The New York Jets doubled down on the safety position after taking Jamal Adams in round one with the selection of Florida safety Marcus Maye. After taking Adams, this is somewhat surprising but the value of Maye at #39 cannot be questioned as many saw him as a borderline first round player. The Jets have went above and beyond to fix a long term weak spot on their defense.
The Positives: Second rounder who is ready to start on day one for this defense. Good ball skills, solid tackler and functioned well in multiple types of coverage. Strong value at #39, who is arguably the third best safety in this class behind Adams and Malik Hooker. A high character player who will pair well with Adams. Similar to him, he can bounce between free safety and strong safety. A physical player who should also contribute on special teams.
The Negatives: Prone to give up the big play in the passing game and will struggle with quicker wide receivers. He is probably best suited playing closer to the line of scrimmage, which could make him redundant at times with Adams. The Jets have now invested two valuable draft resources in a non-premium position. Generally elite defenses are built behind a pass rush and shutdown corners, not run stopping defensive linemen and safeties (before you say SEATTLE, remember they had Michael Bennett, Cliff Avril and Richard Sherman).
Roster Waves: Marcus Gilchrist is going to be released, probably within the next few weeks. Calvin Pryor will probably be traded for a conditional late round pick.
Overall: The Jets were awful at safety last year and now have two of the three best safeties from the 2017 draft class. This should be their duo for the next five years. Maye is a quality player and unlike many recent second round picks is not a project. He is ready to start day one. However, it is fair to be concerned about the Jets roster resource allocation.
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