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The Jets today announced that they had signed seven undrafted free agents, so let's take a look into what each of them brings to the table...
FB Dimitri Flowers
Flowers is by far the highest-profile undrafted free agent the Jets have brought in. Any Jets fans who overdosed on Baker Mayfield highlights in the run-up to the draft will know the name as he caught 26 passes and scored nine total touchdowns at Oklahoma in 2017. Flowers was rated as a late-rounder and the best fullback in the draft by many experts, but San Diego State's Nick Bawden was the only one selected (seventh round).
Flowers is not a conventional blocking back like Bawden by any means. In fact, he played more snaps as a tight end last year. However, he does have some blocking abilities to go along with his route running and his contributions as a short-yardage back.
Full back is one spot where a role could be available.
OL Austin Golson
Other than Flowers, Golson was the only undrafted free agent signing that made it onto CBS Sports' prospect list, on which he was ranked 307th out of 378 players. Golson's best attribute might be his versatility.
He started games at all five offensive line positions last year, albeit that his one start at right guard came in the East West Shrine Game. In 2015, Golson played center, and in 2016, he started off at left tackle before moving back to center again.
Other than Braden Smith - the 37th overall pick - Golson was easily Auburn's most effective pass blocker last year, as he didn't surrender a sack until the SEC Championship Game. He needs to improve his run blocking, but posted above-average workout numbers across the board at his pro day, so he hopefully has the tools to do so.
DL Lord Hyeamang
Hyeamang first drew interest by running a sub-4.8 40-yard dash at 286 pounds when he participated in Fordham's pro day in March. He also posted a 33-inch vertical jump and 28 bench press reps.
If he stays at that weight, Hyeamang will probably be a defensive end, but he could perhaps be asked to add weight for a move inside.
He's an Ivy Leaguer from Columbia, so the Jets can also expect Hyeamang to be smart, but he's most likely to be a developmental project after having posted modest statistics in college. Hyeamang is a former wrestler, which often translates to good hand placement techniques and leverage in the trenches.
CB Reggie Hall
Hall was billed as a 6-foot-3 cornerback at Jacksonville State, but actually measured in at less than 6-foot-1 at his pro day where he only posted average workout numbers.
However, the Jets were obviously impressed with him to bring him aboard.
Hall barely played in 2017 due to an ankle injury, but still recorded two interceptions in three games. He had just one year as a starter, intercepting two more passes, one of which he returned for a touchdown. He also saw action as a kick returner.
DL Mychealon Thomas
Thomas is a 320-pounder who did a productive job as a run stuffer last season in a full-time role. The junior college transfer hadn't played much in 2016. His film shows a player who can hold up well at the point of attack and penetrate into the backfield, and he seems to have a good motor.
It's common for NFL teams to load up on young defensive linemen and give them a lot of reps in preseason, so this could be a great opportunity for both Thomas and Hyeamang if they can remain healthy. Thomas has the advantage of having played at a higher level with Texas Tech for the past few years.
OL Dakoda Shepley
Shepley went to college in Canada, and was actually drafted fifth overall in the CFL draft yesterday. He was a four-year starter at British Columbia, playing two years at guard and two at tackle.
Shepley performed well at the CFL's national combine, but he really stood out when invited to Eastern Michigan's pro day, where he posted several numbers that would have ranked in the top ten for offensive linemen at the NFL combine, including a 5.05 40-yard dash and 31 bench press reps.
OL Darius James
While James only played one position - right tackle - last year, he brings some of the same kind of versatility as his former teammate Golson. After transferring from Texas, he started several games at left tackle in 2016. He also saw time at guard while at Texas and was a center coming out of high school.
Unlike Golson, James' best attribute is his run blocking and although he held up quite well in pass protection, many draft experts project him to fit better at guard at the pro level. He displayed good size and strength at his pro day, but he seems to lack natural athleticism.