I've had O.J. Howard slotted way too low in these mock drafts. Howard is considered a special talent, and I think it would be an upset if he got out of the top 10.
The Jets are likely to take Howard if they think he's the best player available (meaning Leonard Fournette would have to be off the board.) New York has tried to sign tight ends this offseason, so the position is seen as a need, and Howard would provide the team with some much-needed play-making ability.
Rd. 2, Pk. 7
Marcus Williams, S, Utah
Here's another upgrade for the secondary. The Jets could obtain a stud cornerback at No. 6 overall, and they can replace the anemic Calvin Pryor with this selection.
Rd. 3, Pk. 6
Cooper Kupp, WR, Eastern Washington
Brandon Marshall was released and then signed with the Giants. New York needs a new receiver to replace Marshall.
Rd. 3, Pk. 43
Tyler Orlosky, C, West Virginia
The Jets cut Nick Mangold for financial purposes, so they'll need to replace him early in the 2017 NFL Draft if they don't get anyone in free agency.
Rd. 5, Pk. 6
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2016 First Round Pick: Darron Lee, Ohio State (20)
2016 Offense Rankings: Total (26) Pass (27) Rush (12)
2016 Defense Rankings: Total (11) Pass (17) Rush (11)
2017 Projected Salary Cap Space: ($1,123,250)
Needs: (1) QB, (2) OT(2x), (3)CB(2x), (4) TE, (5) ILB
GM: Mike Maccagnan Head Coach: Todd Bowles
Offensive Coordinator: — Defensive Coordinator: Kacy Rodgers
Offensive Scheme: Spread, Vertical Attacking Defensive Scheme: 3-4, Multiple
NFL.com Grade: 7.15 ESPN Grade: 94 NFL Comparison: Bo Jackson
Measurables: H: 6'1 W: 230 40: 4.50
It was pretty clear that Fournette was going to be a star in college after he dominated at the high school level in New Orleans. The No. 1 overall recruit and USA Today National High School Offensive Player of the Year chose to stay in-state, and he made his mark in his three years at LSU. Fournette led the SEC in all-purpose yards as a true freshman (137.4 per game, including 1,034 rushing yards, 625 on kickoff returns). He followed that up with by nearly clearing the 2,000-yard mark (1,953) and scoring 22 rushing touchdowns in a consensus All-American sophomore campaign. Unfortunately, his junior season did not go as planned, as a pre-season ankle injury was aggravated multiple times during the year, limiting his playing time to just seven games (he chose not to play in the team's bowl game to prepare himself for the pre-draft evaluation process). That seventh game shouldn't have happened, but a pre-game brawl against Florida pushed him to play hurt. Regardless of the injury, he received second-team All-SEC honors with five 100-yard games and a 287-yard, three-touchdown effort against Ole Miss.
High-end talent with rare blend of size, speed and power. Comparisons to Adrian Peterson feel lofty, but from a physical standpoint, he's there. Fournette doesn't have the wiggle to make defenders miss and his vision can be iffy. However, if your run fits and tackling aren't sound, he can take it the distance in an instant. May have durability concerns due to physical running style, but has All-Pro potential.
MY Take: Fournette is a one in a generation type of player. He is the perfect combo of Size and Speed. He has had some injuries, but I feel he handled his injuries conservatively enough at LSU that they are not a real concern to me. But I don't think this is a contending team in 2017. 2015 was a fluke and this is a 2-3 year turn around team. I think with Fournette and Forte in the backfield you can take pressure off of Hackenberg or Petty. This is a Leonard Williams type pick, just pick the TPA.
If I were the Jets the very least I would be doing in the offseason is to move Revis to CB2 and drafting a new CB1 ala Marshon Lattimore who has the traits to be a shutdown corner in the NFL. If the Jets were smart they would cut Revis saving $7 million against the cap (although maybe they will wait till 2018 because then they’d save $9 million in cap space and not have $8 million in dead money)…but again we are talking about the Jets.
The Jets need a QB, but as the old saying goes: When you have 4 quarterbacks on the roster you really have none. The Jets surely will move on from Geno Smith (remember him?) and Ryan Fitzpatrick. They already have Christian Hackenberg and Bryce Petty and they really need to find out what they have on their roster because it’s completely useless spending 2nd round picks on QB’s and then being afraid to let them see the field. Drafting another development project at QB is not going to help the Jets in the least. I see the Jets trying to fix this area in free agency or trading to get a veteran presence from either the likes of Tony Romo, Colin Kaepernick, or Jay Culter.
