2021 Undrafted FA Signings

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  1. NCJetsfan

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    https://jetsxfactor.com/2021/05/02/key-numbers-on-new-york-jets-12-undrafted-free-agent-signings/

    Key numbers on New York Jets’ 12 undrafted free agent signings
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    Michael Nania
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    05/02/2021

    Along with the New York Jets’ 10-player draft class comes a 12-player crop of undrafted free agents, including some potential steals.

    Kenny Yeboah, TE, Mississippi
    The fifth-year senior caught 27 passes for 524 yards and six touchdowns over only seven games in 2020, averages of 3.9 catches for 74.9 yards and 0.9 touchdowns per game (pace for 62 catches, 1,198 yards, and 14 touchdowns over 16 games).

    Yeboah offers intriguing after-the-catch ability. He ranked fifth among tight ends with 244 yards after the catch, averaging 9.0 YAC per reception. Blocking is not his forte, as his 48.5 run blocking grade at Pro Football Focus ranked at the 12th percentile among qualified FBS tight ends.

    Hamilcar Rashed Jr., EDGE, Oregon St.

    Rashed has very interesting appeal based on his 2019 season, but his 2020 season wasn’t even UDFA-caliber.

    In 2019, Rashed was a productive pass rusher as he posted 35 pressures on 296 rush attempts, an 11.8% rate. In 2020, he took a massive nosedive and posted only eight pressures on 146 rush attempts, a 5.5% rate that is ghastly even in college, let alone the NFL.

    Tristen Hoge, OG, BYU

    Hoge spent his 2016 freshman season at Notre Dame before transferring to BYU, where he played right guard from 2018-20 after sitting out in 2017. He was outstanding against a weak schedule in 2020, allowing only three pressures over 226 protection snaps (1.3%).

    Milo Eifler, LB, Illinois

    Eifler has an intriguing athletic profile for the linebacker position, running a 4.58 in the forty (81st percentile among LB) and leaping 126 inches in the broad jump (90th percentile), but his collegiate production was not good. In 2020, he had an enormous missed tackle rate of 21.6% (more than double the 2020 NFL LB average of 10.7%) and allowed 12.1 yards per target on throws in his direction.

    Teton Saltes, OT, New Mexico

    Saltes started at right tackle for New Mexico in all of the team’s games from 2018-20. He wasn’t anything special in pass protection with a career allowed pressure rate of 4.5% (2020 NFL OT average: 5.3%), but he shined as a run blocker in 2020, posting an 83.1 run blocking grade at PFF that placed at the 89th percentile among qualified FBS tackles. His 4.94 forty time at 6-foot-6 and 312 pounds is enticing.

    Brendon White, S, Rutgers

    White transferred from Ohio State to Rutgers for the 2020 season and had a season with very well-defined strengths and weaknesses. He was awful in coverage, allowing seven touchdowns and 13.1 yards per target. However, he was solid against the run, ranking at the 87th percentile among qualified FBS safeties with a 75.8 PFF run defense grade.

    Michael Dwumfour, DT, Rutgers

    Dwumfour transferred to Rutgers after four seasons at Michigan. He has good pass rushing upside after tying for 18th among all FBS interior defensive linemen with 22 pressures in 2020, reaching that total in only eight games. He is a missed tackle machine, though, with a career missed tackle rate of 19.3%. Dwumfour whiffed on seven tackles and had a 28.0% miss rate in 2020.

    Isaiah Dunn, CB, Oregon State

    The Jets doled out $185,000 in guarantees to Dunn, the largest number ever given to an undrafted free agent cornerback.

    Dunn improved year-by-year throughout his four seasons at Oregon State, allowing a lower passer rating each season and peaking with a solid mark of 74.7 in 2020. His career touchdown-to-interception ratio of 14-to-0 is concerning, but only one of those touchdowns came in 2020, and he also allowed a very strong average of just 5.0 yards per target this past season. Standing at 5-foot-11 and 189 pounds, he has a good combination of speed (4.38 forty, 89th percentile) and length (32-inch arms, 71st percentile).

