The 2017 NFL Draft has come to a close. The New York Jets have their new draft class selected but everything wasn’t all that great.
With the 2017 NFL Draft officially over, the New York Jets had an interesting time throughout the yearly event, to say the least. The full list of rookies for the Jets has some real studs right off the bat but it wasn’t technically a stellar draft class.
Early grades have come out and the Jets got some decent players including some that might pan out to be hidden gems. It wasn’t an all-around incredible draft class but the first few picks of the Jets and being wise enough to not reach for a quarterback were good choices to make by general manager Mike Maccagnan.
Jamal Adams wasn’t a good pick, it was a great pick. Every Jets fan should be ecstatic about getting Adams. The Jets are a team with a lot of needs as they were smart to take by far the best player available.
Jamal is a very athletic safety, an excellent tackler and great in run defense. Adams is also excellent in coverage. This past season at LSU, Adams allowed just 20 out of 39 passes thrown into his coverage to be caught. He only yielded two touchdowns in his entire stint at LSU. His leadership qualities are another thing to love.
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The Jets are a team with a ton of needs. Even if the Jets did have a franchise quarterback, other parts of the roster would still need to be addressed. Drafting any of the available quarterbacks at No. 6 would have been way too high.
They just drafted Christian Hackenberg in the 2nd round of the 2016 NFL Draft, and he hasn’t played at all yet. The Jets need to give him a chance at some point in 2017.
Unfortunately, Marcus Maye was a bad pick. The Jets drafted a safety in the first round, why did they target the same positon in the very next one? Even if you go by the strategy of picking the best player available, Maye wasn’t that guy. His former Gator teammate Quincy Wilson would have been a better selection.
Ignoring Bucky Hodges is truly an ugly move. The Jets would have been smart to draft Hodges in the grand scheme of things since he is a very athletic tight end. The tight end position is something that just so happens to be a major need for the Jets.
Hodges fell further in the draft than anyone expected. Most analysts considered him to be a 3rd round selection, but he fell all the way to the 6th. The Jets had multiple opportunities to take advantage of him falling all the way to the 201st pick, and why they didn’t is mind-boggling to me.
Speaking of the ugly of this year’s draft by the Jets, what about Desmond King? The Jets badly need secondary help. King has the ability to play both safety and corner. Many considered him as a 2nd or 3rd rounder and shockingly fell all the way to the 5th round, 151st overall pick. The Jets missed out on what would have been an absolute steal.