COMMENTARY | With the NFL draft fast approaching, the New York Jets' war room will surely be buzzing throughout draft weekend. But the real work begins post-draft, when the team's cadre of scouts really earn their paychecks.
Undrafted college free agents who help fill out an NFL team's rosters -- both active and practice squads -- can become diamonds in the rough. Over the last few years, the Jets have had some success finding these fringe players who, for whatever reason -- too small, too slow, too unknown -- fell through the cracks and never heard their names called onstage in Radio City Music Hall.
Here's a look at some of the Jets' most productive undrafted free agent signings over the last few years:
DT Mike DeVito. 2007
Stats: Six seasons, 82 games, 202 tackles.
Notes: Saw playing time at the end of his rookie season, with an increased role in later years, becoming a starter in 2010. Inked a three-year, $12.6 million deal with Kansas City this offseason.
OG Brandon Moore. 2002
Stats: Eight seasons, 93 games
Notes: After splitting his first two seasons on the practice squad and in NFL Europe, Moore became a fixture on the Jets' offensive line. Selected to his first NFL Pro Bowl after the 2011-2012 season, Moore is currently a free agent.
RB Danny Woodhead. 2008
Stats: Two seasons, 64 yards rushing, 87 yards receiving
Notes: Oh, what could have been, Jets fans. For three seasons, Woodhead bounced from injured reserve to the practice squad and, for a short time in 2009, the active roster. He was waived after Week 1 in 2010, only to be signed by division rival New England Patriots and become an integral part of their championship teams.
WR Wayne Chrebet. 1995
Stats: 11 seasons, 152 games, 580 receptions, 7,365 yards, 41 TDs
Notes: The gold standard for undrafted players in Jets' history. Coming out of Hofstra University, Chrebet became one of the most beloved players in franchise history for his grit, determination and work ethic. Over an 11-year career, all with the Jets, Chrebet pulled in 580 catches for over 7,000 yards, good for second and third all-time in franchise history.
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