One year after the 2015 NFL Draft, Mel Kiper of ESPN is revising his original grades. He has bumped the Jets up from A- to A based on what he saw.
Post-draft grade: A-minus
The last sentence in my draft grades write-up was this: "And remember: I factor Brandon Marshall into this draft." Well, for a sixth-rounder, all Marshall did was deliver an All-Pro-caliber season (in my book) with 109 catches, 1,502 yards and 14 touchdowns. Not too shabby. The Jets also have my defensive rookie of the year in Leonard Williams, whom they got at No. 6 even though he was No. 1 on my Big Board. Lorenzo Mauldin really came on down the stretch, and Devin Smith had flashes before he got hurt, though he looked raw. Something worth noting: Plenty of Jets fans wanted them to grab Kevin White of West Virginia at No. 6. They went with Williams. White didn't play a down this season and Marshall was a star. The front office deserves a lot of credit.
New grade: A
Williams gives this class a high floor. The question is how much the day two and three picks can develop. Lorenzo Mauldin comes to mind in particular. If he can turn himself into a quality starter, this takes on the look of a really good class.