Dalton Freeman An Unlikely Candidate At Guard

The Star-Ledger-USA TODAY Sports

During this weeks OTA's it was revealed that 2013 undrafted centre Dalton Freeman was seeing time at guard.

With Willie Colon still recuperating from his injury, the Jets needed some bodies at guard during OTA's this week. They decided to push Oday Aboushi inside and it has recently been revealed that they also gave Dalton Freeman reps at the guard position.

Many of you will remember the name Dalton Freeman. He was an undrafted centre out of Clemson last season. He was having a very strong camp with the coaches raving about his ability, unfortunately for him he suffered a high ankle sprain which ensured he spent the entirety of the season on the sidelines.

With the Jets possessing a very good centre in Nick Mangold, and having an obvious area of need at guard, it looks as though the Jets are trying to maximise Dalton's potential by giving him an opportunity to stick at guard. At the moment you would expect Brian Winters to start on the left and Willie Colon to start on the right. However Colon is now the wrong side of 30 and picking up injuries like baseball cards and Brian Winters suffered an up and down season as a rookie in 2013.

Now Freeman spent his entire career at Clemson at the centre position, regularly being listed as a finalist for the Rimington Award which is given to the best centre in college football. However having done some research, it seems he spent a 'considerable' amount of time working at the guard position during practise as well, he also dabbled at tackle and as a long snapper.

Now it's common for a lot of NFL teams to carry 9 offensive lineman once the season gets going, so versatility is key. I'm not saying he is going to stick, he was an undrafted player for a reason. However the coaching staff seemed to like him, he's back to full fitness now and he offers a lot of versatility. So I wouldn't be surprised to see him selected as one of the 9 offensive lineman.

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