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2017 New York Jets Re-Draft

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For the last two years, I have been making my own picks right alongside the #Jets. It's easy to look at the draft at the end, and see how far players drop and then make your picks. It's a little more exciting to make the picks as they are happening. It's a fun exorcise to pick your own guys, and see how they grow compared to the guys we actually took. Who did you guys pick when the Jets were on the clock?

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Round 1

Jets Pick: Jamal Adams, S, LSU

My Pick: Jamal Adams, S, LSU

There isn't a single thing I would change about this pick. I was prepared to pick between Howard or Hooker for this pick. I couldn't be happier that I didn't have to. In a Leonard Williams type fall, Adams somehow made it to 6. Macc has been really lucky with these top 10 picks. The guy he wants somehow always falls right into his lap. Adams will make an immediate impact on our defense. He is a two way safety, which means he can play both safety spots, and he is a natural born leader. David Harris has been the de facto general of our defense for years, but will most likely be gone in 2018. Adams can step right into that role. I might be as bold to say his leadership skills could bleed into the offense as well. With this pick, Macc and I believed Adams was a no brainer.

Round 2

Jets Pick: Marcus Maye, S, Florida

My Pick: Quincy Wilson, CB, Florida

Here is where me and Macc go our separate ways. I am not the biggest fan of Maye. When I look at Marcus, I see a Calvin Pryor that can tackle better. That's great and all, but Bowles confirmed what I have been saying for a while. They want their safeties to be interchangeable at strong safety and free safety. I for one, don't believe Maye can do that. He is a box safety, that thrives when the play is in front of him. If you put Maye in coverage, he is going to look a lot like Calvin Pryor. It would also be a mistake to play him as a single high free safety. He would be severely handicapped in that role. I wanted a different Gator in the second. Quincy Wilson would have been a great addition to our man heavy cornerback stable. His combine numbers weren't spectacular, but his game speed is perfectly fine for his size. Adams and Quincy would have solidified our secondary. Instead, we still need an infusion of talent at corner.

Round 3

Jets Pick: Ardarious Stewart, WR, Alabama

My Pick Chris Godwin, WR, Penn State

This pick made me both happy and frustrated at the same time. I love Stewart. He was one of "My Guys" at receiver. Stewart is tough as nails, and is very underrated as a receiver/return man. He has shades of Jerricho Cotchery. Stewart is also a leader that can be injected into an offense void of any. With that said, Chris Godwin would have been my choice at this pick. Stewart might make a suitable number 3 receiver down the line, but Godwin could be a great number 1 receiver down the line. Other than Anderson, we don't have much in terms of talent on the outside. Godwin on the outside would allow Quincy Enunwa to eat defenses all day in the slot. It will be interesting to see how the careers of these two gentlemen pan out side by side. My money is on Godwin having the bigger impact.

Round 4

Jets Pick: Chad Hansen, WR, California

My Picks: Xavier Woods, S, Louisiana Tech

This pick was a bit of a head scratcher. I do like Hansen as an outside receiver, starting in a year or two, but that receiver stable is already full. Hansen is a lunchpail receiver, that is gritty, and a downfield threat. There is one position on offense that I am not worried about right now, and that is wide receiver. Since I went with Quincy in the second, I would have gone with my second safety here. Woods is more of the safety I see fitting in with what Bowles wants to do at safety. Woods can play either safety spot, and also man up with guys.

Round 5

Jets Pick: Jordan Leggett, TE, Clemson

My Pick: Jordan Leggett, TE, Clemson

I was a little bummed when Butt and Kittle came off the board early in this round. We needed a tight end badly, and we finally got one. Leggett has a lot of upside as a receiver, but needs to work on his blocking. He took a giant leap in 2016 with improving his completion %. His blocking on all levels is a concern, but his receiving skills alone made me comfortable giving him a 4th round grade. With the talent level drying up at TE. I would be worried waiting any longer to take a tight end. With this pick, me and Macc saw eye to eye once again.

Round 5

Jets Pick: Dylan Donahue, Edge, West Georgia

My Pick: Elijah Hood, RB, North Carolina

I am going to admit this right now. I have only seen one game of Dylan Donahue. I don't think that is enough to get a real grasp of what the guy is capable of. What I did see was a high motor player, that fights every play. He's not particularly athletic, and his arms are a bit small. His bend is ok, but not spectacular. I think he would have been there after the draft to be honest. I would have gone a different rout with this pick. I would have gone with Elijah Hood. Hood isn't going to blow anyone away with his speed, but he is a grinder. He gets to his top speed quickly, and will run through tackles. He would be a good guy to matchup with Bilal Powell.

Round 6

Jets Pick: Elijah McGuire, RB, Louisiana Lafayette

My Pick: Joe Mathis, Edge, Washington

These 6th round picks are going to be coming in hot. A few picks ago I went with Elijah Hood at RB. With the first pick in the 6th, Macc decides to also take a RB named Elijah. I just think they picked the wrong Elijah. One thing I noticed while watching McGuire play, was that he won't make anyone miss. He has decent speed, and can be a decent receiving threat. The question is, do we really need that with Powell? Our need for an edge rusher is still very much glaring. Joe Mathis would have been a steal here in the 6th. His short area quickness is close to that of Reddick. He is also really stout against the run. An injury knocked Mathis out for his senior season, so the tape on him is limited. Mathis would meet value and need.

Round 6

Jets Pick: Jeremy Clark, CB, Michigan

My Pick: Jack Tocho, CB, NC State

The Jets finally go cornerback, and it was an intriguing one. Clark has great size, speed and athleticism, but is coming back from an ACL injury. I remember liking his change of direction skills with his size. Clark was never a full time starter at Michigan, and would have had a hard time finding playing time with the stable of corners they had there. I would have gone with the same position, but different player. I wanted to stay loyal to the guys I have taken in my mock drafts. Jack Tacho is someone I grew to really like throughout the year. His bread and butter is man coverage, and is able and willing to contribute against the run. He is exactly what Bowles loves in a corner.

Round 6

Jets Pick: Derrick Jones, CB, Mississippi

My Pick: Zane Gonzalez, K, Arizona State

What seems like a trend, Macc decided to double up on a position. This time, they double up on corner back. They went with a long corner in Clark, and now they go with an equally as long corner with Jones. Clark is considerably stronger though. Jones will need to add a lot of muscle to be able to compete in the NFL. I would have gone slightly off the beaten path with my pick. I would have gone with a kicker, Zane Gonzalez to be specific. Gonzalaz has OCD, and that maybe helped him become one of the most accurate kickers in FBS history. With Nick Folk getting the axe, Zane could have come in and competed for that kicker spot.

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Here are our drafts side by side

Round Mine Jets
1 Jamal Adams, S, LSU
Jamal Adams, S, LSU
2 Quincy Willson, CB, Florida Marcus Maye, S, Florida
3 Chris Godwin, WR, Penn State Ardarious Stewart, WR, Alabama
4 Xavier Woods, S, Louisiana Tech Chad Hansen, WR, California
5 Jordan Leggett, TE, Clemson Jordan Leggett, TE, Clemson
5 Elijah Hood, RB, North Carolina Dylan Donahue, Edge, West Georgia
6 Joe Mathis, Edge, Washington Elijah McGuire, RB, Louisiana Lafayette
6 Jack Tocho, CB, NC State Jeremy Clark, CB, Michigan
6 Zane Gonzalez, K, Arizona State Derrick Jones, CB, Mississippi