Laquon Treadwell, with Brandon Marshall, Eric Decker and Devin Smith? Why not? The Jets selected Leonard Williams last year with Muhammad Wilkerson and Sheldon Richardson already on the roster, so they've proven that they'll take the best player available. That could be Treadwell, who would slide in as the third receiver. As for Smith, the Jets run four-receiver formations quite often, so he would stay involved, and he'd have a greater role once Marshall moves on.
*** OTHER 2016 NFL DRAFT POSSIBILITIES: ***
1. Vernon Butler, DT - Butler has been compared to Muhammad Wilkerson. Coincidentally, Wilkerson is likely to leave the Jets soon.
2. Kamalei Correa, DE/OLB - A weird name here, but one I'm told is in consideration.
Pick change; previously Jason Spriggs, OT
Rd. 2, Pk. 20
Kyler Fackrell, OLB, Utah State
One of New York's biggest needs is at inside linebacker, and they even needed one prior to Demario Davis' departure. Kyler Fackrell has the length the Jets prefer at linebacker.
Rd. 3, Pk. 20
Cardale Jones, QB, Ohio State
As of this writing, Ryan Fitzpatrick is still on the open market. Charlie Campbell reported that the Jets have been scouting quarterbacks hard this offseason, perhaps well aware that some team would outbid them for Fitzpatrick (or knowing he'd ask for too much money). With that in mind, Cardale Jones is a strong possibility here. From the sound of it, Jones will be chosen in the second day, and he projects as a great fit for Chan Gailey's offense.
Rd. 4, Pk. 20
Joe Schobert, OLB/3-4OLB, Wisconsin
The Jets have needed help at outside linebacker for quite some time now. Finding a better pass rush would help take care of some of the issues in the secondary.
Rd. 7, Pk. 14
Tom Hackett, P, Utah
It's been rumored that the Jets will target Tom Hackett to settle their punting woes.
Rd. 7, Pk. 20
Tevin Carter, SS, Utah
The Jets have shown interest in Tevin Carter; he'll help on special teams and provide depth at safety.
This pick could easily be traded away. Last Wednesday, I was the first to report that the Jets have talked with the Browns about trading down. I'm not sure a deal will get done, but it won't happen until the Jets are on the clock because the Browns have to be sure they are getting their target - North Carolina quarterback Mitch Trubisky. If the Jets are stuck at No. 6, they could take the best player available, and that would be Hooker in this scenario. He has injury concerns, but he would be a huge upgrade for their pass coverage.
In late September, weeks before other draft media were aware of Hooker, WalterFootball.com reported that Hooker was receiving high first-round grades from teams. He was one of the breakout stars of the 2016 season. Multiple team sources have said they see Hooker as a top-10 pick. Ohio State lost both Vonn Bell and Tyvis Powell to the NFL, but the redshirt sophomore Hooker was an upgrade for the Buckeyes.
In 2016, Hooker totaled 74 tackles with 5.5 for a loss, .5 sacks, four passes broken up and seven interceptions. Three of those picks were returned for touchdowns. The 6-foot-1, 206-pounder has excellent size to go along with great speed and instincts. Hooker is tremendous as the deep center fielder with rare skills as a pass-coverage free safety who has drawn comparisons to Ed Reed. He also has the size and strength to come downhill and fill in the ground game. Hooker could be a dynamic safety in the NFL. He is the real deal.
Rd. 2, Pk. 2
David Njoku, TE, Miami
The Jets will be able to land a great tight end value early in Round 2. Here's one of those potential steals.
The 6-foot-4, 246-pound Njoku is a freak athlete who has size, physicality and excellent speed. The junior recorded 43 receptions for 698 yards with eight touchdowns in 2016 despite Miami not using him as much as it should have. Sources have said that the coaching staff loved tight end Chris Herndon as a worker and teammate, so they tried to reward him by splitting targets his direction. The underachieving play of Brad Kaaya also hurt Njoku's production with the quarterback's propensity to watch the pass rush and take sacks.
According to team contacts, Njoku was torn on whether to enter the 2017 NFL Draft. The main reason he would have returned to Miami was to help his younger brother make the transition as he joins the program in 2017. However after the last regular-season game, Njoku posed for a photo with the senior class and took grass from the field as a keepsake. That suggested the junior was leaning toward entering the 2017 NFL Draft before his actual declaration.
Rd. 3, Pk. 3
Fabian Moreau, CB, UCLA
The Jets could use a cornerback upgrade, and Moreau could easily be drafted higher.
Moreau (6-0, 202) was one of the stars of the East-West Shrine throughout the week as he impressed teams with his size, physicality, and coverage skills. Moreau is a tough corner who is capable of running the route to prevent separation. As a senior, he totaled 31 tackles with two interceptions and 10 passes broken up.
Rd. 3, Pk. 3
Samaje Perine, RB, Oklahoma
Given the age and injury history of Matt Forte, the Jets could use another running back.
Perine (5-11, 233) averaged 5.4 yards per carry in 2016 for 1,060 yards with 12 touchdowns. He had 10 receptions for 106 yards as well. Perine is a physical, tough runner who was banged up in his final season and also split the workload with Joe Mixon. In 2015, Perine averaged 6.0 yards per carry in 2015 for 1,349 yards with 16 touchdowns.
I think the Saints know that they really screwed up in the draft last season. They over-drafted every one of the players they selected prior to the 3rd round. P.J. Williams was a good selection there but wound up injured. But the rest of them are all role players, and while they are not looking to replace them in this draft, they do need to add impact players, and they have gaping holes on the offensive line. So here they move down projecting that some of the really good players will fall, since they know that the Jets are trading up here to get in front of LA in order to take Paxton Lynch. It's a good decision for both teams.
