The New York Jets selected RB Elijah McGuire from Louisiana Lafayette with the 188th overall pick in the 6th round. The Jets wanted to add a dynamic running back to the mix with Matt Forte and Bilal Powell so this doesn’t come as a surprise. They haven’t had good fortune adding running backs in free agency in recent years so let’s hope adding one through the draft goes better.
The Positives: McGuire’s strength is his speed and agility. He amassed over 4000 yard rushing and over 1300 yards receiving in his career at Louisiana-Lafayette. He’s versatile enough to catch passes out of the backfield and not be a concern running between the tackles. He’ll also have two great mentors in Forte and Powell to look up to and learn work ethic from.
The Negatives: McGuire is coming off of a foot injury that limited his effectiveness in his final collegiate season. That could be a concern with durability already being in question at his size in the NFL.
Overall: McGuire is a nice chess piece to have on offense. It will be interesting to see how John Morton uses him. Its important to note the Jets hosted Travaris Cadet in a free agent visit before he signed elsewhere. So the Jets already made it known they were in the market for a gadget running back.