The Jets are not done bolstering their defense in this 2019 NFL Draft, as they selected Minnesota LB Blake Cashman at No. 157 overall in the fifth round.
Cashman was a preferred walk-on at Minnesota back in 2015, but he eventually earned himself a scholarship after his consistent work on and off the field. The Eden Prarie, MN native saw great sack totals in his sophomore season with 7.5 over 11 games. He also had 10.5 tackles for loss and 45 combined tackles as well.
But it was his senior season in 2018 that solidified his status as an NFL prospect. Cashman led the Gophers with 104 tackles, 15 for loss, over 12 games. He amassed five passes defended, one forced fumble, and a fumble recovery for a touchdown.
At 6-foot-1, 237 pounds, Cashman may be undersized for the linebacker position in the NFL, but his work horse mentality could see him make an impact for the Jets.
Here's what else you should know about the Jets' newest linebacker...
- Cashman is very fast. He ran a 4.5 40-yard dash at the NFL Combine, and finished the 3 Cone Drill in 6.95 seconds.
- Here's what NFL.com's Lance Zierlein said about Cashman: "Limited WILL linebacker who isn't big and isn't fast, but plays with determination and a nose for the ball. Former walk-ons usually have chips on their shoulders that are permanent fixtures and Cashman is no different. He's made the most out of every opportunity he's created for himself, but his lack of athletic traits and length create a small margin for error in his play."
- Cashman was the 2016 Holiday Bowl MVP after posting 12 tackles, two for loss, and two sacks in the win over Washington State.