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Malik Hooker and Charles Harris the Latest 2017 NFL Draft Prospects to Visit Jets

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Ian Rapoport says the Jets have had a few more Draft prospects in to visit over the last few days.

Hooker is an interesting prospect. Safety is not a position that produces a ton of top ten picks, but Hooker is getting that type of buzz. He is even getting some top five buzz.

A lot of prospects in the Jets’ range are both high ceiling and high floor. Obviously every prospect’s literal floor is being a lousy NFL player. When you hear somebody mentioned as a high floor player, it means the risk of him being a total flop is low. If a player’s skills are more refined, it is less likely he will be a bust than somebody with raw yet undeveloped tools.

Hooker’s ceiling is high, but his floor is low. Safety is a position where versatility is important. The best ones can typically fill a number of roles. To succeed in the NFL as a pure specialist, you have to be pretty spectacular at what you do. Hooker profiles as a specialist. He will probably play mostly as a deep centerfield safety. He has the skills to be special there, though. Even though he doesn’t have a ton of experience, he has awareness against the pass beyond his years and exceptional range. He might be a plus pass defender right now.

The floor is due in no small part to his play against the run. He takes some painful to watch routes to the ball and was a spotty tackler. If you are profiled in the NFL to play exclusively as the last line of defense, that can be an issue. Again, he doesn’t have a ton of experience so if he learns with age, he has All Pro level talent. He is high risk-high reward.

Harris probably isn’t an option at 6, but he could go around the time the Jets pick in the second round.