Top questions Jets need to answer heading into 2017 NFL Draft
By Carson Hathaway
Heading into the 2017 NFL Draft, the New York Jets have a plethora of questions that need to be answered if they’re to be competitive next season.
The 2017 NFL Draft is rapidly approaching and the New York Jets will have very important decisions to make once it appears. The biggest question is who will they select 6th overall? Let’s break down the top questions heading into this year’s draft surrounding the Jets and what exactly to do in the first round.
Should the Jets take a quarterback 6th overall?
It’s very easy to answer an emphatic “yes” to this question. The Jets have never had a great quarterback, and the Jets definitely don’t have a definite answer to the position on the team right now. This draft features three quarterbacks that have been rumored to possibly go very high in the first round.
My answer: No, this team has way too many other needs, build up the rest of the roster first, and then find your franchise quarterback.
Should the Jets take a running back 6th overall?
This year’s draft is considered very deep and top heavy at the running back position. Most would agree that LSU product Leonard Fournette is the best running back prospect in this draft. He has been getting comparisons to a prime Adrian Peterson ever since his high school days, and he will most likely be available at 6th overall. Drafting Fournette would be very tempting for the Jets as he would definitely be something (or the only thing) for the Jets fan base to be excited about for next season.
My answer: As much as I believe in the importance of a good running game, it would be very hard for a rookie running back to carry an entire load of an offense, and that’s what he would end up doing on the Jets.
Should the Jets draft a WR or TE 6th overall?
Other than Quincy Enunwa, there is no wide receiver that I see as a possible future part of this team. There’s certainly no tight end currently on the Jets worth hyping up. I haven’t seen any mock drafts that have the Jets taking a wide receiver or tight end that early.
My answer: No wide receiver or tight end in this year’s draft is worth spending a 6th overall pick on.
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Should the Jets draft a defensive lineman 6th overall?
The Jets defensive line is already filled with big names. Leonard Williams had a very good year, but as a whole, the entire defensive line was a disappointment. The two defensive lineman I’ve seen projected to go very high in the draft are Myles Garrett and Jonathan Allen.
My answer: I would take Myles Garrett if he’s still available, but there’s a 0.1% chance that happens. Other than that, I would look in a different direction.
Should the Jets draft a linebacker 6th overall?
Linebacker is a position for the Jets to keep an eye on. They drafted Darron Lee last year, who I believe has potential to be a very good player, David Harris is getting old and other than those two, no other linebackers on the Jets roster stand out that much. Reuben Foster from Alabama is widely regarded as the best linebacker in this year’s draft. I’ve seen him getting tons of comparisons to Luke Kuechly, which really gets my attention towards Foster.
My answer: Drafting a linebacker to pair with Lee would be an interesting young duo, but it truly depends on who else is available.
Should the Jets draft a defensive back 6th overall?
This draft class is absolutely loaded with defensive back talent. We all know how much the Jets secondary struggled last year, headlined by the obvious decline of Darrelle Revis. Who as you probably know is not on the Jets anymore. I’ve seen a bunch of defensive backs projected to go extremely early in the first round such as Jamal Adams, Malik Hooker, and Marshon Lattimore.
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My answer: I would love for the Jets to aim for a great defensive back 6th overall, as of now I think Jamal Adams would be the best way to go as he covers a ton of range on the field.