There is no doubt that a player's pedigree and former draft status play into the politics of crafting a 53-man roster, but any team's ultimate goal is to field the roster with the best possible group of players. After all, such menial details like a player's former draft status will be long forgotten when the results come in on Sunday afternoons.
If the New York Jets are truly in the business of winning this year, they should not rule out a single player from having a chance to make the roster, regardless of if or when he was drafted. Many of these players will be easy to overlook, but if they play up to their potential in training camp, they could make a strong case to beat the odds and earn an NFL paycheck this year.
Here are some dark-horse candidates to make the Jets' final 53-man roster this year.