- Rich Cimini, ESPN New York Jets reporter
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FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- A few quick thoughts on the New York Jets' fifth-round selection:
The pick: Jarvis Harrison, guard, Texas A&M
My take: I guess the Jets will keep drafting interior linemen until they hit on one. Harrison becomes the fifth in the past three drafts, along with Brian Winters, Oday Aboushi, Dakota Dozier and Will Campbell. Harrison (6-foot-4, 330 pounds) has the measurables, but there are questions about his durability and commitment to football.
Rolling the dice: Let's start with some of the concerns. We're talking about medical and conditioning issues. He has had surgery on both shoulders and he lost his starting job at the beginning of last season because he was out of shape after rehabbing from an injury. He eventually reclaimed the job, finishing 2014 with five starts at left guard and two at left tackle. Some evaluators wonder about his passion for football. In fact, he showed up late for his pro-day workout. On the upside, he's a good athlete with some position versatility, although he projects as a guard in the NFL. At A&M, 33 of his 37 starts came at left guard. If Harrison gets focused and responds to tough coaching, he could end up being a nice find in the fifth round.
How he fits: The Jets chose Harrison with the 152nd overall pick, obtained from the Houston Texans in the Friday night trade. He will join a crowded depth chart at guard. Chances are, he'll work behind free-agent addition James Carpenter at left guard. The other guards are Willie Colon, Aboushi, Winters, Dozier and free-agent pick up James Brewer -- a cast of thousands. General manager Mike Maccagnan has used a volume approach, hoping something sticks. If there's a criticism, it's that he didn't address the right tackle position in a meaningful way. Apparently, they're committed to Breno Giacomini for another year.
A few quick thoughts on the New York Jets' fifth-round selection: Jarvis Harrison, guard, Texas A&M.