The New York Jets made a widely expected and generally popular pick in the first round with LSU safety Jamal Adams. Yet, the real money is made on day two and day three of the NFL Draft. The Jets have three selections today, #39 overall in the second round and #70 and #107 overall in the third round. Who are the names to watch?
Raekwon McMillian, Ohio State ILB – The player I mocked to the Jets before the draft (1/1 so far!), a plug and play replacement for David Harris to pair with former teammate Darron Lee. We know Mike Maccagnan loves OSU and after a pair of controversial second round offensive picks, does he take another safe bet on the defensive side of the ball?Dalvin Cook, Florida State RB – The biggest “name” left on the board and somebody periodically mocked to the Jets with the 6th overall pick in the previous months (cough, cough Charley Casserly). Cook tested poorly and has off the field concerns but is a legitimate home run threat that would improve the Jets backfield and ability to create big plays.
Quincy Wilson, Florida CB – A big, physical corner who may turn into a better pro than some of the secondary players taken last night. Wilson would likely be an immediate starter as a boundary corner for the Jets and provide quality value at the 39th spot.
Kevin King, Washington CB – Draft SZN darling. Another intriguing option to improve the Jets questionable crop of cornerbacks, who similar to Wilson has terrific size. There are concerns about his speed and he likely projects best to a Cover 3 system, which the Jets do not regularly play.
Sidney Jones, Washington CB – A first round, maybe a top ten talent who suffered a serious injury during his pro day. Considering the Jets are rebuilding, they are in position to potentially role the dice here on a player who may not contribute much, if at all, in 2017.Marcus Maye, Florida FS – Yes, another safety. Neither Calvin Pryor or Marcus Gilchrist are the long term running mate for Jamal Adams and Maye would provide strong value and allow the Jets to cleanly cut ties with either.
Chris Godwin, Penn State WR – A #JetsTwitter favorite. Godwin possess good size/strength, produces down the field and has reliable hands. He would help soften the blow of Brandon Marshall being released and potentially open the door to the same fate for Eric Decker.
Curtis Samuel, Ohio State WR – “Offensive weapon” who can play multiple receiver spots, running back and contribute in the return game. He is basically a rich man’s version of Jalin Marshall.
Jake Butt, Michigan TE – Without his injury, Butt may have been a first round player. He may not be an option at #39 but would be tremendous value in the third round at a huge position of need for the Jets.Adam Shaheen, Ashland TE – Small school, high upside with great measurables. He would start day one for the Jets and provide a huge target in the middle of the field for whoever plays quarterback.
Jordan Leggett, Clemson TE – A lower ceiling than Butt or Shaheen but could also be a plug and play option for the Jets at their weakest position. This is a deep tight end class, which may bump Leggett into the third round.
Jordan Willis, Kansas Edge – The Jets always need pass rushers but is he redundant alongside Lorenzo Mauldin and Jordan Jenkins?
DeShone Kizer, Notre Dame QB – Never sleep on Mike Maccagnan to take a big name, big school quarterback with awful mechanics.
Nathan Peterman, Pittsburgh QB – An intriguing third round option who would bump Bryce Petty off the roster.
Teez Tabor, Florida CB – May drop into the third round, where he would provide great value. Tabor lacks the size of King or Wilson but has better overall athleticism and may be a more complete player.
Alvin Kamara, Tennessee RB – He doesn’t have the big name of Cook but might end up being a better pro. Kamara would pair well with Bilal Powell and could lead the Jets to consider releasing Matt Forte.
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