The Jets have signed their single fifth-round pick Jeremiah George, a 5-11, 234-pound inside linebacker from Iowa State. (Yates, May 15).
George’s deal is worth a shade over $2.4 million, including a signing bonus of roughly $192,000.
Over draft weekend, NFL Draft analysts projected that George should be a productive special teams player with upside for playing time in defensive reserve much like current special team ace Nick Bellore.
Brian Bassett, TheJetsBlog.comWhile in the past draft picks often wouldn’t sign until the eve of training camp the process for signing draft picks, specifically later round picks, has accelerated following the 2011 CBA.
Last year former Jets special teams coordinator Mike Westhoff was critical on-air at ESPN Radio about the unit’s lack of talent.
“The Jets are limited in personnel,” Westhoff said on ESPN Radio. “And I’m being kind.”
We fully expected that the Jets would draft some linebackers later in the draft process to help bolster their special teams. While their starters are set for 2014, they are going to need to start thinking longer-term at the position and they have needed to re-stock the cupboard on special teams for going on two years now. While there are still standouts on the special teams unit like Bellore and Lankster, but the roster churn has made fielding athletically and technically proficient units harder and harder. With some of the depth picks the Jets made in the 2014 NFL Draft, hopefully that will turn around.