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  1. Due to our increased growth we are looking for additional help. Are you a passionate and die-hard Jets fan? Do you want to be an integral part of the largest independent NY Jets fan community? If so, we want to hear from you. Please email us at help@JetNation.com. Tell us a little bit about yourself and how long you have been a Jets fan. We are looking to add additional bloggers, columnists and have some graphics and video related opportunities as well. Be sure to mention any thoughts you have on areas you feel you can help make the site better. About JetNation We are a volunteer run fan site in our 12th year. Some months we surpass a million page views and we received hundreds of thousands of visits to the site every month. Our online presence includes: NY Jets Blog Jet Nation Forum (Over 3.3 million posts) JetNation on Facebook (18,500 likes) @JetNation on Twitter (17,500 followers) NY Jets Podcast NY Jets Instagram Jets YouTube Videos Click here to read the full story...
  2. Today, Joe Blewitt and his co-host Glenn Naughton will be doing a speical pre-draft episode for those listeners across the pond in Ireland, the United Kingdom and Europe at 2pm EST/7pm IST. There will be plenty of draft prospects to discuss, as we’ll be joined by one half of the NoFlyZone podcast, Biff Sweeney, who does a weekly show with Richard Tinley as the only Jets podcast in the region. We’ll also be taking calls from any listeners hoping to share their Jets mock draft contest for a chance to win a Muhammad Wilkerson autographed football. So put your feet up, pour yourself a pint and give us a ring. As usual, the number to call in is (646) 716-4697, or from overseas, 001-646-716-4697. Click here to read the full story...
  3. By Glenn Naughton The NFL draft is just a few days away and with it will come the usual range of emotions felt by fans as each pick is being made. Anger, excitement, confusion, etc. Then of course, there will be the reactions we don’t get to see that are far more personal than those of us with just a rooting interest. NFL rosters are a numbers game, and for every player a team brings in, there’s a player on the roster whose job is just a bit less secure than it was before the pick was made. Sure, there are plenty of fringe players carried by teams when the draft arrives as each team can carry up to 90 players, but for those players who previously felt “safe” because of their standing on the depth chart, the draft can change everything. Which current Jets players could be feeling the heat from April 27th-29th? FS Marcus Gilchrist- Gilchrist was one of GM Mike Maccagnan’s first big signings in the Jets’ first attempt to upgrade their secondary, and his inaugural season with the Jets was a good one. Gilchrist made the calls in the secondary and was a big part of the team finally having some solid performances against opposing tight ends after being torched on a weekly basis the season before. Last season was a different story as Gilchrist regressed along with the rest of the secondary and often appeared to be out of position before ending his season on Injured Reserve. If the Jets choose a safety in the draft along the lines of Malik Hooker or Obi Melifonwu, Gilchrist and his $6 million price tag could be on their way out the door. SS Calvin Pryor- Pryor is preparing to enter his fourth pro season after being chosen by failed GM John Idzik out of Louisville in his now-famous debacle of a draft in 2014. As the team’s first round choice, Pryor was under the most pressure to perform, and it’s fair to say he’s come up short. In three pro seasons, Pryor, who was advertised as an enforcer over the middle who would punish opposing receivers on a regular basis, has made far too few game-changing plays to say his job is 100% safe. Pryor has started 38 career games, picking up 2 interceptions and 2 forced fumbles. His backup, Rontez Miles has started 5 games in that same time span and has 1 interception and 2 forced fumbles himself. The big hits have been few and far between, and the struggles in pass coverage have been all too common. This regime didn’t draft Pryor and another overhaul of the secondary may be on the horizon, with Pryor facing a pink slip, or possibly a draft day deal. C Wesley Johnson- Johnson filled in admirably for the injured Nick Mangold in 2016, but he was only brought back on a one-year deal with no guaranteed money. Knowing that the team can cut ties with no cap implications won’t sit well with Johnson if the Jets take one of the top centers in the draft. However, taking a center wouldn’t be a sure bet to end Johnson’s time with the Jets as he has value as a back up at multiple spots along the O-line. CB Dexter McDougle- Another member of the infamous class of ’14, McDougle likely stuck around last season only because the Jets secondary was a complete disaster. Even as Gang Green’s unit performed as one of the worst in the NFL, McDougle spent a good chunk of the season on the practice squad. Even after being elevated to the active roster, he saw the field for only six snaps. In a draft that’s very likely to see the Jets draft at least one cornerback, McDougle is going to have to stay healthy and show dramatic improvement if he hopes to stick around. WR Devin Smith- Smith is probably the most important name on this list as he was Maccagnan’s second round choice in his first draft and was counted on to be a difference-maker on offense. Severely hampered by injuries up to this point, it’s time for Smith to show he belongs, or the Jets may be willing to move on with the stable of young receivers already in place. Sheldon Richardson- While the Jets aren’t necessarily going to draft a player who can take Richardson’s place, trade rumors involving the defensive lineman have been swirling since last season. As the trade deadline approached, the Jets reportedly tried to make a deal to send Richardson to the Dallas Cowboys. So Richardson and Jets fans may not be listening up to hear the name of his replacement, but the name of the city he may be playing in when the season kicks off in September. In just a few days, we’ll welcome a handful of new Jets players, followed by a small group of players looking for work elsewhere. Click here to read the full story...
