The New York Jets may have surprised everyone by passing on a wide receiver until the fourth round, but they made sure they get their hands on a few receivers to try an improve their passing game. Jalen Saunders and Shaq Evans have drawn the majority of the attention, but don’t sleep on Quincy Enunwa. The sixth round pick is a dark horse to make the roster, but he certainly has some promise.
Enunwa played in a run heavy offense at Nebraska, but he still had very good production as a senior, catching 51 passes for 753 yards and 12 touchdowns. At 6’2″, 225 lbs with a 4.5 40, Enunwa has the physical presence the Jets are looking for on the outside. Enunwa is a hard working, tough player who isn’t afraid to go over the middle, and those attributes should make him a favorite of the coaching staff.
However, Enunwa is still developing as a receiver, and his hands and route running need work. Playing at Nebraska didn’t help his cause, as the Huskers ran the ball over 60% of the time during Enunwa’s final two seasons. He will need to learn a much more complex passing playbook and develop his route running before he is able to make an impact at the NFL level. Enunwa could be a deep threat early in his career, but he doesn’t have the hands or route running to warrant significant playing time.
Right now the Jets have 13 receivers on the roster, and only two of them, Eric Decker and Jeremy Kerley, are guaranteed to be on the roster come Week 1. That means Enunwa certainly has a fighting chance, but there is a ton of competition. Realistically, it is hard to seem him beating out players like Saunders and Evans, as well as veterans such as David Nelson, Jacoby Ford and Stephen Hill. More than likely, Enunwa is headed for the practice squad.
Between being the third receiver the Jets drafted and the veterans already on the roster, there simply appear to be too many obstacles for Enunwa to make the roster right now. That’s pretty common for a sixth round pick, and he will have to use reps on the practice squad to prove to the coaching staff that he should play on Sundays. However, with his athleticism and work ethic, there is a chance that Enunwa could develop into a contributor down the road.