Getting to Know the Jets 2013 UDFAs

Here’s some information on the Jets undrafted players that will be in rookie camp in just a few days …

DE Troy Davis, Central Florida — Davis was known as a fiery competitor on the UCF Knights and was the most important piece of the UCF defense in 2012, a team that lost their conference championship game to Tulsa. Tulsa coach Bill Blankenship knew that neutralizing Davis would be a key part of his gameplan to win.

P Alex Dunnachie, Hawaii — Born in Australia, Dunnachie was a multi-sport athlete in high school and ended up going to college at Hawaii and joining the football team as a punter.  Great size for a punter at 6’4″ 220 lbs, Dunnachie is the single season average per punt recold holder for Hawaii and ranked 6th overall in the NCAA with a 4.62 yards in 2012.  Dunnachie was suspended by the team last summer for an DUI arrest.

CB Mike Edwards, Hawaii —  Edwards is a bit undersized at 5’9″ and 189 pounds, but is a very tough, defender who won’t let larger receivers push him around.  Edwards is extremely confident and plays aggressive and has the body control and timing to knock down passes.  Edwards is quick enough (4.47 40 yard dash) to pursue the play and is willing to throw his body in the way of the run.  Edwards saw some time as a running back and wide receiver at Hawaii and so could add value to the offense, or more likely the kick and  punt return units.  A native of Cleveland, Edwards was dismissed from Tennessee in 2009 after an attempted robbery arrest.  Edwards was said to turn pro early because he wanted to help support his family.

OC Dalton Freeman, Clemson — Durable, intelligent and with 48 collegiate starts, Freeman has plenty of experience heading into the pros.  Known as a good positional blocker who has the ability to help out both guards in a single play.  Freeman has demonstrated a good ability to get leverage in short yardage situations.  Still, he needs to work on his strength conditioning now that he’ll be tangling with NFL players.  The son of a high school coach and former offensive line player in the ACC, Freeman has the intelligence and understanding to play the game.  Freeman needs to play more tenaciously and take on tougher and bigger defensive tackles, but he seems the type of player that could find the right team and stick with them initially as a backup.

OT Trey Gilleo, Northern Arizona — Gilleo is known as a hard-working prospect with the right size (6’5.5″ 290 lbs) to play in the pros, but that he has only limited athletic ability so while he played tackle in college, he would most likely project as a guard in the pros.  To find a spot with a team long-term scouts say he’ll need to add some weight and hone his ability to block in the run.

DT Roosevelt Holliday, Eastern Illinois — Athletic small school prospect who has fluid hips and can change direction easily and can get down the line of scrimmage or outside the box to pursue the play.  Good first step but can get stuck on blocks at times.  Holliday was a productive three season starter for Eastern and he got better year by year.  Could have the potential to play the three-technique but his athleticism seems to limit his potential.

DT Jake McDonough, Iowa State — McDonough can play the one-technique and is known for active hands and his ability to fend off blockers in the interior of the line.  McDonough has some decent quickness of the snap and has the leverage to push back blockers and use his long arms to deflect passes.  McDonough seems to have a knack at disrupting plays in the backfield and swatting passes and has the ability to be a good rotational lineman in the NFL.

FS Rontez Miles, California University of Pennsylvania — Considered by many a priority free agent, Miles played at a small school but based on his Pro Day was discussed as a potential third day pick.  Miles grew up in a tough town and was recruited by many big schools, but decided to enroll at Kent State so that he could play with his step-brother Vondre Griffin. In Miles’ first season at Kent State, Griffin was dismissed from the program after allegations of possession of marijuana and driving without a license. He was eventually cleared of the charges, but Miles decided to leave the program with Griffin no longer there. He spent the following year working in a warehouse while taking classes at a community college, before enrolling at California University of PA.  Miles has the right size and strength to play in the NFL and he is regarded as a fluid athlete who can has solid range and the ability to make plays at all levels of the field.  Known to play with a linebacker mentality, he’s an aggressive downhill attacker, with plus closing speed and the eagerness to thump a ballcarrier at every opportunity.  He’s not a great man-coverage player but played the one-high spot in college regularly and so could fit in a Ryan scheme.

DT Spencer Nealy, Texas A&M — Nealy was regarded as a playmaker on the A&M defense as a DE turned into a DT who made a name for himself in 2012.  Nealy is not the biggest man to play his spot and to continue to do so in the NFL he will need to hit the weight room and conditioning program hard but he’s known for a very high motor.  Nealy is a raw prospect and needs time to hone his game but he could be a contributor in the NFL if he finds the right team with a practice squad spot and some patience.

TE Chris Pantale, Boston College — The Eagles’ starting tight end didn’t accumulate staggering production throughout his career but the combination of his abilities as well as the offense he played in made it hard for him to accumulate significant stats.  Pantale might be a serviceable pass catcher in the NFL, but while he might have the right mentality to block, the results will need to be better to compete for a spot with the Jets.

OG Mark Popek, South Florida — Popek has the physical skills to play in the NFL, but must become a better technician and become more consistent to make a long career in the NFL.

WR Zach Rogers, Tennessee — Zach Rogers was probably the most dependable receiving option at Tennessee because of his consistent hands, but he doesn’t seem to have a second gear, which could be problematic in the NFL.  Rogers needs to run better routes and accelerate better out of breaks as well as add significant bulk to muscle cornerbacks in the NFL.

TE Mike Shanahan, Pittsburgh — Shanahan was one of Pitt’s best wideouts and has a combination of size, strength and hands.  He is known for good route-running and would fit as a  traditional possession receiver in the NFL.  Shanahan, positions himself against defenders, high-points passes and catches the ball cleanly with his hands.

WR Ryan Spadola, Lehigh —  Spadola was second in Lehigh history in career receiving yardage and receptions and he caught 57 passes for 851 yards and four touchdowns during a senior season that was hampered by a bout with mononucleosis. Spadola’s junior campaign, set single-season Patriot League record with 1,614 receiving yards, and had 11 touchdowns on 96 catches.

WR K.J. Stroud, Bethune-Cookman — 6’3″ and 205 pounds played for two seasons with Bethune Cookman after transferring from Rutgers where he spent the 2009 and 2010 campaigns.

WR Antavious Wilson, Marshall — Consistent receiver who’s shown flashes of brilliance the past four years. Runs sharp routes, separates from defenders, and easily adjusts the pass to make receptions in stride. Comes back to the ball out of breaks, uses his frame to shield away defenders, and consistently extends to grab the pass from the air. Keeps the play in bounds running after receptions. Displays a burst of speed and plays faster than his 40 time.  Wilson can lose out in physical battles and does not consistently stay focused on the pass.  Overall, Wilson is a smooth receiver with the pass-catching skills necessary to play the next level. He projects as a fifth receiver but must improve the little things to make it out of camp this summer.