    Grant Hermanns, OT, Purdue

    Hermanns was the Boilermakers’ left tackle for four years, but he was never all that good, giving up at least two sacks and 13 pressures in each season with a career allowed pressure rate of 4.1%. His career-high overall PFF grade of 65.8 in 2020 ranked at the 47th percentile among qualified FBS tackles. He is a mountain at 6-foot-7, but is quite small for that height as he weighs only 300 pounds, and he is lacking in length, too, as his 33.5-inch arms rank at the 26th percentile among tackles.

    Chris Naggar, K, SMU

    Naggar was an All-State kicker in high school before joining the Texas Longhorns. He rarely saw the field over four years in Austin, never getting a chance to kick a field goal or extra point and only strapping up to punt in five games as a senior in 2019. Naggar transferred to SMU for his final season and got his shot to kick and punt.

    In 2020, Naggar made 81.0% of his field goal attempts (17 of 21). He was 12 for 12 under 40 yards, 5 for 7 from 40-49 yards, and 0 for 2 from 50+ yards. Naggar struggled with extra points as he missed three of 46 attempts (93.5% conversion rate). As a punter, Naggar didn’t show much, posting subpar numbers of 39.3 yards per punt, 36.8 net yards per punt, and a 3.96 hang time average.

    Parker Ferguson, OT, Air Force

    Ferguson was a dominant left tackle in Air Force’s extremely run-heavy offense – 79.9% of his career snaps were run plays. He posted a 76.3 run blocking grade in 2020 (80th percentile among FBS OT) and an 85.7 grade in 2020 (96th percentile). Ferguson rarely ever pass blocked, but he was good when he did, allowing no pressures over a tiny sample of 73 protection snaps in 2020.

    Jordyn Peters, S, Auburn

    Peters is a good tackling safety with a career missed tackle rate of only 5.7%, but he isn’t great in coverage with a career passer rating allowed of 95.7. His appeal comes on special teams. Over the course of his Auburn career, Peters blocked four punts, and he collected nine tackles in kickoff/punt coverage while missing only one tackle.
     
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    Thanks for this.

    Hope 1 or 2 manage to shine.

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  3. Lon Chaney

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    I don't know why we gave out such a big guarantee to Dunn. He seems like an OK prospect, but hardly someone who commanded largest UDFA contract ever for a CB. Yeboah I understand, but Dunn seems puzzling.
     
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    Have the money to spend and there's minimal penalty if you cut him. Either you spend that money on a vet/turd retread for camp or you spend it on a UDFA.
     
  5. Lon Chaney

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    But why Dunn? He doesn't stand out in anyway. They must really like him, I guess.
     
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    BroadwaySam Well-Known Member

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    He fits the mold of everything they are looking for in a defender apparently... fast, fast and also fast. If you see something you wanna check out, might as well do it with money that's going to be spent regardless.
     
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    The thing about UDFA's is that they may be pursued by a number of other teams, so the result might have been a bidding war for his signature. In fact, I'll bet that he's getting a contract worth more than guys drafted in rounds 6-7.

    Plus, he fits the pattern of Jets drafting guys with Biblical names :)
     
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    I liked the draft and these signings. But the whole sign and draft a bunch of lower tier defensive backs (combined with the bunch we already have) is giving me Idzik flashbacks of competition being able to fix a position.

    I do like that we relatively left the secondary alone as far as high capital investments though. I thought this group woukd emerge with a couple of decent players even before drafting a couple of guys late.
     
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    Nasrildeen and Sherwood will play linebacker. So it wasn't all DBs

    Nasrildeen is going to surprise I think. Hes a tackling machine and he was one of the best players at the Senior bowl
     
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    stinkyB 2009 Best Avatar Award Winner

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    When the Jags drafted the punter, Brian Anger, my friend who was a season ticket holder immediately ordered a jersey...... "I can finally wear a jersey to the game that expresses my emotions towards the performance of this team!" :D
     
