Round six, 12th pick, 192nd overall
With the 12th pick in the sixth round of the 2020 NFL Draft, the New York Jets select Josh Metellus, safety, University of Michigan Wolverines.
Where Dantzler’s tackling leaves something to be desired, he could take a few lessons from Josh Metellus. The former Michigan safety is a big hitter in the run game. He’s at his best when attacking the run or short passing game, especially against tight ends. Metellus is also known for his ball-jarring hits.
Gang Green is very thin at safety. With incumbent Marcus Maye entering his walk year, Metellus can have a one-season apprenticeship. Or, should the New York Jets decide to keep Maye, the Pembroke Pines, FL native would be a valuable insurance policy in case of injury. In the meantime, Metellus can make his mark on special teams.
Round six, 32nd pick, 212th overall
With the 32nd pick in the sixth round of the 2020 NFL Draft, the New York Jets select Joshua Kelley, running back, UCLA Bruins.
The eye test won out on this pick. There were some running backs on the board that were ranked higher. I watched Kelley play a few times for UCLA and I like what I saw from him. He’s a banger. One of those players with an “I’m gonna put a hit on you before you hit me” mentality.
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Kelley doesn’t have to be a star with the Jets. He needs to be able to come in for Le’Veon Bell when the bell-cow back needs a rest. The fact that Kelley thrives on contact is a big plus because the Jets offensive line, in their recent history, have had problems opening holes. They could useneed someone who can gain yards after the initial hit.
"Physical, downhill runner best-suited for gap-scheme rushing attack. On most carries, it feels like Kelley is playing a game of chicken against defenders when he ducks his head and hits the accelerator into contact. – Lance Zierlein, NFL.com"
The Jets don’t own a seventh-round pick this year. It went to Baltimore last August for guard Alex Lewis.
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