The New York Jets have come to terms with two of their rookie 6th-round draft picks from the 2012 NFL Draft, officially signing running back Terrance Ganaway (above) and offensive lineman Robert T. Griffin.
Both Ganaway and Griffin were teammates at Baylor University, where they started on offense alongside quarterback Robert Griffin III and wide receiver Kendall Wright, who both went in round 1.
The Jets’ Griffin, no relation to his Heisman Trophy-winning ex-teammate with whom he shares a name, is an offensive guard who will likely back up starters Brandon Moore and Matt Slauson.
Ganaway, a big bruising back, has a chance to earn playing time in a backup role behind starting running back Shonn Greene and young backs Joe McKnight and Bilal Powell.
The Jets had previously signed their other 6th-round pick, defensive back Josh Bush. They now have all three of their 6th-rounders signed.
Having also previously signed 2nd-rounder Stephen Hill, the Jets now have four of their eight rookie draft picks under contract.
1st-rounder Quinton Coples, 3rd-rounder Demario Davis, and 7th-rounders Antonio Allen and Jordan White are the remaining unsigned draft picks.
It’ll be interesting to see how much production the Jets are able to get right away out of their rookie class. In the Rex Ryan era, it’s been a little hit-and-miss in that regard.
As far as the 2009 draft class goes, Mark Sanchez started right away, Greene made an impact at the very end of the year, and although Slauson has become a solid starting option, he played sparingly as a rookie.
In 2010, Kyle Wilson got some playing time but hasn’t lived up to his 1st-round billing, and 2nd-rounder Vladimir Ducasse hasn’t been able to translate his raw physical talents into productive play.
Last year, Muhammad Wilkerson emerged as a star in the making as a day 1 starter, but the Jets can’t afford to get production from just one rookie per season.
This year’s draft class, along with the undrafted rookies, will need to produce if the Jets expect to make any serious noise in 2012. With a new offensive coaching staff in place, hopefully that makes a big difference.
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