In Round 4 of the 2018 NFL Draft, the New York Jets have selected tight end Christopher Herndon out of Miami.
In an interesting move in Round 4 of the 2018 NFL Draft, the New York Jets decided to add a new tight end to their offense. The Jets drafted tight end Christopher Herndon out of Miami to add more depth to a position that they’re likely to heavily use in their West Coast offense over the next few years.
At 6-4 and 252lbs., Herndon brings versatility and solid receiving skills to the table. As a tight end in three years at Miami, Herndon only got better over time as he was a reliable offensive threat for the Hurricanes.
In his collegiate career, Herndon totaled 1,048 receiving yards, 86 receptions, and seven touchdowns. Of course, with this pick by the Jets, there is some risk here.
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Herndon ended his final year at Miami with a severe knee injury. It was so bad, he needed surgery to fix his MCL which hopefully, won’t be a lingering problem for him as he transitions into the pros.
With tight end Jordan Leggett set to hopefully make his Jets debut this upcoming season, it’s likely the Jets thought of process here was to have an insurance policy in case things don’t work out. Leggett didn’t play in a single game last year, his rookie season, also due to severe knee injury.
Hopefully, general manager Mike Maccagnan made a good decision here since if Herndon can stay healthy, should be a good offensive threat for the Jets. Considering how bad the Jets offense was last season, it’s good to add more talent to keep those chains moving and score more touchdowns.
As of now, it looks like the starting tight end position is up for grabs and by the looks of it, Herndon is entering a situation where he can compete for the spot this summer in training camp.