The New York Jets may have found there future outside linebacker by selecting Jordan Jenkins in the third round of the 2016 NFL Draft.
With the Jets losing a few key players to free agency, they may have found a steal in this year’s draft by selecting Jenkins. He was selected coming out of Georgia University where he and linebacker Leonard Floyd successfully helped the Bulldogs defense be successful. Jenkins could help out alongside Lorenzo Mauldin to make the overall pass rush of the Jets much faster and efficient.
Jenkins has very high football IQ and has the understanding of down, distances and defensive tendencies. From his freshman to senior year, Jenkins was able to improve his game which made him become a standout player.
His stats this past season were actually impressive with 11 tackles, 5.5 for loss and two sacks. He was always physical at the point of attack and sets a strong edge. Unlike most players who are rookies at the linebacker position, he doesn’t like to sit on blocks and likes to use his powerful hands to shed and get into the action.
He will be a big asset to the 3-4 defensive scheme the Jets plan to run this upcoming season. He will need to be a big contributor for the team to be successful, especially with who they play in the first quarter of 2016. If they are going to look for someone to possibly help in the run game, Jenkins could be that person they need to help continue the success in effectively stopping the run.
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Jenkins is also to see through blockers to track where the ball is and make big plays.
He does come with a few concerns however that are fixable through the coaching and training he’ll get with the Jets.
His closing speed and agility need to be worked on. He doesn’t have the skills in coverage 3-4 schemes which means the defensive playbook of the Jets might be hard for him to understand at first.
If he isn’t able to fix his problems with his pass rushing, than he can create a career for himself as an edge setting run defender. He also has the ability in making running backs to move back inside the line to make them feel uncomfortable. He could be used in all three downs but he will need to work on his weaknesses before taking his career to the next level.
Overall, the Jets selected a player who can be a contributor from early this upcoming season which is a huge plus. He also fills the need the Jets are trying to close because of who they lost in the offseason due to free agency. If he is able to be as productive as he was in college, than the Jets’ defense will have gotten even better compared to last year. It will be interesting to see how head coach Todd Bowles inserts him into his defense because they will need all the help they can get as they face much tougher opponents this time around.