Marshon Lattimore should be primary draft target of the Jets
By Ian Hosein
As the New York Jets head into the 2017 NFL Draft with a big void to fill at cornerback, Marshon Lattimore out of Ohio State should be their primary target.
The New York Jets desperately need to fill the shoes of cornerback Darrelle Revis. Sure, we called it Revis Island but he had trouble with tackling and was getting up in age. It wouldn’t be surprising if we take Ohio State’s premier cornerback in Round 1 of the 2017 NFL Draft, Marshon Lattimore. Ohio State is always high in the college polls and Lattimore did an outstanding job while on the team.
Head coach Todd Bowles continued the Rex Ryan legacy of having a strong, dominating defense. Often overshadowing the offensive void of the current team. We have to hope young talent can transition smoothly into the NFL. It’s not always cut and dry.
Former quarterback Tim Tebow is a prime example of a transition run amok. With that being said, the Jets failures in 2016 will pay off with some prime real estate in the first two rounds of this year’s draft.
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So you might be asking yourself, why don’t we go for a quarterback? We have to expect a learning curve with what we have. One can expect a franchise quarterback within two years but there is no stamp on who that is now. We have to realize a pick six or a play-maker on defense is just as important as a strong-armed quarterback.
Remember the Joe Namath tweets last season? Him being fed up with the effort and how our stars didn’t fulfill their potential. Yes, even Broadway Joe knew we needed more of a spark. He didn’t even recognize his former team.
If the Jets take Lattimore and we improve coverage, then they’ll have a defensive star in the making. Sure it’s not like having a prime Revis or Marshawn Lynch on the block but it’s definitely a step in the right direction. Remember, a strong defense is what wins football games. Let’s face the 2017 season with that kind of attitude.