  4. The NFL draft is being held in Philadelphia this year. Here is everything you need to know. When we say everything, we literally mean everything. This covers when the draft is taking place, what players and coaches will be there to what schools have had the most players drafted. When you are done reading this you will never lose at draft trivia again. Enjoy! — 82nd NFL DRAFT — PHILADELPHIA, PA APRIL 27-29, 2017 DATE START ROUNDS SELECTION TIME Thursday, April 27 8:00 PM ET Round 1 10 Minutes Friday, April 28 7:00 PM ET Round 2 7 Minutes Round 3 5 Minutes Saturday, April 29 12:00 PM ET Rounds 4-6 5 Minutes Round 7 4 Minutes — NFL DRAFT — PROSPECTS IN PHILLY: Twenty-two prospects and 14 college head coaches will attend the 2017 NFL Draft in Philadelphia. Louisiana State leads all colleges with three players in attendance, while the Pac-12 leads all conferences with seven prospects confirmed to attend the event. The players confirmed to attend this year’s NFL Draft: 1) Jamal Adams S Louisiana State 12) Marshon Lattimore CB Ohio State 2) Jonathan Allen DT Alabama 13) Malik McDowell DT Michigan State 3) Chidobe Awuzie CB Colorado 14) Takkarist McKinley LB UCLA 4) Derek Barnett DE Tennessee 15) Ryan Ramczyk T Wisconsin 5) Garett Bolles T Utah 16) Haason Reddick LB Temple 6) Gareon Conley CB Ohio State 17) Cam Robinson T Alabama 7) Corey Davis WR Western Michigan 18) John Ross WR Washington 8) Leonard Fournette RB Louisiana State 19) Solomon Thomas DE Stanford 9) Adoree’ Jackson CB Southern California 20) Mitchell Trubisky QB North Carolina 10) Kevin King CB Washington 21) Deshaun Watson QB Clemson 11) DeShone Kizer QB Notre Dame 22) Tre’Davious White CB Louisiana State The college head coaches confirmed to attend this year’s NFL Draft: 1) Larry Fedora North Carolina 8) Ed Orgeron Louisiana State 2) P.J. Fleck Minnesota 9) Chris Petersen Washington 3) Butch Jones Tennessee 10) Matt Rhule Baylor 4) Brian Kelly Notre Dame 11) Nick Saban Alabama 5) Mike MacIntyre Colorado 12) David Shaw Stanford 6) Urban Meyer Ohio State 13) Dabo Swinney Clemson 7) Jim Mora UCLA 14) Kyle Whittingham Utah — NFL DRAFT — ROLL TIDE: Several players from Alabama have the chance to hear their names in the first round of the 2017 NFL Draft, including DT JONATHAN ALLEN, LB REUBEN FOSTER, TE O.J. HOWARD and T CAM ROBINSON. If Alabama has a player selected in the first round of the 2017 NFL Draft, the Crimson Tide will tie Florida (1983-91) for the second-longest consecutive streak of players drafted in the first round since the advent of the common draft in 1967. Alabama currently has eight consecutive drafts with at least one first-round pick. Miami (1995-2008) holds the longest streak with 14 consecutive drafts having at least one player selected in the first round. The longest streak of consecutive seasons with a first-round pick (since 1967): YEARS SCHOOL CONSECUTIVE SEASONS WITH A FIRST-ROUND PICK 1995-2008 Miami 14 1983-1991 Florida 9 2009-2016 Alabama 8* 1997-2003 Florida 7 1991-1997 Ohio State 7 1983-1989 Pittsburgh 7 *Active streak ​ ​ — NFL DRAFT — BOUNTIFUL BUCKEYES: Three Ohio State players are projected to have their names called in the first round of the 2017 NFL Draft – S MALIK HOOKER, CB MARSHON LATTIMORE and CB GAREON CONLEY. In 2016, the Buckeyes had a draft-high five players selected in the first round. If all three players are selected in the first round, Ohio State would tie Alabama (2011-12) for the fourth-most first-round picks over any two-year span since 1967. Miami is the only school with more first-round choices over any two-year span, with nine players selected from both 2001-02 and 2002-03 and 10 players drafted from 2003-04. The schools with the most first-round picks over any two-year span (since 1967): YEARS SCHOOL FIRST-ROUND PICKS OVER TWO-YEAR SPAN 2003-04 Miami 10 2002-03 Miami 9 2001-02 Miami 9 2011-12 Alabama 8 — NFL DRAFT — STAR-STUDDED STOPPERS: Texas A&M DE MYLES GARRETT, Stanford DE SOLOMON THOMAS and Alabama DT JONATHAN ALLEN are projected to be taken early in the first round of the NFL Draft. If two defensive linemen are selected with the first and second picks, it would mark the third time in the common draft era that a pair of defensive linemen were taken first and second overall. The defensive linemen taken first and second overall in the same draft since 1967: YEAR NO. 1 PICK SCHOOL TEAM NO. 2 PICK SCHOOL TEAM 1976 Lee Roy Selmon Oklahoma Tampa Bay Steve Niehaus Notre Dame Seattle 1972 Walt Patulski Notre Dame Buffalo Sherman White California Cincinnati Garrett would be the first player from Texas A&M selected with the first overall pick and the sixth Aggie to be selected in the top 10 since 2011. The Texas A&M players selected in the top 10 since 2011: YEAR NAME POSITION NO. CHOSEN TEAM 2014 Jake Matthews T 6 Atlanta 2014 Mike Evans WR 7 Tampa Bay 2013 Luke Joeckel T 2 Jacksonville 2012 Ryan Tannehill QB 8 Miami 2011 Von Miller LB 2 Denver Thomas would become the fourth player in Stanford history and the first non-quarterback to be selected in the top five of the NFL Draft. The Stanford players selected in the top five of the NFL Draft since 1967: YEAR NAME POSITION NO. CHOSEN TEAM 2012 Andrew Luck QB 1 Indianapolis 1983 John Elway QB 1 Baltimore Colts 1971 Jim Plunkett QB 1 New England — NFL DRAFT — FIRST TIME QBs: North Carolina QB MITCHELL TRUBISKY and Texas Tech QB PATRICK MAHOMES would each be the first quarterback from their respective schools selected in the first round. Trubisky would join T.J. YATES (2011, fifth round) and RONALD CURRY (2002, seventh round) as the only Tar Heels’ signal callers to be selected in the NFL Draft. If selected in the first round, Mahomes would be the fourth Texas Tech player and the first Red Raider quarterback selected in the first round since 1967. The players from Texas Tech selected in the first round of the draft since 1967: YEAR PLAYER POSITION NO. CHOSEN TEAM 2009 Michael Crabtree WR 10 San Francisco 1983 Gabe Rivera NT 21 Pittsburgh 1981 Ted Watts DB 21 Oakland — NFL DRAFT — THE CHAMP IS HERE: Clemson QB DESHAUN WATSON was named the 2017 College Football Playoff National Championship Game Most Valuable Offensive Player after passing for 420 yards with three touchdowns and rushing for a score in the Tigers’ 35-31 victory over Alabama. If selected in the first round, Watson would become the eighth quarterback since 1967 to start and win a national championship and be selected in the first round of the NFL Draft, and the fifth quarterback to accomplish the feat in the same year. The quarterbacks to start and win a national championship and be selected in the first round of the NFL Draft since 1967: PLAYER TEAM YEAR SELECTED (NO. CHOSEN) SCHOOL NATL. CHAMP. SEASON Jameis Winston Tampa Bay 2015 (1st) Florida State 2013 Cam Newton Carolina 2011 (1st) Auburn 2010 Tim Tebow Denver 2010 (25th) Florida 2008 Vince Young Tennessee 2006 (3rd) Texas 2005 Matt Leinart Arizona 2006 (10th) Southern California 2004 