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The Jets Might Draft One of These Players in 2017

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Mel Kiper, Jr. of ESPN has put out his first rankings of the 2017 NFL Draft class. Clearly a lot will change between now and the time teams pick next spring. These players have a full season of games followed by all-star games, the Combine, workouts, interviews, and medical exams. These things will make the board fluctuate in the months to come.

You have to start somewhere, though. Kiper provides us that starting point if nothing else. Here are his top ranked players at each defensive position at this very early date. These are simply names to keep in mind once we get into the 2016 college football season.

Defensive End

Senior: Jonathan Allen, Alabama

Underclassman: Myles Garrett, Texas A&M

Defensive Tackle

Senior: Carlos Watkins, Clemson

Underclassman: Malik McDowell, Michigan State

Outside Linebacker

Senior: Tim Williams, Alabama

Underclassman: Marquis Haynes, Mississippi

Inside Linebacker

Senior: Reuben Foster, Alabama

Underclassman: Raekwon McMillan, Ohio State


Senior: Jourdan Lewis, Michigan

Underclassman: Jalen Tabor, Florida


Senior: Tony Conner, Mississippi

Underclassman: Jamal Adams, LSU

For Kiper's full early rankings, click here.