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  • Non_Sequitur
    started a topic Jets' Undrafted Free Agents

    Jets' Undrafted Free Agents

    So Far:

    Kyle Steffes, RB, North Dakota State
    Has established himself as one of the top running backs in the Great West Football Conference ... Recorded back-to-back 1,000-yard seasons and has logged at least 100 yards rushing in 12 of 29 career games ... Moved up to No. 7 on the NDSU all-time rush charts with 2,702 yards on 563 carries ... Averaging 4.8 yards per carry, and 93.2 yards and one TD per game during career ... Durable running back who had three 30-carry games as a junior ... Excellent speed to go with good size and power.
    Jessie Allen, FB, Virginia Tech
    Allen is an example of the belief that working hard at your craft brings success. The former walk-on spent his first two seasons at Tech trying to get on the field. His performance in the training room during his early years with the Hokies helped him develop into one of the most powerful blockers in the country at his position.

    Allen lettered four times as a running back and linebacker at Pathfinder Regional High School. He was a three-time All-League choice and two-time All-Western selection, adding team Most Valuable Player honors as a junior and senior. He set a school record with 2,316 yards rushing, adding 23 touchdowns on the ground and two more receiving as a senior.

    Allen also posted 180 tackles, nine sacks and four interceptions from his linebacker spot that year. He ran for 301 yards and five touchdowns in the Dean Tech contest. He finished his career with over 3,700 yards rushing and 42 career touchdowns and had his number retired. He also scored a touchdown in the state all-star game.

    Allen enrolled at Virginia Tech in 2002, joining the team as a walk-on. His 351-pound hang clean was the second-best on the team during fall testing, earning Super Iron Hokie honors during spring testing. He stood on the sidelines throughout the 2003 season, despite setting a position record in the power clean with a lift of 361 pounds, the fourth-best figure on the Hokies' all-time list.

    Allen was finally awarded a scholarship in 2004. He saw his first varsity action, starting 2 of 10 games, but managed only four yards on two carries and 24 yards on three catches (8.0-yard average) with a touchdown. He was used mostly for blocking purposes in 2005, starting 4 of 13 contests. Allen finished with 15 yards on three receptions (5.0 avg).

    Allen saw his most extensive action as a senior. He started 6 of 12 games, rushing three times for three yards while catching four passes for 47 yards (11.8-yard average) while appearing in 158 plays. In 35 games at Virginia Tech, Allen started 12 games. He gained seven yards on five carries (1.4 avg) and caught 10 passes for 86 yards (8.6 avg) with a pair of touchdowns.
    Positives: Has a well-built frame with a thick chest, broad shoulders, tight waist and abdomen, muscular arms, good bubble and thick thighs and calves...Physical downhill runner and blocker with excellent upper-body strength and leg drive...Runs with a normal stride and builds to top acceleration nicely...Heady lead blocker who knows how to keep his pads down and drive with his legs to keep the rush lanes clear...Tireless worker in the weight room who prides himself on his blue-collar work ethic...Attacks the rush lanes with a vengeance, showing good power to keep holes clear...Does a good job of making reach blocks on the edge and uses his hand punch with force to shock and jolt...Knows when to generate the short-area burst through the hole and will also try to wham the defenders out of the way to clear space for his tailback...Has the short-area quickness to dig the middle linebacker out of the rush lane and shows good leg drive off the snap...Shows decent quickness through the hole and excellent power to blow defenders up as a blocker...Has limited moves to avoid the defender, but somehow manages to slip through trash to get out in the flats as a safety valve...Demonstrates very good power to hit the hole with authority and move the pile...Shows good leg drive to push the middle linebacker out of the rush lanes...Very conscious of ball security in limited touches of the ball...Holds the ball tight to his chest to prevent defenders from attacking his arms...Engages the defender with good force and urgency when operating between the tackles.

    Negatives: Good straight-line runner, but has hip stiffness that is evident when he tries to change direction...Has good balance heading up the holes, but needs to show better body control redirecting or working in space...Lacks the timed speed or balance to be much of a threat carrying the ball...When he bends at the waist working in space, he will lose balance and fall off his blocks...Tends to get a bit erect in his stance when carrying the ball, lacking the body lean to fall forward for additional yardage after contact...Can move the pile as a lead blocker, but has only adequate vision when running with the pigskin in his hands...Has good speed for a fullback, but is better served as a lead blocker between the tackles than when working along the edges...Shows little in-line slide-and-adjust agility and lacks the flashy moves or sudden quickness to avoid...Needs to take better angles when attempting to break down and make hits in space.