Todd Blackledge Kansas City 1983 (7th) Penn State 1982 Jerry Tagge Green Bay 1972 (11th) Nebraska 1971 — NFL DRAFT — THAT’S TIGHT: Alabama TE O.J. HOWARD and Miami TE DAVID NJOKU hope to hear their names called in the first round of the Draft. If both players are selected in the top 20, it would mark the fifth time since 1967 that two tight ends have been chosen in the first 20 selections of the first round of the NFL Draft. The pairs of tight ends drafted in the top 20 of the NFL Draft since 1967: YEAR PLAYER SCHOOL NO. CHOSEN TEAM 1992 Derek Brown Notre Dame 14 New York Giants Johnny Mitchell Nebraska 15 New York Jets 1974 J.V. Cain Colorado 7 St. Louis Cardinals Reuben Gant Oklahoma State 18 Buffalo 1973 Charle Young Southern California 6 Philadelphia Paul Seymour Michigan 7 Buffalo Billy Joe DuPree Michigan State 20 Dallas 1972 Riley Odoms Houston 5 Denver Jerome Barkum Jackson State 9 New York Jets — NFL DRAFT — SAFETY GUARANTEED: Louisiana State S JAMAL ADAMS and Ohio State S MALIK HOOKER may both hear their names called at the top of the first round. Since 1980, there have been five safeties selected in the top five. The most recent top-five selection at the safety position was ERIC BERRY, who was taken by the Kansas City Chiefs with the fifth overall choice in 2010. The safeties selected in the top five of the NFL Draft since 1980:​ YEAR PLAYER TEAM SCHOOL OVERALL SELECTION 2010 Eric Berry Kansas City Tennessee 5 2004 Sean Taylor Washington Miami 5 1991 Eric Turner Cleveland UCLA 2 1988 Bennie Blades Detroit Miami 3 1981 Kenny Easley Seattle UCLA 4 — NFL DRAFT — ​BROTHERLY LOVE: Wisconsin LB T.J. WATT, the brother of Texans’ DE J.J. WATT and Chargers’ FB DEREK WATT, hopes to hear his name called in the first round of the 2017 NFL Draft. If selected in the first round, T.J. would join J.J. – the 11th overall selection in 2011 – as the eighth pair of brothers since 1990 to be selected in the first round of their respective NFL Drafts. The pairs of brothers selected in the first round of the NFL Draft since 1990: FAMILY NAME PLAYER TEAM (DRAFT YEAR) PLAYER TEAM (DRAFT YEAR) Davis Vontae* Miami (2009) Vernon* San Francisco (2006) Long Kyle* Chicago (2013) Chris* St. Louis (2008) Manning Eli* San Diego (2004) Peyton Indianapolis (1998) McDougle Jerome Philadelphia (2003) Stockar Detroit (2000) Pouncey Mike* Miami (2011) Maurkice* Pittsburgh (2010) Thomas Robert St. Louis (2002) Stan Chicago (1991) Trufant Desmond* Atlanta (2013) Marcus Seattle (2003) *Active — NFL DRAFT — ALL IN THE FAMILY: Louisiana State S JAMAL ADAMS, son of former first-round pick GEORGE ADAMS (1985, New York Giants), is projected to be taken in the first round of the 2017 NFL Draft. If Adams is selected in the first round, they would become the eighth father-son combination to be drafted in the first round in the common draft era. The father-son first-round draft picks since 1967: FAMILY NAME FATHER TEAM (DRAFT YEAR) SON TEAM (DRAFT YEAR) Heyward Craig New Orleans (1988) Cameron* Pittsburgh (2011) Ingram Mark New York Giants (1987) Mark* New Orleans (2011) Manning Archie New Orleans (1971) Peyton Indianapolis (1998) Eli* San Diego (2004) Matthews Clay, Jr. Cleveland (1978) Clay* Green Bay (2009) Matthews Bruce Houston Oilers (1983) Jake* Atlanta (2014) Winslow Kellen San Diego (1979) Kellen, Jr. Cleveland (2004) *Active — NFL DRAFT — TIGER AT THE TOP: Louisiana State RB LEONARD FOURNETTE aims to be the first running back selected in the 2017 NFL Draft. If taken in the first round, Fournette would become the fourth LSU running back to be selected in the opening round since 1967. The LSU running backs selected in the first round of the draft since 1967: YEAR PLAYER NO. CHOSEN TEAM 2006 Joseph Addai 30 Indianapolis 1991 Harvey Williams 21 Kansas City 1979 Charles Alexander 12 Cincinnati — NFL DRAFT — FIRST-ROUND TRADES SINCE 2000 (Yearly totals can include future selections traded in previous years.) DRAFT ROUND 1 TRADES 2000 16 2001 15 2002 14 2003 18 2004 17 2005 9 2006 11 2007 10 2008 17 2009 13 2010 15 2011 8 2012 19 2013 12 2014 11 2015 6 2016 8 CONSECUTIVE TOP 10 CHOICES FROM SAME COLLEGE 1937 Nebraska – HB Lloyd Cardwell (7) and E Les McDonald (8) 1943 Minnesota – HB Bill Daley (7) and T Dick Wildung (8) 1946 Notre Dame – QB Johnny Lujack (4) and T George Connor (5) 1948 Alabama – HB Lowell Tew (4) and C Vaughn Mancha (5) 1949 Notre Dame – QB Frank Tripucka (9) and G Bill Fischer (10) 1949 Southern Methodist – RB Doak Walker (3) and HB Paul Page (4) 1959 Ohio State – HB Don Clark (7) and C Dan James (8) 1967 Michigan State – DT Bubba Smith (1) and RB Clint Jones (2) 1977 Southern California – T Marvin Powell (4) and DT Gary Jeter (5) 1978 Notre Dame – TE Ken MacAfee (7) and DT Ross Browner (8) 1981 UCLA – RB Freeman McNeil (3) and DB Kenny Easley (4) 1984 Nebraska – WR Irving Fryar (1) and T Dean Steinkuhler (2) 1990 Southern California – LB Junior Seau (5) and DB Mark Carrier (6) 1991 Nebraska – DB Bruce Pickens (3) and LB Mike Croel (4) 1991 Tennessee – T Charles McRae (7) and T Antone Davis (8) 1992 Stanford – T Bob Whitfield (8) and RB Tommy Vardell (9) 1993 Alabama – DE John Copeland (5) and DE Eric Curry (6) 1996 Illinois – LB Kevin Hardy (2) and DE Simeon Rice (3) 2000 Penn State – DE Courtney Brown (1) and LB LaVar Arrington (2) 2002 Texas – T Mike Williams (4) and DB Quentin Jammer (5) 2004 Miami – S Sean Taylor (5) and TE Kellen Winslow (6) 2010 Oklahoma – DT Gerald McCoy (3) and T Trent Williams (4) 2013 Alabama – DB Dee Milliner (9) and G Chance Warmack (10) 2014 Texas A&M – T Jake Matthews (6) and WR Mike Evans (7) 2016 Ohio State – DE Joey Bosa (3) and RB Ezekiel Elliott (4) BREAKDOWN OF OFFENSIVE/DEFENSIVE PLAYERS SELECTED IN FIRST ROUND SINCE 1990 YEAR OFFENSE DEFENSE FIRST OFFENSIVE PICK FIRST DEFENSIVE PICK 1990 11 14 Jeff George-QB (1) Cortez Kennedy-DT (3) 1991 13 14 Charles McRae-T (7) Russell Maryland-DT (1) 1992 13 15 Desmond Howard-WR (4) Steve Emtman-DE (1) 1993 15 14 Drew Bledsoe-QB (1) Marvin Jones-LB (4) 1994 13 16 Marshall Faulk-RB (2) Dan Wilkinson-DT (1) 1995 18 14 Ki-Jana Carter-RB (1) Kevin Carter-DE (6) 1996 17 13 Keyshawn Johnson-WR (1) Kevin Hardy-LB (2) 1997 14 16 Orlando Pace-T (1) Darrell Russell-DE (2) 1998 14 16 Peyton Manning-QB (1) Andre Wadsworth-DE (3) 1999 16 15 Tim Couch-QB (1) Champ Bailey-CB (7) 2000 17 14 Chris Samuel-T (3) Courtney Brown-DE (1) 2001 15 16 Michael Vick-QB (1) Gerard Warren-DT (3) 2002 16 16 David Carr-QB (1) Julius Peppers-DE (2) 2003 14 18 Carson Palmer-QB (1) Dewayne Robertson-DT (4) 2004 19 13 Eli Manning-QB (1) Sean Taylor-S (5) 2005 16 16 Alex Smith-QB (1) Adam Jones-CB (6) 2006 19 13 Reggie