Initial Reaction – New York Jets Select Jeremy Clark

The New York Jets selected CB Jeremy Clark from Michigan with their final pick (197th overall) in the 2017 NFL Draft. The Jets finish their record-setting 11 player draft with another secondary addition at cornerback to compete for a roster spot.

Postives: Jeremy Clark is 6’3″ 220 lbs and can reportedly run a 40-yard dash in the 4.4s. Clark has a unique size/speed combination that at worst is beneficial on special teams but at best could be nice supporting depth as an outside corner. He has good corner speed with a safety’s physicality.

Negative: Clark had to deal with injuries in college, the worst of which is the most recent when he tore his ACL four games in to his final season at Michigan. His durability is obviously a huge concern. Also, as a result of those injuries and the fact that he actually came into college as a safety, he’s only had one full season as a strict cornerback in college.

Overall: This is similar to the Charone Peake pick the Jets made last year but at the cornerback position. Clark is a guy that’s very raw and unproven but has great physical ability and some upside. He’ll be a nice contributor on special teams but it’ll be interesting to see what Bowles can get out of him at corner.