Monday, May 12, 2014
Eight UDFAs: Getting to know newest Jets
By Rich Cimini
The New York Jets have agreed to terms with eight undrafted free agents. Two years ago, they found Damon "Big Snacks" Harrison from the UDFA pool, so you never know. A closer look at the eight:
Tevon Conrad, tackle, Saginaw Valley State: Listed by the Jets as 6-foot-9, 320 pounds ... Gave up McDonald's and dropped 20 pounds before his pro day. No kidding ... Three-year starter ... Did 27 reps on the bench press and was clocked at 5.28 seconds in the 40 ... Scouts, Inc. overall ranking: NR. Positional ranking: 75.
Steele Divitto, linebacker, Boston College: Has there ever been a better first name for a linebacker? ... Attended the famed Don Bosco Prep in New Jersey, but actually grew up in Connecticut -- commuted an hour each way ... Listed at 6-2, 237 ... Replaced Mark Herzlich at strongside linebacker and started 35 straight games, moving to middle linebacker last season ... Recorded 57 solo tackles in 2013 ... Scouts, Inc. overall ranking: NR. Positional ranking: 34.
Anthony Grady, defensive line, Missouri State: Listed at 6-7, 289 ... A two-time all-Missouri Valley Conference selection ... Career numbers: 34 games, 108 total tackles, 14.5 tackles for loss and nine sacks ... Scouts, Inc. overall ranking: NR. Positional ranking: NR.
Kerry Hyder, defensive tackle, Texas Tech: Former college teammate of the Jets' second-round pick, Jace Amaro ... Listed at 6-2, 290 pounds. Some believe he's an ideal 3-technique, which makes him a 'tweener in the Jets' front ... All-Big 12 Conference second team ... Attended the scouting combine. Only 20 reps on the bench press ... Led the team with 11.5 tackles for loss last season ... Scouts, Inc. overall ranking: 310. Positional ranking: 29.
Terrence Miller, tight end, Arizona: Listed as 6-4, 233 ... Ran the 40 in 4.72 seconds at his pro day ... Career numbers: 95 catches for 1,117 yards and three touchdowns ... Plagued by injuries prior to 2013 ... Had some drops last season, but flashed against Oregon and Cal ... Scouts, Inc. overall ranking: NR. Positional ranking: 64.
Brent Qvale, tackle, Nebraska: Listed at 6-6, 318 ... Former college teammate of the Jets' sixth-round pick, Quincy Enunwa ... Only 18 career starts. Played left tackle in a three-tackle rotation in 2013 ... Three-time academic all-Big Ten ... Did 24 bench reps at pro day ... Scouts, Inc. overall ranking: NR. Positional ranking: 44.
Zach Thompson, defensive end, Wake Forest: Should relate well to Rex Ryan because he has a twin brother, Patrick, the Wake Forest quarterback ... Listed at 6-4, 271 ... Career numbers: 12 sacks, 73 solo tackles and 22 tackles for loss ... Ran well at his pro day -- 4.78 seconds in the 40 ... Scouts, Inc. overall ranking: NR. Positional ranking: NR.
Chad Young, fullback, San Diego State: Listed at 5-9, 238 pounds ... Former walk-on ... Physical and strong. Did 34 reps on the bench at his pro day ... Ran for 115 yards on 22 carries last season, with three touchdowns ... Surprisingly fluid receiver, 15 catches for 70 yards and a touchdown in '13 ... Scouts, Inc. overall ranking: NR. Positional ranking: 8.