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2017 NFL Mock Draft: Some Prospects to Watch for the Jets

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Prognosticating the 2017 NFL Draft from a year out is a silly exercise. An entire year of college football, all-star games, interviews, and workouts will wildly change the landscape a year from now. That has not stopped numerous publications from taking a shot at putting up early 2017 mock draft.

As we always say, Draft grades are stupid unless they praise the Jets. If that is the case, 2017 mocks must be stupid unless they have the Jets picking 32nd.

Dan Kadar (SB Nation)

19. New York Jets: Jonathan Allen, DE, Alabama

Muhammad Wilkerson is probably out in New York, and Allen can come right in and fill his spot.

Rob Rang (CBS)

19. New York Jets

Eddie Jackson, S, Alabama: Ball-hawking safeties are all the rage in the NFL and Jackson showed promise in this area in 2015, intercepting six passes after playing cornerback earlier in his career.

Dane Brugler (CBS)

19. New York Jets

Tim Williams, DE/LB, Alabama: A sub-package defender last season, Williams flashed as a pass rusher when on the field, finishing with 10.5 sacks in 2015 despite zero starts.

Steve Palazzolo (Pro Football Focus)

17. New York Jets: Devonte Fields, OLB, Louisville

After transferring from TCU, Fields had a productive season at Louisville, finishing with 13 sacks, seven QB hits and 29 hurries. At 6-foot-4, 245 pounds, he fits the mold of 3-4 rush linebacker and the Jets get an edge rusher mocked to them for about the 10th straight year.

Chris Burke (Sports Illustrated)

17 DEMARCUS WALKER DE, Florida State

Walker applied for an NFL draft evaluation following his junior year, then stayed put. Expect him to build on his second-team All-ACC showing, which included 15.5 tackles for loss and 10.5 sacks.