Roy Roundtree isn’t sure exactly what to expect this weekend, but he knows it is going to be fun.
The Trotwood-Madison High School and University of Michigan graduate will be surrounded by more than 50 friends and family members Saturday when he hopes to hear his name called in the NFL Draft.
“We’ll have a little barbecue, play some cards and wait to see what happens,” Roundtree said. “If I get picked, it probably will be the seventh round. I can’t get my hopes us. Whether I’m drafted or signed as a free agent, I’m ready to make a team. Just to get an opportunity will be an honor. I know all the hard work will pay off.”
A 6-foot, 180-pound wide receiver, Roundtree has been working on catching punts as well as passes in an effort to be a more versatile, attractive pick for an NFL team.
“I played some special teams at Michigan, but not much,” he said. “They had me returning punts the Raycom (College Football All-Star Classic in January). I’ve been catching a lot of punts lately to get ready. I’m trying to make a team.”
The Baltimore Ravens, Indianapolis Colts and Houston Texans have shown the most interest, but Roundtree also heard from the Oakland Raiders and Carolina Panthers in the last couple of days.
Here is how Roundtree’s draft profile on NFL.com reads in terms of strengths:
“Quicker-than-fast slot receiver. Can cut sharply to find holes in zone coverage over the middle. Tough receiver who will go up for passes in traffic and take a hit. Uses feet and hands to swim past linebackers to get into his route off the line. Also uses head fake, lean, and swim move down the seam to get inside position. Flashes agility to turn upfield very quickly after the catch. Very willing as a run blocker, attacks his man, gets the angle and gives great effort to sustain. Roundtree’s speed and elusiveness gives him a chance to be a strong contributor in the NFL – as does the work ethic and determination he’s showed working through a learning disability throughout his scholastic career to earn a college degree.”
The degree is in communications, and he’s also just six credits shy of a master’s degree in social work.
The son of Sheila and Willie Roundtree, Roy said he is looking forward to a fun weekend relaxing with family after working out hard in Miami and Ann Arbor, Mich., the last few months.
“I don’t know what’s going to happen,” he said. “A lot of teams have told me they’ve watched me on film and liked what they saw and that I’m definitely on their radar, which was good to hear. I’m just excited to find out what’s next.”