The New York Jets used their 5th round pick to select Texas A&M offensive guard Jarvis Harrison. Here are some initial thoughts on the pick…
1. Last week our Mike Nolan had the following to say about Harrison here:
The 70th PickMost other outlets seem to confirm Harrison as a 3rd to 4th round value…so obviously good news to be selecting him in the 5th round.
I’ve seen Ali Marpet going anywhere from the 2nd to the 5th rounds, but the Jets would be a great fit for the New York native. Other guards you could see go in this range include Jarvis Harrison, who I talk about below, or Mitch Morse out of Missouri who was an absolute monster at the Combine and might excel with a move to guard.
Will He Figure It Out? – Jarvis Harrison, Texas A&M
I could have put Donovan Smith here, but I included him in my top 10 list. Harrison is a big, athletic guard who has not lived up to his full potential in college. At the Combine, he posted one of the fastest times in the 3 cone drill, which is one of the only drills that has any correlation to NFL success for linemen. He’s had conditioning problems in the past and was even benched for two games because of it. His passion is basketball, but if he can find his motivation in the NFL his special brand of size and athleticism could lead to a lot of success.
2. The general book on Harrison seems to be he is blessed with terrific physical tools but needs to be pushed because there are questions about his motivation, work ethic and overall love of the game. If he thrives in the Jets program, they may have found a future starter. If he succumbs to his issues, he may not last in the league long at all.
3. Currently the Jets have the following potential guards on their roster: Willie Colon, James Carpenter, Oday Aboushi, Dakota Dozier, James Brewer, Jarvis Harrison, Brian Winters and Wesley Johnson. It is going to be crowded this summer.