2. Irvin Charles, WR, NY Jets (IUP)
The third of three undrafted wide receivers the Jets signed, former Penn State recruit Irvin Charles has done the most to impress to this point. Charles was one of the standouts from rookie minicamp and already seems to be making some noise over in Florham Park.
Originally a four-star recruit out of New Jersey, Charles attended Penn State before getting dismissed from the program for an unspecified violation of team rules. In 25 games, he recorded just three career catches for the Nittany Lions.
After sitting out a few years due to academic ineligibility and later the COVID-19 pandemic, Charles finally stepped back on the field in 2021 (after nearly four years away from the game) at the Indiana University of Pennsylvania.
Charles is a big-bodied receiver who stands at 6-foot-4, 228 pounds. That size could go a long way in a Jets wide receiver room that's full of smaller, more agile players. His performance at rookie minicamp helps him climb up the rankings on this list.
1. DQ Thomas, LB, NY Jets (Middle Tennessee State)
DQ Thomas is exactly what the Jets are looking for at the linebacker position, and if you're banking on one undrafted rookie making an impact this season, he's someone you should put your money on.
Thomas played five years at Middle Tennessee State and appeared in a whopping 60 career collegiate games. At 6-foot-1, 226 pounds, he's a little undersized for the position, but he makes up for it with superb athleticism (8.46 Relative Athletic Score).
The Jets gave Thomas a significant amount of guaranteed money ($130,000) to sign as an undrafted free agent, a direct indication that they believe he has a strong chance to make the final roster.
In a thin linebacker room, don't be surprised if Thomas finds his way onto the 53-man roster. He's someone to keep an eye on this summer.