The Jets needed to add speed, coverage ability and pass rushing ability on their linebacking core. They added speed, coverage and some pass rushing with Darron Lee in the first and they added more speed along with passing rushing with their third-round selection of Georgia linebacker Jordan Jenkins.
Jenkins is an athletic linebacker, who does a great job at the point of attack and using his hands. He can set the edge when defending against the run and does an excellent job of wading through traffic to find the runner and make tackles.
"We also took Jordan Jenkins, an outside linebacker from Georgia," Mike Maccagnan said. "He played a little bit of defensive end and outside linebacker in college. We're projecting him as an outside linebacker for us in our 3-4 defense going forward."
The Jets are happy to add Jenkins to their linebacking group and Jenkins said he was "overjoyed" to getting the phone call saying he'd be a Jet.
"I was overjoyed. My sister got videos. I'm ecstatic. I'm excited," Jenkins said. "I didn't know who was going to pick me. I remember Coach (Todd) Bowles saying after the workout that 'I'd be seeing you real soon,' and I was like, 'Hopefully so.' I'm speechless."
Bowles said Jenkins will play both the Sam and the Will linebacker positions and he will be asked to rush the passer and set the edge against the run and for Jenkins to be able to be groomed and learn on the job he couldn't have asked for a better place to be because playing behind the Jets defensive line is going to make his job a whole lot easier.
The Jets weren't able to get Noah Spence or Kamalei Correa, two of the best pure edge rushers in this draft, so instead they took a linebacker who can win at the point of attack, defend the run and be a productive pass rusher.
"I feel like as an edge rusher, I bring a lot of intensity and physicality to the game," Jenkins said. "I feel like I'm a strong athlete, I have a strong lower body and feel like I bring high speed to rushing. I just feel like I'm the guy that enjoys getting after it and loves getting physical and stuff."
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