The Jets drafted G Jarvis Harrison in the fifth round Saturday with the 152nd overall selection.
Harrison (6-foot-4, 300 pounds), saw playing time at both LG and RG for Texas A&M.
He started 38 games in college but underwent shoulder surgery that caused him to miss the first two games of his senior year.
Harrison has had questions surrounding him regarding his work ethic.
"Everybody has opinions. Stuff don’t get to me," said Harrison. "It doesn't bother me what people think."
NFL.com analyst Lance Zierlein said "I believe he has Pro Bowl caliber talent, but his work ethic is a major concern for me. I know he loves basketball, but not sure if he feels the same about football. The talent? That's a given. He's really, really talented." (NFL.com)
While most Jets fans were hoping for the Jets to pick one of the better-known players still remaining in the draft, they instead opted for a player who was projected as a late round pick in most places with this selection. That spikes my interest because the hope is that Mike Maccagnan will be able to unearth some talented players that other teams overlooked. He certainly had some success with late-round linemen in Houston.
Harrison is a good athlete with major concerns over his work ethic. Some, including Mike Mayock, are even saying he has second-round talent if he can dedicate himself. With that said, what I've seen of Harrison was an inconsistent player who looks good when he puts it all together. He was penalty-free in all but one game last season, although he started the season on the bench following a slow recovery from offseason surgery.
You can expect Harrison to compete at guard, despite the fact he was able to start two games at left tackle last season. One of those saw him matched up with first-round pick Shane Ray and unsurprisingly this was probably his roughest game of the year. The rest of the time he was at left guard, where he acquitted himself pretty well on a unit which had to deal with some injuries over the course of the season. From the sounds of it, he was an underachiever though, so the challenge for the Jets will be to motivate him.
It is clear that Head Coach Todd Bowles will bring accountability to his team. If Harrison has the level of talent that many analysts seem to think he possesses there's little downside to taking a guard to develop and compete with Brian Winters, Oday Aboushi and Dakota Dozier. It's a good use of a "found" pick for moving back yesterday and allows the team to take a potentially raw player and put him into a system which looks like a good fit for him to potentially get the best from him.