Linebacker Jeremiah George will make a very interesting transition from college football to the pros. A fifth-round draft pick for the New York Jets, George is another developmental player who will most likely be a work in progress down the road. He possesses some nice abilities for his position since he’s good against the run, but he needs a lot of work in several other key areas. What does the upcoming NFL season hold for George?
Except to see him spend most of his time this season on special teams as he doesn’t have what it takes at the current moment to crack the starting lineup. He’s projected as a left inside linebacker, and the Jets might use him as depth behind starter David Harris if he has a great training camp. Otherwise, he will get the majority of his action via special teams as the Jets want to bolster that part of the team to create touchdowns, great field position and of course stop the opposition from getting any kind of advantages.
George is pretty strong and plays with a sense of urgency on the field. He’s a very vocal kind of athlete, and who knows — he might be a hidden gem as an upcoming unspoken leader of special teams this season. He hits hard and knows how to get those around him to perform. He’s also a pretty good blocker which will come in handy on special teams to create gaps and opportunities for some big yardage or even touchdowns. The only thing that might keep him from starting anytime soon on defense is his lack of size (5-foot-11, 234-pounds).
There is also the fact that he’s not that quick on his feet which is a serious problem. As an inside linebacker, he needs to have the speed to be able to blitz the quarterback on certain defensive schemes, and he’ll have a hard time to execute that if he can’t get to the football quick enough.
Overall, George will be a good player down the road, and if he can improve on his speed and bulk up a bit, he could very well be able to contribute more to the Jets besides on special teams. Expect to see him do his very best to work his way up and make a name for himself. Perhaps in a few years, especially with experience under his belt, he could develop into providing quality depth at linebacker for years to come.