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New Jets Spotlight: Ryan Steed

By Alan Schechter

November 19, 2011; Gainesville FL, USA; Florida Gators wide receiver Quinton Dunbar (9) scores a touchdown as Furman Paladins cornerback Ryan Steed (1) attempted to defend during the second quarter at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-US PRESSWIRE

Tonight, we take a look at one of the Jets recent signees after the draft. Spotlight on CB Ryan Steed from Furman.

We start with a quote, as Steed made ESPN’s list as one of the top ten undrafted signees:

Steed has adequate size, and is a tough competitor who is at his best getting physical and disrupting a receiver’s release in press coverage. His lack of speed and struggles against upper-echelon competition might have scared teams away, but he’s worth a look as a priority free agent who could develop into a solid reserve and special teams contributor on the back end of a roster.

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He measures at 5’10” 195 pounds, and he ran a 4.68 40 yard dash at the combine.

He recorded 14 INTs in his four years at Furman.

PROS: His biggest pro is his athleticism, which he uses to cover well in man to man, and make plays on the ball.  His skills are very “fluid”.

CONS: His biggest con is his lack of physical ability.  He sometimes plays to avoid contact, and will need to be more so in order to compete at the next level, both on defense and special teams.

Here is some video:

He can clearly play the ball, but not being a physical tackler will make things rough going for him. We wish him luck, as he will get his shot on the back end of the depth charg.