The Jets added running back help in the sixth round, selecting Virginia State RB Trenton Cannon with the No. 204 overall pick.
Cannon led the CIAA (Division II) in rushing after posting 1,638 yards on 212 attempts (148.9 per game). He also scored 17 touchdowns, which led his Trojan team.
"Tremendously explosive change-of-pace runner who will need to live in the cafeteria and the weight room early on to help build his frame up to NFL standards," NFL Draft Analyst Lance Zierlein wrote on Cannon. "Cannon has juice for days and that big-play ability in space will be very appealing to teams..."
Cannon adds running back depth to Gang Green, who lost Matt Forte to retirement. He joins a running backs room that is led by Bilal Powell and sophomore Elijah McGuire.
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Cannon is a player who wasn't on many draft radars. He didn't get a combine invitation, and was a projected undrafted free agent in most places. However, the Jets obviously felt strongly enough about his potential to use a pick on him rather than risk not being able to sign him after the draft.
He is not particularly big, so will probably be a third down back at the pro level. However, he could also bring value as a kick returner and that might be his best chance at earning a role in 2018.