Bush-RB (2) Mario Williams-DE (1) 2007 15 17 JaMarcus Russell-QB (1) Gaines Adams-DE (4) 2008 16 15 Jake Long-T (1) Chris Long-DE (2) 2009 19 13 Matthew Stafford-QB (1) Tyson Jackson-DE (3) 2010 14 18 Sam Bradford-QB (1) Ndamukong Suh-DT (2) 2011 16 16 Cam Newton-QB (1) Von Miller-LB (2) 2012 15 17 Andrew Luck-QB (1) Morris Claiborne-CB (6) 2013 14 18 Eric Fisher-T (1) Dion Jordan-DE (3) 2014 14 18 Greg Robinson-T (2) Jadeveon Clowney-DE (1) 2015 17 15 Jameis Winston-QB (1) Dante Fowler-DE (3) 2016 15 16 Jared Goff-QB (1) Joey Bosa-DE (3) “MOSTS” Colleges with most No. 1 overall draft choices: Auburn (5) 2011: Cam Newton, QB (Carolina); 1988: Aundray Bruce, LB (Atlanta); 1986: Bo Jackson, RB (Tampa Bay); 1965: Tucker Frederickson, RB (N.Y. Giants); 1961: Ken Rice, G (Buffalo) Notre Dame (5) 1973: Walt Patulski, DE (Buffalo); 1957: Paul Hornung, HB (Green Bay); 1950: Leon Hart, E (Detroit); 1946: Frank Dancewicz, QB (Boston Yanks); 1944: Angelo Bertelli, QB (Boston Yanks) Southern California (5) 2003: Carson Palmer, QB (Cincinnati); 1996: Keyshawn Johnson, WR (N.Y. Jets); 1977: Ricky Bell, RB (Tampa Bay); 1969: O.J. Simpson, RB (Buffalo); 1968: Ron Yary, T (Minnesota) Most first-round selections from one college in single year: 6 2004 – Miami (Sean Taylor, Kellen Winslow, Jonathan Vilma, D.J. Williams, Vernon Carey, Vince Wilfork). College with most players taken in single draft: Texas, 17 in 1984. Most offensive players selected in first round: 19 in 2009, 2004 & 1968. Most defensive players selected in first round: 19 in 2006. Consecutive first-round choices from same college that played same position: 1991: Tennessee Ts Charles McRae (#7-Tampa Bay) and Antone Davis (#8-Philadelphia). 1993: Alabama DEs John Copeland (#5-Cincinnati) and Eric Curry (#6-Tampa Bay). 1997: Miami DEs Kenard Lang (#17-Washington) and Kenny Holmes (#18-Tennessee). Number of Pro Football Hall of Famers selected No. 1 overall: 14 1942 – “Bullet” Bill Dudley/Pittsburgh; 1945 – Charley Trippi/Chicago Cardinals; 1949 – Chuck Bednarik/Philadelphia; 1957 – Paul Hornung/Green Bay; 1963 – Buck Buchanan/Kansas City (AFL); 1968 – Ron Yary/Minnesota; 1969 – O.J. Simpson/Buffalo; 1970 – Terry Bradshaw/Pittsburgh; 1976 – Lee Roy Selmon/Tampa Bay; 1978 – Earl Campbell/Houston; 1983 – John Elway/Baltimore Colts; 1985 – Bruce Smith/Buffalo Bills; 1989 – Troy Aikman/Dallas Cowboys. 1997 – Orlando Pace/St. Louis Rams. Most consecutive offensive players selected to start NFL Draft: 1999 – 6; QB Tim Couch (Cleveland), QB Donovan McNabb (Philadelphia), QB Akili Smith (Cincinnati), RB Edgerrin James (Indianapolis), HB Ricky Williams (New Orleans), WR Torry Holt (St. Louis). Most consecutive defensive players selected to start NFL Draft: 1991 – 6; DT Russell Maryland (Dallas), S Eric Turner (Cleveland), CB Bruce Pickens (Atlanta), OLB Mike Croel (Denver), CB Todd Lyght (Los Angeles Rams), DT Eric Swann (Phoenix). Number of times QB and RB from same college have been chosen in top 10: 10 1942 (QB Frank Albert, RB Pete Kmetovic-Stanford), 1943 (QB Jack Jenkins, RB Bob Steuber-Missouri), 1944 (QB Angelo Bertelli, RB Creighton Miller-Notre Dame), 1946 (QB Frank Dancewicz, QB Johnny Lujack, RB Emil Sitko-Notre Dame), 1947 (QB Ernie Case, RB Cal Rossi-UCLA), 1948 (QB Harry Gilmer, RB Lowell Tew-Alabama), 1983 (QB Todd Blackledge, RB Curt Warner-Penn State), 1993 (QB Rick Mirer, RB Jerome Bettis-Notre Dame), 1995 (QB Kerry Collins, RB Ki-Jana Carter-Penn State), 2006 (QB Matt Leinart, RB Reggie Bush-Southern California). Most offensive linemen taken in first round: 10 1968 – T Ron Yary, C Robert Johnson, T Russ Washington, T Mike Taylor, C Forrest Blue, G Maurice Moorman, G George Daney, T John Williams, G Bill Lueck, T Doug Crusan. DRAFT TIMES NOTE: The first combined (AFL-NFL) draft in 1967 consisted of 17 rounds. In 1977, the draft was reduced to 12 rounds. There were eight rounds in 1993 and seven since 1994. Longest first round since 1967: 2007 (6 hours, 8 minutes) Shortest first round since 1967: 1972 (2 hours) Longest seven-round draft: 2007 (18 hours, 5 minutes) Shortest seven-round draft: 2015 (13 hours, 45 minutes) Most rounds on draft day: 30 (1943-1959 drafts) COLLEGES WITH THREE PLAYERS DRAFTED IN FIRST ROUND Number of times since 2000 that a college has had at least three players chosen in first round: 28 2000: Florida State (3) – Peter Warrick/Cincinnati; Corey Simon/Philadelphia; Sebastian Janikowski/Oakland. 2001: Miami (4) – Dan Morgan/Carolina; Damione Lewis/St. Louis; Santana Moss/ N.Y. Jets; Reggie Wayne/Indianapolis. Michigan (3) – David Terrell/Chicago; Steve Hutchinson/Seattle; Jeff Backus/Detroit. 2002: Miami (5) – Bryant McKinnie/Minnesota; Jeremy Shockey/N.Y. Giants; Phillip Buchanon/Oakland; Ed Reed/Baltimore; Mike Rumph/San Francisco. Tennessee (3) – John Henderson/Jacksonville; Donte’ Stallworth/New Orleans; Albert Haynesworth/Tennessee. 2003: Miami (4) – Andre Johnson/Houston; Jerome McDougle/Philadelphia; Willis McGahee/Buffalo; William Joseph/N.Y. Giants. Penn State (4) – Jimmy Kennedy/St. Louis; Michael Haynes/Chicago; Bryant Johnson/Arizona; Larry Johnson/Kansas City. 2004: Miami (6) – Sean Taylor/Washington; Kellen Winslow/Cleveland; Jonathan Vilma/N.Y. Jets; D.J. Williams/Denver; Vernon Carey/Miami; Vince Wilfork/New England. Ohio State (3) – Will Smith/New Orleans, Chris Gamble/Carolina, Mike Jenkins/Atlanta. 2005: Auburn (4) – Ronnie Brown/Miami; Jason Campbell/Washington; Carlos Rogers/Washington; Carnell Williams/Tampa Bay. 2006: Ohio State (5) – A.J. Hawk/Green Bay; Donte Whitner/Buffalo; Bobby Carpenter/Dallas; Santonio Holmes/Pittsburgh; Nick Mangold/N.Y. Jets. Florida State (4) – Ernie Sims/Detroit; Kamerion Wimbley/Cleveland; Brodrick Bunkley/Philadelphia; Antonio Cromartie/San Diego. North Carolina State (3) – Mario Williams/Houston; Manny Lawson/San Francisco; John McCargo/Buffalo. 2007: Louisiana State (4) – JaMarcus Russell/Oakland; LaRon Landry/Washington; Dwayne Bowe/Kansas City; Craig Davis/San Diego. Miami (3) – Brandon Meriweather/New England; Jon Beason/Carolina; Greg Olsen/Chicago. 2008: Southern California (4) – Sedrick Ellis/New Orleans; Keith Rivers/Cincinnati; Sam Baker/Atlanta; Lawrence Jackson/Seattle. 