With the 120th pick in the 2020 NFL Draft, the New York Jets select…

Name: La’Mical Perine

Position: Running Back

School: Florida

The New York Jets have found another weapon for Sam Darnold that defines the word versatility. The former Gator, La’Mical Perine will be more than a running back in Adam Gase’s offense.

Breakdown

La’Mical Perine brings an extra element to the Jets’ offense, which is power and quickness. Perine finished his career at Florida with 492 carries for 2,485 rushing yards and 72 receptions for 674 receiving yards. Perine carries the skills to split out as a receiver as well as run it in between the tackles. His biggest asset is his home-run hitting ability. Perine has the type of speed to take the top off a defense. Along with this speed, Perine combines power in his skill-set, showing the ability to shed tacklers and take off. With the addition last year of Le’Veon Bell, Perine will provide a solid one-two punch.

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All About Sam

The New York Jets’ main focus for this draft was to help Sam Darnold. The team needed to address the offensive line and the skill players surrounding the young quarterback. Every Jets fan is hoping that multiple receivers are selected in this draft. The choice of La’Mical Perine gives the team flexibility as a dual-threat option. At Florida, he was asked often to line up on the outside, a similar role as to what Ty Montgomery was expected to fill last season.

Gang Green’s Remaining Needs

Although Perine checks the box as “help for Sam” the team still needs to bring in another receiver. The Jets receiving corps struggled to create separation last season and make plays for Darnold. Along with wide receiver, the Jets need to address other positions such as interior line and cornerback. Safety Ashyton Davis is a big boost to that secondary, but bringing in another corner remains vital. The Jets offensive line has been addressed this off-season and in the first round with Mekhi Becton. Getting another piece, whether it’s guard or center is important.

 

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