Oct 15, 2016; Baton Rouge, LA, USA; LSU Tigers safety Jamal Adams (33) celebrates after picking up a fumble during the third quarter of a game against the Southern Miss Golden Eagles at Tiger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports
It’s been a very productive draft for the New York Jets so far. Here’s a look at every pick they’ve made in Rounds 1-3 of the 2017 NFL Draft.
Thank goodness, the New York Jets have been really smart in the 2017 NFL Draft. They’ve addressed their problem at the defensive back position with two picks and they helped out their wide receiver position with a pick in the third round.
The Jets knew they needed to bolster their defensive secondary if they wanted to continue rebuilding their team the right way. Considering they made some excellent decisions with Jamal Adams and Marcus Maye, general manager Mike Maccagnan is getting some high grades for his draft class so far.
At this point in time, the Jets have six picks heading into Rounds 4-7 of this year’s draft. So far, however, this draft class is shaping up to be a solid one.
Of course, every player picked has a chance to become something great, but let’s be honest, the first three rounds generally are the best players picked. So, without further ado, let’s take a look at what each of these fine athletes brings to the Jets.
Next: 1st Round, Jamal Adams, Safety, LSU
1st Round, Jamal Adams, Safety, LSU
Yes, yes, yes. This is probably the best thing this team could’ve done in the first round. He will most likely replace the mediocre Calvin Pryor and has a chance to do that very well.
In his three years at LSU, this aggressive safety had five interceptions, two sacks, 209 total tackles and 14 pass deflections. He never gave up on plays, and he was not afraid to hit a player in the mouth.
This is the kind of impact player that will instantly bring some respect back to the defensive secondary of the Jets. He has all the attributes to really make a name for himself and make his presence known early and often in games.
Maccagnan made a wise decision here by using his first-round pick on one of the top safeties in this year’s draft. It was a no-brainer to select Adams with the No. 6 overall pick.
Next: 2nd Round, Marcus Maye, Safety, Florida
Sep 17, 2016; Gainesville, FL, USA; Florida Gators defensive back Marcus Maye (20) during the second quarter at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports
2nd Round, Marcus Maye, Safety, Florida
This pick really helps out the Jets defense just as much as Adams does. The Jets had a good player in Rontez Miles, but he wasn’t great. It’s more than likely that Marcus Maye won’t be great his first year, but he does have a chance to learn for a year or two. and he has the potential to be great in the future.
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Maye has the potential to be great in the future. If there is anything to know about him, is that he’s a tackling machine that will always go the distance to ensure a key defensive stop.
During Maye’s four years at Florida, he earned a total of five interceptions, six and a half sacks, 205 total tackles and 16 deflections. These are incredible stats, and yes, college doesn’t always transfer to the pros, but it still shows a lot of what he brings to the Jets defense.
Maye, teamed up with Adams, will more than likely be the next dynamic duo on defense to the point where they will be quite the aggressive tandem. It’s not hard to see how these two picks will immediately boost the secondary of the Jets as early as this upcoming season.
Next: 3rd Round, ArDarius Stewart, Wide Receiver, Alabama
Dec 3, 2016; Atlanta, GA, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide wide receiver ArDarius Stewart (13) celebrates after the SEC Championship college football game against the Florida Gators at Georgia Dome. Alabama Crimson Tide won 54-16. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports
3rd Round, ArDarius Stewart, Wide Receiver, Alabama
The ninth player selected in this year’s draft out of Alabama, wide receiver Ardarius Stewart, is headed to the Jets. He’ll bring speed and a physical presence to an offense that is in dire need of talent.
Stewart never wowed anybody in college, but that isn’t to say he was bad. In his three years at Alabama, Stewart totaled 1,713 receiving yards and 12 touchdowns. He isn’t a start right away player, but he could definitely beat out a player like Charone Peake.
It’s important to remember that the receiving corps of the Jets will look vastly different than anything we’ve seen over the years. Since the Jets are ushering in a youth movement all across the team, the Jets offense has the makings to be a fast showcase of all these players working hard to prove their worth.
This is a great mentality to have which will bring a culture of hard work, execution, and just flat out making plays after the catch. Stewart joins a receiving corps that could very well be something worth mentioning if everything comes together under the direction of a new young quarterback. Whether it’s Bryce Petty or Christian Hackenberg, bringing in a speedy and physical receiver like Stewart will easily help their development. It also helps that he can return kickoffs which will help address their woes on special teams.