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New York Jets Off the Clock: Sixth-Round Pick Running Back Elijah McGuire, Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin' Cajuns
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16 May 2017 01:49 PM EST

-by Daniel Mogollon, Staff Writer; Image: Louisiana-Lafayette running back Elijah McGuire rushes the football. (Image Source: Andres Leighton/Associated Press)

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 the first of their three sixth-round selections:

Round 6; Pick 4 (188th Overall): RB Elijah McGuire, Louisiana-Lafayette

Measurables: About average size (5’10’/214 pounds) with small hands (9”), McGuire flashed adequate speed (4.53) at the NFL Scouting Combine. He displayed explosiveness with impressive jumps, an 11-foot broad jump and a 36” vertical. However, he wasn’t very shifty as his three-cone time (7.26) was near the bottom for a running back. His SPARQ was just 82nd among backs coming out, but ahead of stars like Leonard Fournette and Dalvin Cook.

Skill Set: A tough, physical runner, McGuire does most of his damage between the tackles. Not only can he be a ground-and-pound back, the Ragin’ Cajun is also an outstanding pass catcher, who has soft hands, runs crisp routes, and makes plays after the catch. As productive as he was running the football, McGuire’s 10.7 yards per catch for his career really stands out for a runner. He can even line up out of the slot.

New York Jets Off the Clock: Off Needs | Def Needs | Jamal Adams | Marcus Maye | ArDarius Stewart | Chad Hansen | Jordan Leggett | Dylan Donahue |

Value: ESPN.com has McGuire ranked 196th and he’s the 203rd player according to CBSSports.com’s rankings, while NFL.com gave him a sixth-seventh round grade. The Lafayette man went in the range he should have gone.   

Need: The Jets have Matt Forte (31-years old) and Bilal Powell (28) back but they needed to add depth and youth to the backfield. They are both under contract for two more seasons, but can be released after the 2017 campaign with cap hits of $1,000,00 or less.

Mogollon’s Pick: Rather than a running back, I would have gone with offensive tackle prospect Adam Bisnowaty out of Pittsburgh. If he can stay healthy the Panther brings a lot of upside for a sixth-round selection at a critical position of need.

Who Else Did They Pass Up? Oklahoma linebacker Jordan Evans (No. 193) is an athletic defender who would fit in nicely to a Todd Bowles defense. Utah’s Sam Tevi (No. 190) is another offensive tackle the Jets passed up, while Miami defensive end Al-Quadin Muhammad is in edge rusher who has experience playing three-four outside linebacker.

NFL Draft OTC: Picks 1-4, 5-8, 9-12, 13-16, 17-20, 21-24, 25-28, 29-32, By State; Giants OTC: Needs | Evan Engram | Dalvin Tomlinson |

The Fit: His ability to get tough yards, as well as make plays as a pass catcher coming out of the backfield fits into the mold of New York’s running backs under general manager Mike Maccagnan.   

2017 Outlook & Beyond: He will compete with Brandon Wilds and Romar Morris for the No. 3 running back role with McGuire as the favorite to land a roster spot. If he can stick and provide depth beyond just this season that would be a win for the Jets this deep into the draft.

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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