Jets Rookie Free Agent Signings

July 25th, 2011
Jets Undrafted Free Agents

Can one of these undrafted free agents make the Jets roster?

Here is the list of undrafted free agents signed by the Jets.

Josh Baker, H-back, Northwest Missouri State

- Baker, at 6 feet 2 inches at 243 pounds, provides interesting versatility as an H-back. He’s a good athlete, running a 4.66 40 yard dash at his Pro Day. He has good athletic ability and a nice feel for the game. He probably will not make the roster, but he could be a nice backup/alternative to Dustin Keller in training camp.

Collin Franklin, TE, Iowa State

- Franklin is a big guy at 6 feet 6 inches and 256 pounds. He’s actually an ideal complement to the H-back type of player that fellow signee Josh Baker embodies. Franklin does has some athleticism, as evidenced by his 4.69 40 yard dash, but he is another developmental prospect.

Chris Stewart, OG, Notre Dame

- Stewart is a huge mauler at 6 feet 5 inches and 317 pounds. He has some bite in the run game and positional versatility at the defensive tackle position. However, he may lack the speed and athleticism to translate positively to the NFL.

Davon Morgan, S, Virginia Tech

- Morgan has had some injury issues in his college career, but he is an imposing player and could be a good replacement to Eric Smith in the Jets’ scheme. He’s a heady player who, at the very least, could provide special teams depth.

Zane Taylor, OG/C, Utah (Pictured)

- Taylor has a bit of versatility and technique to his game. I think he may even have a bit more upside than current guard Matt Slauson. Taylor is a nice gamble to take because his abilities probably warranted him being drafted. I think he could stick on the roster.

Nick Bellore, ILB, Central Michigan

- Bellore is not a great athlete, but he is instinctual and was probably a top 10 inside linebacker in the past draft class. He could provide some toughness in sub packages and on special teams.

Julian Posey, CB, Ohio

- Posey is a compact player with good physical skills. Ohio seems to have a lot of insecurity and inconsistency in terms of the development of talent at peripheral positions, but Posey seems like an interesting project. He’s a good fit for Rex’s style as well.

Courtney Smith, WR, South Alabama

- Smith is a super rangy player with absolutely massive upside at the next level. He has good hands and the athletic ability to stretch the field. Smith is a bit of a project, but he could pay off in a big way down the road.

Mike Campbell, WR, Temple

- Campbell is an average athlete at wide receiver who is probably just a camp body. Has some upside as a hands-catcher, but may not be dynamic enough for the NFL.

Tom Ottaiano, OT, Monmouth

- Honestly, I think Ottaiano could be a offense to defense conversion project. He seems a bit small to play offensive tackle in the NFL (at 6 feet 1 inch), and could be a lot more effective on the defensive side of the ball. Practice-squad, long-term project.

Byron Landor, S, Baylor

- Landor is a compact safety who earned All Big-12 honors as a senior. He’s a bit more athletic than previous signee Morgan, and he may have a slightly better shot at making the team. Yet another secondary piece added to the heap back there.

Stafford Gatling, OLB, Ohio

- Gatling is a 3-4 OLB prospect, but is pretty average in every way. He’s slow and short. Nothing more than a special teamer. Probably more of an ILB for the Jets.

5 Responses to “Jets Rookie Free Agent Signings”

  1. rockytopjag says:

    UDFA WR Courtney Smith from the University of South Alabama has announced that he’s joining the Jets on his Facebook page.

  2. [...] (Profiles on Jets UDFA’s) Josh Baker (TE/WR, NW Missouri State) Colin Franklin (TE, Iowa State) Chris Stewart (OL, Notre [...]

  3. mrsmoore says:

    The Jest can become the Jets with Two Hot Pass Rushers and Two Hot cornerbacks called Revis and Asomougha. They can become the “no-fly” zone for a decade with a hall of fame defense which can win by defense. All you need on offense is a pound the ground system that runs out the clock and TALL receivers who can catch short passes from a Dan Marino type quarterback who moves the chains. Don’t need big bucks for offense but rather a defense who can take the ball away. It would be as fun to watch as it was to watch Broadway Joe. If you build it (the defense) they will come and stand in the cheap seats to watch like they did for seabiscuit.

  4. [...] on his Facebook page but now multiple websites also report the was signed by the Jets. The website NYJetsDraft.com wrote, “Smith is a super rangy player with absolutely massive upside at the next level. He [...]

  5. kendall booker says:

    I’m happy for courtney smith he has special talent.and a great wide receiver. Good luck Co


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