Jets head coach Todd Bowles and general manager Mike Maccagnan spoke to the press this evening after the team picked defensive lineman Nathan Shepherd in the third round of the 2018 NFL Draft. Here is what they had to say.
GM Mike Maccagnan and HC Todd Bowles speak to the media after drafting DL Nathan Shepherd. https://t.co/wCRc3y1ani— New York Jets (@nyjets) April 28, 2018
Mike Maccagnan says Nathan Shepherd will be a defensive end in the Jets' scheme.— Andy Vasquez (@andy_vasquez) April 28, 2018
Nathan Shepherd, the Jets 3rd round pick, decided to take two years away from college football for financial reasons. He worked in construction and at a nursery. Maccagnan said overcoming that adversity was part of the reason Shepherd was appealing to the Jets.— Andy Vasquez (@andy_vasquez) April 28, 2018
Jets third-round DE Nathan Shepherd will turn 25 in October:— Manish Mehta (@MMehtaNYDN) April 28, 2018
Maccagnan: "I really don't feel he's too old of an investment (for) a draft pick."
Bowles: "I definitely think he's more pro-ready than people think."
Mike Maccagnan said that the Jets did look into trading up into the back end of the second round a couple times. Obviously didn't work out.— Manish Mehta (@MMehtaNYDN) April 28, 2018
(Jets did their homework on LSU RB Derrius Guice)