New York Jets Select – Jeremiah George LB Iowa St.

With the 154th pick in the 2014 NFL Draft the New York Jets selected Jeremiah George, Linebacker, Iowa St. 

The Jets continue to address needs with their first linebacker of the draft. George is a fit as a 3-4 middle linebacker and should immediately contribute on special teams.

Combine Numbers

  • Height: 5’11″
  • Weight: 234 lbs
  • Arm Length: 31 7/8″
  • Hands: 9 1/4″
  • 40: 4.66 seconds (at his Pro day)
  • Vertical Jump: 33 inches
  • Bench Press: 28 reps (highest for linebackers)

Pros

George is a sudden, downhill linebacker who excels at engaging blockers in traffic. He ran a 4.91 40 at the combine but pulled his hamstring during the drill. After healing up, he ran a 4.66 at his Pro Day (more reflective of the speed seen on tape). He was a vocal and spiritual leader of the Iowa St. Cyclones. His intangibles and speed are reminiscent of Demario Davis.

Cons

George is very raw and undersized for a linebacker. He often over-pursues and runs himself out of a play. He has poor reaction and timing often waiting for a play to develop before making a move. Picking him in the fifth was a reach.

Conclusion

Linebacker is a position of need and George addresses that to some degree. He should immediately become a special teams star with his speed and tenacity. He could eventually be groomed to start in the middle but his limitations are not easily improved. There were some solid linebackers still available (Shayne Skov/Chris Smith) and picking George this high was a reach. For whatever consolation it may be, he compares favorably to London Fletcher in size, tenacity, and attitude.

Highlights:

There is not a lot of tape on George so excuse the brevity of this video.

Author: Cole Patterson

Cole has attended American University in Washington DC and is currently completing a double major in history and global communications at Ramapo College in Northern NJ. He has served as an NFL Analyst for a local DC radio show, Fanatic Radio. He lives and dies with the New York Jets. Cole will help lead Jets coverage and analysis.

  • Nick Evans

    His Iowa game tape was pretty impressive.. Flashed some nice coverage skills.

  • Frank Antonelli

    I really like this pick. He could eventually start at inside linebacker but he will certainly start on special teams which we definitely need to upgrade.

  • joeydefiant

    I think I’ll trust the Jets scouting department’s evaluations over Nick Evans random football blog commenter.

  • joeydefiant

    oops wrong person. sorry nick.

  • Freddie Mac

    Yuck. Undersized and not much of a coverage guy. And another colossal reach. Jesus, Idzik. This coming off the heels of another failed move as we now learn they could not move up to grab Marquis Lee in the 2nd.

  • Nick Evans

    All good I guess there’s another nick evans out there that you’re not too crazy about though huh

  • Freddie Mac

    Hey Frankie, tell me ONE thing Idzik has done that hasn’t given you an erection. Just one.