Another draft has come and gone and the Jets made some good picks in this year’s draft. They started off going safety in back-to-back rounds with their first and second round picks, in Jamal Adams and Marcus Maye. Both are interchangeable pieces at the safety position. Adams and Maye are more known for their downhill approach, playing up at the line of scrimmage and their tackling ability, but they are also players who can line up and play man-to-man coverage on tight ends, slot receivers, as well as play sideline-to-sideline. The Jets might look to trade Calvin Pryor after these picks, however, Todd Bowles has mentioned playing in three-safety sets. Trading Pryor could bring in a mid-to-late round pick in next years draft as the Jets consider all options.
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The Jets added upgraded their depth at the wide receiver position with picks, ArDarius Stewart and Chad Hansen. Some fans might have questioned these selections given the depth the Jets already have at the position, but Stewart has the ability to make an immediate impact in the return game and could turn into a very good number two receiver. Hansen is another solid pick that could provide good depth and strong competition. With the injury to Devin Smith and his future in question, these two picks may have a strong impact on the Jets’ roster this year.
The Jets finally got a tight end with the Jordan Leggett pick. Yes, it was a fifth round pick, but with his athletic ability and size, do not be shocked if he is an opening day starter while making an immediate impact in the receiving game. There were questions about his work ethic when he first arrived at Clemson, but has since put that persona to rest. Hopefully the nickname “Lazy Leggett” is long gone and he is ready to work, as the Jets could are much in need of a player at the tight end position with his size and athletic traits.
Dylan Donahue was someone that was not talked about much going into the draft. Donahue is a player that has a high motor and is explosive off the line of scrimmage. He probably wont be a starting outside linebacker, but can make a big impact on special teams, which the Jet are greatly in need of in that facet of the game.
The Jets also add depth at the running back position with the Elijah McGuire Pick. McGuire could be compared to David Johnson of the Arizona Cardinals, but doesn’t have as much power and height, but the playing styles are similar. What jumps out the most when watching his tape is his ability to catch the ball out of the backfield. He provides good depth and competition in the Jets’ backfield.
The Jets added two late round cornerbacks with their final two picks of the draft, in Jeremy Clark and Derrick Jones. They could add depth to this weak secondary and with some good coaching might turn into solid contributors. Both players are height, weight and speed guys that provide competition and have the ability to make an impact on special teams during their rookie years.
What do these picks mean for upcoming 2017 season? It means the Jets are ready to find out what they have in Christian Hackenberg and Bryce Petty. There will be an open completion at the quarterback position this offseason and the Jets provided weapons and depth on the offensive side of the ball. Quincy Enunwa, Robby Anderson, Leggett, Bilal Powell, and now ArDarius Stewart surround Hackenberg and Petty giving them the opportunity to really show what they have. This year we will see if the Jets have their franchise quarterback or if it will be back to the draft board. It is time for them to leave it all out on the field.