MIAMI, FLORIDA - DECEMBER 30: Lamical Perine #2 of the Florida Gators breaks a tackle from De'Vante Cross #15 of the Virginia Cavaliers during the first half of the Capital One Orange Bowl at Hard Rock Stadium on December 30, 2019 in Miami, Florida.
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The New York Jets selected La’mical Perine, James Morgan and Cameron Clark in the fourth round of the 2020 NFL draft.

Those who blinked may have missed out on the Saturday afternoon fun. In rapid succession, thanks to two trade-down deals Joe Douglas executed the day prior, the New York Jets selected three fourth-round players within 10 picks.

Florida running back La’mical Perine went 120th, Florida International quarterback James Morgan was selected 125th, and Cameron Clark represented the final pick of the short burst, at No. 129.

First, Douglas moved from No. 48 to 59 and welcomed in the 101st overall pick by way of the Seattle Seahawks and still snagged wideout Denzel Mims. Then, he sent the 101st pick to Bill Belichick and the New England Patriots for No. 125, 129 and a 2021 sixth-round selection.

Quite the day was established thanks to Friday’s activity.


Perine, 22, is a 5-foot-11, 216-pound back whose attributes compare nicely to Le’Veon Bell‘s. He’s not a straight-line blazer (4.62-second 40-yard dash), but he’s excellent in the passing game out of the backfield and is oftentimes tough to bring down.

When asked about his new teammate, Perine recognized the talent.

Morgan, 23, is the surprising one. The Florida International quarterback brings a prototypical build to the position at this level. Standing 6-foot-4 and clocking in at 229 pounds, Morgan transferred from Bowling Green after his redshirt sophomore campaign.

Morgan posted 5,312 yards and 40 touchdowns to just 12 interceptions over a combined 24 games for Florida International the last two seasons.

Lastly, Clark, although listed as a tackle, is a UNC-Charlotte offensive lineman who’ll most likely be converted to the inside. He’s a two-year captain and three-year starter who brings great upper-body strength to the party.

Through three more picks on Day 3, Joe Douglas and the New York Jets continue the trend that is drafting experience, tough-minded players and guys who love to boast the intangibles good general managers seek.


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