July 22, 2012; Greensboro, NC, USA; Clemson Tigers center Dalton Freeman talks to the media during ACC media day at the Grandover Resort in Greensboro NC. Mandatory Credit: Sam Sharpe-USA TODAY Sports
We continue along our way, looking at the different players that John Idzik and company have chosen through the UDFA process. What do they do well? Where could they improve? Do they fit in with the Jets? These guys typically aren’t as well-known as the players that were drafted, so this is a great way to bring some of their particulars to you guys.
Today was a choice made in the spirit of offensive line depth. He came from an ACC school, so he is no stranger to a high level of competition. Today’s spotlight is on Dalton Freeman, center from Clemson.
Dalton Freeman stands 6’5″, and weighs 285 pounds. At Clemson’s pro day, he ran the forty yard dash in 4.97 seconds, pretty fast for an offensive lineman.
There isn’t a lot of video out there, so look carefully at this tape. It is highlights of the 2012 Clemson Tigers. Freeman is #55, you have to watch the offensive plays carefully:
He has good footwork, from the limited video, that came out to the forefront. He is always centered and in balance, clearing guys out of the middle. His quickness comes as evident, as he gets to the second level quickly. He also pushes his man backwards and quickly, showing his excellent strength.
My only negative is his size. At 285 pounds, he is going to have to add bulk to be able to take on NFL level defensive tackles.
Obviously he won’t be competing for a starting job, Mr. Mangold has that locked up a bit. But, I see no reason why this young man can’t compete for a roster spot. If he plays this well at the NFL level, he would do all right backing up Nick Mangold.