FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- The pick: IK Enemkpali, defensive end, Louisiana Tech
My take: This is a fascinating pick on a number of levels. Enemkpali (pronounced: IN-em-PALL-ee) is an undersized defensive end at 6-foot-1, 261 pounds -- not an ideal scheme fit in Rex Ryan's 3-4 base defense. Another undersized defensive end -- Michael Sam, the co-SEC Defensive Player of the Year -- still was on the board when the Jets made this selection with a compensatory choice in the sixth round.
Enemkpali wasn't terribly productive in college (17.5 sacks in four years) and he didn't run well at the scouting combine (5.01 seconds in the 40). Evidently, the Jets liked something about him.
Situational player: Enemkpali is a 'tweener -- too small to be an every-down lineman in the Jets' base front and not fast enough to be an outside linebacker. He will be a situational pass-rusher, and there's nothing wrong with that as long as the player produces in that role. Obviously, he will have to earn a role on special teams as well. It's not usual for a team to take a developmental player this late in the draft, but they usually gamble with a player who has exceptional size-speed numbers that will allow him to make the jump. Enemkpali has neither.