The New York Jets selected TE Christopher Herndon out of Miami (FL). There was a lot of talk about what position need the Jets would address and while tight end isn’t the most pressing need, it’s still a need for a team that hasn’t had consistent tight end play since Dustin Keller. Here are some thoughts on the pick:
1-Herndon is a well rounded tight end. He is effective as a blocker and also as a receiver, a type of tight end the Jets need after Austin Seferian-Jenkins departed in free agency. His big frame (6’4″, 245 pounds) makes him tough to tackle after the catch. He is athletic enough to seal the edge against defensive ends and turn short passes into big gains.
2-He needs to work on his route tree as most of his receptions came on curls, swing routes and slants. Herndon is an effective open field runner but struggles to separate on routes, despite being able to line up anywhere. He played behind David Njoku at Miami in 2016 and his 2017 season was cut short due to a MCL injury. He’s not a finished product and will need time to develop his game.
3-The Jets now have six tight ends on the roster (Herndon, Jordan Leggett, Eric Tomlinson, Clive Walford, Neal Sterling and Bucky Hodges). Herndon’s ability to be an effective receiver and an efficient blocker will give him a shot to earn playing time in a not so talented tight end room. I would go as far as saying he is the most versatile tight end on the roster currently. We might not see a whole lot of production early but could develop into one of Darnolds favorite targets.
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