New York Jets UDFA Profile – Dalton Freeman C

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Connor Rogers continues our series of breaking down the New York Jets UDFAs with a look at Clemson center Dalton Freeman. Check out the rest of the series here and give Connor a follow on Twitter.

Name: Dalton Freeman

College: Clemson

Size: 6-5 / 285

Position: Center

College Career: A four year starter at center for the Clemson Tigers, Freeman became a leader on their offensive line. Freeman was a Remington Trophy Finalist which is awarded to the best center in college football each season. A first team All-ACC selection his senior year, Freeman set the school record for 1,044 snaps played.

Scouting Report: Freeman contains all the intangibles scouts and coaches seek in an offensive lineman: intelligence, leadership, toughness, and durability. Players who start all four years throughout their collegiate career in the ACC don’t come around every day, leaving Freeman with an impressive resume. He possesses excellent footwork and short area quickness, definitely a game changer in the run blocking department. At times Freeman looks overpowered and outmatched against stronger defensive tackles, specifically in pass protection.

Where He Fits: Reports out of rookie mini camp and OTA’s are that Freeman has impressed Rex Ryan. Catching the head coaches eye is vital as a rookie, especially as a UDFA trying to make the team. Fortunately for Freeman, the Jets have experienced life without starting center Nick Mangold and it was not pretty. Keeping a durable, rock solid center on the roster for depth is certainly a possibility.

Final Say: Freeman certainly has a great shot to make the team or at worst the practice squad. The Jets need a reliable backup for Nick Mangold and if the kid keeps on impressing in camp, he’ll be a lock as depth for the offensive line.

Highlights: Here’s a Tajh Boyd highlight tape, focus on #55! Some great all around blocking.

  • Jeremiah Johnson

    I’m surprised this post didn’t mention Freeman’s experience as a long snapper. My understanding is that he handled those duties in college quite well.

    If he can show the ability to back up C, OG, & LS, I expect he will make the team & be given the opportunity to improve upon his weaknesses.