Jets sign 7th-rounder Antonio Allen

The New York Jets have signed safety Antonio Allen, one of their

seventh-round draft picks, to a four-year contract.

Allen is a big-hitting safety who also played linebacker at

South Carolina, and was particularly effective in zone coverage and

inside as a run stuffer. He had a team-leading 88 tackles, three

interceptions and a sack in his senior season with the

Gamecocks.

Allen is expected to compete for a backup spot at safety behind

projected starters LaRon Landry and Eric Smith.

The deal Thursday means the Jets have signed five of their eight

draft picks. Only first-rounder Quinton Coples, expected to start

on the defensive line; linebacker Demario Davis, a third-rounder;

and wide receiver Jordan White, a seventh-rounder, are still

unsigned.