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Which Players Could the Jets' Draft Picks Replace?

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The Jets hope they found seven quality starters in the 2016 NFL Draft. That isn't realistic, but it is a hope. If all of these players pan out, who will they potentially replace in the team's plans? Let's take a look. We'll ignore the punter battle.

Darron Lee - David Harris

In the short run, the answer is Erin Henderson. It is conceivable Lee shows enough to push Henderson for a starting job. In the long run, however, the answer is Harris. Harris had put together a successful career, but he is 32 years old. The Jets also could get out of his contract after this season.

Christian Hackenberg - Geno Smith

Geno Smith's career might be on the line this season. His Jets career surely is. He might not even start a game if Ryan Fitzpatrick ends up back in the fold. Barring a successful season from Smith, Hackenberg will likely replace Smith as the guy of the future.

Jordan Jenkins - Trevor Reilly

Reilly might get the first crack at a starting linebacker job, but he doesn't feel like a very high upside player. Jenkins doesn't project as a flashy player, but he has long-term starter potential.

Juston Burris - Dee Milliner

I have said this frequently, but Milliner's injury history in some ways has been a good thing for him because it has drawn attention from how ineffective he has been when he actually has played. Last year, he couldn't even convince the coaching staff to play him even after he got healthy. Burris seems like a lock to make the team. He will push Milliner both as the number four corner and as the team's hope for a long-term potential starter.

Brandon Shell - Breno Giacomini

Even at this point, there is no guarantee Giacomini will be on the team. The Jets seem to view Shell as a potential right tackle. Whether he can get there is another story. Fifth round picks are never great bets.

Charone Peake - Kenbrell Thompkins

Thompkins is a decent enough depth piece, but there isn't a ton of upside there. He'll be 28 by the time the season starts. Peake has intriguing measurables. Can he put it together?