as much, but that means that he's now free to sign with any team in the league.
Demps' strengths and weaknesses likely remain the same as ever: Incredible north-south speed and elite burst, but possibly correctable deficiencies in his ability to make tacklers miss and go east and west and the perpetual injury concern rooted in his size.
Still, I think the positives significantly outweigh the negatives with Demps, and I'd be tickled to see my Packers take a chance on him. Do you want Demps on your NFL team?