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John Conner (RB)
  • Height:
    5'11"
  • Weight:
    246 lbs.
  • Arm Length:
    32 in.
  • Hand Size:
    8 1/2 in.
  • College:
    Kentucky
  • Conference:
    SEC
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Selected by: New York Jets
Round: 5
Pick (Overall): 8 (139)
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Pick Analysis: The Jets get a young fullback to develop behind Tony Richardson. As a head-banger with good strength and power, Connor has the skills to be an ideal lead blocker in the Jets' power running game. Though he doesn't catch the ball well out of the backfield, he has skills that the Jets covet in their lead backs.

Overview

Conner is a bit of a throwback fullback who is an aggressive blocker and a strong inside runner. He is not very effective when trying to run outside the tackles and lacks the speed to hit on many long runs. He can unload on linebackers when lead blocking up into the hole and has enough power and explosion to clear out a lane but does not do a great job of bringing his feet with him after contact. Needs work on adjusting on the move to pick up the blitz when he stays in for pass protection. He has been a quality special-teams performer and should see action on coverage units as he learns the techniques that need improving.


Strengths

Conner has a thick, muscular build and a low center of gravity. Strong lower half allows him to push the pile in short-yardage situations. Delivers good shots blocking and shows the ability to clear running lanes. Talented special teams player who makes a lot of tackles on kick coverage.

Weaknesses

Conner is not fast enough to be an outside runner and sometimes is a bit late getting to the edge as a lead blocker. Sloppy footwork causes him to struggle to make blocks in pass protection. Does not have good hands, runs imprecise routes and lacks the ability to be a consistent check-down option in the passing game.

Grade

3.7

 
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