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2016 NFL Draft Grades: Pro Football Focus Gives the Jets a C-

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Drafts cannot be properly graded until around four years after the players are selected. That has not stopped analysts from trying. Various Draft grades from across the internet are posted below for your reading pleasure.  As always, remember Draft grades are stupid unless they praise the Jets.

Rob Rang (CBS)

New York Jets

Todd Bowles was a master at creating exotic and aggressive blitz packages while serving as defensive coordinator with the Arizona Cardinals and few players in the 2016 draft offer more creativity than first round pick Darron Lee, a heat-seeking missile.

The Jets followed that up with third rounder Jordan Jenkins, who was more productive than top 10 pick Leonard Floyd at Georgia.

Of course, the selection everyone is going to talk about is quarterback Christian Hackenberg, whose technique faltered once Bill O'Brien left Penn State for the Houston Texans but possesses the size, arm strength and grit to ultimately rise past Geno Smith and Bryce Petty (and Ryan Fitzpatrick?) to be the Jets' starting quarterback -- though not necessarily in 2016. Of New York's Day Three selections, offensive tackle Brandon Shell (the nephew of Hall of Famer Art Shell) offers the length and physicality worthy of developing.

Grade: B+

Steve Palazzolo (Pro Football Focus)

New York Jets, C-

1 (20) Darron Lee, ILB, Ohio State

2 (51) Christian Hackenberg, QB, Penn State

3 (83) Jordan Jenkins, OLB, Georgia

4 (118) Juston Burris, CB, NC State

5 (158) (from Washington) Brandon Shell, OT, South Carolina

7 (235) (from Los Angeles via Houston and Denver) Lachlan Edwards, P, Sam Houston State

7 (241) Charone Peake, WR, Clemson

Day 1: We don’t hate Lee as a player, but we saw him as more of a second- or third-round player than a first-round option. His athleticism stands out, but it hasn’t translated into the strong coverage ability in college everyone has projected for him in the NFL. He posted a negative grade in coverage in 2014, and an average mark in 2015. However, he’s shown to be an excellent blitzer and that should be a weapon in head coach Todd Bowles’ scheme, which blitzed 43.3 percent of the time last season, third in the NFL.

Day 2: It’s no secret that we haven’t been impressed with Hackenberg’s on-field performance, and while many in the NFL believe in him to be a potential reclamation project, he never put together a stretch of strong play during his three years in college. He graded at -24.7 as a freshman, -41.0 as a sophomore and -12.1 as a junior, all among the worst QB grades in the nation. Hackenberg’s accuracy has also been among the nation’s worst, to all levels of the field, and he will have to make major strides to live up to his second-round value. As for Jenkins, he’s a solid run-stopping outside linebacker (+14.9 run grade, ninth in the class in 2015), and he’s had two strong years of production to provide an indication the he’ll be a solid player in the Jets’ scheme on the edge.

Day 3: Burris has good size and he was productive for NC State, surrendering only 0.71 yards per cover snap, good for ninth in the draft class. Shell only allowed seven pressures all year, but he struggled with the best of the SEC competition.

Will Brinson (CBS)

New York Jets: Loser

Does this come down to Christian Hackenberg? Maybe. Darron Lee and and Jordan Jenkins should be nice additions to Todd Bowles' defense and fit what he wants to do. Juston Burris is a potential steal later. But the Hack pick at No. 51 was just too early. He's a complete project with potentially "correctable" issues as Bowles said. But with Ryan Fitzpatrick unsigned and Geno Smith the presumptive starter right now, it means Hackenberg could be in play in his first season. That would be a nightmare.

Chad Reuter (

New York Jets

Draft picks: Darron Lee (No. 20 overall), Christian Hackenberg (No. 51 overall), Jordan Jenkins (No. 83 overall), Juston Burris (No. 118 overall), Brandon Shell (No. 158 overall), Lac Edwards (No. 235 overall), Charone Peake (No. 241 overall)

Day 1 grade: A

Day 2 grade: B+

Day 3 grade: B+

Overall grade: A-

The skinny: In five years, Lee has a chance to be one of the best linebackers in the NFL. This is really good value. Hackenberg is an enigma, but an okay second-round pick. But if Ryan Fitzpatrick refuses to sign after that pick, it could mean disaster for 2016. Jenkins is a really good pick in the third round, and should excel as a linebacker setting the edge and rushing the passer.

Burris gives good depth in the secondary. Shell will be at least a long-term swing tackle, if not a future starter for the Jets. Edwards has a big leg and would have been highly recruited as an undrafted free agent. I like the Peake pick late in the draft, though he'll need to prove he has the hands to stick in the league.

Eddie Brown (San Diego Union-Tribune)

New York Jets

Grade: A-

Draft picks: Darron Lee, OLB, Ohio St. (No. 20); Christian Hackenberg, QB, Penn St. (No. 51); Jordan Jenkins, OLB, Georgia (No. 83), Juston Burris, CB, NC State (No. 118), Brandon Shell, OT, South Carolina (No. 158), Lac Edwards, P, Sam Houston St. (No. 235), Charone Peake, WR, Clemson (No. 241).

Notable undrafted free agents: D.J. Foster, WR, Arizona St.

The lowdown: Landing a potential future No. 1 wideout in the seventh-round (Peake) isn’t too bad.