Initial Reaction – New York Jets Select Elijah McGuire

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.