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Jets sign small-school phenom who can play defense, offense and punts

The New York Jets' crop of undrafted free agents includes one of the most prolific wide receivers in Pac-12 history, a nationally ranked punt returner and a Division II phenom who played offense, defense and special teams.

Yes, the Jets signed a three-way player, linebacker Connor Harris of Division II Lindenwood University in Missouri.

Primarily a linebacker, Harris (5-foot-11, 242 pounds) set the NCAA all-division record with 633 career tackles. He won the 2016 Cliff Harris Award as the top defender on the Division II, III and NAIA levels.

But, wait, there's more: He also rushed for 328 yards and seven touchdowns as a Wildcat quarterback.

And more: He averaged 38.8 yards as a punter and kicked extra points, going 12-for-12.

"I'm going to go to New York and win the Jets over and show the 31 other teams in the NFL that didn't draft me that they made a mistake," Harris told the Waynesville Daily Guide.

He sounds too good to be true, but he's not an unknown in the scouting community. He attended the scouting combine and played in the Senior Bowl, where he made six tackles.

The Jets' other UDFAs:

Xavier Coleman, CB, Portland State: In a 2016 game, he covered former Washington speedster John Ross, a first-round pick of the Cincinnati Bengals, and held him to one catch for 10 yards, according to reports. Coleman has impressive measurables -- 4.49 seconds in the 40 and a 40-inch vertical jump. He finished his career with nine interceptions in 45 games, including five in 2015.

Austin Colitro, LB, Villanova: He received five free-agent offers after the draft. Colitro is a short (6-foot), but productive linebacker who recorded 220 tackles and 8.5 sacks in his four-year career, earning an invite to the East-West all-star game.

Brisly Estime, WR/PR, Syracuse: He's only 5-foot-9, 187 pounds, but Estime will have an opportunity because of his punt-returning ability -- a perennial need for the Jets. As a junior, he averaged 18.1 yards per return, second in the nation. He's a two-time All-ACC selection who caught 48 passes for 518 yards and three touchdowns last season. He's the only player in Syracuse history with two touchdown catches of at least 80 yards.

Anthony Firkser, FB/TE, Harvard: The Manalapan, New Jersey, product was an All-Ivy League selection, thanks to a terrific senior year. He finished his career with 99 catches for 1,559 yards and 14 touchdowns, including seven last season. Firkser (6-2, 246 pounds) played tight end for the Crimson, but he could be switched to fullback. He ran a 4.79 at his pro day.

Patrick Gamble, DE, Georgia Tech: At 277 pounds, he needs to add some weight to his 6-5 frame, but he's worth a look because of his athleticism. He had 7.5 sacks last season, including two in the TaxSlayer Bowl against Kentucky.

Javarius Leamon, OT, South Carolina State: He signed with Clemson out of high school but didn't qualify academically. He has the kind of attributes that send NFL scouts into a tizzy. He's 6-7, 332 pounds with 35-inch arms.

Gabe Marks, WR, Washington State: He holds the Pac-12 record for most career receptions (316) and he's second in receiving touchdowns (37). Why didn't he get drafted? He's only 5-11, 189 pounds, and he ran a disappointing 4.56 at the combine. He takes umbrage with the perception that he's a product of Mike Leach's "Air Raid" offense.