Canadian OL Dakoda Shepley signs NFL undrafted free agent deal with New York Jets

Canadian offensive lineman Dakoda Shepley has an undrafted free agent NFL deal in place with the New York Jets, per sources.

Shepley, who played his university football at the University of British Columbia, worked out at Eastern Michigan University’s pro day it’s within 50 miles of where he graduated from Holy Names High School in Windsor, ON. More than 20 NFL teams saw him there and that helped raise his stock.

The UBC  product was a 2017 Canada West all-star at right tackle and won a Vanier Cup with the Thunderbirds in 2015.

Shepley’s lucky break to begin his football career was a bone.

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Justin Dunk was a five-year starter at quarterback for the University of Guelph. He covers the league for Sportsnet and 3DownNation.
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8 Comments on Canadian OL Dakoda Shepley signs NFL undrafted free agent deal with New York Jets

  1. Edward Leslie // April 28, 2018 at 8:49 pm //

    The guy who was assistant GM (and interim GM) with the New York Giants, Kevin Abrams is a Canadian. He’s alwats bringing in lots of Canadians to mini camps and he signed Brett Jones.
    I’m not sure if the Jets have any connection with the CFL and Canada. But they’ve now grabbed Canadians Nathan Shepherd and Dakoda Shepley. Plus they signed CFLets Kacy Rodgers, Micah Awe and Terrell Sinkfield.
    Maybe just good taste liking Canadian players and the C.F.L.?

    • Jets also grabbed Manitoba OL Geoff Gray after he was released by the Packers last year. Definitely the Jets and Giants are open to looking for talent.

      The Eagles as well, after signing Canadian rugby star Adam Zaruba (releasing him and bringing him back)

  2. A lot sign from Canada but few end up staying. Jets just getting into the action of what the assistant GM of the Giants has done over the years. Most just come on a look see and then head north. Brett Jones being one of the guys who made it big time.

  3. Jim Mullin // April 29, 2018 at 3:05 am //

    Look at his video. How this guy wasn’t a first or second team All-Canadian is simply embarrassing.

    • Not necessarily, the NFL loves the specimens and the guys who test well. Until he was given the chance to prove it, what got Brett Jones a shot was his CFL Rookie of the Year and Lineman of the Year.

      Because of his size and shape he doesn’t fit the NFL mold, had he not won those awards it would be highly unlikely he would have been given a shot.

  4. Ron Tuthill // April 29, 2018 at 4:15 pm //

    Didn’t Geoff Gray sign with Cleveland after being released by the Packers.

    • Yup, sorry, that was after he was with the Jets

    • Gray originally signed with the Green Bay Packers as an undrafted priority free agent back in April. He attended their training camp but was released in September before signing a practice roster agreement with the New York Jets.

      According to Gray’s agent Darren Gill, the former Manitoba Bisons offensive lineman signed a standard rookie contract with the Cleveland Browns. Gray terminated his practice roster agreement with the New York Jets to sign the new contract.

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