Sep 5, 2015; Clemson, SC, USA; Clemson Tigers wide receiver Charone Peake (19) carries the ball during the first half against the Wofford Terriers at Clemson Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Joshua S. Kelly-USA TODAY Sports
The New York Jets just like any other NFL team, were tested in Rounds 4-7 in the 2016 NFL Draft. True Super Bowl contenders are defined by what they do on the final day of the draft.
The draft is filled with talented players and being taken on the final day of the yearly event isn’t always an indicator of how your career will go. The Jets are no strangers to late round success stories.
Without further ado, here’s an analysis of all picks made by the Jets in Rounds 4-7.
Next: Cornerback Juston Burris
Nov 14, 2015; Tallahassee, FL, USA; Florida State Seminoles running back Dalvin Cook (4) runs the ball past North Carolina State Wolfpack cornerback Juston Burris (11) during the second half of the game at Doak Campbell Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Melina Vastola-USA TODAY Sports
Round 4: Cornerback Juston Burris (North Carolina State)
Juston Burris is a tall physical cornerback from North Carolina State. He was a three-year starter for the Wolfpack, racking up over 100 tackles, 6 interceptions, and over 30 pass break ups.
Burris’ biggest strength was his press cover skills and ability to finish plays. Burris only gave up two touchdowns on 44 targets and gave up a 34% completion percentage. He also was one of the best tacklers in college football last year using his size and strength to his advantage. He was a good run defender and you could see him as a nickel corner or safety in the Jets’ defense.
He has very flawed technique. He was penalized multiple times for pass interference and was overwhelmed by speedy receivers on the outside or in the slot. He needs to improve his hands and footwork to be a permanent staple on Sundays.
Overall, Burris is a good risk in the fourth round. He brings the size and athleticism needed to be in the NFL. His best option is probably to move to the safety position and take some time to learn to play cornerback at the pro level.
Next: Offensive Tackle Brandon Shell
Nov 15, 2014; Gainesville, FL, USA; South Carolina Gamecocks offensive tackle Brandon Shell (71) blocks Florida Gators defensive lineman Jonathan Bullard (90) during the second quarter at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports
Round 5: Offensive Tackle Brandon Shell (South Carolina)
Brandon Shell is an intriguing prospect. He has incredible build and frame and is the great nephew of legendary Art Shell. He stands at 6’5” and weighs 325 pounds and has incredible length. He played right tackle at South Carolina and showed impressive durability playing every game over his three years as a starter.
Shell used his impressive size to be a strong presence in the run game. He also did an exceptional job using his incredible length to his advantage and also displayed very good ability to get to the second level.
His technique needs major improvement. His hands will have to improve and he will need to improve his footwork to compensate for his lack of natural agility if he is to be a right tackle.
Shell will most likely wind up as a backup right tackle but hopefully Jets’ offensive line coach Steve Marshall can improve his technique and might very well be the Jets’ future starting right tackle.
Next: Punter Loc Edwards
Feb 24, 2016; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Sam Houston State kicker Loc Edwards speaks to the media during the 2016 NFL Scouting Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports
Round 7: Punter Loc Edwards (Sam Houston State)
Loc Edwards from Sam Houston State is an Austalian born punter who has one of the most powerful legs of any punter in this class.
His biggest problem according to those who saw him at the NFLPA bowl was his awareness. He is occasionally too slow getting the ball away from him but that is very coachable and wouldn’t be surprising if Edwards is the starting punter of the Jets with the departure of Ryan Quigley.
Next: Wide Receiver Charone Peake
Jan 11, 2016; Glendale, AZ, USA; Clemson Tigers wide receiver Charone Peake (19) warms up before playing against the Alabama Crimson Tide in the 2016 CFP National Championship at University of Phoenix Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports
Round 7: Wide Receiver Charone Peake (Clemson)
Charone Peake is the last pick the Jets made on day three but he also could be their best one. He looks the part standing 6’2” and weighing 210 pounds. Due to a torn ACL in 2013 and incredible talent at the wide receiver position over his career (Sammy Watkins, DeAndre Hopkins, Martavis Bryant), Peake didn’t really get a chance to shine until this past season where he electrified as quarterback Deshaun Watson’s number one receiver.
Peake is physically gifted and has incredible speed on the outside. He ran a 4.37 at the 2016 NFL Combine and has shown great separation ability. He is also an underrated route runner and is a workhorse on and off the field.
His hands are his biggest concern. They are undersized and many feel this led to a 9.1% drop rate. There is also lagging concern about his knee injury history and if he can stay healthy throughout an entire season.
Peake can definitely be a contributor and he will probably compete with Devin Smith as the WR3 on the Jets’ depth chart and should be able to open up the field even more for Brandon Marshall and Eric Decker.