After trading up with the Indianapolis Colts weeks before the draft it was clear that the Jets were going to be aggressive finding their next quarterback. They hope they got their guy but also hope that they were able to find some pieces throughout the draft that can get the team back on track to get into the playoff hunt. Here is a look at the New York Jets 2018 NFL Draft Review.
New York Jets 2018 NFL Draft Review
1st Round, Pick #3: Sam Darnold QB USC
After moving up from six to three it was clear that the Jets were going to take a quarterback here and Sam Darnold just happened to fall into their lap. Darnold has some flaws to work on but with Josh McNown as the incumbent starter Darnold doesn’t have to play right away and can ease into a starting role by either mid season or shortly after. Darnold has a tremendous ceiling and if he’s able to fix his lower body mechanics and not turn the ball over, he could be the quarterback the Jets need to get back into the playoff hunt.
3rd Round, Pick #8: Nathan Shepherd DT Fort Hays State
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Shepherd was a force of nature at the Division II level using his size, strength, and quickness to dominate offensive guards and then continued to show he belongs in the NFL by impressing in his one day at the Senior Bowl. Shepherd translate best inside and may never become a good pass rusher but he’ll give the Jets a good run defender next to Leonard Williams.
4th Round, Pick #7: Chris Herndon TE Miami
Tight end has been a position of need for the Jets for quite a while as they drafted Jordan Leggett and signing Clive Walford. Herndon doesn’t show the athletic ability that a lot of people praise him for and is coming off of a torn MCL. But the Jets need help at tight end and in the fourth round Herndon has enough upside to warrant the pick.
6th Round, Pick #5: Perry Nickerson CB Tulane
After an impressive 4.32 40 yard dash time it got Nickerson on a lot of people’s radars and drove them to go back and look at the tap. Nickerson isn’t big but uses his speed and explosiveness to create plays. In Todd Bowles defensive scheme they need several cornerbacks and Nickerson is a player that offers upside as a role player and potential 3rd or 4th corner on a team.
6th Round, Pick #6: Folorunso Fatukasi DT UConn
Continuing to rebuild their defensive line the Jets drafted Fatukasi who profiles as an interior run defender who can play either DT or NT in their scheme. Fatukasi uses his strength to overpower offensive lineman to plug up holes and allow teammates to make plays. He has some starter upside, but if he becomes a solid rotational player then the Jets got good value here.
6th Round, Pick #30: Trenton Cannon RB Virginia State
A Division II prospect Cannon shows some playmaking ability with a 4.4 40 yard dash and lateral quickness to make defenders miss. While his timed measurable are good, making the transition from Division II to the NFL is going to be a steep climb for Cannon.
Draft Grade: B
Best Value: Nathan Shepherd
Biggest Reach: Chris Herndon