Mike Maccagnan and the New York Jets look to have added another solid guy in the second-round of the NFL Draft with Devin Smith from OSU.
By Robby Sabo
Today, Mike Francesa said something very interesting on his afternoon-drive show on WFAN. He said the reason the New York Jets selected Leonard Williams with the No. 6 overall pick of the NFL Draft on Thursday night, is “because they now have adults running the organization.”
That statement couldn’t be more true.
In years past, John Idzik (god bless that man’s soul), might have passed up an all-world talent like Williams because it wasn’t a position of need. Instead, with Maccagnan and Todd Bowles, New York realized they were granted a great gift and fully took advantage.
The new, “Jersey-born” regime has furthered the “grownup” statement in Round 2.
The Jets came away with Ohio State University wide receiver Devin Smith. Smith was a four-year player at OSU who routinely wowed audiences. Blessed with blazing speed, he didn’t garner first-round attention based on his 6-0, 196 lbs. size.
He also has trouble with underneath route-running and catching clean balls at times. He’ll need some polishing at the professional level, but there’s no question he provides the Jets with the deep threat they so desperately need next to Eric Decker, Brandon Marshall and Jeremy Kerley (all possession guys who lack top-end speed).
Even NFL Network’s Mike Mayock agrees, who said this after the selection:
“I like this pick. This guy tracks the football deep as well as any wide receiver in this draft. He has 4.4 speed. It seemed like every catch he made this year was for a touchdown.”
The thing I love about this pick is it signals Maccagnan wants “football players” at the wide receiver spot, not just “flashy pass catchers.” Smith is most definitely a football player.
New York will now wait until the third-round to fill needs at quarterback, edge rusher and the offensive line.
If you think Devin Smith’s football skills are impressive… wait till you see his backflip abilities! https://t.co/R4UNUjPyn7
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