New York Jets: Grading the 2018 draft class pick by pick

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Chris Herndon

For some reason I found this one to be a surprise. It shouldn’t have been. The Jets lost Austin Seferian-Jenkins to free agency and hadn’t yet replaced him. Jordan Leggett is back for 2018 but didn’t play a single snap. In the Jets tight end room, the player with the most receptions has a whopping eight. The room could afford to improve.

Receiving Rushing Scrimmage
Year School Conf Class Pos G Rec Yds Avg TD Att Yds Avg TD Plays Yds Avg TD
*2015 Miami (FL) ACC SO TE 10 18 237 13.2 1 0 0 0 18 237 13.2 1
*2016 Miami (FL) ACC JR TE 13 28 334 11.9 2 0 0 0 28 334 11.9 2
*2017 Miami (FL) ACC SR TE 11 40 477 11.9 4 0 0 0 40 477 11.9 4
Career Miami (FL) 86 1048 12.2 7 0 0 0 86 1048 12.2 7

The stats show a guy who could be a threat in the red zone, but not a real influence stretching the field up the seam. His career yards per reception was 12.2 which amounts to a short to intermediate threat. That equates Herndon to being similar to Seferian-Jenkins. He could be a safety valve for Darnold but not a very dangerous threat.

He also isn’t known to be a great blocker. That makes using him on every down difficult. If Herndon can’t be trusted to block in the run game, the defense will know the Jets are throwing the football when he comes in. This could work out quite well but it may have been too late to select an impact tight end.

Grade: C+