Jets' Rookie Watch: Tommy Bohanon

The New York Jets went against conventional wisdom and took fullback Tommy Bohanon with their 7th round draft selection. Green and White Report takes a look at Bohanon's complete player profile and determines whether he will be a valuable contributor for Gang Green in 2013.

The Pick:

Tommy Bohanon, FB, Wake Forest

The Player:

Bohanon played football at North Fort Meyers High School, the same High School that Deion Sanders attended. He enjoyed an accomplished career at Fort Meyers, totaling over 1,500 yards and 18 touchdowns. Bohanon would go on to choose Wake Forest and would become the school's first starting fullback for Wake Forest. Bohanon wouldn't just describe himself as a fullback, though; he sees himself more of an H-back.

"Yes, I played some tight end at Wake this past year. Like I said I played H-back and I played on-the-line tight end so I have experience in that, and I believe that I can do that if I'm asked to do that as well."

The Fit:

Last year the Jets had very poor depth at fullback, resulting in Lex Hilliard taking the majority of the snaps. It looks like Gang Green will be emphasizing the use of a multi-dimensional fullback in the new West Coast system. He can come in and start right away on a team where his only competition will be Hilliard. It's important to remember that Bohanon played in both a spread and pro-style system during his collegiate career, which makes him a versatile threat.

"I think that I will be able to (fit) in well," noted Bohanon. "I think that is one of my strong suits-is my versatility and being able to block, run, as well as catch the ball out of the backfield. I think the West Coast Offense suits me well and I think that I will be able to come in and do well in that type of offense."

The Comparison:

Considering the fact that general manager John Idzik came from Seattle, it should come as no surprise that he grabbed a similar player to the one of his former team. Michael Robinson has been the fullback for the Seahawks for the past three seasons and even made the Pro Bowl in 2011. Robinson is around the same size as Bohanon and they both share a diverse skillset. Robinson is noted for his ability to catch the ball out of the backfield and has even played the slot on a few occasions for the Seahawks. We may see Bohanon play some tight end for the Jets, making this the most logical comparison.

The Verdict:

I don't typically agree with drafting fullbacks, but the Jets seemed to be advocating the use of the best player available strategy in this year's draft and apparently deemed Bohanon as more than just a fullback. It will be incredibly important for Bohanon to accept any and every role on this team in order for this pick to be valuable, and it's something he seems willing to do.

"I did. I played special teams all four years that I was at Wake. I plan on coming in and helping out in any way I can on special teams and on offense."

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