After the 2019 NFL Draft concluded, the Denver Broncos began agreeing to terms with multiple undrafted free agents. One of the many free agents they signed during the span is former Florida Institute of Technology wide receiver, Romell Guerrier.
Now the small school wide receiver will look to make a name for himself this summer and fight for a spot on the Broncos 53-man roster or their 10-man Practice Squad.
Romell Guerrier Profile
Height: 5’10” | Weight: 177 pounds | 40 time: 4.46 seconds
Hands: 9 5/8” | Arm length: 30 1/2”
Bench press: 15 reps | Vertical jump: 38 1⁄2 inches | Broad jump: 10’02’’
20-Yard shuttle: 4.51 seconds | 3-Cone drill: 6.94 seconds
This past year for Florida Tech, Guerrier totaled 59 receptions, 1,062 yards, and 13 touchdowns. This performance by Guerrier earned him First Team All-GSC honors, Honorable Mention All-American laurels from the Don Hansen Football Committee, and Guerrier was also named to the D2CCA All-Region 2 First Team.
He broke a Florida Tech program record as well this past season. His 13 receiving touchdowns are a program record while his 1,062 yards ranks second all-time while his 59 receptions rank third-most in the program’s history.
Now he will join the Denver Broncos as a likely long shot at cracking the 53-man roster, but a strong summer could earn him a spot on the Practice Squad.
Well, the first thing that stands out to you when watching Guerrier is his speed. He ran a 4.46 40-time at his Pro Day and that speed is apparent on the field. He routinely was targeted down the field at Florida Tech as well as used in space where he can use his elusiveness to avoid defenders.
He only had four total kick and punt returns this past year at Florida Tech, but I could see the Broncos trying him out there this summer. His skill set and elusiveness fit very well as a punt return specialist in my opinion.
Romell Guerrier went undrafted in the 2019 draft class.— Kent Lee Platte (@MathBomb) May 5, 2019
Romell Guerrier posted a Okay #RAS with V.Poor size, Good speed, Great explosiveness, Poor agility at the WR position.#Broncos pic.twitter.com/Uq2kSNxmW9
His explosiveness is evident in his workout numbers as well. He posted go 40-time, broad jump, and vertical jump numbers as well. So the Broncos are at the very least getting an explosive athlete in Guerrier.
Anytime you see a small school player joining the team as a draft pick or as an undrafted free agent, you want to see him dominate the competition he faced in college. Well, that is exactly what Guerrier did while at Florida Tech. He totaled 13 touchdown receptions which are a school record and ranked second and third all-time in yards and receptions in a season as well. So he certainly outplayed the competition he was facing at Florida Tech.
Well, anytime you are an undrafted free agent, you face multiple obstacles on making the 53-man roster. For Guerrier, he faces many and long odds at making the Broncos team out of Training Camp.
First, the competition for a roster spot will be stiff. You have the veteran Emmanuel Sanders and 2018 draftees Courtland Sutton and DaeSean Hamilton locked into roster spots on the team. After that, you have Tim Patrick who shined at times last season and rookie Juwann Winfree likely rounding out that group. The competition even after those five is pretty stiff. You have slot machine/returner River Cracraft, Aaron Burbridge, rookies Trinity Benson and Kelvin McKnight, and Fred Brown. So Guerrier really has to stand out if he even wants a spot on the Practice Squad.
Next, you have his size. He is tall enough to make it in the NFL but being under 180 pounds could make it tough at making at the next level. Corners will be able to press you and out physical you on the line, something he did not likely face much in college.
Speaking off his college competition, well, he didn’t face many if any NFL caliber cornerbacks while at Florida Tech. He will face a sudden jump in talent and competition during Training Camp. There will be an adjustment period, especially when the pads come on. So how he deals with that will likely make or break him this summer.
Romell Guerrier Highlights
Romell Guerrier’s roster status with the Broncos
He faces quite the uphill battle like many UDFA’s.
There is a lot of competition at the wide receiver position so Guerrier will need to showcase his speed, explosiveness, and athleticism this summer to help his odds. I believe he will get some reps as a punt and/or kick returner during camp as well, so if he can flourish in that role, it will certainly help his odds.
Like many UDFA’s, Guerrier will also need to stay healthy. Sitting out multiple practices or even a preseason game will put the nail in his coffin. Availability is key so like every other roster bubble player, health will be key.
In the end, Guerrier is a Practice Squad candidate who COULD find himself on the 53-man roster if he flourishes as a returner. However, the odds of him making the 53-man roster are likely pretty bleak.