New York Jets Draft LB Jordan Jenkins In Third Round

Joe Caporoso with initial reaction to the New York Jets 3rd round pick of Georgia outside linebacker Jordan Jenkins

The New York Jets used their 3rd round draft pick and 83rd overall overall selection on Georgia outside linebacker Jordan Jenkins. I mocked Jenkins to the Jets here with short commentary on the logic behind taking him. Here is a closer look at the newest member of the team…

Over 4 years at Georgia Jenkins racked up 204 tackles, 19 sacks and 6 forced fumbles. He is 6 foot 3, 260 pounds with a 4.77 forty yard dash. Jenkins played through a torn groin and abdominal wall, limiting his explosiveness. Regardless, Jenkins projects as more of an edge setter who brings a very pro-ready, well rounded game to the NFL. The Jets very well may have found their future outside linebackers in back to back third rounds and have very quickly rebuilt their linebacker position in the past two days.

You could very well be looking at many third down defenses that include Darron Lee, Lorenzo Mauldin and Jenkins as the linebackers, bringing a new era of speed and explosiveness to an aging, slower linebacker group. In base 3-4 looks, Jenkins already projects to a likely starter considering the Jets current depth chart. Unlike their second round pick, this was a very strong value selection. You can make a fair argument that Jenkins may project to being a more consistent, productive pro than teammate Leonard Floyd who was a top ten pick.

It looks like the Calvin Pace era has finally come to an end for the Jets at outside linebacker. Jenkins is a high floor, high character selection that will be expected to make an immediate impact for the Jets

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Author: Joe Caporoso

Joe Caporoso is the Owner and EIC of Turn On The Jets. His writing has been featured in the New York Times, Huffington Post, MMQB and AdWeek. Caporoso played football his entire life, including four years at Muhlenberg as a wide receiver, where he was arguably the slowest receiver to ever start in school history. He is the EVP of Content at Whistle Sports