The New York Jets are expected to have as many as 12 draft picks in May’s draft, barring any trades. With holes to fill across the board, and the Jets opting to not fill some of them through free agency, there are many prospects in play for the Jets.
Arguably the two position groups that many expect to not be affected by the draft are running back and defensive line. The Jets recently signed former Titans Running Back Chris Johnson (who will now team with Chris Ivory to form a “Predators” backfield). There is still a chance the Jets look to improve their stable of running backs. We continue our series with a fan favorite of #JetsTwitter, Isaiah Crowell.
Weight: 224 pounds
40 Yard Dash: 4.57
Vertical Jump: 38”
Broad Jump: 9’8”
2013 Stats: 170 carries, 1121 yards, 6.6 yards per carry, 15 touchdowns, 7 receptions, 27 yards, 3.9 yards per reception
Positives: Crowell is a superb athlete. He possesses shifty moves and is able to change directions very quickly. He is a tough runner despite his size, and is able to lower his pads and initiate contact and more physical than he looks. Crowell, despite not being used in passing situations frequently, demonstrated really good hands. Crowell, also excels in pass blocking. Think a poor man’s LeSean McCoy if you’re trying to compare Crowell to an NFL running back.
Negatives: Crowell has some durability concerns, as his size did lead to him being banged up a bit. The reason he’s not higher on other team’s lists, I’d suspect, is because he failed a drug test was charged with two felony counts of possession of a firearm.
Grade: 3rd Round
Where the Jets should draft him: Pick 137
Analysis: I place Crowell below Tre Mason in the draft, but ahead of Ka’Deem Carey (who some have projected to go higher than Crowell). I think this is specifically because of the character concerns, as Crowell is the more explosive runner and the better fit for teams that utilize spread offenses. A team like Denver could snatch him up in the 3rd or 4th round, and he’d end up being a steal. He would be a luxury pick for the Jets; however, there were games where they carried four halfbacks and with Goodson’s legal situation worth monitoring, Crowell could be a very good pick and could replace Bilal Powell next season.