The New York Jets hope seventh-round draft pick Charone Peake turns into a gem

Did the Jets uncover a hidden gem in the seventh-round of the draft?

The Jets already have two outstanding receivers on the roster in Brandon Marshall and Eric Decker, they drafted Devin Smith last year in hopes that he could be the third receiver and feel good about what Quincy Enunwa brings to the receiving core. But Marshall and Decker are older veterans and Smith still has a long way to go to prove he can contribute. So, the wide receiver position wasn't an immediate need for the Jets but in the seventh-round of the draft is a great time to take a chance on a receiver to develop for the future.

Charone Peake is 6'2" 209-pounds and ran. 4.45 40 and he played his college ball at Clemson, yes the same place that produced Sammy WatkinsDeAndre Hopkins and Martavis Bryant. But Peake lasted until the seventh-round because of injury issues. Peake tore his ACL in 2013 and had to take a medical redshirt. Due to the injury and being behind some of the aforementioned receivers on the depth chart Peake really only had one full year for scouts to judge him on and he took advantage of having Deshaun Watson as his quarterback and had 50 catches for 716 yards and five touchdowns. 

Now Peake finds himself yet again buried on the depth chart, this time he will lean on the veterans in front of him to show him the ropes. Peake has the talent and ability to turn into a late-round steal for the Jets, he just has to stay healthy and put it all together and with veterans like Marshall and Decker to show him the way he has the right people to help him do just that. Maybe Peake can help the Jets in small spurts this year but fans shouldn't count on that, you should just hope that he can develop into a starting receiver and add to the impressive list of receivers to come out of Clemson.

Check out the video above to see what Peake had to say at the start of rookie camp.

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Chris Nimbley is the Editor-in-Chief of JetsInsider.com/NYJScout.com. He can be reached on Twitter (@cnimbley), or via email (cnimbley@gmail.com)


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