The New York Jets invested a fourth-round pick on tight end Chris Herndon out of Miami. Did they make a mistake by drafting him due to his recent DWI arrest?
It seems that every offseason for a few years now, many players of the New York Jets tend to have their names in the headlines for all the wrong reasons. Such is the case with newly drafted tight end Chris Herndon who was recently arrested for driving while intoxicated.
In an article written by Rich Cimini of ESPN, he confirmed that Herndon was arrested after crashing his car into another car in the wee hours of the night over the weekend. Herndon was arrested as a Breathalyzer test confirmed he was drunk at the time of the accident. Did the Jets make a mistake in selecting him in the 2018 NFL Draft?
In the grand scheme of things, no. The Jets wanted to keep infusing their offense with young talent that can keep those chains moving and score touchdowns. They drafted Herndon so he can possibly be another younger piece of the puzzle on offense. Herndon brings a lot of skill to the table but making a dumb decision like drinking and driving truly questions just how serious he wants to take his professional career.
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Could it be just a dumb mistake by a 22-year-old? It’s likely but one thing is for sure, the Jets won’t be releasing him or anything like that. They’ve proven that they consistently stick with their troubled players like Dylan Donahue and Robby Anderson as it’s likely they’ll support Herndon as all of this gets sorted out over time.
Hopefully, Herndon learned a valuable lesson and realizes what is at stake here. It’s not easy to have a long and successful career in the NFL and considering he was just drafted not so long ago, should serve as a nice wakeup call to stop the nonsense.
The NFL will likely suspend Herndon for a game or two as he’s still not even 100 percent ready to compete yet. He’s dealing with a lingering knee injury that has kept him limited during organized team activities held by the Jets. Herndon, by the looks of it, has a lot of growing up to do as the Jets will likely use this as a teachable experience to avoid future distractions from ever happening again.