What will the next five years look like for the Jets? Today I’ll give you five predictions.
- Former first round picks Sheldon Richardson and Calvin Pryor won’t be on the team in 2018.
It was a minor upset that Sheldon Richardson and Calvin Pryor made it past the Draft without being traded. Richardson had long been rumored to be on the trade block. The Jets drafted players in the first two rounds who were selected presumably to take Pryor’s job. Both guys might be on the team in 2017, but it is difficult to see them outlasting their current contracts. The Jets can’t seem to figure out what they want to do with Richardson on the field, and he has been focused on creating headaches for the team off the field. Pryor’s down year in 2016 clearly has this regime down on him. If they aren’t moved in the next few months, they probably will be gone in 2018.
2. The franchise quarterback of this team isn’t on the roster right now.
Obviously Josh McCown isn’t the future. Bryce Petty doesn’t look like he has developed much during his time with the team and is already going to be 26 by the time the season has started. Christian Hackenberg had a ton of flaws to his game and felt like a Hail Mary in the second round. The Jets are probably going to have to find somebody else.
3. The Jets will finally find their franchise quarterback in the 2018 Draft.
It’s possible the Jets are better than people expect. It’s possible the quarterback class in 2018 ultimately isn’t as good as people expect it to be. With that said, it seems like things are finally lining up for the Jets. The team is expected to be at the bottom of the league at the same time a great quarterback class is hitting the Draft. The Jets might finally grab the guy they have been waiting for.
4. The Jets will have one of the league’s top safety duos within the next three years.
That certainly is the hope when you pick two safeties in the first two rounds, but Jamal Adams and Marcus Maye are both complete players with fairly well-developed games entering the league. Versatility is a major plus at the safety position, and both guys have it. If these guys both hit, I think everybody who is upset about the idea of taking two safeties early will come around.
5. Leonard Williams will ultimately be the best defensive Draft pick the Jets have made since Darrelle Revis.
The Jets have picked some excellent defensive players, particularly along the defensive line in recent years. I think we will remember Williams as the best of the bunch. He was a quality starter as a rookie at 21 years old. He was a Pro Bowler at 22. The crazy thing is he’s still learning how to play the game. Williams still has one of the highest ceilings in the entire NFL.
Which prediction is most likely to happen?
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Richardson and Pryor off the team by 2018
Franchise QB isn’t on the roster right now
Jets will find a franchise QB
Jets will have top safety duo
Leonard Williams is the best pick since Revis