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Jets fans can be thankful for early returns of 2017 draft class

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Every week the SB Nation team sites are asked a question.

This week we were asked to discuss what we are thankful for. When it comes to the Jets, I would have to say the early success of the 2017 Draft class. While the class doesn’t necessarily have the early look of a grand slam type haul the way the Saints’ rookie crop does, solid classes have been few and far between in recent history.

At this point, it looks like the Jets have two quality starting safeties in Jamal Adams and Marcus Maye. Additionally, late rounder Elijah McGuire looks like an NFL player. Is he going to develop into a full-time starter? Is he more of a third down back/returner? It is too early to say, but getting anything out of a late round picks is a positive.

Of course it is too early to make definitive statements about where this class is going. There is still time for other players to develop, and there are instances where promising rookies regress.

All we can judge is how things look in the present moment. The Jets are a team essentially starting from scratch, and several quality draft classes are going to be necessary to turn things around. How poor have the Jets been at developing talent? Since 2008, only one Jets Draft class (2011: Muhammad Wilkerson, Bilal Powell, Jeremy Kerley) has multiple players who received second contracts from the team. Perhaps 2017 can start to turn the tide. The early returns are solid.

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