Alongside many Jets fans, I was still in the wake of our first round pick Leonard Williams when the second round got underway.
Like many other years, the New York Jets chose to fund their defence with the 1st pick, but what was on my mind going to round 2 was Woody Johnson’s quote about supplying Geno Smith. He said, “We’re going to get him more targets”. I agreed, Geno Smith averaged only 184.1 yards per game, so Jets simply had to go with an offensive playmaker at 37th overall.
The Jets made their 2nd round pick, none other than, Ohio State’s deep threat talent, Devin Smith. Devin Smith has impressive skills down the stretch, he recorded a 4.42 40 at the combine. The sort of speed the Jets arguably didn’t have of their roster before the pick.
Smith, who is also a 2014 college national champion with the Buckeyes, averaged a mouth watering 28.2 yards per catch last year. Catching 33 receptions and 12 for TDs. Another impressive fact is Ohio State were 22-0 when Smith caught a touchdown in his 4 years there.
The Jets clearly chose wisely when making their pick at 37, as other receivers such as Dorial Green-Beckham and Jalen Strong were still available at the time Jets were choosing. Maccagnan and Co clearly saw Smith the ideal selection to improve their current receiving core already bolstered with names like Marshall, Decker and Kerley.
Analyst, Ron Pickett quickly saw Smith’s inclusion a perhaps talent or skill set replacement for Percy Harvin, who was lost in the off-season. An idea I can too see comparisons in. Smith’s targets will be no doubt be more limited than perhaps Percy’s, however, he does now offer Geno that 9 route option to blow a game wide open. For example, Devin Smith managed 5 college TDs for over 50 yards and also set a school with a 90-yard TD reception. Geno will have no excuse about going deep now. Devin is the burner he’s been waiting for.
If it was the Jets goal to provide Geno with more targets, they undoubtedly accomplished that by drafting Devin Smith. Going into Week 1, Geno Smith may have no excuses to pull if his lack of performance shows face once again. Maccagnan has filled his reads with quality receivers, so it’s up to Geno now to make them shine.