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