Our countdown of the 2018 Jets roster continues with a look at rookie defensive lineman Folorunso Fatukasi.
Name: Folorunso Fatukasi
Year with Jets: 1st
Projected Role: Practice squader
His 2017: Fatukasi recorded 45 tackles, 7.5 of which went for a loss in his final college season at UConn.
SB Nation’s The UConn Blog had this to say about his college career.
Fatukasi was a beast for UConn and also benefitted himself by demonstrating some scheme versatility in moving from Bob Diaco’s 3-4 to Billy Crocker’s 3-3-5. In addition to being a disruptive defender on the field, Fatukasi was a respected teammate and community leader off of it.
2018 will be a success if: Fatukasi refines his technique and grows as a player. Any on field impact he has with the Jets will probably not come this season. He is a sixth round pick and pretty far down on the depth chart. He isn’t even the top rookie in the current hierarchy. That would be Nathan Shepherd.
Some players are developmental guys for the future rather than being expected to help the team today. Fatukasi fits that mold.
Odds of making the roster: It won’t be easy. The Jets have five defensive lineman who seem like locks right now (Leonard Williams, Steve McLendon, Henry Anderson, Mike Pennel, and Nathan Shepherd). That quite possibly could leave only one open spot for the remaining defensive linemen in training camp.
With that in mind, I think the practice squad is a more likely landing spot for 2018. With that said, he probably has a slight edge over some of the other competitors since the Jets did just draft him so I will say it is Unlikely (25-50%).