Two New York Jets mock drafts for you. The first version is projected picks based on what I think Mike Maccagnan will do. The second version is the picks I would make if I was the GM. Feel free to complain about both right here on Twitter…
New York Jets Seven Round Mock, Mike Maccagnan
First Round; 6th pick; 6th overall – Jamal Adams, Safety, LSU – A high floor player who will become an immediate leader on the defense and hopefully the Jets version of Landon Collins on the back end. Safety is a gaping hole on the defense and with how the board breaks in front of them, this will be a strong value pick for them as they choose to pass on a quarterback early.
Second Round; 7th pick; 39th overall – Raekwon McMillan, Linebacker, OSU – The replacement for David Harris who will pair with his former teammate, Darron Lee, long term to form the Jets duo at inside linebacker.
Third Round; 6th pick; 70th overall – Nathan Peterman, Quarterback, Pittsburgh – For the third year in a row, Maccagnan takes a mid round quarterback. Peterman in the third round would be better value than Christian Hackenberg in the second round or Bryce Petty in the fourth round and likely knock Petty off the roster.
Third Round; 43rd pick; 107th overall – Jordan Leggett, Tight End, Clemson – Considering the Jets depth chart, Leggett will have a chance to be a day one starter despite the limitations in his game that will make him a mid round pick. He has the physical tools but there are valid questions about his motor and ability to hold up as an in-line blocker.
Fifth Round; 6th pick; 150th overall – Sam Tevi, Offensive Tackle, Utah – The Jets continue to add late round talent to their offensive line. Tevi has played both tackle positions and has intriguing athleticism for a fifth rounder.
Sixth Round; 7th pick; 191st overall – Jeremy Clark, Cornerback, Michigan – Clark has the size and physicality to be an outside corner in Todd Bowles’ defense and should project to being a solid special teams player. There are injury concerns but in the 6th round, he is a reasonable risk to boost a weak cornerback group.
Seventh Round; 6th pick; 224th overall – Bug Howard, Wide Receiver, UNC – Massive frame and measurables to be an outside receiver who can immediately contribute in the red-zone. He has speed limitations and struggles creating consistent separation.
New York Jets Seven Round Mock, TOJ
First Round; 6th pick; 6th overall – Deshaun Watson, Quarterback, Clemson – If you follow me on Twitter, you know my feelings on Christian Hackenberg and Watson. Draft him if he’s there at #6 or get creative with Sheldon Richardson and your second round pick to move up and target Patrick Mahomes in the middle of the first round.
Second Round; 7th pick; 39th overall – Adam Shaheen, Tight End, Ashland – The Jets get their tight end at the top of round two. Shaheen needs to refine his blocking but has a massive frame combined with impressive athleticism. He will be a day one impact player in the passing game as a target in the middle of the field.
Third Round; 6th pick; 70th overall – Sidney Jones, Cornerback, Washington – The Jets take a chance on a round one talent recovering from a recently torn Achilles in round three. Jones is not a factor in 2017 but is in the mix as a prospective starter in 2018.
Third Round; 43rd pick; 107th overall – Marcus Maye, Free Safety, Florida – After not addressing the position early in the draft, the Jets find their safety with the last pick of round three. Maye is good value here and considering the Jets current situation at the position, could be a day one starter.
Fifth Round; 6th pick; 150th overall – Donnel Pumphrey, Running Back, SDSU – Despite size limitations, Pumphrey adds some juice to the Jets backfield with his speed, vision and ability to contribute in the passing game. He is also a player who could be in the mix as a returner.
Sixth Round; 7th pick; 191st overall – Jaylen Reeves-Maybin, Linebacker, Tennessee – A late round movable chess piece at linebacker, who can hopefully overcome injury concerns to add speed and coverage ability to a unit in desperate need of it.
Seventh Round; 6th pick; 224th overall – Tashawn Bower, Edge, LSU – A developmental edge prospect that can hopefully be groomed under Kevin Greene and eventually push Lorenzo Mauldin.
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