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2019 NFL Draft: Seven UDFA Players The Jets Should Look At

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The talent doesn’t end when the last pick of the draft is chosen

2018 NFL Draft Photo by Tim Warner/Getty Images

Now that the 2019 NFL draft is over NFL front offices will be hard at work calling the players with some talent who were not selected in the NFL draft. In some cases it is a blessing not to be picked. Rather than being selected with a 7th round pick the players who are more sought after can choose their destination and even the bonus money they receive. Later round picks (6th & 7th & UDFAs) get the same money anyway and only the signing bonus is different

Undrafted Free Agent Salaries

$5,000 (Average Signing Bonus)

2019 Rookie Minimum Salary: $495,000

So weekly pay if on 53 man roster: $29,117.64

2019 Practice Squad Weekly Pay: $8,000.00 ($136,000 if on all 17 weeks)

Players that are drafted sign 4 year contracts

Players that are not drafted sign 3 year contracts

So an undrafted contract done in 2019 , 3 years with no signing bonus, would be 3 years $1,755,000 (nothing guaranteed)

Base Salaries:

2019: $495,000

2020: $585,000

2021: $675,000

Training Camp/Pre-Season Pay: $1,150.00

Off-Season Pay (OTA’s/Mini Camp): $235 per workout – 3 to 4 per week depending

Teams can spend up to $75,000 on UDFA bonuses with a max bonus of $20,000 to any one player.

Some of the players that may interest the New York Jets

Tanner Farmer Nebraska 6’ 4” 315 lbs OG/OC #63

Here he is at center against Colorado where he gets a hold of his man and wrestles him out of the way. He is very strong and has a great grip.

Farmer put on a show at his pro day (he wasn’t invited to the NFL Combine) where he put up 39 reps on the Bench press, which would have tied him for 1st at the Combine. His 32 1/2” Vertical would have been 7th best among the linemen and his 118” Broad jump would have tied for #1 in the linemen’s group.

The bad about Farmer: He is a phone booth player with not a lot of lateral agility or short area quickness. He is a dancing bear who doesn’t dance real well plus he has very short arms (like Godzilla) 31 1/2” which is a bad thing for an offensive lineman.

Koran Crump 6’ 3” 215 lbs WLB Arizona State #4

Crump would be an excellent under the radar guy because he is healthy now after a knee injury. After leading the Sun Devils in sacks three years ago, Krump suffered a torn ACL in the third game of the 2017 season and never fully recovered. In 2018 Crump only played four games, mostly on special teams, before shutting things down to focus on the draft.

Crump ran a sub 4.5-second 40-yard dash at his pro day, though he was perhaps a bit lighter than desired at 215 pounds.

“I feel great,” Crump said. “During the season, I was still limping. I still felt a little pain. Right now, it’s healthy.”

Crump was much improved at his pro day, “I wasn’t happy with the way I was playing. I wasn’t happy with myself. For me to feel this good, perform the way I did today was great.”

Crump is a baller who will need to regain some weight, but he was a destructive force before his knee injury. He had 13 sacks and 15 TFL in the 14 games he played before the injury. If he is back to full health, and a sub 4.5/40 would attest to that, he is a must sign for a team with pass rush woes like the Jets. He can do other things too, he had 50 other tackles in those 14 games so it was not like he just came off the edge every play.

Jordan Kunaszyk 6’ 3” 235 lbs ILB Cal #59

Kunaszyk joined an undermanned University of California team in 2016 as a part time player and began to show the tenacity and grit it takes to play as an inside linebacker. He had 51 tackles in 2016, the most ever by a University of California player with fewer than 5 starts. In a game against the University of Oregon that went to double overtime, Kunaszyk made a game sealing interception to give the California Bears a 52-49 victory.

An injury in 2017 limited him to eight games but he still averaged more than 11 tackles a game. Kunaszyk became the first defensive player in University of California history to win the Walter Camp defensive player of the week honors. He was also the PAC-12 defensive player of the week in the 37-3 dismantling of previously unbeaten #8 University of Washington State, a team that came in averaging 39.7 points a game. Kunaszyk had 11 tackles, three sacks, three tackles for loss, one forced fumble and one interception in the game.

This kid has the type of tenacity and character the Jets need on their team. He has technical skills and a deep love for the game. He might be overlooked in the draft because he isn’t a splashy player who self promotes and he comes from a western school that is not one of the elite college programs. He is a team first, unselfish player who will know his defensive scheme inside and out in a short period of time. He could serve as a backup inside linebacker as he develops his first year or two while being a demon on special teams, but he will always be ready to step into the fray at a moment’s notice.

Koa Farmer 6’ 1” 230 lbs WLB Penn State #7

Farmer was a big piece of the Nittany Lions’ linebacker corps this season, registering 52 tackles in 12 appearances. He began his collegiate career as a safety and kick returner before making the transition to linebacker ahead of the 2017 season.

He has only two years at LB and is still in a development stage of his career. He played three years at Penn State on defense with 128 tackles 13 TFL and 4 sacks.

He really showed his athletic ability at his pro day with a 4.48/40 25 reps on the bench a 37” vert and a 124” broad jump. He would be a demon on special teams as he develops his skills as a weak side LB .

DeAndre Thompkins 5’ 11” 188 lbs WR Penn State #3

Thompkins played 45 games at Penn State with 83 receptions for 1,245 yards and 6 TDs. He was a workhorse on the punt team returning 66 punts for 675 yards and 2 TDs.

He has 4.33/40 speed and brings a return specialist and deep threat receiver skill set. As he develops he can be a WR who takes the top off a defense. He could sprinkle in the occasional big play and be the punt returner the team lacks. If he fails to make the team he can be a valuable asset on the practice squad who could be used in case of injury.

Jon Hillman 6’ 0” 200 lbs RB Rutgers/Boston College #23

Hillman played 3 years at Boston College before transferring to Rutgers as a graduate student He has 485 carries in his career for over 1,700 yards and 19 TDs. He also has 40 receptions for 282 yards and 2 TDs.

He is a dependable back who is a team leader and rarely fumbles. He is an excellent athlete with 4.44/40 speed and did 20 bench reps at his pro day. He could be a valuable resource as a practice squad member. Once he learns our playbook he would be dependable inexpensive depth in case of injury.

Brian Wallace 6’ 5” 326 lbs OT/OG Arkansas #60

Wallace is an under developed right tackle prospect who may be better if he slides inside to play guard. He has great size with impressive length (35 1/2” arms) and 10 1/2” hands. Here he is pass blocking on the play, he is #60.

We could bring him into our camp and maybe after a year on the practice squad he could pan out into a decent rotational lineman with tackle/guard versatility. If not we could cut him loose and do the same thing with another line prospect. He has the size needed but lacks some strength and technical skill.