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Jets audition rugby star

INDIANAPOLIS -- GM Mike Tannenbaum is known for thinking outside the box when it comes to procuring talent. Now he's looking outside the hemisphere.

The Jets worked out Australian native Hayden Smith, a 6-foot-7, 240-pound rugby star, according to a league source. They didn't audition him with a specific position in mind and they didn't immediately offer him a contract.

Smith left Australia in 2002 for a basketball scholarship at Metropolitan State in Denver. When his basketball eligibility expired, he started playing rugby seriously and he ended up making the U.S. National Team.

At 6-foot-7, he'd be a Gronk-like target in the red zone. Or maybe he can rush the passer. Who knows? The Jets have gone Down Under for talent in the past. Ben Graham, a former Australian Rules football player, punted for the Jets from 2005 to 2007.