2009: Southern California (3) – Mark Sanchez/N.Y. Jets; Brian Cushing/Houston; Clay Matthews/Green Bay; 2010: Oklahoma (4) – Sam Bradford/St. Louis; Gerald McCoy/Tampa Bay; Trent Williams/Washington; Jermaine Gresham/Cincinnati Florida (3) – Joe Haden/Cleveland; Maurkice Pouncey/Pittsburgh; Tim Tebow/Denver 2011: Alabama (4) – Marcell Dareus/Buffalo; Julio Jones/Atlanta; James Carpenter/Seattle; Mark Ingram/New Orleans 2012: Alabama (4) – Trent Richardson/Cleveland; Mark Barron/Tampa Bay; Dre Kirkpatrick/Cincinnati; Dont’a Hightower/New England 2013: Alabama (3) – Dee Milliner/New York Jets; Chance Warmack/Tennessee; D.J. Fluker/San Diego Florida State (3) – E.J. Manuel/Buffalo; Bjoern Werner/Indianapolis; Xavier Rhodes/Minnesota 2014: Louisville (3) – Calvin Pryor/New York Jets; Marcus Smith/Philadelphia; Teddy Bridgewater/Minnesota Texas A&M (3) – Jake Matthews/Atlanta; Mike Evans/Tampa Bay; Johnny Manziel/Cleveland 2015: Washington (3) – Danny Shelton/Cleveland; Marcus Peters/Kansas City; Shaq Thompson/Carolina 2016: Ohio State (5) – Joey Bosa/San Diego; Ezekiel Elliott/Dallas; Eli Apple/New York Giants; Taylor Decker/Detroit; Darron Lee/New York Jets Mississippi (3) – Laremy Tunsil/Miami; Laquon Treadwell/Minnesota; Robert Nkemdiche/Arizona FIRST ROUND BY POSITION Most first-round selections by position (one year): Quarterback (6-1983): John Elway/Baltimore, Todd Blackledge/Kansas City, Jim Kelly/Buffalo, Tony Eason/New England, Ken O’Brien/N.Y. Jets, Dan Marino/Miami Halfback/Running Back (9-1938, 1941): (Last time) 1941 – Tom Harmon/Chicago Bears, John Kimbrough/Chicago Cardinals, Norm Standlee/Chicago Bears, John Thomason/Detroit, George Franck/New York, George Paskavan/Green Bay, Dean McAdams/Brooklyn, Don Scott/Chicago Bears, Forrest Evashevski/Washington Wide Receiver (7-2004): Larry Fitzgerald/Arizona, Roy Williams/Detroit, Reggie Williams/Jacksonville, Lee Evans/Buffalo, Michael Clayton/Tampa Bay, Michael Jenkins/Atlanta, Rashaun Woods/San Francisco. Tight End (3-1970, 2002): (Last time) 2002 – Jeremy Shockey/N.Y. Giants; Daniel Graham/New England; Jerramy Stevens/Seattle Center (2-1949, 1950, 1968, 2009): (Last time) 2009 – Alex Mack/Cleveland, Eric Wood/Buffalo Guard (4-1982): Mike Munchak/Houston, Sean Farrell/Tampa Bay, Ron Hallestrom/Green Bay, Roy Foster/Miami Tackle (8-2008): Jake Long/Miami, Ryan Clady/Denver, Chris Williams/Chicago, Branden Albert/Kansas City, Gosder Cherilus/Detroit, Jeff Otah/Carolina, Sam Baker/Atlanta, Duane Brown/Houston Defensive Back (9-2014): Justin Gilbert/Cleveland, Kyle Fuller/Chicago, Calvin Pryor/New York Jets, Ha Ha Clinton-Dix/Green Bay, Darqueze Dennard/Cincinnati, Jason Verrett/San Diego, Deone Bucannon/Arizona, Jimmie Ward/San Francisco, Bradley Roby/Denver. Linebacker (7-1990): Keith McCants/Tampa Bay, Junior Seau/San Diego, Chris Singleton/New England, James Francis/Cincinnati, Percy Snow/Kansas City, Lamar Lathon/Houston, Tony Bennett/Green Bay. Defensive End (6-1992, 2011): (Last time) 2011 – J.J. Watt/Houston, Robert Quinn/St. Louis, Corey Liuget/San Diego, Adrian Clayborn/Tampa Bay, Cameron Jordan/New Orleans, Cameron Heyward/Pittsburgh. Defensive Tackle (6-1977, 2001, 2003): (Last time) 2003 – Dewayne Robertson/N.Y. Jets, Johnathan Sullivan/New Orleans, Kevin Williams/Minnesota, Jimmy Kennedy/St. Louis, Ty Warren/New England, William Joseph/N.Y. Giants. Nose Tackle (1-1986, 1988, 2012): (Last time) 2012 – Dontari Poe/Kansas City Kicker/Punter (1-1966, 1973, 1978, 1979, 2000): (Last time) 2000 – K Sebastian Janikowski/Oakland MOST PLAYERS DRAFTED FROM SINGLE SCHOOL SINCE 1970 Year College Players 1970 Grambling, Southern California 9 1971 Ohio State 13 1972 Michigan 10 1973 Oklahoma 11 1974 UCLA 12 1975 Southern California 14 1976 Nebraska, Ohio State 11 1977 Southern California 14 1978 Florida 10 1979 Notre Dame, Oklahoma 10 1980 Nebraska, Southern California 10 1981 Pittsburgh 12 1982 Texas 12 1983 Southern California 11 1984 Texas 17 1985 Wisconsin 11 1986 Illinois, Southern California 9 1987 Penn State 13 1988 Oklahoma 13 1989 Auburn 10 1990 Southern California 10 1991 Miami 11 1992 Washington 11 1993 Notre Dame, Miami 9 1994 Notre Dame 10 1995 Colorado, Florida State 10 1996 Penn State 10 1997 Arizona State, Miami, Nebraska 8 1998 Washington 10 1999 Florida, Ohio State 8 2000 Tennessee 9 2001 Florida State 9 2002 Miami 11 2003 Florida, Miami, Tennessee 8 2004 Ohio State 14 2005 Oklahoma 11 2006 Southern California 11 2007 Florida 9 2008 Southern California 10 2009 Southern California 11 2010 Florida 9 2011 North Carolina, Southern California 9 2012 Alabama 8 2013 Florida State 11 2014 Louisiana State 9 2015 Florida State 11 2016 Ohio State 12 UNDERCLASSMEN AND THE DRAFT NOTE: Since 1990, 17 of the No. 1 overall picks have been underclassmen (Jeff George – 1990, Steve Emtman – 1992, Drew Bledsoe – 1993, Dan Wilkinson – 1994, Ki-Jana Carter – 1995, Orlando Pace – 1997, Tim Couch – 1999, Michael Vick – 2001, Mario Williams – 2006, JaMarcus Russell – 2007, Matthew Stafford – 2009, Sam Bradford – 2010, Cam Newton – 2011, Andrew Luck – 2012, Jadeveon Clowney – 2014, Jameis Winston – 2015, Jared Goff – 2016). Year Drafted Top-10 Picks 2016 70 8 2015 55 6 2014 61 6 2013 52 3 2012 44 8 2011 43 8 2010 46 5 2009 41 5 2008 39 4 2007 29 5 2006 33 6 2005 37 4 2004 35 5 2003 32 5 2002 26 2 2001 27 5 2000 20 4 1999 22 5 1998 19 3 1997 25 6 1996 16 4 1995 22 2 1994 25 6 1993 24 5 1992 21 5 1991 19 1 1990 18 5 COLLEGES WITH MOST FIRST-ROUND PICKS (Since 1967) College Total College Total Southern California 68 Oklahoma 32 Ohio State 61 Texas A&M 29 Miami 59 Nebraska 28 Florida 48 Georgia 26 Alabama 43 Louisiana State 26 Florida State 43 Michigan State 25 Notre Dame 41 UCLA 25 Tennessee 39 California 24 Michigan 34 Clemson 24 Penn State 33 Arizona St. 23 Texas 33 Pittsburgh 23 COLLEGES WITH MOST FIRST-ROUND PICKS BY YEAR (Since 1967) 1967-Michigan State/4 1992-Multiple with 2 1968-Southern California/5 1993-Notre Dame/4 1969-Notre Dame, Ohio St., Southern California/3 1994-Notre Dame, Texas A&M/3 1970-Oklahoma/3 1995- Fla. St., Michigan, Ohio St., Penn St./3 1971-Ohio State/4 1996-Ohio State/3 1972-Nebraska, Notre Dame/3 1997-Florida State/4 1973-Purdue, Southern California/3 1998-North Carolina, Tennessee/3 1974-Ohio State/3 1999-Ohio State/3 1975-Ohio State/3 2000-Florida State/3 1976-Colorado, Oklahoma/3 2001-Miami/4 1977-Southern California/3 2002-Miami/5 1978-Notre Dame/3 2003-Miami/4, Penn State/4 1979-Multiple with 2 2004-Miami/6 1980-Southern California, Texas/3 2005-Auburn/4 1981-Southern California, Pittsburgh/3 2006-Ohio State/5 1982-Southern California/3 2007-Lousiana State/4 1983-Pittsburgh, Southern California/3 2008-Southern California/4 1984-Maryland, Nebraska, Oklahoma/2 2009-Southern California/3 1985-Wisconsin/3 2010-Oklahoma/4 1986-Iowa/3 2011-Alabama/4 1987-Miami/3 2012-Alabama/4 1988-Arizona State, Miami, Oklahoma/2 2013-Alabama, Florida State/3 1989-Florida/3 2014-Louisville, Texas A&M/3 1990-Multiple with 2 2015-Washington/3 1991-Tennessee/3 2016-Ohio State/5 Click here to read the full story...
