The Jets double-dipped at the wide receiver position and you could argue that it's the team's biggest strength after the defensive line. We've spoken about former Alabama wide receiver Stewart, but today was the first chance we got to see Hansen address the media.
Hansen has a lot of talent and when you watch him, he seems to play a hell of a lot faster than he was timed at the combine. He showcases some excellent route running, combined with physicality and a pair of strong hands that can secure contested balls over the middle of the field.
When asked what he believes he can bring to the Jets, Hansen stated:
"I have a lot of confidence in my speed, and my deep threat ability. I think that can help with this offense and open up those shorter routes and running game"
NFL.com had Hansen going in the 3rd round and many other media outlets had him going as high as mid 2nd. That's hardly surprising considering he caught 92 balls for 1249 yards and 11 touchdowns in 2016. When you showcase an enormous amount of talent and have the production to go with it, teams stand up and take notice. Despite being taken in the 4th, Hansen was thrilled to land with the Jets:
"I ended up at the best organization for myself and that's the biggest thing for me. You can never predict what's going to happen in the draft as different people have different views of you as a player. I know I ended up in a great place and I'm happy about that"
The Jets will enter the 2017 with a very young receiving core. Outside of Eric Decker, only Quincy Enunwa and Quinton Patton have 3 or more years experience in the league. Robby Anderson, Jalin Marshall and Charone Peake will be entering their 2nd years and Devin Smith will be entering his 3rd year. This gives the 2017 rookies a chance to contribute immediately:
"That's my goal as it is everyone's goal. I just have to keep working, learn the offense and from there it's out of my hands. I'll just work as hard as I can at all times, and let the chips fall where they may"
One of the criticisms of Hansen, if you want to call it that, was that he didn't have to run much of the route tree at Cal, that their routes were largely very basic. Getting the mental side down is one of the biggest hurdle for any rookie coming into the league, it doesn't matter if you're a first round guy, or an undrafted guy...it's usually much different to what these guys had in college.
"It's an extensive playbook, it's been challenging but by the end of this, it should be second nature"
Hansen did state that there were some similarities between the Jets offensive system and the one he saw in Cal but:
"The little things in this offense are a lot different, and that's something I'm gonna have to work on to memorise and pickup. I think that's probably going to take the longest time, but once I get that I'm confident that my ability will help me"
You'd be forgiven for looking at Hansen and worrying how he's going to fit in the red-carpet appearances for Spider-Man: Homecoming and get his work in for the Jets, but don't panic, work ethic isn't going to be a problem with Chad.