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Jets Spent Final Sixth Round Pick on RB Trenton Cannon

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With their third of three sixth round picks, the Jets have selected Virginia State running back Trenton Cannon.  An explosive change of pace back, Cannon runs in the 4.4 range and returned three kicks for touchdowns during his collegiate career.

His profile per NFL.com:

Player Bio
Analysis
By Lance Zierlein
NFL Analyst
Draft Projection
Priority free agent
Overview

Tremendously explosive change-of-pace runner who will need to live in the cafeteria and the weight room early on to help build his frame up to NFL standards. Cannon has juice for days and that big-play ability in space will be very appealing to teams as a likely undrafted free agent. Cannon can catch it and has a history of handling kick return duties when needed so that may be enough to help him find a practice squad this season.

Strengths
  • Explosive athlete with breakaway potential. Posted 38.5-inch vertical leap and 10-foot-9 broad jump. Ran 4.40-second 40-yard dash with electrifying 1.49 10-yard split. Gets to top gear immediately to pull away from defenders when racing around the corner. Loose hips with lateral agility to make sharp, late cuts to avoid tacklers who are on top of him. Homerun ability with 35 rushing touchdowns over the last two seasons. Offers special teams potential with three kick returns for touchdowns during career
Weaknesses
  • Smallish back at just 185 pounds. Lacks frame for anything more than a change-of-pace role. Unable to push through contact to break tackles and add to his yardage after contact. Will get too far along into the run and ends up limiting his backside options

 

This Article Was Written By Glenn Naughton

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Glenn was Born in the Bronx, New York and has followed the Jets religiously despite being stationed in several different countries and time zones around the world. He now resides in England and has been a JetNation member since 2005. Glenn will bleed green with the rest of us through the highs and lows.

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