2018 NFL Draft: Draft SZN’s Day Three Targets for the New York Jets

The Draft SZN Podcast crew breaks down the top available prospects for the Jets to target on Day Three of the NFL Draft.

With the first two days of the NFL Draft in the books, the Draft SZN crew takes a look at five players on offense and defense that the Jets could look to target during Saturday’s final four rounds. 

The New York Jets have added a QB and a DT through the first two days of the draft. Both are positions of need, as Sam Darnold is expected to start sooner rather than later, and the team needed a replacement for Muhammad Wilkerson. Nathan Shepherd, the 82nd ranked player on my big board, absolutely fits that bill.

This has been a quintessential Mike Maccagnan Draft really, as in round one he went safe (Darnold carried the least off the field risk of any of the other QBs in consideration), and then took an older player with little variance between ceiling and floor. We call those… #MaccagnanThings.

Now, the hosts of Turn On The Jets Digital’s DraftSZN offer their 10 favorite prospects for the Jets to add in day 3, as they have 4 picks total. Let’s get this to you faster than Dame Lillard’s offseason started.

Offense.

1. Notre Dame WR Equanimeous St. Brown: the Jets need WR depth, and the former Fighting Irish possesses the size (6’5”, 214 pounds) and athleticism to be a plus starter in the league and push Ardarius Stewart and Chad Hansen.

2. Oregon OL Tyrell Crosby: Jets fans continued clamoring for the Jets to trade up for an offensive lineman, which means they’re not paying attention: the team signed Spencer Long, Winters is in year 2 of a four year deal, and Beachum and Shell are locked in as the tackles. Trading up for an OL that would most likely sit on the bench is a bad use of resources. If Crosby is on the board in R4, they’d be smart to add him here as he can sit behind Beachum, and take over for him next year.

3. Ohio State OT Jamarco Jones: see above, but with the understanding that Jones is probably better suited to be a guard in the NFL and can sit behind James Carpenter before taking over for Carpenter next year.

4. North Carolina RB Nyheim Hines: a speed back and kick returner who is explosive with the ball in his hands, and could provide a nice change of pace from probably feature back Isaiah Crowell.

5. Penn State WR Dae’sean Hamilton: polished route runner who just finds a way to get open, which is a nice weapon to have for a rookie QB

Defense:

1. Florida EDGE Josh Sweat: the 31st player on Dalbin’s big board, good edge setter and quality pass rusher, would be excellent value here and has fallen due to medical concerns

2. Wake Forest DE Duke Ejiofor: Dalbin’s 3rd best DE and Joe’s 5th best DE on their top 5s (which you can find on the TOJ instagram page), Duke is a legitimate pass rusher that is still on the board because of a labrum surgery that didn’t allow him to participate in the combine and senior bowl, would immediately slot in as a starter opposite Jordan Jenkins

3. UCF OLB Shaquem Griffin: a little undersized at 6’0” and 227 pounds, but has shown that he can play versus elite competition, and would be able to come in and compete for reps opposite the aforementioned Jenkins, incredible athleticism and would bring much needed speed and versatility to this defense

4. Texas CB Hilton Hill: a big cornerback, which Todd Bowles prefers, with experience playing outside on an island. Hill is physical (sometimes too physical), but if coached up he could turn into a very good starter.

5. Maryland ILB Jermaine Carter: the Jets have gone out of their way to rebuild the linebacking core by getting younger and adding athleticism. Carter is a smaller ILB, but with Coach Bowles already talking about deploying different packages with different players, Carter could find himself playing in some of those as a de-facto safety.