Time to take a look at another prospect in the NFL draft. As we hear about players the Jets are interested in, we take a look at those guys.
Tonight, we are taking a look at a player that Jets’ linebackers coach Bobby April III personally worked out at his Pro Day. We are talking about Iowa State LB Jeremiah George.
Let’s first take a look at his stats in college:
Defense & Fumbles
|2010||Iowa State||Big 12||SR||LB||9||3||1||4||0.0||0.0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|*2011||Iowa State||Big 12||SR||LB||13||1||0||1||0.0||0.0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|*2012||Iowa State||Big 12||SR||LB||50||37||87||4.0||0.0||0||0||0||3||0||0||0||0|
|2013||Iowa State||Big 12||SR||LB||2||83||50||133||12.0||3.5||2||11||5.5||0||6||3|
At the NFL Combine, Jeremiah George measured in at 5’11”, and weighed in at 234 pounds. He led the position in the Bench Press with 28 reps. He ran the 40 yard dash in 4.91 seconds. He posted 116 inch broad jump and a 33 inch vertical jump.
Here is some tape of George from a game against Iowa:
PROS: For a guy under six feet tall, George is an excellent tackler. He does play bigger than he actually is, size-wise. You can see from watching the tape that the guy has an excellent motor, he leaves it all on the football field. Jeremiah George’s speed burst, in a short span to bring down a ballcarrier is fast.
CONS: As usual, first we look at the negatives from his NFL.com profile:
Marginal size (built like a box safety). Slew-footed. Runs around blocks and takes himself out of plays overpursuing and giving up the cutback. Not stout — can be run at. Average zone awareness. See-and-go reactor — late to trigger.
His size is a bit worrisome for the next level. The blockers are a lot bigger in the NFL, and he could get blown out of plays fairly frequently, which will obviously bring down his draft stock.
The profile has him in the 5th-6th round, and I would tend to agree. If the Jets like him, he might be worth a flyer late in the draft, as a special teams’ expert and backup linebacker.