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Thoughts on 12 players regularly being discussed as targets for the New York Jets with the 6th overall pick in the 2017 NFL Draft…
1. Jamal Adams – Safety, LSU – A high floor prospect who can play either safety position. Adams is a natural born leader who has the versatility and skill to immediately upgrade a weak Jets secondary. When asked who I think the Jets will end up with at #6, Adams is the name I find myself saying most frequently. Adams may struggle at times in coverage but he could quickly become the Jets version of Landon Collins.
2. Malik Hooker – Safety, OSU – If you follow me on Twitter, you know how bullish I am on Hooker. He is a rawer prospect than Adams and may not be as good initially but long term Hooker has a higher ceiling and the potential to be an elite game changer on the back end. Hooker is type of player who will force turnovers, create points and cover for the shortcomings of the cornerbacks in front of him. The comparisons to Earl Thomas and Ed Reed are not insane if Hooker plays to his potential.
3. Deshaun Watson – Quarterback, Clemson – I talked more about Watson here but he is the best quarterback in the class and can absolutely be a player you build your team around. We have not heard much about the Jets being interested in him but that doesn’t necessarily mean anything. If Watson is on the board at 6, I’d take him and not look back. My comparison for him is somewhere between Marcus Mariota and Russell Wilson. If teams in the top ten overthink things and let him slide, it wouldn’t shock me if the Saints took him as a heir apparent to Drew Brees.
4. Mitchell Trubisky – Quarterback, UNC – Despite not liking Trubisky as much as Watson, he is still an intriguing prospect who may end up going higher than him. The Jets have had rumored interest for awhile but that may be a smokescreen in hopes of trading back. Trubisky has a small sample size but good physical tools and is a better overall prospect than Carson Wentz who showed flashes last season.
5. Leonard Fournette – Running Back, LSU – I wrote here on why you don’t take a running back with the 6th overall pick. The Jaguars may Jaguar and take him 4th but there is a decent chance he’ll be on the board for the Jets. Fournette is going to be a very good pro but running backs are a dime dozen and it is fair to question if Fournette will be transcendent enough to overcome a bad surrounding situation, like Todd Gurley has been unable to.
6. Dalvin Cook – Running Back, FSU – Charley Casserly recently mocked Cook to the Jets 6, which is insane for all the reasons above when discussing Fournette, except Cook is a step down as a prospect. Cook is a more versatile player who will be better suited to contribute in the passing game than Fournette but he doesn’t have the Adrian Peterson type ceiling that Fournette does. Cook reminds me a little bit of Edgerrin James but I do think those comparisons may be a generous.
7. OJ Howard – Tight End, Alabama – A terrific all around prospect who can immediately be a difference maker in both the running and passing game. David Njoku is nipping at his heels but it does seem like Howard will go higher. He is regularly cited as a guy the Jets should target if they trade back because tight end at number 6 does sound a little crazy. Regardless, Howard’s blocking ability would help solidify a potentially shaky tackle situation and he’d be a massive, explosive target in the middle of the field. Howard can be a better version of Greg Olsen in the NFL.
8. Reuben Foster – Linebacker, Alabama – A high floor player that seems to be gaining popularity among Jets fans. Taking an inside linebacker in the first round two years in a row is not ideal and I’m not sold as Foster as a top ten pick but he is a day one difference maker at inside linebacker and a few years down the road could be a Dont’a Hightower or Bobby Wagner type player in the right situation. It is fair to be concerned about his durability long term.
9. Marshon Lattimore – Cornerback, OSU – Terrified of his medicals and while maybe that is just Dee Milliner trauma, the Jets better be confident this guy can stay on the field if they are going to take him. Lattimore has all the tools and he could be a better version of Vontae Davis in the NFL. This is a deep corner class and I wouldn’t be surprised if the Jets addressed the position in the 2nd or 3rd round.
10. Marlon Humphrey – Cornerback, Alabama – #6 just feels too high for him. Humphrey has a higher floor than Lattimore but definitely a lower ceiling. His consistency is a little concerning and he seems like a player who will regularly be attacked down the field in his early years.
11. Solomon Thomas – Defensive End, Stanford – Seems to be climbing draft boards and is now regularly in discussion as a top 5-7 pick. Thomas can line up all over the formation but can the jets properly utilize him alongside Muhammad Wilkerson and Leonard Williams (assuming Sheldon Richardson is traded)? I like the player but I wouldn’t take him at 6. I think the concerns about him being a “tweener” are valid and I’m not sold on him being a consistent, high impact pass rusher.
12. Everybody Else – I don’t think there is an offensive lineman to consider at 6. Both Cam Robinson and Ryan Ramczyk could be interesting options if the Jets trade down. The same goes for Patrick Mahomes at quarterback. I’m lower than most on Deshone Kizer and have him as the 4th quarterback in this class. Njoku would be another intriguing target if the Jets trade down into the middle of the round.
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