After a bitterly disappointing 2016 season, Mike Maccagnan and the Jets need to find a way to transform the fortunes of this failing team. The upcoming NFL Draft where the Jets need to initiate a new start…..
Two years ago Mike Maccagnan was lauded by most for his offseason moves, but now those same people question his ability to build a competitive roster. In truth the one main failing of not just Maccagnan, but decades of Jets GM’s is their inability to find a franchise QB. The Jets have had very good teams in the past, but have just not been good enough. Only time will tell if Christian Hackenberg can be the franchise QB that the Jets and in particularly Maccagnan are hoping for. The media whispers do not sound very positive.
So onto this year’s draft, well, the Jets potentially have holes everywhere, even with a good free agency class the Jets desperately need to get younger, faster and better!
Here is an early look at who could potentially land with the Jets first round pick with my thoughts from what I have seen on tape from these prospects:
If lightning strikes twice, and the best player in the draft falls to number 6 (see Leo Williams) the Jets brass should skip to the podium to select Myles Garrett, edge rusher from Texas A&M. Garrett is seen by most, including myself as the draft’s elite player and would give the Jets much needed pass rushing ability. Not very likely though!
The Jets could look to improve their terrible secondary, with this year’s draft stacked at CB and has a couple of top end safeties. The CB is so deep I am not sure that the value is there at #6? The rankings for corners differ so much that it is clear that there is not much difference in talent with the top 6 maybe 8 guys. My top three CB’s are:
If I were to pick a CB at #6 it would be Conley, however my preference would be to wait until the second round. Maybe Wilson could slip to #39 or pick up a guy like Cordrea Tankersley from Clemson. Jones will unfortunately slide due to his injury.
I think there is a greater chance that the Jets improve their secondary by adding a top safety and at #6 there may be the top two safeties to choose from.
My pick would be Hooker, as he would bring a new dimension to the Jets secondary, although I would be very happy with Adams at #6.
With a shortage of top end talent at offensive tackle, I don’t think the Jets would reach for a Cam Robinson, Alabama or Ryan Ramczyk, Wisconsin at #6 but may look for an OT later in the draft, or if they manage to trade down in the 1st round OT comes into play.
Likewise, although I think the Jets should absolutely draft a RB this year #6 may not be the best place to do it. Value is to be had in rounds 2 -4.
A surprise pick with some value could be at WR, but the Jets already have four young talented receivers on the roster in Enunwa, Anderson, Peake & J.Marshall. So should that stop them from drafting a WR, well maybe not? There are two guys the Jets may have to consider at #6. Mike Williams, Clemson is a 6′ 3″ WR that has all the tools, but needs to find consistency in his game to dominate as he did in college. Corey Davis, Western Michigan could be the drafts best route runner. He also has great size and speed.
Ultimately I think the Jets pass on a WR at #6, but these two guys will be tempting.
Alabama TE, OJ Howard is also be a real possibly at #6, as he could solidify the position for years. Howard is the draft’s best all-round TE, an extremely good blocker and a mismatch in the passing game.
The last position I will look at is QB, and while I don’t believe any of these prospect would be the BPA at #6 that is sometimes overlooked when it comes to signal callers. The Jets could fall in love with one of these prospects and pull the trigger in the first round. So here are my top three:
This year’s draft will be one of the most interesting, as the level of talent is closer than I have known for a long time. Differing opinions will lead to some real shocks in the first round, so Jet fans get ready for the ride……