ESPN’s Mel Kiper and Todd McShay put together a dueling 2017 mock NFL Draft. Both men made picks for NFL teams for two rounds. Here are the results for the Jets.
6. New York Jets
Kiper: Mitch Trubisky, QB, North Carolina
Another quarterback for the Jets, you ask? Well, why not? Trubisky is my No. 1 signal-caller, and they've already worked him out privately. Josh McCown is far from the long-term answer, and Christian Hackenberg, a second-round pick in 2016, couldn't get on the field last season. Trubisky has a high ceiling, but he has been a starter for only one year.
McShay: Jamal Adams, S, LSU
There's a lot of buzz about QBs Deshaun Watson or Mitch Trubisky with this pick, and I see that Mel has hopped on that bandwagon. But it'd be really tough for the Jets to pass up Adams if he's still on the board here. A big hitter with excellent intangibles, Adams is one of the few players with an elite grade in this year's class.
39. New York Jets
Kiper: Tyus Bowser, OLB, Houston
Bowser is the rare top-end pass-rusher in this class who probably has to stick in a 3-4 defense, but he's a great fit for the Jets. At 6-3, 247, just stick him outside and let him rush the passer. He had 8.5 sacks in eight games last season.
McShay: Tre'Davious White, CB, LSU
White rarely looks panicked on tape, part of which can be traced back to having started 47 games at LSU. The Jets need a makeover in the secondary; selecting LSU teammates Jamal Adams and White with their first two picks would help accomplish that.
The first round makes the difference for me. I’ll take the McShay mock.
I understand the Jets need a quarterback more than anything, but Trubisky just needs too much development for me to gamble the sixth pick on him.
The Jets might need a quarterback, but they also really need high end talent. This is a pick where they need to land a star level player, and Adams might be as close to a sure thing as exists in this class.