The Jets have selected linebacker Darron Lee with the 20th pick in the 2016 NFL Draft.
For the last few months, a popular joke on this site is the Jets should go with the BOSPA (Best Ohio State Player Available) with the 20th pick of the first round. The team was apparently listening.
Lee is a 6'1" 232 pound linebacker. He projects as an inside linebacker in the Jets' defense. He is known as a rangy player with good cover skills. It has been forever since the Jets had a linebacker who could cover effectively, and that is something worth having in today's NFL against top tight ends. While the Jets have David Harris and Erin Henderson under contract, neither is particularly young. Harris is on the wrong side of 30. Henderson will be 30 by the time the season starts. This team needed to get some youth into its linebacking corps.
There was buzz the Jets would take quarterback Paxton Lynch. It did not pan out. The team ends up with a defensive player. This is the eighth straight first round pick on the defensive side of the ball for the Jets.