A look at wide receiver ArDarius Stewart
The New York Jets made sure to add some new offensive weapons in the 2017 NFL Draft. Here’s a look at wide receiver ArDarius Stewart.
In the third round of the 2017 NFL Draft, the New York Jets selected wide receiver Ardarius Stewart out of Alabama. He was the first offensive player selected by the Jets after they bolstered their defensive secondary and looks to be a quality wide receiver that brings toughness to the positional group.
This is the case since what Stewart might lack in size, he brings by always hustling, doing the little things for extra yardage, and never backing down from an obstacle. At 5’11” and 204lbs., Stewart thrives on making big plays after the catch with his speed and ability to take the top off of defenses.
Stewart is an aggressive player and even though will sometimes need to keep his emotions in check, will be a solid addition to the receiving corps of the Jets. They needed to bring in a player just like Stewart that will push those around him to step up and do whatever it takes to leave a game victorious.
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All throughout this year’s draft, many have spoken highly about everything Stewart brings to the table. Former head coach Brian Billick had this to say about him via his NFL.com draft profile:
“He’s a great athlete. He’s a tough guy. He’s gonna catch and be a running threat after the catch. Has some deep ball skills as well. He’s gonna have the pedigree of a complete receiver.” — Brian Billick
One can only imagine how Stewart is going to develop in just a few years to be a clutch wide receiver for the Jets. He has the right mentality of always wanting to improve which will bode well for his progression. At Alabama, Stewart totaled 1,713 receiving yards, 129 receptions, and 12 touchdowns.
Overall, the Jets had a big need at wide receiver entering this year’s draft due to how the offseason shaped up. With Brandon Marshall bolting via free agency, Eric Decker rehabbing from two major surgeries, and the unfortunate news of Devin Smith being out for the year due to another torn ACL injury, this could very well be Stewart’s moment to shine and step right in to take care of business.