5 Undrafted New York Jets Players Who Could Prove to Be Gems
The New York Jets' roster heading into the 2013 season is a shell of the team that reached the AFC Championship Game in back-to-back seasons in 2009 and 2010.
Even with a solid draft, the Jets have major question marks at quarterback, wide receiver, tight end, guard, linebacker and safety.
Despite the lack of overall talent on the depth chart, John Idzik and the front office managed to bring in several undrafted free agents who could be solid contributors in the near-future and beyond.
Here are five 2013 undrafted New York Jets who could prove to be gems.
Making the team as a cornerback may be the most difficult thing to do for a player seeking a roster spot with the Jets.
However, Mike Edwards possesses the talent and drive to do so.
Edwards lacks traditional size (5'9'', 189 lbs), but he makes up for it with lightning speed (4.50 40-time) and killer ball skills.
The Hawaii product can also make an impact as a return man and a slot receiver/Wildcat running back.
Edwards' ability to be a factor in multiple schemes and units should give him a chance to make the roster and be a contributor throughout the season.
One of New York's biggest mistakes this season was letting both their starting safeties from last season, LaRon Landry and Yeremiah Bell, walk.
The Jets haven't done much to replace the pair, just signing LaRon's brother, Dawan.
New York's concerns at safety could give Rontez Miles the opportunity to make the roster—and maybe even make an impact—this season.
Despite his character concerns, Miles may be the Jets' most talented undrafted player.
Miles possesses a solid combination of size (6'0'', 203 lbs) and 40-time (4.59).
The California (PA) product is also strong in both man- and zone-coverage schemes, and his ball skills are above-average.
If any undrafted rookie makes an impact, expect it to be Miles.
However, Rogers possesses enough upside to make a decent impact with the Jets, this season and beyond.
The Tennessee native has good-enough size (6'0'', 182 lbs) and speed (4.47 40-time) to sneak into opposing secondaries, and his hands are top-notch.
The Jets are a mess at wide receiver, as injuries and inconsistencies have doomed the unit in recent years.
If New York is struck by the injury bug again this season, Rogers could get his chance.
Tight end is, perhaps, the Jets' biggest weakness heading into the 2013 season.
Dustin Keller is long gone, and Jeff Cumberland and Hayden Smith are still largely unproven commodities.
Mike Shanahan could have a sizable impact early on because of this uncertainty.
Even though Shanahan played wide receiver in college, he is projected to be a tight end at the pro level because of his size (6'4'', 241 lbs) and lack of speed (4.72 40-time).
The position switch may stunt Shanahan's development, as he may need time to adjust to his new blocking role.
However, Shanahan is a beast in the game passing game. This past season, as a senior at Pittsburgh, he recorded 62 catches, 983 yards and six touchdowns.
Don't be surprised if you see Shanahan's name in the stat column at some point this year.
Chris Pantale is another undrafted free agent who may benefit significantly from New York's uncertainty at tight end.
Unlike Shanahan, though, Pantale played tight end during his collegiate days.
Despite subpar stats in his final season at Boston College (21 catches, 189 yards and two touchdowns), Pantale has the tools to be a legitimate offensive threat for Rex Ryan and Co.
Pantale possesses good size (6'5'', 254 lbs) and athleticism, along with solid hands.
Although he, too, often struggles in the blocking department, Pantale boasts just as much upside as Shanahan, if not more.