Assessing Every New York Jets UDFA's Chances of Making Final Roster

Ryan AlfieriCorrespondent IIIMay 21, 2014

Assessing Every New York Jets UDFA's Chances of Making Final Roster

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    Every undrafted free agent enters camp with the hope that he can come home with the ultimate prize: a spot on the final 53-man roster. If nothing else, he can at least find some temporary work on the practice squad to earn some quality cash and hone his skills. 

    The sad truth is, the vast majority of undrafted players are not even considered for roster spots. 

    In reality, most of the roster is already set. Only a few spots are available at the bottom of the depth chart, where play on special teams is at least as important as, if not more important than, a player's potential as a starter

    Competing with a massive draft class that consists of 12 picks, the New York Jets' UDFAs are going to have a particularly tough time earning a spot on the team. In fact, many of the Jets' late-round picks are going to have a tough time finding a role with so many other similarly talented players around them. 

    Here are the chances of every UDFA of making the roster.

Kerry Hyder, DT, Texas Tech

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    Regardless of how well he performs in training camp, there are two factors that will get in the way of Kerry Hyder having a realistic chance of making the team—the talent in front of him and his skill set. 

    As a two-down undersized run stuffer, Hyder is a dime a dozen in the NFL. Finding big bodies who can clog up running lanes is not nearly as difficult as finding penetrating defensive tackles who can provide interior pressure. 

    As gifted as he is with his hands, there is no way Hyder is going to beat out the likes of Damon Harrison or Kenrick Ellis for a spot on the roster. Hyder will be plenty occupied competing with backups Zach Thompson and T.J. Barnes, never mind the heavy hitters at the front of the depth chart. 

    There is always a chance that Hyder impresses enough to earn himself a spot on the practice squad, but the Jets simply have too much star power on the defensive line to make room for undrafted free agents. 

    Percentage chance: 5 percent

Steele Divitto, LB, Boston College

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    Like so many other undrafted free agents on the Jets, Steele Divitto will be fighting great odds having to compete against players at his position whom the Jets have invested a draft pick in. 

    Selecting Jeremiah George in the fifth round gives the Jets plenty of depth at inside linebacker behind David Harris and Demario Davis for the time being. 

    Not only will Divitto have to outperform the athletic George, but he will also face fierce competition from Nick Bellore, a trusted special teams ace, and Troy Davis, who turned some heads in training camp last year. 

    Divitto had a productive and durable career at Boston College (started every game of 2012 and 2013), but he had the opportunity to play with great players such as Luke Kuechly and Mark Herzlich. Now, he will have to prove that his production was a product of his own play, not of those around him—and that it will translate to the NFL.

    Percentage chance: 5 percent

Terrence Miller, WR/TE, Arizona

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    Without running a single route, Terrence Miller resembles an NFL starter more than any of the other undrafted free agents. At 6'4", 234 pounds, Miller is as much of a small tight end as he is a big wide receiver. 

    The good news for Miller is that the Jets are desperate for receiver talent. The bad news is that their desperation drove them to bring in a slew of players, putting several layers of competition in between Miller and a precious roster spot.

    However, if Miller is going to have a prayer of making the final 53, he will need to clean up his drop issues. Miller teased scouts with his size and catching radius, but mind-boggling lapses in concentration led to a rather disappointing senior season at Arizona

    Miller is actually listed as a tight end on the Jets' depth chart, according to OurLads.com, which adds a layer of intrigue to his chances of making the team. 

    If Miller can fix his hands and have a strong training camp, he should put up a fight against backup tight ends Zach Sudfeld and Chris Pantale. His upside makes him a more intriguing prospect than the other two, who already spent time with the Jets last season. 

    If nothing else, Miller's size alone may make him worth stashing on the practice squad for development.

    Percentage chance: 15 percent

Brent Qvale, OT, Nebraska

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    Brent Qvale is an interesting prospect in that he was never a full-blown starter at Nebraska for an extended period of time. Although he played in every game in 2013, he did not start until his teammates started to go down with injury. 

    Qvale had himself a solid senior year at left tackle, suggesting that his place on the Cornhuskers' depth chart is not indicative of his career as an NFL guard. 

    Qvale separates himself with his massive frame (6'7", 315 lbs), making him an ideal developmental project at guard. Qvale also played through his senior season as a graduate student, suggesting that he has more than enough mental capacity to pick up the Jets' system.

    Qvale will have plenty of competition in front of him for backup guard duties, but his size and versatility may deem him worthy of a spot on the practice squad.

    Percentage chance: 10 percent

Anthony Grady, DL, Missouri State

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    Coming out of a smaller program at Missouri State, Anthony Grady will compete with a large group of backup outside linebackers despite the fact that he played mostly defensive end in college. 

    At 6'6", 271 pounds, Grady is an ideal candidate to make such a conversion from a height-weight standpoint, but there will still be a learning curve for Grady to make the move to stand-up linebacker.

    The biggest factor working against Grady is the fact that the Jets spent two late draft picks on depth linebackers, IK Enemkpali and Trevor Reilly. With Calvin Pace back under contract, Antwan Barnes returning from an ACL injury and Garrett McIntyre already in place, there won't be much room for Grady no matter how well he plays. 

    The best chance for Grady to get on the 53-man roster is to impress enough to earn a spot on the practice squad, then wait on an injury to one of the other players at the position to get a chance.

    Percentage chance: 5 percent

Chad Young, FB, San Diego State

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    Because he does not play an overpopulated position, Chad Young has a better chance to win a job on the 53-man roster than any other undrafted free agent. 

    Presumably, Young will directly compete with the incumbent Tommy Bohanon for the starting fullback duties. No sane team would carry more than one fullback, so whoever wins the job will put the other in the unemployment line. The recent addition of Daryl Richardson makes it even more difficult for the team to squeeze in an extra fullback on the roster. 

    Bohanon did a serviceable job as the Jets' top fullback last year in his rookie season, contributing as a receiver, runner and blocker. Like Bohanon, Young is capable of contributing in a variety of ways, evidenced by his 22 carries for 115 yards and his 15 receptions for 70 yards in 2013. 

    The disadvantage for Young is that Bohanon is easier to trust both in Marty Mornhinweg's system and on special teams with a year of professional experience under his belt.

    The Jets are not necessarily looking to replace Bohanon, but if Young proves he is a better player, they won't hesitate to make a change. 

    Percentage chance: 30 percent

Zach Thompson, LB, Wake Forest

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    Wake Forest product Zach Thompson joins a crowded linebacker group, making it extremely difficult to stand out. 

    The Jets are going to have a hard enough time fitting in new draft picks Ik Enempkali and Trevor Reilly on the team, never mind finding another spot for either Thompson or fellow UDFA Steele Divitto.

    Thompson, however, does have a slight head start because of his (stretched) connection to general manager John Idzik. Idzik's son was a teammate of Thompson's at Wake Forest, giving the Jets just a bit more intel on Thompson as a player and a person. 

    Still, knowing the general manager's son is not enough to earn a valuable spot on the roster. Thompson will need to turn heads to convince the Jets to carry an extra inside linebacker, which certainly won't be easy. 

    Percentage chance: 5 percent