  5. By Glenn Naughton With the NFL draft just under a week away, we re-visit the land of make-believe to take our best shot at what direction the Jets will go in as they look to re-build a roster that has more big questions than answers at this point. Trying to predict draft picks is a big enough sucker’s bet on its own, so when you start adding in trades, it becomes even tougher. However, a deal between the Jets and Browns in a swap of first round picks just makes too much sense for both sides to pass up. We know the Jets want to move down, we know Cleveland is also in need of a young quarterback, and we know the Browns have a plethora of picks to deal. What better way for Cleveland to address their QB situation than with a kid from Ohio and an offensive-minded head coach? With this being the case, and the Jets being the most likely team to take Trubisky, both sides get what they want. The Jets move down six slots and add picks 52 and 188 overall. Round 1 (#12 overall from Cleveland with picks #52 & #188 received in exchange for #6 overall): TE OJ Howard, Alabama With the 12th pick, it’s Alabama tight end OJ Howard who some have projected to the Jets at number six, but if Cleveland takes Trubisky in that spot, there’s enough talent on the board to push Howard all the way down to the Jets again at 12. Howard wasn’t overly productive at Alabama, but it seems the experts agree that it had nothing to do with his skill set, and everything to do with Lane Kiffin’s play calling at Alabama. Back-up plans: If they Jets stay at 6, Trubisky is the pick, but Malik Hooker should get some serious consideration. Should they move to 12 and Howard is gone, it’s another OSU first rounder in Gareon Conley. Round 2 (#39 overall): OLB Tyus Bowser, Houston Bowser is a player the Jets have shown some interest in and was the first player we highlighted in our “Deducing the Jets Draft Board” series this season, and he’s been doing nothing but climbing draft boards since the combine in Indy, with some projections listing him as a possible late first round pick. Despite missing a chunk of his senior campaign at Houston, Bowser managed to rack up 8.5 sacks in just 8 games as he steadily improved his overall play against the run and in pass coverage. Having played football for only a few seasons after making the switch from college basketball, Bowser has elite athleticism that showed not only on the field, but in combine workouts in Indianapolis. Bowser’s 37.5” vertical was tops among linebackers at the combine, his 4.65 40 time ranked fifth, his 10′ 7” broad jump placed him 3rd, and his 6.75 second 3-cone drill was also good for the best time among his fellow linebackers. His on-field production tells us Bowser is far more than just a “workout warrior”, and his lack of experience leaves room for plenty to learn and build upon. Back-up plans: If not Bowser, the Jets will look for another option to generate some pressure off the edge. Tim Williams from Alabama would have to be a top consideration. Round 2 (#52 overall): OG Dan Feeney, Indiana The Jets re-signed center Wesley Johnson to a one-year deal with zero guaranteed money. With that being the case, you have to wonder just how much the Jets love the idea of him being their starting center. Feeney got some work at center during his time at Indiana and could play there for a couple of years before possibly transitioning to guard. Back-up plans: Obi Melifonwu, a safety out of Connecticut has physical traits that can’t be ignored. The 6′ 4” safety who ran a 4.4 in Indy may get a look at cornerback with safety being the fallback option if he flops there. Round 3 (#70 overall): CB Jourdan Lewis, Michigan Given the amount of depth at the position this season as many pundits list at least a dozen starting-caliber cornerbacks, which one it will be for the Jets (or any other team for that matter) is truly a crap shoot. In this spot, we’re going with Lewis for a few reasons. Despite some being scared off by his height (5′ 10”), Lewis plays much bigger than that. He shadows receivers and does an excellent job of using every bit of his 34.5″ vertical to deflect incoming passes. Lewis held opposing receivers to just 7 receptions this season as quarterbacks completed only 23% of passes in his direction. More than just a cover man, Lewis is a highly competitive, physical defender who won’t back down against a running back coming around the edge and had great success at a college powerhouse under Jim Harbaugh. Back-up plans: UCLA CB Fabian Moreau is another option if the Jets aren’t smitten by Lewis. Round 3 (#107 overall, compensatory pick): QB Nathan Peterman, Pittsburgh Staying with the assumption that Trubisky goes to Cleveland and it’s Lewis in rd. 2, the Jets still must address the QB position. Peterman threw 47 TD’s to 17 interceptions over the course of his final two college seasons while completing just over 60% of his passes. He also displayed adequate mobility in that time, picking up 525 rushing yards to go along with 5 TD’s on the ground. Back up plans: University of South Florida running back Marlon Mack would be good value in this spot and has been scouted both during the season and in pre-draft workouts by the Jets. Clemson Tight End Jordan Leggett is also worth a look if the earlier projection of Howard doesn’t happen. Waving goodbye? Sheldon Richardson is a likely trade candidate come draft day. As mentioned above, projecting trades accurately is nearly impossible, but it has been widely speculated that the Jets will in fact look to part ways with Sheldon Richardson next week. To keep the projection realistic, we’ll assume the rumors of Richardson’s current trade value (said to be a 4th round pick) are accurate, and project him to the Indianapolis Colts in exchange for the 121st pick as he’ll likely go somewhere in that range. The Colts have been bad on defense for an eternity at this point, and they have the requisite cap space to get Richardson locked up on a long-term deal. Other targets could be the Dallas Cowboys, Denver Broncos or Tampa Bay Bucs. Round 4 (#121 overall from Indy): WR Chris Godwin, Penn State After veteran Eric Decker, the Jets have the emerging Qunicy Enunwa and a pair of promising receivers who the team hopes will take the next step in Robby Anderson, Charone Peake with question marks Devin Smith and Jalin Marshall behind them. Even still, with no rock solid established options, a player like Godwin would be an excellent choice here. Godwin has plenty of speed (4.42 40 time) and will win his fair share of jump balls in one-on-one battles or in a crowd. He just knows how to get the ball. In addition, Godwin has repeatedly shown great spatial awareness, often slamming on the brakes to make a circus catch just before hitting the boundary. Godwin would be a welcome addition for his former college quarterback, Christian Hackenberg. Back up plans: North Carolina WR Ryan Switzer would be an ideal choice here as well, but we’re going with Godwin based on the Jets showing more interest in the Penn State product. Given his punt return ability, Switzer may actually be the better option. Round 5 (#150 overall): RB James Conner, Pittsburgh With Bilal Powell and Matt Forte as their top two running backs, the Jets are missing a smash-mouth runner who can be a workhorse down the road and a threat on the goal line and in short yardage situations. Checking in at 6′ 1” 233 lbs, Conner represents all of those things. Conner had a 2014 season that left many wondering how many records would fall during his time at Pittsburgh when he rushed for 1,765 yards and 26 touchdowns as a sophomore. After missing all but a few snaps the following year due to injury, Conner was diagnosed with Hodgkins Lymphoma and beat that before a final season that saw him rumble for 1,092 yards and 16 more scores. Back up plans: A history of injuries could lead Florida linebacker Alex Anzalone to fall this far in the draft and he’d be worth a gamble in this spot. Brian Allen of Utah would also be well worth the pick here. Round 6 (#188 overall): OLB Matt Milano, Boston College Milano is an intense competitor who plays to the whistle and gives you everything he’s got. Slightly undersized at 6′ 223, he’ll likely be expected to add some weight and could be a contributor on special teams right away. Back up plans: The Jets could use some competition for the backup inside linebacker spot behind David Harris. Clemson’s Ben Boulware would be a good candidate. Round 6 (#191 overall) WR Amba Etta-Tawo, Syracuse Another developmental player, Etta-Tawo burst on to the scene this season at Syracuse after two nondescript years at Maryland. After posting fewer than 500 yards in two seasons with Maryland, Etta-Tawo caught 94 passes for 1,482 yards and 14 touchdowns for ‘Cuse last season. Back up plans: Hard to believe he may still be available in this spot, but if he is, you could do a lot worse than Chad Kelly as another quarterback here. Kelly shredded many of the top defenses in the country during his time at Ole’ Miss and has a cannon for an arm with NFL pedigree. If he gets his head on straight, this is a steal in the sixth round. Round 7 (#224 overall): USC NT Stevie Tu’ikolovatu The nephew of former Jets defensive lineman Sione Pouha, Tu’ikolovatu could compete for a roster spot as a true nose tackle, something the defense is lacking right now. Back up plans: OLB Tashawn Bowser out of LSU would give the Jets another edge rusher to work with over time in hopes of becoming a situational pass rusher at the very least. So to recap: 1- Alabama TE OJ Howard 2- Houston LB Tyus Bowser 2a- Indiana OG Dan Feeney 3- Michigan CB Jordan Lewis 3a- Pittsburgh QB Nathan Peterman 4- Penn State WR Chris Godwin 5- Pittsburgh RB James Conner 6- Boston College OLB Matt Milano 6a- Syracuse WR Amba Etta-Tawo 7- USC NT Stevie Tu’ikolovatu Only six days remaining Jets fans….six days!! Click here to read the full story...
