Tajh Boyd, Rod McDowell, Quandon Christian work out for New York Jets

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Clemson quarterback Tajh Boyd hands the ball off to Clemson running back Roderick McDowell in the second quarter.

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Clemson quarterback Tajh Boyd hands the ball off to Clemson running back Roderick McDowell in the second quarter.

With NFL Draft Day fast approaching, teams are going down to the wire in making final, in-person evaluations.

For the New York Jets, that meant a return trip to Clemson on Thursday.

Jets' coach Rex Ryan hardly needs an excuse to visit campus, where his son, Seth, is a walk-on wide receiver with the Tigers.

Thursday's visit was a business trip, however, as the Jets worked out quarterback Tajh Boyd, running back Rod McDowell, linebacker Quandon Christian and 2013 tight end Brandon Ford, according to NFLDraftInsider's Tony Pauline.

Although the Jets appear to be set at quarterback, with Geno Smith and Michael Vick, Pauline speculates that the Jets might take Boyd if he's available as a third or fourth rounder, and develop him for the future.

Last season's success of Andre Ellington - a sixth-round pick of the Cardinals - can only enhance McDowell's hopes of picking up a strong free-agent offer.

Ford was a free-agent signee of the New England Patriots last spring, and made it all the way through preseason camp before being released in the final cut.

The Jets recently signed former Clemson wide receiver Jacoby Ford, who was an unrestricted free agent.

In other draft-related news, offensive tackle Brandon Thomas underwent successful surgery on Wednesday to repair the ACL injury he suffered during a pre-draft workout with the New Orleans Saints. Despite the injury, Thomas is still being projected as a possible third-round pick.

Clemson's Sammy Watkins is among a record 30 players invited to attend the NFL draft on May 8 at Radio City Music Hall.

Former Tiger Antoine McClain has signed a free-agent contract with the Buffalo Bills, where he'll rejoin Tiger offensive line teammate Chris Hairston.

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