UDFA Spotlight: Hamilcar Rashed

Dan Essien profiles UDFA EDGE Hamilcar Rashed Jr. from Oregon State.

The Jets signed EDGE Hamilcar Rashed in undrafted free agency following the 2021 NFL Draft. Rashed joins a completely revamped position group under new head coach Robert Saleh, as the Jets attempt to revive a long-time weak spot with their pass rush.

The Jets added Hamilcar Rashed from Oregon State as a UDFA to their EDGE renaissance. Rashed was a three year starter with the Beavers. In his breakout season with Oregon State, as a Junior, Rashed broke the single season records in both sacks with 14 and tackles for loss with 22.5. He received AP First Team All Pac-12 honors and pre-season All American honors going into his senior year.

Rashed lost a bit of momentum from his senior year through the draft process. He had an unimpressive 2020 season for Oregon State, failing to replicate the kind of production he had the previous season or putting much good on tape. His draft process also didn’t go as well as it could have. While he did display that he’s an explosive athlete, he tested and measured below standards in some important positional metrics (3-cone, general size, etc.):

So while agility is a big concern for an EDGE prospect, Rashed’s best NFL fit was notably at 3-4 OLB. The Jets are done with the 3-4, so expect Rashed to have to make his bread as a situational pass rusher and special teams player. His positional camp competition will likely be with Jabari Zuniga and Bryce Huff who will be battling for spots behind Carl Lawson on the depth chart and as situational pass rushers as well.

Here’s Rashed at his best in 2019: