New York Jets 2017 Draft Review

1st/6 Jamal Adams, S

Ht.: 6-0  Wt.: 214 School: LSU

Having Jamal Adams fall into their laps had to be best case scenario for the Jets. Adams is a physical safety who can come down and lay big hits in the run game but he also has the speed and quickness to react in zone coverage and match up in short areas. Adams is perfect fit as the strong safety in Todd Bowles defense and gives the secondary some much needed leadership.

 

2nd/39 Marcus Maye, S

Ht.: 6-0 Wt.: 210 School: Florida

Todd Bowles was the innovator of the Arizona Cardinals defense that utilized multiple safeties taking advantage of their versatility. Maye is an instinctive safety that can play back showing range in zone coverage while also being able to come down to make stops in the run game. By taking Adams in round one and now Maye the Jets hope their safeties are fixed for years to come.

 

3rd/79 ArDarius Stewart, WR

Ht.: 5-11 Wt.: 204 School: Alabama

After cutting Brandon Marshall and still getting nothing out of former second round pick Devin Smith the Jets are going back the receiver well to get the speedster in Stewart. Stewart can work out of the slot or on the outside stretching defenses and taking safety help away from Eric Decker and Robby Anderson. While he didn’t return kicks in college, Stewart has the skill set to be a factor.

 

4th/141 Chad Hansen, WR

Ht.: 6-2 Wt.: 202 School: California

A former standout FCS player at Idaho State, Hansen walked on at California and in his senior year emerged as the Golden Bear’s top receiver. Hansen is a good downfield route runner using his top end speed to beat cornerbacks downfield while having the catching radius to make difficult catches.

 

5th/150 Jordan Leggett, TE

Ht.: 6-6 Wt.: 258 School: Clemson

By adding Leggett, the Jets actually have a tight on the roster and won’t be forced to use receiver Quincy Eunwa in that role. Legget is a big bodies tight end that needs to improve his technique and effort as a blocker but can be a weapon in the passing game pushing the seam and showing good body control to win jump balls.

 

5th/181 Dylan Donahue, DE

Ht.: 6-3 Wt.: 248 School: West Georgia

The son of a former NFL player Mitch Donahue dominated the Division II ranks setting a conference record 13.5 sacks in 2016. Donahue has speed off the edge but will need to adjust to moving up in competition. Starting may not be in the cards for Donahue but he could develop into a pass rushing specialist.

 

6th/188 Elijah McGuire, RB

Ht.: 5-10 Wt.: 214 School: Louisiana Lafayette

An explosive back McGuire was able to make defenders miss with quick hard cuts and lateral agility. McGuire is much better in space and has shown the ability to be a weapon in the passing game. His ceiling is as a pass catching back and being on the same team as Matt Forte and Bilal Powell should only help his development.

 

6th/197 Jeremey Clark, CB

Ht.: 6-3 Wt.: 220 School: Michigan

Clark is a versatile defensive back who has experience playing cornerback, safety and even nickel back. At 6’3 with good straight line speed he has the potential to develop into a solid press man corner. But that is if he can recover from the torn ACL that cut his senior year short.

 

6th/189 Derrick Jones, CB

Ht.: 6-2 Wt.: 189 School: Mississippi

A former receiving Jones made the transition during his senior year at Mississippi. Jones is incredibly raw at his point but has the requisite size, length and athletic ability that Todd Bowles likes out of press man corners. Jones is surely to see time on special teams as he develops.

 

Best Pick

Adams (first round)

 

Upside Pick

Clark (sixth round)

 

Overall Thoughts

Having Jamal Adams fall into their lap really started their draft on the right note but the Jets. They were able to get quality pieces like Maye, Stewart and Leggett who are flashy players but should develop into quality starters. What could make this draft better is if their late round developmental picks hit.

Grade: C+

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