While most of the attention has been focused on the top the selections in the 2012 NFL Draft for the New York Jets – Quinton Coples, Stephen Hill and Demario Davis – the Jets are hoping some of their late NFL Draft Picks will end up being contributors. That includes names such as Antonio Allen, Josh Bush, Terrance Ganaway, Robert Griffin and Jordan White.
Every team has dreams of striking it rich in the late rounds of the NFL Draft. Getting a star that late in the draft can change a franchise's fortunes, especially when combined with a solid haul early on in the NFL Draft. There is a long, long list of NFL Draft Picks well into the late rounds that ended up becoming stars. Did the New York Jets draft any potential studs late? Who will contribute right away?
Antonio Allen: We aren't the only ones high on the Allen selection. Pat Kriwan of CBS Sports says that Allen could be the "biggest steal" of the entire 2012 NFL Draft. Allen was a tackling machine at South Carolina, and though his "Spur" position, essentially a linebacker and safety combo in the Gamecocks defense, led most to project him as a strong safety, he has better range in coverage than expected. Expect Allen to contribute right away.
Terrance Ganaway: Ganaway is a big running back at 240 pounds, but has quick feet and has shown explosiveness in the open field. He's a good inside runner and only has one year of heavy carries under his belt. While some might be scared off by just one year of production, it can be a good thing for running backs as it's essentially less mileage at a position with a short career span. Ganaway has a chance to get touches right away.
Josh Bush: Expect Bush to be a special teams contributor and backup safety. Don't be surprised if he gets some playing time in nickel and dime sub packages as he did a good job in the slot at Wake Forest.
Seriously, the Griffin the Jets drafted has top-notch size and strength but is very raw. Expect him to be on the practice squad this season. He's a project with nice upside as a powerful run blocker.
Jordan White: White was very productive at Western Michigan, with 140 catches in 2011. He still needs some work and the wide receiver depth chart for the Jets is pretty stacked. Another practice squad candidate.
In the end, expect Allen to see the field a lot as a rookie, with Ganaway and Bush also contributing. Expect Griffin and White to be practice squad players that could eventually grow into contributors.
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