The New York Jets selected CB Jeremy Clark from Michigan with their final pick (197th overall) in the 2017 NFL Draft. The Jets finish their record-setting 11 player draft with another secondary addition at cornerback to compete for a roster spot.
The New York Jets selected RB Elijah McGuire from Louisiana Lafayette with the 188th overall pick in the 6th round. The Jets wanted to add a dynamic running back to the mix with Matt Forte and Bilal Powell so this doesn’t come as a surprise. They haven’t had good fortune adding running backs in free agency in recent years so let’s hope adding one through the draft goes better.
The New York Jets, with one of the extra picks they acquired after a Saturday of wheeling and dealing, selected OLB Dylan Donahue from West Georgia. This isn’t really the pick I’m sure most Jets fans had in mind when they said the team needed an edge rusher, but the former D2 Lineman brings some strengths that should help the Jets going forward at that position.
The New York Jets selected Jordan Leggett with the 150th overall pick in the 5th round. This draft’s tight end class is strong and the Jets needed to leave with at least one and they finally selected one.
Daniel Essen on how the New York Jets could take steps towards building an elite defense through the NFL Draft
Now that the New York Jets are rebuilding the roster, its important for them to have a vision for the architecture of the team, starting with the 2017 NFL Draft. It’s tough to know exactly which direction the Jets will take but let’s examine two binary directions: Building an elite defense and building for a young QB. In this piece, we’ll look at building an elite defense. We’ll focus on what draft decisions they can make, based on current trends and successful defenses in the NFL.
Daniel Essen on where the New York Jets need to improve their offense in 2017 and how they could go about doing it…
The New York Jets offense was one of the worst in the NFL, ranking 26th in terms of yardage and 29th in terms of points per game. Its clear many of these struggles were due to Ryan Fitzpatrick’s disaster season but there are other areas on offense that need to improve as well. Let’s take a look at some potential solutions for the Jets’ offense this offseason.
Daniel Essen breaks down the current status of the New York Jets defense and how they could go about improving it…
The New York Jets defense regressed from last year in a big way. What was the 4th best defense in the NFL last season, fell to the 18th ranked defense and displayed performances that were downright awful at times. Here we’ll look at potential solutions to all the problematic areas of the Jets defense as they begin to rebuild in 2017…
Daniel Essen on how the New York Jets can follow a rebuild model set forth by the Carolina Panthers…
In the previous edition, we looked at the Seattle Seahawks and what led up to their Super Bowl run in 2013. This time around, let’s take a look at how the Carolina Panthers went from going 2-14 in 2010 and firing everyone, to going to the Super Bowl in 2015. There are a few lessons that are directly relevant for the New York Jets.
Daniel Essen on how the New York Jets can follow the rebuild model of the Seattle Seahawks
In the last edition, we looked at what the New York Jets can learn from the Kansas City Chiefs‘ rise to relevancy. In this, let’s look at how the Seahawks went from going 5-11 in 2009 and then firing everyone, to being Super Bowl Champions in 2013. As one would expect many of the same lessons apply from the Chiefs edition. However, there are different approaches the Seahawks took that the Jets can learn from.
Daniel Essen with an example of a rebuilding model the New York Jets can follow: The Kansas City Chiefs
The Jets have a history of not quite fully committing to the process of developing sustainable success, but that can change. There are plenty of examples of teams that have rebuilt the right way and become perennial playoff franchises. Not every team’s situation is the same but there are plenty of areas the Jets can learn from. Let’s focus on what the Jets can learn from the Kansas City Chiefs and how they went from being 7-9 in 2011 with a declining roster, to 2-14 in 2012, to winning 41 of their next 62 regular season games.