With the first few waves of free agency in the books, the NFL world anxiously awaits for the draft. Between the two biggest events of the NFL offseason there will be plenty of chatter, but what should you buy into? What should be passed over?
Let’s take a look at the latest events surrounding the New York Jets…
Do not draft a running back in round one
From Todd Gurley being mocked to the Jets at 6th overall, to the team’s significant interest in Wisconsin’s Melvin Gordon, the Jets should not draft a running back in the first round. I did some research from the last few drafts and came up with an interesting tidbit:
Last 10 RBs taken in R1: T Richardson, D Martin, D Wilson, M Ingram, J Best, R Mathews, CJ Spiller, B Wells, K Moreno, D Brown Don’t do it
— Connor Rogers (@CRogers_NFL) March 21, 2015
Sure, superstar runner’s do get drafted in round one every now and then (Adrian Peterson). Is it worth the risk? Not even close. Use that asset elsewhere, especially in a draft that is loaded with talented runner’s who will be on the board on day two.
Denarius Moore visits Florham Park
The Jets met with former Raiders’ wide out Denarius Moore on Thursday, a very interesting free agent.
The former fifth round pick averaged 18.7 yards per catch as a rookie (33 catches/618 yards/5 touchdowns), showcasing his ability as a burner.
Moore had displayed good chemistry with rookie quarterback Derek Carr in the 2014 preseason, but did not play much during the regular season. He is worth taking a flyer on to stretch the field in Chan Gailey’s spread offense.
The latest with Muhammad Wilkerson’s looming extension
NJ.com’s Dom Cosentino broke it down really well the other day after general manager Mike Maccagnan spoke on Wilkerson this week.
The bottom line is, fans need to stop worrying about it. Wilkerson is under contract this year and in the worst case scenario the team can franchise tag him the next two seasons.
Marcus Mariota staying in green?
With the team much more rounded out after free agency, fan interest in quarterback prospect Marcus Mariota has grown. Let’s cool the fire real quickly: the chances of Mariota becoming a Jet are extremely slim.
Make no doubt, Mariota is a good fit for the spread zone blocking scheme offense Chan Gailey would like to run. There are quite a few road blocks after that though.
First, it would be quite a surprise if he does fall to six with potential quarterback needy teams such as the Titans and Redskins picking in front of the Jets. Second, teams such as the Browns, Chargers, and Eagles have all been reportedly interested in trading up for the Oregon quarterback.
If Mariota does fall to six, I think the Jets will field every call possible to acquire more picks. This is a first year regime that does not need a miracle at quarterback to stay afloat (unlike the situation brewing in Cleveland).
They can round out the roster now (especially the declining offensive line) and look for their guy next year. Rome wasn’t built in a day and the new look Jets won’t be either.