The New York Jets took the player everybody expected them to take if he was available with the 6th overall pick, safety Jamal Adams from LSU. With Mitchell Trubisky off the board at #2 (HA!), the options to trade down for the Jets were likely limited, leaving them to take the second overall player on their board.
The Positives: Considered by most to be the second best defensive player in the NFL Draft, so strong value at #6. A high floor player with limited bust potential, if any. Lauded for his leadership skills and character. Versatility to line up at strong safety, free safety, in the slot against tight ends and at outside linebacker in certain packages. A movable chess piece on the back end who will improve a weak position on the Jets defense. Rock solid tackler with better ball skills than he is given credit for. A very comparable player to Landon Collins.
The Negatives: A lower ceiling than Malik Hooker who was also available. It is fair to question if a safety is the best use of the 6th overall pick, if Adams predominantly plays strong safety/in the box, it isn’t. The Jets have now drafted defense in the first round nine straight seasons. Can he be a game changer on defense or is he just a good/steady starter?
Roster Waves: Pending how the rest of the draft goes, could Calvin Pryor be traded for a late round pick (he won’t be seeing that fifth year option). Will the Jets release Marcus Gilchrist? It feels like one, if not both of them, will be gone within the next few weeks.
Overall: This is similar to 2015 when the Jets were surprised with Leonard Williams dropping to them with the 6th overall pick. They followed the board and took the best player available. Similar to Williams, Adams should be a quality starter as a rookie and a potential star by his second year, if everything breaks right. He will immediately become the face of the defense along with Williams and one of the team’s leaders. It is fair to be frustrated by another defensive player who is not a pass rusher or lockdown corner but it is not fair to be frustrated by the quality of the player.