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Could the Jets have an impact star in WR ArDarius Stewart in year one?

John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports

Head coach Todd Bowles and the New York Jets received some tough news during rounds four through seven of the NFL Draft on Saturday. After selecting two wide receivers, including former Alabama standout ArDarius Stewart, the Jets will be without Devin Smith next season.

Per ESPN NFL insider Adam Schefter, the ex-Ohio State Buckeye and dynamic target tore his anterior cruciate ligament or ACL. He’s caught 10 passes through two seasons for 35 yards and a touchdown. Despite having Eric Decker, Jalin Marshall, Quinton Patton and Charone Peak on its roster, Stewart’s acceleration, toughness, hands and versatility can speak volumes in New York.

Following his redshirt year in 2013 at the University of Alabama, Stewart would bring in 129 receptions for 1,713 yards and 12 touchdowns in three seasons as an impact player. He was a major component offensively in 2015, totaling 700 receiving yards and four touchdowns on 63 catches – assisting the Crimson Tide to a Southeastern Conference championship and national title. Success for the Jets will depend on solid quarterback play for either Ryan Fitzpatrick or Bryce Petty, but getting Stewart could pay off.

Stephen M. Smith is a managing editor and senior writer for Touchdown Alabama Magazine.  You can “like” him on Facebook or “follow” him on Twitter, via @Smsmith_TDALMag.

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