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Jets 2018 NFL Draft Profile: WR Dante Pettis

SEATTLE, WA - SEPTEMBER 30: Wide receiver John Ross #1 of the Washington Huskies is congratulated by wide receiver Dante Pettis #8 after scoring a touchdown against the Stanford Cardinal in the second quarter on September 30, 2016 at Husky Stadium in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)
SEATTLE, WA - SEPTEMBER 30: Wide receiver John Ross #1 of the Washington Huskies is congratulated by wide receiver Dante Pettis #8 after scoring a touchdown against the Stanford Cardinal in the second quarter on September 30, 2016 at Husky Stadium in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)
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Here’s the 2018 NFL Draft profile on wide receiver Dante Pettis out of the University of Washington breaking down his strengths, weaknesses, video highlights, and whether he makes sense for the New York Jets.

When the quarterback takes a shot downfield, Dante Pettis is the guy refusing to be outrun, out jumped or outplayed. All wrapped up in a slender 6’1” and 195-pound package, he embodies all the right tools necessary for a successful NFL career. Could he be a good pickup for the New York Jets?

STRENGTHS

Indisputably, Pettis is an exceptional player on special teams.

A 67-yard punt return to break Desean Jacksons’ PAC-12 record against Division I –AA Montana Grizzlies; a 64-yard punt return against Division I Oregon Ducks which set the FBS record for nine punt returns, illustrates Pettis’ scorching equal-opportunity style of play.

The moral of Pettis’ story is that he brings a je ne sais quoi many teams could use to fortify their receiving arsenal. Ideal wide receiver traits like sure hands, body control, upper-body flexibility, ability to adjust, excellent focus and spatial awareness are all on the list of skills Pettis possess.

Furthermore, his vision and timing from scrimmage enable him to easily identify open spaces in coverage becoming an elusive open-field threat. His mental toughness during crossing inside routes and an effortless ability to make difficult catches are traits that contribute to winning seasons in the NFL.

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WEAKNESSES

In tight coverages, Pettis lacks the burst, physicality, and assertiveness needed to claim his territory downfield. For this reason, he needs more creativity in selling the route to create separation deep.

Difficulties in creating space against smarter, stronger and more physical NFL defenders may become problematic. Defenses could find success in luring Pettis into offensive pass interference situations.

Given the potential for struggling against NFL cornerbacks, his effectiveness may be limited to the slot wide-out position. Under such circumstances, Pettis would be more complimentary as a second receiving option rather than a lead receiver.

VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS

JETS PREDICTION

In last year’s draft, the New York Jets found two exciting defensive players in Rounds 1 and 2. Now more than ever, Todd Bowles and Mike Maccagnan are expected to make more magic in this year’s draft.

Pettis is particularly exciting on special teams and would offer a dual-threat element to the Jets receiving corps. However, assuming the Jets had one or two solid receivers not given to off-the-field distractions, then adding Pettis to the locker room should make sense.

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If the Jets decide to make receiving corps decisions in this year’s draft, then expect it to be a stronger faster and more physical show-stopping wide receiver. Ideally, Pettis is expected to be a mid to late fourth-round pick.

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