Grading the Jets’ 4th-round pick of Cal WR Chad Hansen

The New York Jets are having a bizarre 2017 NFL Draft.

After experiencing a miracle in the first round and watching top safety Jamal Adams fall into their lap, they opted to draft yet another safety, Marcus Maye, in the second round.

They followed that pick by trading from No. 70 to No. 79 and drafted Alabama wideout ArDarius Stewart.

Well it appears Mike Maccagnan is doubling down again on a position of need selecting another wide receiver in the fourth round, California wide receiver Chad Hansen.

Hansen is an inspiring college football success story.

During his senior year in high school the one scholarship offer the California native received was from the Big Sky conference’s Idaho State. He put up solid numbers at Idaho State and sat out the following year in order to transfer to Cal.

After a relatively quiet first year with the Golden Bears, Hansen broke out in 2016. He earned second-team All-Pac-12 honors catching 92 passes for 1,249 yards and 11 touchdowns.

So did the Jets make the right move in becoming Hansen’s next step? Let’s speculate:

NFL Combine Performance:

40-yard dash: 4.53 seconds

Vertical jump: 35.0 inches

3-cone drill: 6.74 seconds

Hansen’s biggest strength is likely his ability to handle the deep ball. According to Pro Football Focus Hansen caught all of the 17 catchable deep balls thrown to him last season. Such as this 49-yard beauty against San Diego State.

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GIF courtesy of Draft Breakdown

Hansen was also utilized by California on many screen situations, something he excelled at this season.

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GIF courtesy of Draft Breakdown

Hansen is also able to use his speed and make defenders miss in the open field.

GIF courtesy of Draft Breakdown

However, one of Hansen’s biggest weaknesses is his inability to gain separation against press corners.

Regardless, drafting Hansen in the fourth round while many mock drafts had him going in the second or third is a good value pick by Maccagnan and company.

The biggest issue with this pick is the fact that the Jets took a receiver literally the round before and now have an array of mostly young and unproven receivers composed of Eric Decker, Quincy Enunwa, Robby Anderson, Quinton Patton, Charone Peake, Jalin Marshall, Devin Smith, ArDarius Stewart, and Chad Hansen to choose from. Many believe this pick suggests Decker could be on the way out.

Somehow, the Jets have not produced a Pro-Bowl receiver since they drafted Santana Moss in 2001.

The Jets get a solid value pick, but Maccagnan probably could’ve benefitted from drafting a position of greater need rather than taking yet another wide receiver.

Grade: C

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