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Jets Sign DB John Ojo

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The New York Jets have signed free agent defensive back John Ojo.  Ojo is a 27 year old defensive back who was originally brought in for a tryout with the Seattle Seahawks in 2014 as an undrafted free agent out of Florida A&M. After his NFL tryout did not pan out Ojo headed north to the CFL where he signed with the Edmonton Eskimos in 2014. Ojo went on to become a CFL All Star in 2015, helping the Eskimos to a Grey Cup championship. In that 2015 season Ojo had 49 tackles and five interceptions. After Ojo's breakthrough 2015 season he had the misfortune of tearing his achilles tendon and missed the entire 2016 season.

Ojo is being reported as a cornerback signing for the Jets, but he may profile better as a free safety, the position he played in college. Ojo is long, lean and rangy at 6' 3", 205 pounds, and he has freakishly long arms at 35 3/8".  If Ojo had been at the NFL combine in 2017 he would have had the longest arms of any defensive back. The large majority of defensive backs had arms a full two inches and more shorter than Ojo's arms. In fact Ojo's arms are so long that all but a handful of linemen at the combine had shorter arms than Ojo. Ojo also boasts impressive hops. His 41 inch vertical leap would have bested every defensive back other than Obi Melifonwu at the 2017 NFL combine by more than 3 inches.

At 27 years old Ojo is no long term project. He is probably just a camp body. But with his freakish measurables he is worth a shot to see if there is enough there for the Jets to turn him into a useful NFL player.