The New York Jets Post NFL Draft Depth Chart

Joe Caporoso breaks down the New York Jets post-draft depth chart

Now that the dust has settled on the 2016 NFL Draft, let’s break down what the New York Jets depth chart looks like with their new additions. This is not broken down like your traditional “Madden” depth chart but is rather customized to the personnel groups the Jets most frequently use.

OFFENSE

Base Spread Formation

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  • QB: Geno Smith, Bryce Petty, Christian Hackenberg
  • RB: Matt Forte, Bilal Powell, Khiry Robinson, Zac Stacy, Dri Archer
  • X (Match-Up WR): Brandon Marshall
  • Slot WR: Eric Decker, Jeremy Ross
  • Z (Clear Out WR): Devin Smith, Kenbrell Thompkins, Charone Peake
  • H: Quincy Enunwa, Jace Amaro, Zach Sudfeld
  • RT: Breno Giacomini, Brent Qvale, Brandon Shell
  • LT: Ryan Clady, Ben IJalana
  • C: Nick Mangold, Wesley Johnson
  • RG: Brian Winters, Jarvis Harrison
  • LG: James Carpenter, Dakota Dozier

The Jets like to isolate Brandon Marshall in single coverage backside to exploit one on one match-ups, while pairing Eric Decker with a speedy receiver on the opposite side of the formation. When the Jets utilize three receivers at once, the other player besides Marshall and Decker spends the majority of his time clearing space out for those two. Quincy Enunwa remains the Jets top “H” or move tight end, due to his ability to both block on the edge and provide speed up the seams.

Base Heavy Formations

  • Y: Kellen Davis, Jace Amaro, Zach Sudfeld, Wes Saxton
  • FB: Tommy Bohanon

If the Jets want to integrate a more traditional in-line tight end or fullback by swapping out either one of the wide receivers or the H, currently Kellen Davis and Tommy Bohanon sit at the top of the respective depth charts.

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It is worth noting the Jets are likely to occasionally utilize formations that feature both Quincy Enunwa and Jace Amaro at the same time (with Amaro likely playing the Y) and formations with both Bilal Powell and Matt Forte at the same time (with one lining up at slot, X or Z). If the Jets wanted to move to a 4 or 5 receiver look, it is likely Powell and/or Forte would line up in one of the receiver slots.

DEFENSE

It is more challenging to do this on the defensive side of the football due to the high variety of formations Todd Bowles uses and the positional flexibility of many Jets defenders but here is a look at three frequently personnel groups.

Base nickel formation

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  • DT: Muhammad Wilkerson, Steve McLendon, Deon Simon
  • DE: Leonard Williams
  • DE: Sheldon Richardson, Jarvis Jenkins
  • ILB: David Harris, Erin Henderson, Taiwan Jones
  • ILB: Darron Lee, Bruce Carter
  • OLB: Lorenzo Mauldin, Jordan Jenkins, Mike Catapano, Trevor Reilly, Deion Barnes
  • Slot: Buster Skrine, Dexter McDougle
  • CB (Match-Up): Darrelle Revis, Dee Milliner
  • CB (Boundary): Marcus Williams, Juston Burris, Daryl Morris
  • SS: Calvin Pryor, Rontez Miles, Ronald Martin
  • FS: Marcus Gilchrist, Dion Bailey

The Jets favor a base nickel set on defense (that is Calvin Pace in a standing position getting ready to rush off the edge and Buster Skrine lined up over the slot with Douzable, Wilkerson and Williams on the DL). As of last year, they still frequently used Darrelle Revis to track specific receivers with the other boundary corner reacting to his tracking. Erin Henderson could very well start out playing over Darron Lee on downs with a high run tendency but it is only a matter of time until Lee is taking the lion’s share of all the reps. On the defensive line Wilkerson, Richardson and Williams all have the ability to slide inside and play multiple techniques. Look for the Sheldon Richardson outside linebacker experiment to be over and for more situations with all three of these guys on the field on the defensive line.

Base 3-4 formation

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  • NT: Steve McLendon, Deon Simon
  • DE: Muhammad Wilkerson, Leonard Williams
  • DE: Sheldon Richardson, Jarvis Jenkins
  • OLB: Jordan Jenkins, Trevor Reilly
  • ILB: David Harris, Bruce Carter, Taiwan Jones
  • ILB: Erin Henderson, Darron Lee
  • OLB: Lorenzo Mauldin, Mike Catapano, Deion Barnes, Freddie Bishop
  • CB (Match-Up): Darrelle Revis, Buster Skrine, Dee Milliner
  • CB (Boundary): Marcus Williams, Juston Burris, Dexter McDougle, Daryl Morris
  • SS: Calvin Pryor, Ronetz Miles, Ronald Martin
  • FS: Marcus Gilchrist, Dion Bailey

Your traditional meat and potatoes 3-4.

Base 4-2-5

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  • DT: Leonard Williams
  • DT: Steve McLendon, Deon Simon
  • DE: Sheldon Richardson
  • DE: Muhammad Wilkerson, Jarvis Jenkins
  • ILB: David Harris, Erin Henderson, Taiwan Jones
  • ILB: Darron Lee, Bruce Carter
  • Slot: Buster Skrine, Dexter McDougle
  • CB (Match-Up): Darrelle Revis, Dee Milliner
  • CB (Boundary): Marcus Williams, Juston Burris, Daryl Morris
  • SS: Calvin Pryor, Ronetz Miles, Ronald Martin
  • FS: Marcus Gilchrist, Dion Bailey

A personnel group that allows the Jets more options with their talented, deep defensive line, where again many of the parts are interchangeable. Similar to a 3-3-5, it is likely we see more Lee than Henderson here, sooner rather than later. Depending on the team, the Jets could utilize four corners and one safety at times or three safeties and two corners.

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Author: Joe Caporoso

Joe Caporoso is the Owner and EIC of Turn On The Jets. His writing has been featured in the New York Times, Huffington Post, MMQB and AdWeek. Caporoso played football his entire life, including four years at Muhlenberg as a wide receiver, where he was arguably the slowest receiver to ever start in school history. He is the EVP of Content at Whistle Sports