With the No. 210 pick of the NFL Draft, the Jets selected defensive end IK Enemkpali from Louisiana Tech.
Enemkpali, who is 6-foot-1 and 261 pounds, ran a 40-yard dash time of 5.01 seconds, but benched the 225 28 times at the Combine.
Enemkpali was suspended in 2011 after a disturbing the peace and battery of a police officer charge, but was re-instated with his team before that season began.
Scouts say that he is tenacious, and is suited to be a 3-4 outside linebacker, but that he will take time and patience for a coaching staff to unlock his potential and learn to loosen his stiff hips.
His name is pronounced “EYE-KAY IN-em-PALL-ee.” His full name is Ikemefuna Chinedum Enemkpali. His parents were born in Nigeria.
Brian Bassett, TheJetsBlog.comIn the right system, Enemkpali could work out. Paired with the team the Jets have and if needed on defense Enemkpali might be able to carve out a role in a sub-package defense, but he will need to show that he can get the job done on special teams first. Enemkpali is tenacious and plays with determination that coaches love, but his lack of height and speed might make it hard for him to stick on the Jets roster.
Bent, TheJetsBlog.comThe most impressive thing about Enemkpali’s resume is that he apparently gave Luke Joeckel a tough time, when he played against last year’s number two pick in 2012. Some people have suggested he might be a little small for an outside linebacker role in Rex Ryan’s defense, but he’s actually slightly bigger than Antwan Barnes. He’s apparently a high intangibles guy and has potential as a young outside rusher, something which this roster was lacking.