As the New York Jets prepare for Rounds 4-7 of the 2018 NFL Draft, here are some predictions on what positional groups they might address.
At this point in time, the New York Jets have four picks in their arsenal heading into Rounds 4-7 of the 2018 NFL Draft. They have one pick in each round and are looking to have their draft class be a good one that earns high grades for their potential as they transition to the pros.
Ideally, the Jets still have some areas of need to address with draft picks that are able to come right in and take care of business. The Jets still need quality depth on their offensive line, specifically at offensive guard. Depth on the Jets offensive line was a major issue last season, especially with the overall consistency of the positional group.
It also wouldn’t hurt to add a running back into the mix due to the uncertainty of their current group on the depth chart. Bilal Powell tends to get hurt every season, Isaiah Crowell is new but signed to a three-year deal with an opt-out clause in 2019, and Elijah McGuire showed glimpses of being very good but fizzled out towards the end of his rookie season.
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Drafting a new running back that also doubles up as a kickoff/punt returner on special teams would be a fantastic decision by general manager Mike Maccagnan. Considering that running back Nyheim Hines is still available for the taking, would be the kind of offensive weapon the Jets need to have on the roster.
Besides offensive guard and running back, the Jets should also consider adding one more pass rusher. Even though they just drafted defensive tackle Nathan Shepherd, it would make sense for Maccagnan to possibly draft an edge outside linebacker or even a speedy cornerback that has a knack at getting after the quarterback on blitzing plays. As we all know, head coach Todd Bowles loves to have a surplus of cornerbacks in his defense so it’s possible they can add another this afternoon.
Expect the Jets to address these areas of need and hopefully end this year’s draft on a high note. One that has the football world excited for the Jets not only for this upcoming season but for their bright future once everything comes together to finally field a playoff-contending team.