Meeting the media after the first day of rookie minicamp, the Jets 5th round pick stated that he was surprised to be drafted, but not because lacks of confidence. He didn't expect to be drafted based on the small school label that gets attached to players who hone their craft outside of division 1 football.
"I feel like if I'd have played at a D1 school I would have been in the first, second round. I have no doubt in my mind actually about that"
Donahue went on to say that he believes the Jets got a steal by drafting him in the 5th round.
Kevin Greene the Jets new OLB coach reportedly campaigned heavily for the Jets to select Donahue and Donahue believes that's because the coach sees a little of himself in him with his non-stop motor and his pass rush. I'm sure the Jets won't be expecting to get the kind of production out of Dylan as the Rams/Steelers got out of Greene, but it's nice to see that confidence won't be an issue.
Donahue may have played his football at a lower level, but his production was impressive nonetheless. He set the conference record for sacks in 2016 with 13.5 and was a finalist for the Gene Upshaw award, given to the best lineman in division 2 football.
I think I have a lot more speed off the edge, and people underestimate my strength. I bring hard work, the route I had to take caused me to never give up.
Most in the draft community considered Donahue a little small for the OLB position and his arms did measure shorter than you'd like. However nobody can argue that he has an incredible motor and a natural athletic ability to work in space.
It'll be up to Kevin Greene to get the best out of Dylan, and everyone is obviously hoping he can. He'll be able to come in and play on specials straight away, and I wouldn't get against him recording a couple of effort sacks in his first year before using that to build in year two.