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New York Jets Off the Clock: Fourth-Round Pick Wide Receiver Chad Hansen, California Golden Bears
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11 May 2017 02:10 PM EST

-by Daniel Mogollon, Staff Writer; Image: California wide out Chad Hansen makes catch against Hawaii. (Image Source: Mark Nolan/Getty Images)

The New York Jets had nine picks in the 2017 NFL Draft, with six coming on Day 3. As we take the Jets “Off the Clock,” we’ll break down all nine of their draft picks, continuing with their fourth-round selection:

Round 4; Pick 35 (141st Overall): WR Chad Hansen, Cal

Measurables: The Cal product brings above average size at 6’2” with massive hands that measure at 10 1/8”, which leaves him at the 90th percentile among the wide receivers who were at the NFL Scouting Combine. His performance in the timed drills were mostly in the average range: 4.53 40-yard dash, 35” vertical jump, 9’11” broad jump. Hansen did excel in the three-cone drill with an elite 6.74 time (80th percentile), as well as the short shuttle (4.13; 72nd percentile).  

Skill Set: A productive pass catcher who knows how to get open and make catches in tight quarters, Hansen never gives up on plays. At Cal, he excelled at working the sidelines with the ability to keep his feet in bounds, with the back-shoulder catch his specialty. He’s instinctive, aware, strong, and physical, with nimble feet. That change of direction ability allows him to make would-be tacklers miss in space. Hansen also checks the boxes for his body control and ability to track the football, similar to third-round pick ArDarius Stewart. He’s also a sneaky deep threat if teams cheat up. A willing and strong run blocker.

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Value: The Jets seemed to get pretty good value with this late fourth-round selection. While ESPN.com had Hansen ranked 163rd overall, he was CBSSports.com’s 93rd player overall and NFL.com gave him a third-round grade. Pretty good value for the 141st pick in the draft.  

Need: Even more surprising to me than going with back-to-back safeties in rounds one and two was New York using their next two selections on wide outs, a position that was already five to seven deep (even without counting Devin Smith). Yes, Brandon Marshall needed to replaced, but the combo of Eric Decker and Quincy Enunwa probably makes for one of the stronger starting units on the team. Then there is a troika of rookies from last season, Robby Anderson (24-years old), Charone Peake (24), and Jalin Marshall (21), as well as ArDarius Stewart who the Jets drafted in the third round. The selection of Hansen might be an indication that Decker’s tenure is coming to an end and that they’d don’t have much faith in the class of 2016 members.

Mogollon’s Pick: For the second-straight pick I would have gone with a Michigan man and drafted Wolverines tight end Jake Butt (No. 145), who if healthy could have gone as high as the second round and likely no later than round No. 3.  

Who Else Did They Pass Up? In addition to Butt, Iowa’s George Kittle (No. 146) is another Big Ten tight end who is a potential starter and someone who has experience as an in-line blocker with upside as a pass catcher. Since the selection of Hansen appears to be one with an eye towards the future, then Carlos Watkins (No. 142) as a replacement for Sheldon Richardson wouldn’t have been a reach this deep into the draft.

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The Fit: Losing Brandon Marshall hurts the Jets ability to attack on the perimeter, as Eric Decker and Quincy Enunwa do their best working on the inside, often lined up out of the slot. Hansen’s skill set of working the sidelines and making back shoulder catches could be how the Jets see him fitting in with the rest of the receiver group.

2017 Outlook & Beyond: It’s going to be up to Hansen how quickly he comes on and that’s difficult to project. There does appear to be a logjam ahead of him on the depth chart, as the Jets have five receivers back, signed free agent Quinton Patton, and drafted ArDarius Stewart. But the reality is the competition behind the starters is wide open, Enunwa has done it for just one season, and Decker is injury prone. Looking ahead, you’d imagine the Jets envision Hansen taking on a bigger role as soon as next season, ideally competing with Stewart for a starting job with the loser taking on the No. 3 wide out slot.

Daniel Mogollon is a member of the Pro Football Writers of America and the Football Writers Association of America. He is also a voter for the Thorpe and the Rotary Lombardi Award, as well as the Latino Sports MVP Awards. You can reach him via email: danmogollon@gmail.com.

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