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NFL.com experts give first-round picks for the Jets

By Luis Tirado Jr.
Nov 7, 2015; Tuscaloosa, AL, USA; LSU Tigers running back Leonard Fournette (7) runs the ball during the first quarter against the Alabama Crimson Tide at Bryant-Denny Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Marvin Gentry-USA TODAY Sports
Nov 7, 2015; Tuscaloosa, AL, USA; LSU Tigers running back Leonard Fournette (7) runs the ball during the first quarter against the Alabama Crimson Tide at Bryant-Denny Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Marvin Gentry-USA TODAY Sports
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Heading into Round 1 of the 2017 NFL Draft, the experts over at NFL.com have given their first-round picks for the New York Jets with three out of the four picking the exact same player.

Whether you agree with the latest mock drafts by Mel Kiper or Todd McShay, even the pros know the New York Jets need a lot of help in the grand scheme of things. Ironically enough, three out of four NFL.com experts all predict the exact same player the Jets should easily draft with the No. 6 overall pick.

At the NFL.com 2017 NFL Mock Draft Central, Daniel Jeremiah, Mike Mayock, and Lance Zierlein all have the Jets taking tight end O.J. Howard out of Alabama. Make no mistake about it, he would revitalize the offense of the Jets in so many ways.

It actually would work out well for the Jets since chances are either Bryce Petty or Christian Hackenberg will be under center this upcoming season and having Howard as a security blanket would help them progress tremendously. Howard is a playmaker that would keep those chains moving, score touchdowns, and do his part in blocking for establishing the run. He’s a safe pick for the Jets that would finally bring some major production at the tight end position.

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Only Charley Casserly had a different pick from his NFL.com peers when it came down to who he picks the Jets to ultimately draft. Casserly has the Jets taking Leonard Fournette out of LSU to bring the best running back in this year’s draft to the city that never sleeps.

Fournette has the skill-set to be an absolute monster for the Jets since he can do it all. He would easily be their starting running back for years to come thanks to everything he brings to the table. If the Jets are on the clock at No. 6 and he’s still available, it would be an easy decision to make since he would be a cornerstone on offense that would push this offense beyond its wildest dreams.

Of course, the Jets would have to build around him and make sure they have a high-quality team to support him as a centerpiece, but Fournette is easily a game-changing running back that would be a franchise player for years to come.

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