The New York Jets signed undrafted rookie free agent Paul Cornick on Thursday, adding another big body to the 90-man training camp roster. Terms of the contract were not immediately available.
Cornick, an undrafted free agent out of North Dakota State, tried out with the Jets at their rookie minicamp earlier in the offseason. Although he initially failed to land a spot with the Jets, the team has decided to give him another opportunity to impress during training camp.
During his days with the North Dakota State Bison, the 6’6’’, 309-pound Cornick was named an All-American and first-team All-Missouri Valley Conference selection. He was a part of the offensive line that helped open gaping holes for running backs D.J. McNorton and Sam Ojuri, who combined for a total of 2,125 yards and 24 touchdowns last season. Cornick was also a key component in North Dakota State’s run towards the school’s first NCAA Division IAA Football Championship in 2011.
The former Bison offensive lineman will be facing long odds to make the Jets’ 53-man regular season roster, but will get a chance to showcase his talents during training camp and possibly the preseason. He’s proven himself to be a capable pass protector as well as run blocker, but will need plenty more polish and experience after graduating from a small school like North Dakota State.
More than anything, he’ll provide the Jets will another big body to work with along the offensive line as training camp gets under way.
Training camp begins for the Jets on Friday, July 27.