    Compares To...DAN KREIDER, Pittsburgh Steelers (New Hampshire)...Allen and Kreider can make a nice living because of their lead-blocking ability. Allen has had minimal chances to touch the ball and lacks elusiveness to be a ball carrier, but his ability to push the middle linebacker out of the running lane is a job that he does well.
    Mark Zalewski, LB, Wisconsin
    A three-year starter, Zalewski proudly served as a mentor and leader on the field for the Badgers' young defense in 2006. The former strong-side outside linebacker was a team captain ever since moving to the middle linebacker position as a junior.

    With Zalewski as the on-field leader, the 2006 Wisconsin defense drastically improved from the previous season. The Badgers allowed 253.08 yards per game, fifth-best in the country, including an average of just just 138.31 passing yards (second nationally). The Badgers were also second nationally in allowing just 12.08 points per game. That's a big improvement after the team allowed 417.4 yards per game, including an average of 249.8 yards passing, and gave up 38 touchdowns in 2005.

    Zalewski was a Prep Star All-American selection as a senior at Wausau East High School. He added All-Midwest honors from Super Prep and Prep Football Report, was a first-team All-State choice and Defensive Player of the Year in the Wisconsin Valley Conference during his final year and served as team captain, adding squad MVP accolades.

    The National Honor Society member recorded 374 tackles with 17 stops behind the line of scrimmage during his career as a linebacker. He also gained 1,273 yards with 24 touchdowns rushing. As a senior, he collected 119 tackles (eight for losses) and rushed for 853 yards, including 17 touchdowns. He graduated with a 3.4 grade point average and scored 1,220 on his SATs.

    Zalewski redshirted as a true freshman at Wisconsin in 2002, competing on the scout team as an inside linebacker. He saw action in 12 games as a reserve linebacker and special teams performer in 2003, finishing with eight tackles (four solos). Four of those hits came on the kickoff coverage unit.

    Zalewski took over strong-side outside linebacker duties in 2004. He ranked fifth on the team with 55 tackles (33 solos), adding 3.5 sacks and 12.5 stops behind the line of scrimmage. He registered two quarterback pressures with a safety, deflected a pair of passes and recovered a fumble.

    Zalewski shifted to middle linebacker in 2005, starting 12 games. He missed most of the Purdue contest and the entire Illinois game with a groin injury, but still managed to rank third on the team with 83 tackles (41 solos). He produced 2.5 sacks, 12.5 stops for losses and three pressures. He also recovered a fumble and deflected three passes.

    With the tremendous success that the Badgers' defense had in 2006, Zalewski led the team and ranked 11th in the Big Ten with an average of 6.92 tackles per game (90 total, 55 solo). Zalewski added two sacks and five stops behind the line of scrimmage. He intercepted two passes and batted away four others.

    In 49 games at Wisconsin, Zalewski started 38 times. He recorded 236 tackles (133 solos) with nine sacks for minus-50 yards and 32 stops for losses of 106 yards. He collected six quarterback pressures and recovered two fumbles while also recording one safety. He gained four yards on two interception returns and deflected nine passes. He also made seven tackles on special teams.
    Positives: Has a well-built, compact frame with good chest and arm thickness, tight abdomen, thick thighs and calves...Has a bone structure that will allow him to carry at least another 15 pounds of bulk...Shows good straight-line speed, keeping his pads low to fire off the snap and gain advantage in attempts to push back the lead blocker...Quick to react to keys and is not the type who will get out of control and outrun plays... Makes good field adjustments and flows to the play well and makes proper calls and reads when attacking over the center and shows good urgency to close on the ball...Plays until the whistle and you will never see him throttle down when not involved in the play...Studies film, works hard in practice and is a self-starter in the training room...Takes better angles when closing and is much quicker watching the play develop...Has good instincts to close on the ball, especially on outside plays...Showed in 2006 that he is more than capable of seeing offensive guards and counter plays well...Has very good lower body power to drive back the runner's body lean...Lacks the bulk to hold up vs. combo blocks, but is very slippery in attempts to escape...Reads the flow of the ball well and is very productive when he keeps plays in front of him...Gets a good jump on the ball because of his instincts and his pure speed allows him to make plays along the perimeter (has better vision working outside)...Is effective using those hands to press and reroute tight ends and backs in the short-area passing game...Developed better leg strength and hand punch, driving hard into the ball carriers while wrapping and securing...Is an above average tackler working in space than at the line of scrimmage, as he takes good angles to close...Slippery through a crowd and stays low in his pads to clog up the inside rush lanes. He has the speed to close and string out plays...Effective breaking down and covering plays in the short-area zone rather than when asked to turn and run with his man...Has a good burst to close on the quarterback during limited opportunities to pressure.

