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Round 4: Jets Tab Cal WR Chad Hansen

Posted Apr 29, 2017

After 3rd Tradedown, Green & White Take Wideout Who Had FBS-Best 9.2 Catches/Game in '16


Updated, 5:34 p.m. ET

The Jets, who traded down three times since their last pick Friday night, have tabbed wide receiver Chad Hansen from California with the 141st overall selection of Round 4 of the NFL Draft this afternoon.

“I’d say it was just a huge relief and just overall excitement with my family and everything," Hansen told Jets reporters about finally hearing he had been selected by the Jets. "Just having all your hard work become a reality, it’s just an amazing feeling. You really can’t put it into words.”

Hansen (6'2", 202) as a redshirt junior last season ranked third in the FBS with 9.2 catches/game and fourth with 124.9 yards/game. His totals last year were 92 catches for 1,249 yards and 11 touchdowns despite missing two games with an ankle injury.

In his two Cal seasons after transferring from Idaho State and sitting out 2014, he racked up 111 catches for 1,498 yards (13.5 yards/catch) and 12 TDs.



“At Cal, I was actually only on scholarship for one semester," he explained. "But that’s something that I have a lot of pride in, earning that scholarship, because that’s something that’s pretty tough to do.

"I think the mindset I had going into Cal was I was going to become the best player on the field and I think this past year I was able to accomplish that. ... The coaches gave me the opportunity and my teammates stood behind me, so that’s something that was really special for me.”

At the NFL Combine, Hansen ran a 4.53-second 40 and a 4.13 in the 20 shuttle, had a 35.0" vertical jump  and a 9'11" broad jump. Despite the average testing, he has, according to NFL.com, "shown a good combination of size and speed for the perimeter with an ability to climb over the top of cornerbacks and win the deep ball."

Hansen is the sixth Cal player drafted by the Jets all-time, the first since QB Troy Taylor arrived in the 1990 draft, and the second Cal WR after Wesley Walker was drafted in the second round (33rd overall in the 1977) and went on to a Ring of Honor career in green and white.

The Jets got No. 141 plus a Round 6 pick (197th overall) in today's trade with the Los Angeles Rams. At the moment the Green & White still have six more picks today — two in Round 5 (150 and 160), three in Round 6 (191, 197 and 204), and one in Round 7 (224).

The Jets traded their original fourth-round pick in this draft to Washington last year for the Redskins' fifth-rounder last year, with which they drafted T Brandon Shell. The Jets acquired today's Round 4 pick plus a Round 6 selection from the Buccaneers when they traded their compensatory pick at the end of the third round late Friday night.

 

SHELDON RICHARDSON TRADE

 

The Jets have traded defensive lineman Sheldon Richardson to                 tongiht during the second round of the NFL Draft.

The pick gives the Jets currently eight selections in the 2017 draft.

 

Richardson was the Jets' second first-round selection in the 2013 draft, 13th overall, out of Missouri. He immediately made an impact, notching 3.5 sacks, 9.0 tackles for loss, and an impressive 101 total tackles in earning the AP's Defensive Rookie of the Year award.

He upped his sack total to 8.0 and scored a safety the next season and was named to the Pro Bowl.

Richardson was suspended for the first four games of 2015 for violating the league's substance abuse policy and his sack total dipped to 5.0. Then he missed last season's opener due to a one-game suspension for violating the league's personal conduct policy. Although he recorded only 1.5 sacks, he posted impressive totals of 13 tackles for loss and 20 tackles for loss/no gain as he was moved to different positions in the defensive front.

Richardson finishes his Jets career with 18 sacks, five forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries.

The trade was Mike Maccagnan's fifth draft-day trade since becoming the Jets' general manager in 2015 and the first one in which he traded a Jets player rather than a draft pick.