New York Jets: Final mock draft of 2018

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Round Five: Hercules  Mata’afa, Edge, Washington State

At this point in the draft, the elite players are no more. There are no guarantees in the draft anyway, but especially on day three. The educating guessing becomes more of a premium as general managers wade their way through the back-end of the draft. Edge pass rusher is definitely a position that falls off after day one.

That being said, the Jets still need to take a shot at one in this draft. Even if that player is a situational pass rusher, the Jets have needed one for the longest time. They never really replaced John Abraham, although they have tried. To play the type of defense that Todd Bowles wants to play, he has to have the horses to rush the passer. It also helps when trying to close out games and secure leads.

Take a look at Hercules Mata’afa:

Tackles Def Int Fumbles
Year School Conf Class Pos G Solo Ast Tot Loss Sk Int Yds Avg TD PD FR Yds TD FF
*2015 Washington State Pac-12 FR DE 11 18 11 29 9.5 5.5 0 0 0 0 1 1
*2016 Washington State Pac-12 SO DL 12 34 13 47 13.5 5.0 0 0 0 0 0 0
*2017 Washington State Pac-12 JR DL 11 31 14 45 22.5 10.5 0 0 0 0 1 2
Career Washington State 83 38 121 45.5 21.0 0 0 0 0 2 3

Numbers are numbers, and this guy spent a lot of time in the offensive backfield.

There is technique work to be done here, no doubt. However, this kid has a motor that doesn’t quit. He has one goal, to get to the football. Mata’afa will do whatever it takes to get to the ball carrier. He deserves a shot here in round five.