Funny side note: is that if you picture Colin Kaepernick with a red nose, and that haircut, he could certifiably pass for a clown, thus making him a perfect fit for joining the circus that is the NY Jets. Will it be a match made in heaven? Time will tell.
The writing's on the wall for this New York Jets team. Both Todd Bowles and GM Mike Maccagnan will return in 2017, but if they have any hopes of staying long-term in the Big Apple then results are needed sooner rather than later. The Jets put together a promising ten win season in 2016 and were inches away from a playoff spot, and many expected the Jets to be a contender in 2016. In true Jets fashion, Gang Green followed up their impressive season with a 5-11 record mainly due to a revolving door at the quarterback position, not to mention a defense that seemingly checked out and began planning their offseason vacation plans in mid October. Other than the Cleveland Browns, the Jets may very well be the most inconsistent and dysfunctional franchises in the entire league. Although Todd Bowles is an excellent defensive mind and more than qualified to be a head coach, it may be time to hit the reset button again if Bowles can't change the culture and begin producing in New York. Uncertainty surrounds the quarterback position in New York, and it's safe to say both Ryan Fitzpatrick and Geno Smith won't return in 2017. While Bryce Petty and Christian Hackenberg offer a lot of upside, the Jets simply can't afford to sit back and hope that one of them develop quickly into a quality starting quarterback, and may look into drafting their twelfth quarterback since the turn of the century. At 6’3 and 220 pounds, North Carolina’s Mitch Trubisky is the top quarterback prospect available. While Trubisky may not be as polished as more recent rookie quarterbacks in the past few years, the demand for a quarterback in today's NFL will lead to Trubisky hearing his name called early on draft day. A late bloomer on the college scene, Trubisky rose to prominence after earning the starting quarterback gig his junior year in 2016, leading the Tar Heels to an 8-5 record while passing for nearly 3,500 yards and 28 touchdowns. From a physical standpoint, Trubisky has all the tools to be a successful quarterback in the NFL, drawing comparisons to Colt McCoy. While scouts will certainly view Trubisky as raw and untested after playing primarily against ACC defenses, pairing Trubisky with a no-nonsense coach like Bowles and veterans Brandon Marshall and Matt Forte may be his best chance of reaching success at the next level.
Cap Space $24 Million- 34 Defensive Front
Offensively: 26TH Yds/G, 30th PPG
Defensively: 11th Yds/G, 28th PPG
Needs: QB, WR, TE, T, SS, CB, OLB
Offensive/Defensive Biggest Need: QB, OLB
Despite signing Josh McCown recently the quarterback position still remains the Jets number one need. DeShaun Watson is a proven winner that can do more than just throw the ball. Considering that the Jets offensive line is one of the worst in the league, Jets fans should be happy to get this mobile quarterback that can use his legs when the pocket is non existent. Watson shares the same NFL prospect rating as Tennessee Titans quarterback Marcus Mariota. Watson has a better rating than Minnesota Vikings QB Teddy Bridgewater, Oakland Raiders QB Derek Carr, Dallas Cowboys QB Dak Prescott, and New England Patriots back QB (that many have been talking about in recent week) Jimmy Garroppola. The ratings don't really matter that much but I wanted to show you what company Watson is in. By all counts prior to actually taking a NFL snap, Watson is a better leader than all the quarterbacks previous mentioned. If you put the right players around Watson he should be able to take you where you want to go.
NFL Comparison: Dallas Cowboys Quarterback Dak Prescott
Fournette is definitely going to be tempting here. But, Jets have a lot of guaranteed money in Forte ($6 million) and Powell ($4.25) for their 2017 books. While they can make some cap savings in cuts such as Darrelle Revis, trading Sheldon Richardson, and potentially restructuring Brandon Marshall, that cap space should be spent elsewhere.
The Jets have a range of needs in quarterback, pash rusher, and cornerback. Todd Bowels needs make an offensive coordinator decision soon and allow him to partipate in deciding if a quarterback is worthy of a selection here. As of now, Kizer appears worthy of this selection. He has the physical set to succeed and the Jets will already have a few weapons available for him with a healthy Eric Decker and Brandon Marshall. However, hiring a quarterback guru for OC will be crucial for Kizer's success at the NFL level.