Round 4, 107th Overall, NY Jets: Jaret Patterson, RB, Buffalo
Google any Buffalo sports news and you’ll read of the workout regimen and leadership qualities of Jaret Patterson and his twin brother James. Sports Illustrated’s NFL Draft Bible rates this pint-sized scatback 9.2 on a 10 scale, which ranks as Tarik Cohen Pro Bowl-level.
If not Patterson, other early Day 3 guys to consider are Trey Sermon (Ohio State), Javian Hawkins (Louisville), and Rhamondre Stevenson (Oklahoma).
Round 5, 146th Overall, NY Jets: Trill Williams, CB, Syracuse
As for talented young cornerbacks, the Jets have visited with some exciting talent including Florida State’s Asante Samuel Jr., Northwestern’s Greg Newsome II, and Syracuse head knockers Trill Wiliams and Ifeatu Melinfonwu.
They’ve virtually met with Williams possibly more than any other player in this draft, and due to his inferior collegiate positioning, projects as a better pro than his heralded teammate.
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Round 5, 154th Overall, NY Jets: Darius Stills, DT, West Virginia
Another player the Jets reportedly have in their crosshairs.
Even with free agents Carl Lawson, Vinny Curry, and Sheldon Rankins, Saleh’s 4-3 sets will require additional firepower for that underrated defensive line rotation with Quinnen Williams, Folorunso Fatukasi, John Franklin-Myers, and Nathan Shepherd.
You could also see them go tight end, with the name linked being Tommy Tremble (Notre Dame).
Round 6, 186th Overall, NY Jets: Evan McPherson, K, Florida
When was the last time a kicker declared early for the draft? The best booter in Gators history projects as All-Pro caliber and could go even earlier.
Realize two distinct Jets “errors” — the Mike Maccagnan error that fired Nick Folk, Randy Bullock, Cairo Santos, and All-Pro Jason Myers, followed by the Adam Gase error that replaced them with Kaare Vedvik and Sergio Castillo.
Evan McPherson could break the trend.