It’s uncommon, yet not unprecedented, that a seventh-round draft pick makes an immediate impact as a rookie in the NFL, but New York Jets rookie fullback Tommy Bohanon finds himself in a pretty advantageous spot.
Bohanon was the last pick of John Idzik‘s first rookie draft class this past April, and he’ll enter training camp as a strong contender to earn a starting job as a rookie, provided he can beat out journeyman fullback Lex Hilliard.
The 22-year-old Bohanon seems to be a perfect personnel fit in Jets offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg‘s offensive system, as a guy who can catch the football out of the backfield in addition to his lead block duties.
That versatility should bode well for the 6’2, 245-lb rookie, especially in comparison to the incumbent Hilliard, who signed with the Jets midway through last season and did not perform particularly well in any facet of the game.
The Jets’ new “T-Bo” will likely be given every opportunity imaginable to seize the starting fullback job in training camp, as the Jets look to solidify a position that’s been unsettled since the departure of Tony Richardson.
With blocking backs starting to fade from relevancy league-wide, it’s imperative that a team like the Jets, one of the few teams that deploy a fullback on a regular basis, gets good production and versatility out of that position.
Bohanon has a chance to make an immediate impact, something few seventh-round picks get to do as rookies, and even fewer rookie fullbacks do, period. His versatility and ability to play special teams could go a long way.
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