The New York Jets went back to defense in the fifth round of the NFL Draft selecting LB Blake Cashman from Minnesota. The Jets decided to address their depth at LB and special teams by bringing in the Gophers’ leading tackler in 2018. Cashman benefited from a great draft process and a sound reputation.
The Jets drafted defense again with the selection of Blake Cashman. There’s so much uncertainty on their LB depth chart beyond Avery Williamson and C.J Mosley. So, the Jets perhaps added Cashman to provide some flexibility to make a decision on Darron Lee. Cashman is a former walk-on who earned his scholarship and in his final season was third team all-conference in the Big Ten.
Cashman’s athletic testing was in the draft process earned him a good amount of love. He had a 37-inch vertical, 6.95 3-cone, 4.12 20-yard shuttle, and ran a 4.5 40. His athletic ability gives him a chance, at worst, to catch on with the Jets as a new weapon for Brant Boyer on special teams. He also provides a useful mindset and attitude to the Jets locker room as a hard worker and former team-captain.
The Jets depth chart number at LB may suggest they may at least be preparing for an eventual transition to a 4-3 defense. For now, they’ll likely continue to say they’re not. But the personnel decisions should tell us everything we need to know.