New York Jets Sign Nat King Cole's Grandson Wyatt Ray to Practice Squad

Wyatt Ray runs a drill at the NFL football scouting combine in Indianapolis,, March 3, 2019
Photo: Michael Conroy (AP)

The New York Jets signed Wyatt Ray to its practice squad this week.

Ray is the 23-year-old grandson of the late entertainment pioneer Nat King Cole and nephew of the Grammy Award-winning chanteuse Natalie Cole.

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Ray’s mother Casey and aunt Timolin are twin younger sisters of the legendary singer.

According to the Associated Press, the 6-foot-3, 255-pound baller was initially signed by Cleveland in May as an undrafted free agent out of Boston College.

“The fact Ray went undrafted is a shock in itself, considering he was viewed as a Day 3 talent by most outlets and he had a more than solid career at Boston College,” Josh Keatley reported for Brownswire.com in May.

“He certainly has enough traits to develop into a quality starter in the NFL,” he concluded.

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The NFL Draft tracker gave Wray a 5.32 prospect grade, as they listed his strengths and weaknesses:

“His wingspan is a plus in his favor and he flashes potential as a developmental pass rusher”

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The site also noted he “Needs to play faster and keep motor turned up in backside pursuit.”

On Twitter today, Wray thanked his former Boston College coach Barry Gallup, retweeting a message extolling his virtues.

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“Wyatt Ray is a very hard worker and will be an asset to any NFL Team,” he said.

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