  6. The New York Jets schedule has been released. They open up on the road (Buffalo) and then head to Oakland for week two. We will have a complete schedule breakdown soon but some immediate thoughts are: Good to get the west coast trip out of the way early. The first five weeks always seem to be rough, but the Jets have winnable games in that stretch. A fast start is going to be imperative. Week 10 (11/12) Jets at Tampa. That is a road tip everyone in the northeast can enjoy! Christmas Eve at home is nice. Rough trip for the Chargers having to travel across the country for a 1pm east coast start. The Jets definitely made out on that deal. Week 17 versus the Patriots. In order to be the best, you have to beat the best. Or at least find a way to stop them from cheating. Here is the full schedule: Click here to read the full story...
  7. By Glenn Naughton It appears New York Jets fans aren’t the only ones who aren’t all that fired up to watch Gang Green take the field in 2017. As fans await the official release of the NFL schedule tonight, New York Jets beat writer Brian Costello of the New York post says that a source has confirmed to him that the Jets will be opening their season on the road against the Buffalo Bills. More interesting however, is that Costello says for the first time since 2007, the Jets will not have a Monday night game on their schedule, and the same goes for prime time Sunday contests. The only chance the Jets will have of playing in front of a national audience will be if a late-season game is flexed to prime time. Don’t hold your breath on that one. Click here to read the full story...
  8. On this episode of JetNation Radio Joe and Glenn will be continuing their NFL Draft coverage as the draft is just about a week away! They will round out their first round targets and then take a deep dive into the second and third round prospects! Tonight we will also be continuing our New York Jets seven round mock draft challenge, call in and give your mock draft for a chance to win a Muhammad Wilkerson signed football! Call in live every Tuesday night at 8pm (646) 716-4697. Follow us on Twitter: Joe- @joerb31 and Glenn- @Acefan23 Click here to read the full story...
  9. By Glenn Naughton The Jets began the voluntary portion of their offseason workouts today with players such as Mo Wikerson, Eric Decker, Leonard Williams and company reporting for duty. What was different however, is that it seems the Jets opted to release a printed version of player quotes about how “excited” they are to be back at camp, and declined to make any players available to the media for questioning. From Newsday’s Kimberly Martin, a copy of the statements provided by the team. Click here to read the full story...
  10. By Glenn Naughton A pair of roster moves for the Jets today who have announced that cornerback Marcus Williams signed his second-round tender as expected, paying him $2.75 million this season. Stanford made a few headlines the other day when the Jets had to cut him on his wedding day due to league deadlines, but he was told by the team that he would be brought back, and he was. Click here to read the full story...
  11. By Glenn Naughton With the NFL draft just a week and a half away, the Jets continue to meet with some possible picks near the top of the draft at key positions. According to Jordan Raanan of ESPN, Miami tight end David Njoku will be meeting with Gang Green at some point today after cancelling his visit with the New York Giants. At 6′ 4” 246 lbs, the freakishly athletic Njoku would fill a huge void in the Jets offense where their tight ends have been invisible over the last two seasons, combining for just 18 receptions. Njoku is projected to be a late first or early second round pick in the upcoming draft. Click here to read the full story...
  12. By Glenn Naughton With the NFL combine behind us and the draft just around the corner, mock drafts will be flooding all of your favorite sports sites at an even more ridiculous rate than they have over the past few weeks. While it’s always fun to sit back and play armchair GM, trying to predict each of your team’s picks, doing so accurately is impossible. However, that doesn’t mean you can’t do a little bit of digging to give yourself a better idea as to not only who they’re watching right now, but who they’ve had under the microscope for several months. Luckily for Jets fans, we’ve done the digging on Gang Green, and over the course of the next few weeks will be sharing some names of players the Jets have shown a significant interest it. This won’t be based on rumors or speculation, but on certain criteria that must be met: Did the Jets dispatch members of their scouting department to at least one of the player’s games during the 2016 season? Did the Jets dispatch members of their scouting department to at least one of the player’s practices during the 2016 season? Did the Jets conduct at least one interview with the player? Did the player participate in the Senior Bowl? (Mike Maccagnan has drafted several senior bowl participants in his first two seasons) or, did the team attend that player’s pro day as the draft approaches? Does the player fill a need for the Jets? If all of those questions have a “yes” answer, it’s safe to say the interest shown by the Jets is legitimate, or at least noteworthy. To view previously highlighted players, visit our draft section here. Today we take a look at University of South Florida running back Marlon Mack. While the Jets have their fair share of speedy wide receivers in Quincy Enunwa, Robby Anderson, Devin Smith and Charone Peake, their current dilemma is that they don’t know if any of the quarterbacks on their roster will play at a high enough level to take advantage of the weapons they’ll have at their disposal. For that reason, the Jets would benefit greatly by adding an explosive play-maker at running back, and that’s where a player of Marlon Mack’s stature comes in. Don’t be fooled by Mack’s 4.5 40 time in Indy, just watch him explode through the holes he had at USF and what he did once he got moving, and you can see the big-play potential. During his time at USF, Mack produced 32 rushing touchdowns, 15 of which came in his final season. Of those runs, six of them went for 43 yards or more. Mack’s scoring prowess isn’t all that jumps off the stat sheet from his time in college. Twenty different times, Mack piled up over 100 yards on the ground, racking up a total of 3,609 yards in 36 games, putting his career average at just over 100 yards per contest. You might expect a back with such robust numbers and physical traits might be projected higher than Mack who is currently viewed as a late round pick, but as impressive as his numbers are, he has some red flags, but none bigger than ball security,. As NFL network’s Daniel Jeremiah referred to in his above tweet, fumbles have been an issue for Mack who put the ball on the ground twelve times for the Bulls as mentioned among his weaknesses from this NFL.com player profile. STRENGTHS Looks like he has ball bearings in his hips. Able to swivel in multiple directions. Can tilt and slalom around defenders on the second and third level and is able to string moves together. Has slippery feet and is hard to pin down when bouncing laterally. Runs with knee bend and his pad level is low at contact. Explosive burst carries him into his getaway gear. Always plays fast. Contain buster to the outside. Finds ways to slither out of tackles. Hands showed improvement as pass catcher. WEAKNESSES Runs with inconsistent power through contact. Will need to accelerate through contact on next level. Serial run bouncer. Too willing to make wild bounces to the furthest reaches of the perimeter if interior lanes are gummed up. Lacks a committed approach between the tackles. Feet start dancing if he doesn’t see an early point of entry. On jet sweeps, he rarely looked to cut it downhill in space and defaulted to the wide track. Has a very poor fumble rate over this three years and has put the ball on the ground twelve times. Ducks head into traffic to finish rather than keeping eyes scanning. As is the case with any player, Mack possesses some very desirable attributes, but also has some warts that will need work at the next level. As a player the Jets visited at his pro day as well as visiting USF to attend one of his practices this past season, the 5′ 11” 230 native of Sarasota, Florida is a player worth keeping an eye on. Click here to read the full story...
