It is often called the eighth round of the NFL draft. The signing of undrafted rookie free agents is a frenzy that can pay dividends throughout the NFL season. The majority of college prospects are not drafted, and every team fills up their roster with these undrafted players who are trying to stick in the NFL.
Countless success stories occur every year when an undrafted player finds a team and earns a spot on a roster. Head coach Rex Ryan and general manager John Idzik of the New York Jets are both in the spotlight this week as they attempt to fill the Jets roster with the best players possible.
The Jets have been aggressive this week, signing a boatload of players. With the reports coming out so frantically, many of them on Twitter, it can be difficult to be sure of the truth in some cases. It is possible that some of the players who have been reportedly signed by the Jets have only been offered tryout offers. Much of the information available is based on unofficial reports.
Based in part on the efforts of Brian Bassett at TheJetsBlog.com and in part on the Tweets of Jets insider and reporter for SNY Jake Steinberg (as well as some other reporters), I have assembled a list of the undrafted free agents who the Jets appear to have signed. All of the players on this list have signed with the Jets, either unofficially or officially. In several cases, the players confirmed the transactions themselves via Twitter.
Given the track records of players and the needs of the Jets roster heading into 2013, I grade the value of each of these players in terms of the value they can bring as rookies.