Jets officially make former second-round pick a bust

When a team uses a second-round draft pick on a player, the expectation is that player will quickly emerge as a contributor, eventually become a starter and perhaps evolve into an impact player. None of that transpired with receiver Devin Smith, and his brief, tortured time with the Jets is at an end. Less than two weeks before training camp, Smith on Monday was waived.

Unable to stay healthy and get on the field, Smith’s production in three seasons with the Jets was meager: 14 games (only three starts), 10 receptions for 135 yards and one touchdown.

To fill Smith’s spot on the roster, the Jets signed safety Brandon Bryant, who was not selected in last week’s supplemental draft. Bryant had five interceptions and 157 tackles in 37 games at Mississippi in his college career, which ended after three years when he was ruled academically ineligible.

This parting of the ways with Smith comes as no surprise, as there was little expectation he would be a factor in 2018. He missed all of last season with a torn right anterior cruciate ligament, and there really was no place for him on the roster. The injury was the most recent in a series of physical issues that marred his NFL existence. He tore his ACL late in his rookie year.

Smith caught 121 passes for 2,503 yards and 30 touchdowns in a four-year career at Ohio State, production that convinced Jets general manager Mike Maccagnan to use a 2015 second-round pick on him, envisioning Smith as a speed target for the offense. Instead, Smith turned into yet another second-round bust for the Jets, joining Vlad Ducasse, Stephen Hill, Geno Smith, Jace Amaro and Christian Hackenberg. Of that infamous group, only Smith and Hackenberg were selected by Maccagnan.

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