In Round 2 of the 2017 NFL Draft, the New York Jets have selected Marcus Maye to bolster their defensive secondary.
The pick is in! In Round 2 of the 2017 NFL Draft, the New York Jets have selected safety Marcus Maye out of Florida. This is the second straight pick the Jets have made to add talent to their abysmal defensive secondary.
In his collegiate career, Maye has totaled 205 tackles, one sack, and five interceptions. General manager Mike Maccagnan made the right call here with the No. 39 overall pick. It helps address an immediate need while continuing to rebuild the Jets towards being a contender again in the future.
Last season, even mediocre quarterbacks were able to torch the defensive secondary of the Jets. When you’re playing in the pass-happy NFL, it’s imperative you have a defensive secondary that is capable of at least giving your defense a chance to remain competitive.
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With safety Jamal Adams and now Maye in the mix, the Jets defense just got immensely better. Since a plethora of young players will see a ton of regular season time, these two youngsters will develop even faster towards becoming the next big defensive duo in the league.
The writing on the wall, however, is that safety Calvin Pryor is on the move. It makes sense that he will either be traded or pretty much released due to how he regressed last season. For a player that had a reputation in college of being a heavy-hitting safety, he hasn’t lived up to expectations whatsoever in his NFL career.
Overall, the Jets took one of the top safeties in this year’s draft which will undoubtedly help them in the future. So far, Maccagnan is ensuring that he’s slowly but surely adding the right pieces to make the Jets defense better for the future.