The New York Jets went all-in before the 2015 season and as we all know, were this close to making the playoffs:
Then, 2016 happened. The Jets found themselves with a roster of big names and big contracts, but little results to show for it and they are now poised to pick 6th overall in Thursday’s draft. The Jets are now in full rebuild mode and will most likely spend the next 2-3 years in NFL purgatory. HOWEVA, when done correctly, a rebuild can be almost as much fun as a playoff run…almost. Seeing the future develop in front of your very eyes is a pleasant sight to see, as we saw with guys such as Quincy Enunwa, Robby Anderson, Bilal Powell, Leonard Williams, Wesley Johnson, and even Bryce Petty getting better week by week.
In case you have been living under a rock, the Jets did a thorough sweep of their roster by unloading or not resigning several veteran players with expiring and expensive contracts. Brandon Marshall, Nick Mangold, Darrelle Revis, Ryan Fitzpatrick, Nick Folk, Ryan Clady, Geno Smith, Breno Giacomini, and Kellen Davis are now ghosts of Jets past.
We need to get over the past and look forward to the future by forgetting Brandon Marshall and the thought of what could’ve been just two seasons ago. Luckily for us, the NFL Draft is only 2 nights away. Here’s a preview of what to expect.
On The Clock:
The Jets have 7 picks in this year’s draft as of Tuesday afternoon. They are:
Round 1, Pick 6
Round 2, Pick 7
Round 3, Pick 6
Round 3, Pick 43
Round 5, Pick 6
Round 6, Pick 7
Round 7, Pick 6
The last time the Jets picked 6th, they got El Gato Grande in 2015. Lets hope for another home run pick this year.
First Round Options:
The Jets have a wide range of possibilities for their first round selection. They can continue their recent trend of selecting the “best player available” on the board, or they can address team needs first and not worry about another team snaking in ahead of them. They could also trade their pick away for more picks, which would help roster depth in what is considered a historically deep draft. OR, the Jets could feign interest in players that teams picking below them want, forcing that team to trade above the Jets to select him. By being deceptive about wanting say, Mitchell Trubisky or Deshaun Watson, a team with a legitimate interest could make a push to trade for one of the top 5 picks. If a team like the Cardinals, Browns, or Texans make that trade, that would allow the real player that the Jets were interested in to drop an extra spot (Jamal Adams, Malik Hooker, Marshon Lattimore, Leonard Fournette).
I personally would prefer that the Jets trade away their pick for a 1st and perhaps 3rd round pick. The Browns could be likely suitors, which would then give the Jets the 12th overall pick in the draft. Since the Jets do not have one definitive need (they have a lot), they can afford to give up a top 6 pick to stack up their roster with mid-round talent. If they don’t…..
With the 6th Pick of the 2017 NFL Draft, the New York Jets Select:
…..I hope. Both the Bears at #3 and the Titans at #5 should be very interested in Jamal Adams as well. He’s Tyrann Mathieu except better. A legitimate ballhawk that brings down the hammer on defenders, too. The Jets #1 concern is their secondary and Jamal Adams would be an automatic stud.
If Adams is off the board, the risky pick:
Marshon Lattimore missed his first 2 seasons at Ohio State but was a dominant force on the field when he was healthy. He could very well be the best defensive back in this deep draft class.
The riskier Ohio State pick:
Injured less than Lattimore, but injured more recently. He had some core muscle surgeries but has recently put out videos of him running and cutting, which is a good sign. But given the Jets being the Jets, I’d be afraid that they’d throw him into the fire before he was ready.
If the Jets select any of the 3 above DBs, I think that 2014 1st rounder Calvin Pryor will be as good as gone. He’s been a decent player for the Jets, but never panned out to be what the Jets envisioned. Injury history and a bad track record in coverage (see Gronkowski, Rob) are working against him here.
The Jets have brought in Trubisky, Watson, and Mahomes, but I want nothing to do with any of them until the current Jets QB situation is handled. Hackenberg has yet to take a snap, Petty has played 3 1/2 games, and Josh McCown is trash.
RBs: Bilal Powell emerged late last season as a legitimate RB1, but the issue is that he is turning 29 this season. Matt Forte is the other option at RB at the ripe age of 31. RB is a definite need for this team, but it is not worthy of the 6th overall pick. I wanted Leonard Fournette too, but I don’t think it’ll happen (He has Jacksonville written all over him). Keep an eye on D’Onta Foreman, Donnel Pumphrey, and James Conner in the 3-4 round range. I like Joe Mixon on the field, but Jets GM Mike Maccagnan all but guaranteed that his off-field troubles has landed Mixon off their draft board.
WRs: The best way to forget Brandon Marshall is to replace Brandon Marshall. Quincy Enunwa is our Mila Kunis. With Mila, a healthy Eric Decker, and Robby Anderson combined with more reps for Charone Peake, Devin Smith, and newly acquired Quinton Patton, WR is not a position that the Jets need to address in this draft. Unless, of course,
Julian Edelman Ryan Switzer is still around during the late rounds.
TEs: The Jets had something like 18 catches from Tight Ends last season. Sooooo you could say this is an area of concern. If the Jets trade down in the 1st round, OJ Howard would be very enticing. I’d even take him at 6 if Adams, Hooker and Lattimore are all gone. Guys like Jordan Leggett and Jake Butt would be later round steals as well (Butt’s coming off of an injury).
OL: The O-Line is set with all starters under 30. This isn’t a particularly good draft for linemen either, so unless Cam Robinson, Ryan Ramczyk, or Garrett Bolles falls out of the 1st round, I wouldn’t be interested.
DL: The Jets do not need interior defensive linemen. If they draft any during the first 2 days I’ll freak out. What they do need is an edge rusher. Guys like Takkarist McKinley, Taco Charlton, and Tyus Bowser could be available early in the 2nd round. A couple guys to keep an eye on in the 3rd: Alabama’s Ryan Anderson and Tim Williams, and TJ Watt. Yes, TJ Watt as in JJ Watt:
LBs: Not a huge pressing need with the Jets selecting Darron Lee and Jordan Jenkins last year. The Jets will need a replacement for 33 year old David Harris soon, though, so guys like Jarrad Davis and Zach Cunningham may hear they names called during day 2. My sleeper LB? National Champion and finger poppin’ asshole connoisseur Ben Boulware:
DBs: We talked about my three guys that I’d like to see go #6. The Jets need to load up on Corners and Safeties alike, and this is the right draft class to do it with. Another need that the Jets have is in the kick and punt returning game, so mid-round DBs with returning experience are probably shooting up the draft board. Maybe a couple of guys named Jabrill Peppers and Adoree’ Jackson will be seen in green and white this season.
Another thing that could happen is that I could be entirely wrong and the Jets don’t draft anybody that I listed. That’s the beauty of the NFL Draft. You don’t know til you know, you know? Regardless, this is always a fun weekend and it means that the next football season is right around the corner. Hopefully I don’t look like this after Saturday. See you then and may the odds be ever in our favor.