In Round 3 of the 2017 NFL Draft, the New York Jets have selected wide receiver ArDarius Stewart out of Alabama.
It’s no secret that in the 2017 NFL Draft, the New York Jets needed at some point to draft some new offensive players to fix their lackluster offense. From inconsistency on their offensive line, a big question mark at quarterback, and just a lack of lethal offensive weapons, the Jets easily new they should spend one of their mid-round picks on a new receiving target.
In Round 3 of this year’s draft, the Jets ended up trading with the Minnesota Vikings to move down in the draft order. With their draft pick, they ended up selecting wide receiver ArDarius Stewart out of Alabama.
Right off the bat, Stewart is a small, yet physical receiver that goes the extra distance when trying to make a play to keep those chains moving. In three years at Alabama, Stewart totaled 1,713 receiving yards, 129 receptions, and 12 touchdowns.
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At 5’11” and 204lbs., he’ll need to work on his route-running but aside from that, is a versatile player thanks to everything he brings to the table. He has experience in kickoff returns and could contribute in that aspect for the Jets.
Needless to say, the special teams unit of the Jets leaves much to the imagination. If they can utilize Stewart’s speed in that aspect and work him way up the depth chart, he could surprise many as a hidden gem of this year’s draft. With that being said, he’s still a bit raw but with proper coaching and development, could turn into something good down the road.