    Negatives: Has shorter than ideal arms, but generates a powerful hand punch to shock and jolt offensive linemen...Is a little tight in his hips when trying to turn and recover vs. the cutback runs, but explodes behind his tackles and makes up for that hip tightness with above average quickness...Because of size limitations, he sometimes gets caught up in the pile, but is quick to close once he locates the ball...When he guesses, he will get caught in the flow of traffic, but because of his quickness, he is able to compensate...Will sometimes take a few false steps when changing direction, but has the closing speed to compensate...Does not have the long hand reach to separate and shed and must keep his shoulders square and come up with his hands quickly in order to shock and jolt...Will hit and wrap with good pop, showing good form when tackling, but with more bulk he could be even more effective tackling in-line and hitting through the holes...Little stiff in his pass drops (hips), but shows decent zone awareness to keep plays in front of him...Quick to react to the receiver coming out of the backfield and does a nice job of reading fakes, but his slow turn out of his breaks posses some problems in man coverage on long routes...Needs to open his hips quicker in his pass drops, especially when setting up in the zone.

    Compares To: JAMES DARLING-Arizona-Zalewski has a low center of gravity and very good closing speed. He has the experience to play inside in a 4-3 alignment, but his ability to string plays wide could see him more capable playing out on the strong side in a 3-4 defense.

  • derza222
    Peters is going to be awesome for us. I really think we should give a guy like Duckworth, or some small school guard with tools, a look. We could really use some help there. Ball deserves a chance somewhere, he'd be a solid pickup as well.

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  • Vilma the Animal
    Originally posted by D-Unit View Post
    CONGRATULATIONS! Leonard Peters is the second coming of Rich Miano.
    Haha, I remember you (or someone else) posted his highlight video a while back and it was sweet. So I'm glad we got Peters.

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  • D-Unit
    CONGRATULATIONS! Leonard Peters is the second coming of Rich Miano.

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  • hcbrad08
    I like the pick up of Jessie Allen, (I think he will legitimately compete) I like Zalewski who I've seen play he's pretty good and can play inside and outsidem I also like Peters from Hawaii and Devito from Maine (he's a typcal DE in a 3-4 6'3'' 305 pounds 5.00 40 I think he'll contribute as well.

    How big is Steffes?
    Does anyone think we should pick up any of the following guys?
    Tim Duckworth OG
    Tony Taylor LB
    Chase Johnson OL
    Melvin Bullitt (I like him for the Jets) S
    Dave Ball WR
    Jon Abbate LB

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  • gang_green03
    Kyle Steffes, RB, North Dakota State

    Jessie Allen, FB, Virginia Tech

    Mark Zalewski, LB, Wisconsin

    Brett Ratliff, QB, Utah

    Leonard Peters, SS, Hawaii

    Kevin McCulloch, LB, Cincinnatti

    Mike DeVito, DT, Maine

    Matt King, DE, Maine

    Andrew Wicker, OL, Ole Miss

    Dominic Moran, OL, Western Michigan

    Really like Peters. He has serious durability concerns but if he stays healthy we're, at worst, getting a great special teams player.

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  • NDfootball
    Zalewski was a great pickup, didn't get much hype, but was a fantastic Big Ten player. He has pretty good size too and ran a 4.65 in the 40, so there are definately some tools to work with. I would be surprised if he didn't make the team, and should contribute well on special teams this year.

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