After several attempted rebuilds and over a decade without making the playoffs the fanbase of the NY Jets grows ever more impatient and the time to put a playoff-contending team on the field is now.
The pressure is now clearly on general manager Joe Douglas to deliver in a big way in the 2022 NFL Draft. NFL scouts will travel near and far to locate potential top-quality talent. Big-time college programs like Alabama, Ohio State, and Clemson are always represented to the fullest during each year of the draft.
As an example, the current national champion Georgia Bulldogs could have up to as many as a dozen or more players selected this year. In addition to the big-time programs, most organizations are also looking to uncover hidden gems at smaller, more unknown schools as well.
Some of the greatest NFL Legends of all time started out playing at the smaller collegiate level. Players like Walter Payton (Jackson State), Jerry Rice (Mississippi Valley State), and Shannon Sharpe (Savannah State) were all small-school players who are now members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
The Jets have also found some diamonds in the ruff over their course of history as well. Wayne Chrebet (Hofstra), Bruce Harper (Kutztown State), Ken O'Brien (UC Davis), and Mark Gastineau (East Central Oklahoma State) all went on to have very long and successful careers with the green and white.
With that in mind, let's take a look at three small school prospects who possess the skills and ability to be potential draft targets for the Jets.