New York Jets: GM Joe Douglas hits home run in first Gang Green draft

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Round 4, Pick 120: Running Back – Lamical Perine, Florida

With their pick in the 4th round, the New York Jets drafted another weapon for Sam Darnold. Their second consecutive Florida Gator off the board, Lamical Perine, is a versatile back that can help the offense in different ways. Perine finished his Florida career with 2,485 rushing yards, 674 receiving yards, and 30 touchdowns.

Perine is a running back who can take the rock in-between the tackles with power as well as split out as a wide receiver. With Florida, Perine made his mark on the game both as a runner and receiver.

His skill-set translates well for a Jets team who needs playmakers in every way. Gang Green thought they had that in Ty Montgomery last year, but he didn’t pan out. Perine had plenty of reps in Florida, touching the ball an impressive 565 times in his career.

Team Fit

The New York Jets need playmakers on the offensive side of the ball. No matter where the production comes from. The team is short on receivers, but Perine can fill that void in certain sets. His biggest job is to serve is as the backup for bell-cow back Le’Veon Bell. If Perine’s skills can translate to the next level, he could provide a pivotal one-two punch with Bell.