The Jets selected Cal S Ashtyn Davis with the first of their three third-round picks, and with their second selection of the round, Gang Green went with Florida defensive end Jabari Zuniga with the 79th overall pick.
At 6-foot-3, 264 pounds, Zuniga ran a 4.64 40-yard dash at the combine, while bench pressing 29 reps and recording a 127.0 broad jump.
His final season at Florida was plagued by injuries, as a high ankle sprain limited him to just six games. Still, he was able to record seven tackles for loss and three sacks in those six games.
If healthy, Zuniga could instantly provided some needed pass-rushing depth to Gregg Williams' defense.
There is a ton to like about Jabari Zuniga, the defensive end the Jets drafted in the third round, 79th overall. He's got the size, speed and athleticism to make him a dangerous edge rusher.
But that's only if he can put it all together in the pros.
The 6-3, 264-pounder didn't always do that in his career with the Gators, which is why he returned to school as a senior, so he could prove himself and boost his draft stock. Unfortunately that didn't go well, thanks in part to a high ankle sprain. In the end, he was limited to just three sacks in six games.
Obviously that didn't answer a lot of the questions about him. There were still concerns about the way he would sometimes flash greatness and then virtually disappear, sometimes game-to-game. But the potential is tantalizing, considering he ran a 4.64 in the 40 and has plenty of strength, too.
The good news for the Jets is they really don't need him to be a factor in their defense right away. They brought Jordan Jenkins back on a one-year deal to be their primary edge rusher. They are relatively set along the defensive line too. Zuniga can just get to work, proving himself in practice, as defensive coordinator Williams gets him into some kind of a situational rotation to utilize his skills.
In other words, this pick is more about the future than the present. It's just that with Zuniga, the future is definitely an unknown.