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Bring on the Questionable Character Draft Prospects

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Some time ago, I said that Jameis Winston concerned me because I was nervous about taking a quarterback with questionable character at the top of the first round (I think I stated top five, but I'm not sure). Since then, the New York Jets have made a number of additions to their team that assuaged my fears regarding other players with so-called "questionable" character.

Among them was the hiring of Todd Bowles, along with the addition of Darrelle Revis, Antonio Cromartie, and Brandon Marshall. Bowles is a no-nonsense coach that, by all accounts, will keep his players in line, and Revis has always been high character and a leader in the locker room. Cromartie and Marshall have, according to more reports than I can count, reformed from their prior ways and have grown into mature leaders. In addition, the team has the likes of Nick Mangold, D'Brickashaw Ferguson, David Harris, Demario DavisMuhammad Wilkerson, Sheldon Richardson, and Eric Decker to guide troubled youths. All-in-all, there's no shortage of leadership and high-character guys throughout the locker room.

So now, as the team sits towards the top of the second round, there are a number of extremely talented prospects that need to mature. Among them are Dorial Green-Beckham, Randy Gregory, and possibly La'el Collins. All are arguably top fifteen talents, but they've fallen for a variety of character concerns. At this point, assuming due diligence is done, I'm not as concerned with the team taking on a troubled player as I might have been a year ago. All three of these young players will be in a strong, stable environment where they can be guided into adulthood.

Bring on the questionable character draft prospects; I'm finally not concerned that they'll tear the locker room apart.