With the No. 233 pick of the NFL Draft, the Jets selected Utah OLB Trevor Reilly.
Reilly, who is 6-foot-5 and 245 pounds appeared in 48 games at Utah, accumulating 235 total tackles, 37 tackles for loss, 8.5 sacks, eight forced fumbles and two interceptions. He achieved All-Pac 12 first team honors last season.
The 26-year old Reilly ran a 40-yard dash time of 4.66 at his pro day.
Scouts say that he has good athleticism and good instincts with the ability to come off the edge and contribute in coverage.
Bent, TheJetsBlog.comLast month, Rob Rang was talking about Reilly as a possible option for the Chargers late in the second round, so this does seem to be good value. The fact he is already 26 could be a concern, although he spent two years on a mormon mission (much like Sione Po’uha) so may not have as much tread on the tires as someone else his age. He’s another interesting player to throw in the mix against the likes of Garrett McIntyre and IK Enemkpali.
On the whole, it’s been surprising to see the Jets draft 12 players, but there certainly should be fierce competition for roster spots and playing time now. The doubling-up strategy is always an interesting approach whenever you have a high number of picks and that appears to be something the Jets took into account today.