The New York Jets went into the 2017 NFL Draft with a plethora of needs to address across the team. Here’s a full list of their newly drafted players to usher in a true rebuild for a brighter future.
In the grand scheme of things, the New York Jets knew they had a golden opportunity to continue their rebuilding process in the 2017 NFL Draft. General manager Mike Maccagnan should seriously change his name to “Trader Mike” due to how he was wheeling and dealing draft picks in order to acquire even more selections in this year’s draft.
Remember, to have a successful rebuild, it’s all about stockpiling draft picks in order to have more players infused across various parts of the roster. While most Jets fans might want to see immediate results, the reality of the situation is that the Jets are about a year, maybe even two years away from being contenders again. Maccagnan was also able to secure a draft pick in the 2018 NFL Draft.
Judging by the new draft class that Maccagnan selected, this looks like a very good group of players that can contribute as soon as next season. Right off the bat, he addressed the issues the Jets had in their defensive secondary and also added some nice offensive playmakers to the mix.
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Here’s the final 2017 NFL Draft class of the Jets:
Round 5 – No. 181: DE Dylan Donahue, West Georgia
Round 6 – No. 188: RB Elijah McGuire, Louisiana-lafayette
Round 6 – No. 197: CB Jeremy Clark, Michigan
Round 6 – No. 204: CB Derrick Jones, Mississippi
Best of all, a mid-round draft pick was actually used on a tight end. Yes, the Jets will actually have a viable tight end this upcoming season that should easily get more production out of the position than fans have seen in the past few years.
Overall, fans do indeed like the direction Maccagnan went in this year’s draft. What did you think about all the moves and final selections he made? Leave your comments below!