The New York Jets, with one of the extra picks they acquired after a Saturday of wheeling and dealing, selected OLB Dylan Donahue from West Georgia. This isn’t really the pick I’m sure most Jets fans had in mind when they said the team needed an edge rusher, but the former D2 Lineman brings some strengths that should help the Jets going forward at that position.
He displays really good quickness, and he is very rarely out of position on plays. He has shown a good bend and has the flexibility in his hips to be effective off the edge. He has a relentless motor, and one that allows him to not give up on plays. Donahue is very good at stopping the run, and he is underrated athletically. Donahue has a strong work ethic and will continue trying to improve at the next level. His range, coupled with his good character, will make him a favorite on defense and on special teams. At pick 181, he represents very good value and is another safe pick for the Jets because at the absolute worst he will compete on Special Teams.
Donahue is transitioning from defensive lineman to linebacker and, while the athleticism will help ease the transition, it will take some time for him to get comfortable in that role. Donahue is better suited to contribute in a situational role, but he might end up pushing Lorenzo Mauldin because of the aforementioned work ethic and I don’t think that his game is that of a full time player. His arms are very short and does not possess many pass rushing moves. He is undersized at 248, and should not play with his hand in the dirt.