Review of the New York Jets 2016 NFL Draft Class

Overview: With the 20th pick their were a lot of speculations headed into the draft that the Jets would take Paxton Lynch quarterback out of Memphis in the first round. By time it was the Jets turn to pick, the speculation turned into an almost possibility. Mike Maccagnan takes the best player available approach, when the Jets were up they had a choice between Josh Doctson the speedy wide out of TCU, Laquon Treadwell wide receiver from Ole Miss, Their choice of the two defensive lineman from University of Alabama Jarren Reed and A’Shawn Robinson both of whom that play defensive tackle. Then there was the ultimate wildcard with Myles Jack from UCLA who has the ability to play linebacker, safety and the running back. Who once was projected to go as high as a top 5 pick, the downside? He suffered a terrible injury that ultimately took a hit on his draft stock where teams even took him off their draft board completely.

14 November 2015:  Ohio State Buckeyes linebacker Darron Lee (43) in action during a Big Ten football game between the Illinois Fighting Illini and the Ohio State Buckeyes at Memorial Stadium, in Champaign, IL.   (Photo by Robin Alam/Icon Sportswire)

Photo by Robin Alam/Icon Sportswire

With the 20th pick the New York Jets select.. Darron Lee linebacker from Ohio State University. Darron Lee is a speedy linebacker who has the ability to cover. He provides youth and more talent to the Jets linebacker core. During the years, the Jets struggled with adding more youth to the position and getting more speed at the linebacker position. The Jets stated that Lee will play inside linebacker, adding more speed and youth at the position. During free agency, the Jets lost Demario Davis to the Cleveland Brown who ultimately did not fit what the Jets were trying to accomplish on defense. Lee tested out as one of the fastest linebackers at his postion during the combine with a time of 4.47. He is a great athlete who is also a good professional in the locker room. Expect the Jets to use Darron Lee similar to how the Cardinal use Deone Bucannon. There were reports, stating how the Dallas Cowboys were trying to move up to the Jets spot to take quarterback Paxton Lynch, however the Jets decided to stay put to make sure they would get Darron Lee.

With the 51st pick the New York Jets select.. Christian Hackenberg quarterback from Penn State. Maccagnan took former general manager Ron Wolf’s advice which is to keep drafting a quarterback until you find your guy. The Jets remain focused on getting Ryan Fitzpatrick signed to a contract however the deal is still not done. Hackenberg had a rocky career at Penn State, he went through two different system’s, the Paterno situation where the school lost scholarships, and played with one of the worst offensive lines in college football. Some scouts marked him as the ultimate wildcard heading into the NFL Draft. During his freshman year, he mastered Bill O’Brian’s system which is an offensive similar to what the New England Patriots currently run. If Bill O’Brian stayed at Penn State chances were that Hackenberg could of been a first round pick. During his career, he had 48 touchdowns for 8,457 yards and 31 interceptions. Making history at Penn State by achieving have over 8,000 yards. Hackenberg provides competition and a lot of upside at the quarterback position. Gailey has a good resume with working with quarterback and getting them to reach their potential within time it is possible Hackenberg could progress and compete for the starting quarterback when the coaching staff feels he is ready.

With the 83rd pick the New York Jets select.. Jordan Jenkins outside linebacker from Georgia. Todd Bowles mentioned during the offseason that his main this offseason was to get faster. Jenkins provides good pass rushing skills who could start along side Lorenzo Mauldin on defense. Outside linebacker Calvin Pace was a free agent this offseason leaving an opening at the outside linebacker position. Jenkins was a team captain during his time at Georgia. Todd Bowles mentioned that Jenkins will would begin playing at the strong side linebacker position. His athleticism and frame fits will in Todd Bowles defense. NFL Draft Analyst, Tony Pauline has mentioned that Jenkins reminds him of former Jets linebacker Mo Lewis. Like Darron Lee, Jenkins add more speed at the linebacker position. He is a tough player who has played through injuries such as a torn groin during his last year at Georgia. He is a physical player who has experience playing in a 3-4 defense which is a type of defense the Jets currently run.


With the 118th pick the New York Jets select.. Juston Burris cornerback from North Carolina State. Burris provides more depth and competition at the cornerback position for the New York Jets secondary. The Jets plan on using him more in the outside since he does not have much experience playing the slot. Burris was a three year starter at North Carolina State has great instincts, awareness, and has the ability to play press coverage and man coverage. He has great ball skills, in college teams barely threw his way. He allowed only allowed a 34.1% completion rate when quarterback targeted his way. He is a great tackler who is good against the run. he will benefit from learning the veterans cornerbacks on the team such as Darrelle Revis, Buster Skrine, and Marcus Williams.

With the 158 pick the New York Jets traded up to the Washington Redskins pick to select.. Brandon Shell offensive tackle from South Carolina. In this trade, the New York Jets give their future 2017 4th round pick to the Redskins to select Shell. He is related to former Oakland Raiders offensive tackle Art Shell who was an 8 time pro bowler for the Raiders. He is projected to either start as a backup or to start at right tackle for the New York Jets. He started 47 games at South Carolina. Shell is best at pass blocking, who plays best at the right tackle. During time, he could work his way up the depth chart as a starting tackle for the New York Jets.

With the 235th pick the New York Jets select.. Lac Edwards Punter from Sam Houston State. During this time, the Jets did not have a punter on their active roster. Ryan Quigley was a free agent who the Jets declined to bring back. Quigley was inconsistent at best. Edwards is a punter from Australia who has a strong leg and has a good hang time. 38.9% of his punts were in the 20 yard line. The Jets also picked up Tom Hackett as an UDFA for competition at the punting position.

With the 241st pick the New York Jets select.. Charone Peake wide receiver from Clemson. Getting him here was an absolute steal for the New York Jets, Peake is a speedster at the wide receiver position who at one point ran a 4.19 at his position. Scouts rated him as a 3rd round pick who fell in the draft because of injury concerns. Peake is a great athlete who has great size, speed, and is a good athlete which is rare to find all of those qualities in a wide receiver. He is a hard worker who displays good ball skills at the wide receiver position. He brings a lot of upside and brings more talent at the wide receiver position. Devin Smith is currently dealing with an injury with uncertainty when he will be cleared to play, Peake provides insurance at the wide receiver position.

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