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20. New York Jets – Leonard Floyd, OLB, Georgia: As formidable as the Jets have typically been defensively in recent years, they've never really had the benefit of an edge player who can regularly make life miserable for say, Tom Brady. Floyd could be that guy and would certainly reap extra benefits playing off one of the NFL's most imposing defensive lines.
The Pick: Running Back Ezekiel Elliott, Ohio State
Best. Player. Available.
That’s what you need to know about what the New York Jets will do in the first round. In 2015, they surprised everyone by selecting Leonard Williams at a position that already featured studs Muhammad Wilkerson and Sheldon Richardson. It’s not about needs for the Jets, but instead about accumulating as much talent as possible. It just so happens that the best player available here happens to fill a need.
Ezekiel Elliott is a Matt Forte-type running back. He’s a very good receiver, a good one-cut runner and has the power to run over tacklers in space. He isn’t in that Todd Gurley range, but he’s a better prospect than Melvin Gordon was last year at No. 15 overall. And with Chris Ivory hitting free agency and an offensive line built to push the pile, Elliott is an excellent fit and value for the Jets.