There could be more player steals this year

In such a weird year for scouting, you just never know.

With no scouting combine, no team visits for prospects, and COVID-19 limiting games in some conferences, it was a pretty challenging year for NFL scouts.

So perhaps this year, we might see more late round and undrafted free agent steals than past years, due to limited information available on so many prospects.

New Jets defensive end Hamilcar Rashed (Oregon State) could be a perfect example of this year being like the Wild, Wild West in the scouting world. He was surprisingly undrafted, and the Jets added this talented pass rusher as a UDFA.

“[I] obviously dropped and stuff like that happens,” Rashed said in an exclusive interview with the Jets’ website.

The reason he went undrafted is probably because he had no sacks in 2020 during a truncated Pac-12 season, after amassing 14 sacks in 2019. But Rashed feels he’s a good fit for what Jets coach Robert Saleh wants from his defensive ends.

“I was always an outside linebacker (at Oregon State): I always had to think and do stuff like this,” Rashed said. “Now, it’s just put your ears back (as a defensive end) and just go. [Saleh] wants us to be the most vicious defensive line in the NFL.”

So Rashed, who has a great motor, could be a very good scheme fit for the Jets.

And could be one of many late-round and undrafted free agents steals around the NFL during a very strange scouting year.

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Dan Leberfeld
Dan Leberfeld
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