Joe Caporoso looked at the New York Jets 2015 draft class here, but this article will take a look at the six undrafted free agents that Dalbin Osorio think will make the New York Jets 53 man roster or practice squad. Johnny Regina, Seth Plaut, and Joe Malfa will provide more detailed breakdowns over the next couple of weeks. Let’s jump right into it in this week’s edition of #PickSix…
1. Michigan State ILB Taiwan Jones
Who? A 5th round prospect in the mold of former Jet ILB Bart Scott and former Patriots ILB Brandon Spikes. Jones could be the heir apparent to David Harris. Jones is a thumper and at 6’3″ and 245 pounds, has prototypical ILB size for a 3-4 defense. Jones has good closing speed and a strong base that makes it easy for him to shed his blockers. He will provide special teams value potentially this year and get to learn behind Harris.
Who? Saxton ran the second fastest 40 for tight ends at the combine, and there was some talk about him going as high as round four. After catching 50 passes as a junior, he only caught 20 as a senior. He has a 36 inch vertical and an almost 12 foot broad jump. At 6’4″ and 235 pounds, he has the potential to be a weapon in the red zone.
“Move’ TE who has speed to stretch field. Limited blocker but could be dangerous receiver.”-@Dan_Hope
3. Syracuse Safety Durell Eskridge
Who? Eskridge was another day three prospect that some predicted to go in between rounds 4 and 6. Eskridge is a true free safety and this will give him an opportunity in the Jets defense behind the newly-signed Marcus Gilchrist. He has very good lateral movement for a safety his size and is able to change direction with ease. Eskridge has good acceleration and is a tough kid who overcame a tough upbringing.
4. Tennessee DE Jordan Williams
“Eskridge shows hot/cold breakdown skills in space against the run and although he flashes anticipation vs. the pass, it’s not there consistently – too reactive trying to clean up the mess when he could have prevented it in the first place. There isn’t much about his game to get excited about, but he might be able to carve out a NFL career on special teams while his instincts continue to develop.”- @dpbrugler
Who? Williams is an edge rusher who has experience playing both defensive tackle and defensive end. He ran a 4.98 forty and is a little undersized compared to the rest of the Jets defensive linemen but he is a good edge rusher. His ceiling is that of a rotational pass rusher and special teamer.
5. North Texas OT Antonio Johnson
Who?: On a team that had such porous offensive line play last year, Jets fans seem to believe that this unit is better than what they really are. It is Nick Mangold and 4 average to below average players. James Carpenter is penciled in as a starter at one of the guard spots and the Jets will have the most open competition possible to determine who starts at the other guard position. However, Breno Giacomini was underwhelming last year and the Jets will not be successful this year if he struggles heavily. Antonio Johnson has a chance to seize an opportunity long term here. Johnson is a big man who does have issues with his footwork and could use some seasoning, but is skilled against both speed and power rushers.
6. Miami QB Jake Heaps
Who?: The former number one high school quarterback in the country, Heaps comes to the Jets by way of the University of Miami. However, before joining The U he went to Kansas State and had a horrible campaign there after transferring from BYU. Heaps lacks prototypical size, but he is accurate with the ball and is decisive with his throws. He is better suited for a West Coast offense, as he is better on short to intermediate routes but he has to get better at throwing the deep ball. He actually reminds me a little bit of Alex Smith, and he could offer more upside than Matt Simms.