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Round 4, 117th overall, NY Jets: Micheal Clemons, DE, Texas A&M

This is the one Jets draft pick that left me scratching my head. This isn't to say that the fourth-round choice of Micheal Clemons can't work out or that it's destined to fail, and generally, I do like to be favorable with my draft grades.

But this just feels like such an anti-Joe Douglas pick.

Clemons will turn 25-years-old before the season begins, has an extensive injury history, and was arrested numerous times last year (for non-violent charges, for what it's worth). Everything about that screams a player that Douglas wouldn't target.

There are reasons to be optimistic about the pick, though. Clemons is coming off an excellent senior season at Texas A&M that saw him rack up seven sacks in 10 games. He was legitimately one of the best players on an SEC defense. That has to count for something.

The Jets are taking a chance on Clemons' raw talent and hoping that he can develop into at least a rotational piece in their defense. In the fourth round, that's okay.

However, his list of red flags is longer than almost any other prospect in this class. He has missed games due to suspension or injury in each of the last four seasons including an ankle injury that sidelined him for all of 2018.

His off-field decision-making has to be taken into consideration as well, even if none of the charges are that serious. And his age means that he's likely pretty close to reaching his peak as a player — 25-year-olds just don't have as much development left in them, in general of course.

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This is a fourth-round dart throw, albeit one with significantly less upside than you would like given the sheer quantity of red flags. The one true confusing pick in an otherwise near-universally praised draft class.

Grade: D

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