The value of late round picks...
One of my pet peeves about Tanny was always about his total disregard for late round picks. I'm not talking about using picks to move up or to trade for vets but moreso moves like giving Rex his one pick, using a late rounder on Sanchez's buddy, dumb trades like Leon Washington AND a 6th rounder for a 5th.
Last year there was 500 UDFA picked up by NFL teams after the draft, that is about the number each and every year. One 7th round pick puts you at the head of this list. Each year after the draft we get our wish lists of guys that did not get drafted that we would like to take a flyer on but these guys control their own destiny and will go where they feel they have the best chance to make a team or for financial considerations.
The Jets have UDFA in the system such as:
Some prospects, some roster filler, some quality vets.
I haven't even listed some of the good 6th and 7th round players in the league. If you look at some of the top teams in this league many of them have had a lot of picks over the years. Do a lot of them not pan out and get cut? Yes. But a lot of gems have been found as well.
My point behind this long winded post is that people should never take these late round picks for granted and treat them like throwaways or garbage.
The Jets have mismanaged these picks for yrs
These are the picks where you should be taking chances on former top performing players who fell to injury or have fallen off in production due to reasons that are not related to character issues. Undrafted Free Agency which follows the draft should be used to sign as many former high performering players whose character flaws have cause them to fall out of the draft or as many small school high performing players with potential high upside and solid character.
Jets have no QB, so players like Jeff Tuel and Sean Renfree should interest them in the late rounds. Jets need an impact RB, so players like Christine Micheal and Lattimore should interest them in these late rounds. Jets need versatile OLmen, so players like Chris Faulk, David Bakhtiari and Manase Foketi should interest them late. Jets need LBers who can get to the QB but still set the edge, and so, are there any players who fit this criterior.