Okay, so by now we’ve all hear about Quinton Coples and his background in a disgruntled program. We’ve seen what Stephen Hill can do in a run-oriented offense. We know Demario Davis is ready for the transition from outside linebacker to the inside.
But what about those pesky sixth and seventh round picks? For every Matt Slauson (2009 193rd overall pick, 6th round) and Drew Colemen (2006 189 overall pick, 6th round) there’s five Nate Garners and Jacob Benders. Don’t know enough about the new late round picks for the Jets as you might like? Here’s a little background information on the team’s five late round additions.
1. Josh Bush, S, Wake Forest (6th round/187 overall) – “This is just football to me. I’m 23, I’ve been playing football for a long time so I’m ready to get there and just get comfortable around the guys and just play football. It’s something that I love to do and I’m blessed to have the opportunity to continue to play it.”
- Bush, who was brought in to the team’s Florham Park, NJ facilities on April 17th, moved to the safety position after coming to Wake Forest as a cornerback. NFL scouts call him a “safety with corner attributes”. Boasting a sub 4.5 40-time, Bush can cover the slot and be an impact on special teams.
- The Demon Deacons defense played a lot of man coverage, with many of their zone coverages turning in to man-to-man, according to Bush. He says he feels very comfortable playing safety and in man-to-man.
- With 56 tackles, six interceptions and five passes defended, Bush was named to the first team All-ACC in 2011 and, yet, was not invited to any all-star games or combines.
2. Terrance Ganaway, RB, Baylor (6th round/202 overall) – “When you look at what (Terrance) Ganaway did in college – option. What did Tim Tebow run in college? Option. You got a package right there. There’s your package. That’s part of what they drafted here.” – Bill Polian, ESPN Analyst
- It’s true, Ganaway did work very well in the Robert Griffin III’s option-style offense, but running back was still a hole – albeit a minor one – to be filled. Lost among the RGIII hysteria was Ganaway, who set single season school records in rushing yards (1,547), rushing touchdowns (21), rushing yards per game (119) and 200-yard rushing games (3).
- He took home MVP honors in the Alamo Bowl after rushing for 200 yards and five touchdowns versus Washington.
- At 6’0″/239, Ganaway is a bruiser between the tackles, but if he expects playing time early he has to beef up his blocking game.
3. Robert T. Griffin, G, Baylor (6th round/203 overall) – “I’m going to keep that name and my motto. I’m going to keep the names Big Griff and RGII. It is nothing different.I’m going to keep that name and my motto. I’m going to keep the names Big Griff and RGII. It is nothing different” – on Robert Griffin III and him sharing a name.
- Like Ganaway, Griffin comes from an option/run-oriented offense. RGII became the third offensive player drafted by the Jets who has an option-based background (Stephen Hill & Ganaway).
- Listed as an offensive lineman, Griffin says he feels more comfortable at the guard position. “I feel like I can play a lot more aggressively at guard and make my living there,” he told reporters via conference call.
- Coming off shoulder surgery last off-season, Griffin earned second-team All Big 12 in 2011 after transferring from Navarro College in Corsicana, Texas.
4. Antonio Allen, SS, South Carolina (7th round/242 overall) – “It was a surprise at the end because I didn’t really think I was going to get drafted anywhere. I was looking towards free agency because I hadn’t heard my name. I didn’t hear my name in the first couple of rounds. But it was a surprise. I am excited. My family is excited and we have new things coming.” – on bring drafted.
- Allen attributes his 7th round selection on the style of safety he played for the Game Cocks. ” I think mainly because of my position, the “spur.” Its not a traditional safety spot. I am not 12 yards deep covering the post every play. I am up on the line of scrimmage tackling people for a loss. I don’t know where the “spur” position fits in [Jets defense], but I am a playmaker. I make plays all over the field and I do what I have to do to get the offensive guys the ball back,” he said.
- He may not play on defense right away, but Ryan told Allen he’ll be playing plenty of special teams (an area where Allen excelled in college). Ryan also told Allen he was surprised that he was still on the board for the Jets, calling him a “great value pick”.
- Allen on covering South Carolina standout receiver Alshon Jeffrey: ” [He] is one of the elite wide receivers there is at the college level, but now he’s in the pro’s. Going up against him has got me mentally better and physically prepared for what’s coming up next.”
5. Jordan White, WR, Western Michigan (7th round/244 overall) – “I took over with the help of my teammates and the help of my coaches and really studied the game, studied what I needed to do to become successful. Over the past few years I’ve managed to stay healthy and really show people that those two injuries were freak accidents and that I can stay healthy and produce at a high level.”
- “They were both on the field, practice injuries. They both happened in fall practice in 2006 and 2008. I tore my ACL, the right one then the left one in 2008, both blocking. None of it was cutting and none of it was getting tackled. It was more getting twisted up; a freak accident I guess you could say,” – White on his two knee injuries.
- He played out a west coast style offense at Western Michigan, where White says they ran the ball early the season and ended on a passing frenzy. He led NCAA football in receiving yardage (1,911), total receptions (140), receiving yards per game (147) and receptions per game (10.77).
- “My quarterback had trust in me that whenever he was in trouble or needed a guy to count on he would throw it my way. I had the trust in him to give me the ball. It’s not on me to get other guys open or get other guys the ball, and he did a good job of that” – on his connection with his college QB.