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New York Jets Undrafted Free Agents: Who to Keep an Eye On

May 5th, 2012 at 10:49 AM
By Donald Lappe

As rookie minicamp continues this weekend for the New York Jets, we already know the names of all the undrafted free agents wearing green and white this weekend in the hopes of earning a training camp invite. Out of all the hopefuls, which are worth keeping an eye on? Here's the scoop on which undrafted free agents should already have your attention.

ILB Marcus Dowtin, North Alabama: Dowtin started his career at Georgia and is a legitimate SEC athlete. He flows like a safety and showed off his speed at his Pro Day, clocking in at 4.58 in the 40-yard dash. He has shown the ability to fluidly drop into coverage as well as rush the passer as a blitzer. In some ways he is very similar to Demario Davis, and could contribute to a team right away on special teams and sub packages. He was released from his scholarship at Georgia after having second degree assault charges filed against him.

CB Ryan Steed, Furman: Most expected Steed to be drafted, so he's worth keeping an eye on. Rex Ryan always carries a ton of defensive backs, so as long as Steed shows the potential that earned him high marks heading into the draft, expect him to be in camp. If he does get that invite, he would be a legitimate threat to make the active roster as an undrafted free agent.

QB Dan DiLella, Albany: DiLella received a lot of pre-draft interest from the Jets and the New York Giants after setting a ton of records for Albany as a senior in 2011. He will essentially be competing with G.J. Kinne and Matt Simms for an invite to training camp. He's a local product and has prototype size at 6-5, 225.

QB Matt Simms: Simms gets on the list mainly because he is the son of Phil Simms, the former New York Giants quarterback and current CBS broadcaster. He only threw 267 passes in his collegiate career. It would be an upset if he earned an invite to training camp.

There are some other participants worthy of noting, such as Hayden Smith, but we already know he will be in training camp based on his contract. Expect the first three on this list to earn invites to training camp this summer. DiLella would be a long shot to make the roster, but Steed and Dowtin could have a real shot.

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Tags: Dan DiLella, Demario Davis, Football, Hayden Smith, Marcus Dowtin, Matt Simms, New York, New York Giants, New York Jets, NFL, Rex Ryan, Ryan Steed

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