Now that they have fixed the LT hole created by the retirement of Ferguson, the Jets can move up to the this spot to grab the only franchise QB in this draft. It amazes me that even though none of the QBs in this draft are going to be expected to start right away, Lynch does not rise to the top for every team. I couldn't believe how teams didn't view Bortles as a franchise QB two years ago either, but this is how bad teams are made. It's not an accident. There is some not-to-flattery chatter in KC about Doug Pederson, and this is not a town that typically dishes dirt on people who leave. I think he will take Wentz knowing that he is quite a bit more raw than Lynch because he is arrogant enough to believe that he is a QB whisperer who can mold Wentz into his Tom Brady. Whatever. This is a great trade up by the Jets. Fitz re-signs by now. Goodbye Geno.
** Previous Pick ** DE Kevin Dodd.
** Previous Pick ** NT A'Shawn Robinson.
** Previous Team ** Saints.
Another potential Paxton Lynch spot and one that seems way more likely, though I won’t pick it here. Besides QB (also I’m a believer that Ryan Fitzpatrick will be back at some point, they just have to work it out the fit is just too perfect), there is no bigger issue on this team than an abysmal pass rush. Todd Bowles is a defensive whiz and can get by with his exotic scheming and blitzing, but imagine this defense if he didn’t need to do all of that and could just rush four and still cause problems? Yikes. Adding Floyd is one big step towards achieving that. Floyd is a long, rangy athlete at 6’6” with 33” arms and an awesome 4.6 second 40 time. He also has the explosiveness needed in a pass rushing threat evidenced by his 39.5 inch vertical and 127 inch broad jump. He’s got all the athletic tools and change of direction/ anticipation skills to truly excel in both aspects of the game, defending the run and rushing the passer. He’s a bit thin and that might be the biggest knock and somewhat scary thing about him, can he set the edge the way an outside linebacker has to do to defend the run effectively? At this point he probably cannot do so effectively enough to be an every down every situation player, but under Bowles’ guidance he certainly looks like a good bet to get there eventually, all while impacting the game situationally which makes the Jets defense look awfully scary on third downs in the immediate future.
I don't think its necessarily a bad thing that Ragland, generally considered the best inside linebacker prospect outside of a healthy Jaylon Smith, fell this far; it's just a matter of scheme fit and personel with other teams. A good portion of the league is distancing itself from the old-school middle linebacker: The run stuffers who were built like horses and dominated the run, but were gross liabilities in coverage. The beautiful thing about Todd Bowles' Jets defense is that they're so talented in the back end that they don't really need a middle linebacker who is great in coverage. Ragland is the kind of hard-nosed force up the middle that will strike fear into running backs with his bone-shattering hits and natural instincts. He'll step in immediately and provide the kind of leadership and on-field shot calling ability this team is lacking.
I know he’s got character issues stemming from the multiple failed drug tests due to ecstasy use, but he’s just too dang talented. I always believe that talent really does trump character issues and boy does this guy have talent. A star at Ohio State early in his career before getting dismissed, he picked up right where he left off at Eastern Kentucky University with 11.5 sacks and 22.5 tackles for loss. Great motor (I LOVE players with good motors clearly, something you just can’t teach), versatile as he’s played standing up and with his hand in the dirt, and he just knows how to get upfield and make plays. Extremely explosive as he finished near the top of the class with a 121 inch broad jump. He needs to get stronger and not be pushed around as often as he is but his character on the field is fantastic as he’s a hard working kid by all accounts. The Jets also desperately need a pass rusher from the linebacker position. The edge guys on the defensive line appear to be set with Mo Wilkerson (though he may get traded so that’s something to keep an eye on), Sheldon Richardson, and last year’s rookie Leonard Williams, the linebacker position is a mess with a bunch of average players at best. Spence can come right in and help get after the quarterback.
Mackensie Alexander is who a lot of
people expect here. I think that the Jets will
either sign Paxton Lynch to scare Fitz, trade this
pick to a team who wants Lynch, or fill a need
that might shake up the roster. The Jets to me
encompass what it means to have talent at every
position, but not necessarily the right type of
talent. The front seven have skill, but the Jets
could use a multi-purpose tool at their disposal
and that is exactly what they get with Lee. He is
a strong player who has the skills to rush, but
will prefer to stop the run and cover the flats
and middle. Luckily, the Jets have a good pass
rush already, a number one corner who can
train a project possibly from somewhere in the
2nd-4th round range like Artie Burns, Sean
Davis, Harlan Miller, or Kendall Fuller who had
good news at his medical check saying he may
be ready for training camp.
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Rd. 1, Pk. 20
Darron Lee, OLB
The Jets picked Leonard Williams last year, proving that they'll draft the best player available, even if they don't have a need at the position. This year, the Jets have selected perhaps the best player available - and one who actually fills a need. The Jets have had a hole at inside linebacker for a very long time. Darron Lee, who could've gone as high as No. 14, figures to change that. Lee is very athletic and has a ton of upside. He projects as a great fit in Todd Bowles' defense.
Rd. 2, Pk. 20
Christian Hackenberg, QB
The Jets fan the NFL Network camera caught was shouting, "We got a QB!" Well, we'll see. I'm a Penn State alumnus, and I've called Christian Hackenberg a trap. He has supreme talent, but there are numerous things wrong. He's inconsistent with his throws; he struggles to process information quickly; and he also had some locker-room issues at Penn State. I would've taken him in the third round. This is a bit too early for my blood, and I don't know how he fits Chan Gailey's offense.