Wednesday, May 8, 2013
Checking out the UDFAs
The Jets signed 15 undrafted free agents at the conclusion of the draft. Here's a brief bio on each player, starting with the offense:
Dalton Freeman, C, Clemson: The school's first center in 60-plus years to start as a freshman. Started 49 games in his career, a first-team, all-ACC selection.
Trey Gilleo, OT, Northern Arizona: Started 33 straight games. Listed at 6-foot-6, 280 pounds. Arrived as a 219-pound freshman.
Chris Pantale, TE, Boston College: Hails from Wayne, N.J. Missed the first five games last season with a broken foot. Finished with 21 receptions, 189 yards and two touchdowns.
Mark Popek, G, South Florida: Started two years at left tackle. Won't find many guards taller than him -- 6-foot-7, 299 pounds.
Zach Rogers, WR, Tennessee: Overshadowed by Cordarrelle Patterson and Justin Hunter. Slot receiver. Caught 32 passes for 491 yards and seven touchdowns last season. A real sleeper.
Mike Shanahan, WR/TE, Pitt: No relation to the Redskins' coach. At 6-foot-4, 241 pounds, he likely will be moved to tight end. Highly productive: Finished with 58 receptions, 926 yards and five touchdowns.
K.J. Stroud, WR, Bethune-Cookman: Raised in Brooklyn, spent two years at Rutgers. Nice-sized receiver (6-foot-2), limited by injuries last season -- only 26 catches for 283 yards. Stood out at New Jersey regional combine and was invited to national combine.
Ryan Spadola, WR, Lehigh: From Howell, N.J. A nice-sized receiver (6-foot-1) with surprising agility. Caught 57 passes for 851 yards and four touchdowns last season. Highest-graded offensive player among the Jets' UDFAs, according to Pro Football Weekly.
Antavious Wilson, WR, Marshall: More productive than teammate Aaron Dobson, a second-round pick of the Patriots. Finished with 69 receptions, 741 yards and nine touchdowns last season.