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    Kenny Yeboah

    https://www.nfl.com/prospects/kenny-yeboah/32005945-4241-5291-cc6e-c371135db900

    Overview
    High-cut college wingback commonly referred to as a "move tight end." Yeboah isn't big or strong enough to handle in-line blocking duties but might offer enough as a positional blocker to get by in space or on the move. His build-up speed can leave linebackers in trail position and he has big-play capability once he opens up his stride before or after the catch. He's a bit of an enigma as a pass catcher with below-average catch focus, leading to drops on simple throws. However, he possesses above-average ball skills on contested throws downfield. If he can improve a little bit as a blocker or as a pass catcher, he has a chance to become a decent backup.
    Strengths
    • Good vertical speed for the position.
    • Offers potential to attack coverage on the second and third levels.
    • Plus ball tracker with elevated timing.
    • Will go up and over coverage to snare the catch.
    • Sneaky fast after the catch to pile up extra yardage.
    • Handled some lead-blocking duties from wing-back position.
    • Decent pad level and force when asked to make iso blocks.
    • Wide, quick, lateral steps for cutoff blocks.
    • Offers kick and punt coverage potential.
    Weaknesses
    • Below-average aggressiveness at point of attack.
    • Half-hearted effort to thump across the formation on split zone.
    • Occasionally unsure of where to find his block when on the move.
    • Use of hands will need to get better.
    • Focus drops plagued him at Ole Miss and Temple.
    • Displays inconsistent play speed in his routes.
    • Played into space more than he ran routes.

    https://thedraftnetwork.com/player/kenny-yeboah/rvD35lr7jq

    Kenny Yeboah originally started his career at Temple prior to transferring to Ole Miss. After playing well for the Owls, the bump up in competition didn’t seem to phase him as he went on to experience similar success in the SEC. With that in mind, he continued to show his value in the passing game as a versatile option. Primarily operating from the hip position of the offensive tackle, Yeboah is a movable ‘F’ tight end that can provide value in both phases. With strong hands and a well-seasoned route tree, he does most of his damage over the middle, but has the potential to be much more. His best work has come in the red zone where he can take advantage of box defenders attempting to cover him. Also an acceptable run blocker, he can sustain against single blocks as the end man on the scrimmage as well as a wrap blocker on various type of gap scheme concepts.

    Ideal Role: Developmental F-tight end.

    Scheme Fit: Erhardt-Perkins or West Coast offense that utilizes creative 11-personnel packages.


    https://www.profootballnetwork.com/kenny-yeboah-nfl-draft-player-profile-ole-miss-tight-end/

    Positives: Explosive pass-catching tight end coming off a career year. Quickly releases off the line into pass routes, moves well about the field, and shows a lot of athleticism. Extends his hands on crossing patterns to offer the quarterback a target and makes the reception away from his frame.

    Contorts or adjusts to the errant throw, looks the ball into his hands, and works to come away with the difficult reception. Gives effort blocking and effectively blocks at the second level. Displays good vision as both a pass catcher and a blocker.

    Featured | NFL Draft Prospects 2021: Pauline’s updated big board, player rankings

    Negatives: Lacks an elite burst and plays more to one speed. Must improve his blocking strength and struggles finishing off opponents.

    Analysis: Yeboah made the right move transferring from Temple to Mississippi and watched his game take off last season. He’s a terrific pass catcher who shows flashes of ability as a blocker and has the tools necessary to develop into a productive tight end at the next level.

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    There's some seeming contradictions in those profiles. It sounds like if Yeboah wants to make the Jets, he's going to have to eliminate the focus drops, work harder on his route running and blocking. We need another TE who excels in catching the ball, not another who drops passes. I hope that he can push or supplant Herndon as our starting TE.
     
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    i am convinced the obsession with safeties is part of some diabolical secret plan where the opponent won't diagnose our coverage because our secondary and LB core will just look like a swarm of safeties. :)
     
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    And all have similar numbers as linebacker and defensive lineman. ;)
     
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    abyzmul R.J. MacReady, 21018 Funniest Member Award Winner

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    It's just like the ending of the Three Amigos.
     
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    That's pretty impressive.
     
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    CotcheryFan 2018 ROTY Poster Award Winner

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    This kicker might have more upside than the ones I wanted us to draft.
     
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    It certainly is, what will be more impressive is finishing the season with +90% fg accuracy lol
     
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