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Coffee with the Jets: Re-grading the 2016 NFL Draft

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Aug 27, 2016; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets quarterback Christian Hackenberg (5) looks to pass against the New York Giants during the second half at MetLife Stadium. The Giants won 21-20. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports
Aug 27, 2016; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets quarterback Christian Hackenberg (5) looks to pass against the New York Giants during the second half at MetLife Stadium. The Giants won 21-20. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports
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Enjoy your morning cup of coffee with the latest news and updates when it comes to the New York Jets. Looks like Gang Green got a bad grade from Mel Kiper Jr. when he re-graded their 2016 NFL Draft class.

For many of you, getting through Monday was a tough ordeal but the first day of the week is now over. Tuesdays aren’t so bad, especially if you’re able to grab a copy of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story to watch again tonight. When it comes to the New York Jets, however, there are no hidden stories as the 2017 NFL Draft can’t get here soon enough.

Below you’ll find the latest news and updates on Gang Green as just like their fanbase, anticipation continues to build as to what will transpire come draft day. Will they draft another quarterback? Will they trade down in the first round? Could they make a blockbuster trade involving defensive end Sheldon Richardson? Only time will tell.

In an article written by Nick Ziegler of Empire Writes Back, he wrote about Mel Kiper Jr. re-grading the 2016 NFL Draft class of the Jets. About a year ago, he gave the Jets a “B-” but this time around, bumped it down to a “C” mainly because of the lack of an impact by their top picks in Darron Lee and Christian Hackenberg. Lee had a decent season but failed to live up to the hype he generated before getting selected. Hackenberg had the cleanest jersey on the sideline since he saw no playing time during the regular season and didn’t look good at all during practices. A “C” grade is just about right and it could get bumped down again if the two aforementioned players don’t make significant strides in their respective sophomore seasons in 2017.

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In another article written by Nick Ziegler of Empire Writes Back, he also wrote about the Jets receiving yet another bad grade. This time around, the Jets got a “D” by ESPN writer Mike Sando for their lackluster free agency acquisitions. Yeah, the Jets picked up some new players here and there but nothing to go crazy over.

In the grand scheme of things, they were good decisions to help add depth to their offensive line and defensive secondary but the main emphasis will continue to be getting younger and building through this year’s draft. Hence why the Jets got a “D” since it’s pretty well known they will be lucky to win more than five games in 2017. No reason to break the bank on free agent veterans when the Jets are nowhere near being a contender this upcoming season.

In an article written by Stephen Smith of NFL Spin Zone, he wrote about the top three mid-round wide receivers the Jets should target in this year’s draft. It’s important to remember that while the Jets have a decent wide receiver corps, they need to continue infusing talent into the positional group. Injuries and a lack of production could hit their wide receivers as having more options available is always a good thing. Hopefully, the Jets add a wide receiver that not only can keep those chains moving but also provide an option to be a kickoff/punt returner. It would be nice to have a return specialist than can actually get great field positioning and possibly even take it to the house.

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Finally, in an article written by Alan Schechter of NFL Spin Zone, he wrote about safety Jamal Adams out of LSU who could very well be a possible option at No. 6 for the Jets. There is no doubt that the Jets need to bolster their defensive secondary as Adams would be a solid draft pick that could step right in and take care of business. He’s a playmaker that excels at stopping the run which is something the Jets could use for the future.

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