  13. By Glenn Naughton With the NFL combine behind us and the draft just around the corner, mock drafts will be flooding all of your favorite sports sites at an even more ridiculous rate than they have over the past few weeks. While it’s always fun to sit back and play armchair GM, trying to predict each of your team’s picks, doing so accurately is impossible. However, that doesn’t mean you can’t do a little bit of digging to give yourself a better idea as to not only who they’re watching right now, but who they’ve had under the microscope for several months. Luckily for Jets fans, we’ve done the digging on Gang Green, and over the course of the next few weeks will be sharing some names of players the Jets have shown a significant interest it. This won’t be based on rumors or speculation, but on certain criteria that must be met: Did the Jets dispatch members of their scouting department to at least one of the player’s games during the 2016 season? Did the Jets dispatch members of their scouting department to at least one of the player’s practices during the 2016 season? Did the Jets conduct at least one interview with the player? Did the player participate in the Senior Bowl? (Mike Maccagnan has drafted several senior bowl participants in his first two seasons) or, did the team attend that player’s pro day as the draft approaches? Does the player fill a need for the Jets? If all of those questions have a “yes” answer, it’s safe to say the interest shown by the Jets is legitimate, or at least noteworthy. To view previously highlighted players, visit our draft section here. Today we take a look at Penn State wide receiver Chris Godwin. Godwin’s name recently surfaced as a player who came in to Florham Park for a visit with Gang Green and is someone whom Jets fans should be familiar with as his combination of speed, athleticism and outstanding hand/eye coordination make him an intriguing option for any offense looking to add a wide receiver. In a draft class that has seen so much of the pre-draft buzz revolve around the wealth of defensive talent available from top to bottom, and quarterbacks generating a good chunk of the offensive hype, sometimes it seems as if we’re going weeks at a time without hearing any wide receiver talk. The highly regarded duo of Corey Davis (Western Michigan) and Mike Williams (Clemson) garnered all of the early buzz as draft season began, then of course John Ross blew the roof at the combine, running a record-setting 40 time of 4.22, putting himself in the conversation as a first round talent. The next tier of receivers is where Godwin appears to fall, currently projected as a round 2 choice by CBSsports.com. Unless the Jets were blown away during Godwin’s visit, taking him with the 6th pick in round 2 would be considered a reach at this point, but if the Jets were to add a late second-round or early 3rd round pick in a potential trade down in round 1 or in any deal possibly involving Sheldon Richardson, that could be an ideal spot for Godwin. In a draft this deep, it’s also impossible to say who will and will not fall when the day comes. Godwin may be a projected 2nd round pick, but don’t be surprised if his name isn’t called a round or two later. Godwin’s former college quarterback Christian Hackenberg would likely welcome a familiar face to the huddle. In looking at Godwin’s all-around game, there’s nothing that jumps out as being too much to ask. His spatial awareness is outstanding as he makes one catch after another while approaching the boundary at full speed before putting on the brakes to to stay in bounds. He can also be seen regularly plucking the ball out of the air in tight coverage, and uses his 6′ 1” frame to play a lot bigger than expected. Godwin’s 4.42 time in Indy doesn’t appear to show up as regularly as you might like though, as he ranked 294th out of 510 collegiate wide receivers in yards after the catch (YAC) at 4.5 according to PFF.com, who also noted Godwin’s 7.8% drop rate, raking him 129th in the nation of 262 eligible receivers. There is some tenacity in Godwin’s game as well, as he shows up frequently as a quality blocker in the run game while cracking down on defenders. An attribute that would come in handy should the Jets opt to go with a run-heavy offense in 2017 to take pressure off of any of their young quarterbacks who may win the starting job. Especially his former college quaterback, Christian Hackenberg. During his time at Penn State, Godwin had a pedestrian Freshman season, but he made a name for himself in year two while working with Hackenberg, posting 69 receptions for 1,101 yards and 5 touchdowns. His receptions and yards dipped slightly to 59 and 982 in his third and final season, but he saw his touchdowns more than double as he scored 11 times. There’s no bigger stage in sports than New York, and the big stage is where Godwin has been most impressive. In 3 career bowl games (vs. Boston College, Georgia and USC), Godwin hauled in 22 catches 460 yards and 3 touchdowns. A big-time player who steps it up when the lights shine brighter? Sign me up. Click here to read the full story...
  14. By Glenn Naughton As it’s currently constructed, the New York Jets 53-man roster (as well as its fractured locker room) has its fair share of holes to be filled in the upcoming NFL draft. Finding a young rookie to make an immediate impact on the field in the middle to late rounds of the draft can be challenging enough on its own. Finding 0ne who can earn the immediate respect of his teammates is an even taller order. However, if the Jets are willing to roll the dice on University of Pittsburgh running back James Conner, they stand to go a long way in filling their need for a punishing running back to wear down opposing defenses, and a player whose level of fight and determination will win over teammates no matter where he goes. Conner was named the Disney Spirit Award recipient and gave this emotional acceptance speech, highlighting the battle he’d won against Hodgkin’s lymphoma, and how he played that season not just for himself and the Panthers, but for those he knew personally that were fighting a bigger battle than him, and even to those he’d never met, but wished they could be in his shoes. For months on end now, Jets fans have sat and watched as one mock draft after another projects any number of options for the club with the sixth overall pick, with one in particular being polarizing Leonard Fournette, the bruising running back out of LSU. Fournette’s on-field performance during his time at LSU (3,830 yds/40 TD’s) and physical attributes (6′, 240, 4.51 40 time) make him an undeniable first round talent, but there are those who view the choosing of any running back in the first round as a luxury pick, something the Jets simply don’t have at the moment. Should the Jets find themselves sitting at the sixth pick with Fournette off the board or not rated high enough to take in that spot, Conner could be the perfect choice for what promises to be more of a power running attack for the Jets in 2017. Before falling off the football map when he blew his knee out in his first contest of the 2015 season, Conner was coming off of an all-time great campaign in Pittsburgh, where as a Sophomore, he pounded the rock 298 times for a whopping 1,765 yards (5.9 YPC) and an unbelievable 26 touchdowns on the ground. After missing all but part of the Panthers’ first game of the season in 2015, Conner bounced back to put up some more impressive totals, picking up 1,092 yards on 216 carries en route to another 16 rushing touchdowns. In all, over the course of his final three collegiate seasons, Conner rumbled for 42 touchdowns in just 26 games, doing some of his best work against the nation’s top ranked teams. In what was his most clutch performance of the 2016 season, Conner ran all over the eventual National Champion Clemson Tigers to the tune of 132 yards on 20 carries and a touchdown run, to go along with his 3 receptions for 57 yards and another TD. In all, 189 yards of offense and a pair of touchdowns in a stunning 43-42 Pitt win. Bilal Powell came up big for the Jets in 2016, but Gang Green should still be looking to add some power to their backfield. Conner also enjoyed a stellar outing against the Penn State Nittany Lions as the 6′ 1” 233 lb battering ram picked up 146 yards of total offense (117 rushing) while adding another pair of scores, one on the ground and one through the air. What Conner did against Clemson and Penn State is child’s play when you put it alongside beating cancer, but what it took to do each of those things represents something the Jets are in dire need of. Should he fall to the middle rounds as many project, will the Jets resist the urge to scoop up a player who says of himself, “Marshawn Lynch is the whole reason I wear 24. He refuses to go down, and I try to have that beastmode mentality”? In just under two weeks, we’ll find out. Click here to read the full story...
  15. Could the Jets select a QB at # 6 overall? Are you more concerned about the offense than the defense? Join us in our quick prediction of the 2017 NFL Draft for the NY Jets. Click here to read the full story...