The New York Jets selected Tommy Bohanon with the 215th overall pick in the 2013 NFL draft.
According to NFL.com, At North Fort Meyers High School, Bohanon totaled over 1,500 yards and 18 touchdowns in his career. In his final three years at the school, he earned all-district, all-conference and all-area honors. Bohanon also lettered in baseball. He ultimately chose Wake Forest over Michigan State and Louisville.
In 2009, he became the first-ever true freshman fullback to play at Wake Forest under Jim Grobe. He was used primarily as a blocker, but had 16 carries for 51 yards and eight receptions for 66 yards. As a sophomore, he played in all 12 games with four starts at fullback. Bohanon logged 17 carries for 77 yards, and tied for fourth on the team with 11 receptions. In 2011, Bohanon played in all 13 games with six starts at fullback. He rushed 15 times for 31 yards and two touchdowns. He also added nine receptions for 56 yards and a touchdown. In 2012, Bohanon had two rushes for a yard and a touchdown. He also had 23 catches for 208 yards and five touchdowns.
STRENGTHS – At 6’1″ and 246 pounds, Bohanon is well built with good size and bulk for the position. He is a highly competitive player who has been a very productive blocker at Wake Forest. He is not used as a running back. As a blocker, he has consistently shown the willingness to attack the linebacker in the hole and can deliver punishing hits at the LOS. When he plays low with good pad level and leverage, he can eliminate the linebacker from the play. He is a very effective blocker in all areas of the field. He has been a productive lead blocker from a fullback alignment, making blocks in the middle of the line, on the edge and down the field. When he blocks with good technique in pass protection, he can stand up blitzers and stop them in their tracks. He has very good hands catching the ball out of the backfield and is an instinctive runner with the ball who follows his blockers well. He does a good job of securing the ball first, and then turning up the field. Bohanon is an all effort player who keeps his legs churning until he is on the ground.
WEAKNESSES – Even with his great size, Bohanon is not as consistent a blocker as he has the ability to be. He has a tendency of standing upright when he delivers the initial blow while lead blocking, and it causes him to struggle to stay on and maintain blocks through the entire play. While he has tremendous functional strength, he does not consistently show it on his lead blocks and often just ties his man up instead of blowing them out of the hole. There are times when he tries to keep hold of man so to negate that player. As a pass blocker, he doesn’t play with a lot of consistency because he struggles to be technically sound with his base. When he gets away from his technique, he doesn’t move laterally well and reaches and lunges with straight legs. While he is a good pass catcher, he will never be an impact player with the ball in his hands and isn’t going to be a weapon in any area other than as a blocking fullback.
Bent, TheJetsBlog.comBohanon is another apparent scheme fit, as he’s more of a versatile fullback than just a pure blocking back in the John Conner mold. He caught 23 passes for seven touchdowns last season and also played as an H-Back which could provide the Jets with some versatility. This is another move that sets up a camp competition, as it will probably be between Bohanon and veteran Lex Hilliard for a roster spot. Marty Mornhinweg’s Eagles used Stanley Havili for approximately 15 snaps per game last year, so there is a role for this kind of player in his offense.
Bohanon had some impressive combine numbers, including a 35-inch vertical leap and 36 reps in the bench press. However, based on reports like the one above, he needs to be more consistent as a lead blocker. The fact that pass protection is listed as a strength could be important though.
Brian Bassett, TheJetsBlog.com
Competition for roster spots and all that, but it’s not going to be hard for Bohanon to beat out Lex Hilliard, who had a poor showing and was re-signed this offseason. As noted above it is great that he’s more of a fullback that can catch the ball and be versatile. This also means to me that, yes, the Jets will carry a fullback and that is going to pinch the running back spots to likely no more than three on the 53 man roster.