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  1. Over the Past Two Drafts, the Jets Have Used a First-Round Selection & A Pair of Third-Rounders on ‘Backers While the Jets have been stockpiling quarterbacks, they have quietly used the draft to dramatically alter their landscape at linebacker.“In the long-term, the draft is how we have to build the team and in a perfect world re-sign our own and then augment what we need by pro free agency,” said GM Mike Maccagnan following his second draft with New York’s AFC representative. It started last year in the third round when the Jets selected Louisville product Lorenzo Mauldin, an explosive rusher with a non-stop motor. While he racked up four sacks last season playing mostly in sub situations, the Jets expect Mauldin to take a leap in Year 2.“He got better as the year went on. As he got comfortable, he started to show his personality and (was) letting his game speak a little bit more,” said head coach Todd Bowles at the NFL’s owners meetings in March. “In Year 2, we expect him to make a big jump as far as being a full-time player at outside ‘backer. If he comes in shape that way, we’ll sit down and have that talk. But I expect Mauldin to be a major player this year.” A year after adding Mauldin, the Jets again addressed the OLB position in the third round with the selection of Georgia product Jordan Jenkins. A three-year starter for the Bulldogs, the 6’3”, 259-pound Jenkins is considered an excellent edge-setter, and he uses his long arms and strong hands to fend off blockers to get upfield. VIEW GALLERY | 21 Photos Rookie Spotlight: Jets 2016 Draftees “Jenkins is a solid linebacker,” Bowles said. “He’s gritty, tough, has heavy hands, a great work ethic and we just look forward to him coming in and competing.”Seemingly a perfect candidate to play the Sam ‘backer over the tight end, Jenkins can also line up and play the Will as well. The Bulldogs defensive MVP in 2015 was a co-captain who finished with 59 total tackles while adding 10.5 tackles for loss.“He’ll make a slight transition to what we do in the NFL and that’s as a 3-4 outside linebacker. But we really liked him as a person, character from an intangible standpoint and as a player on the field,” added GM Mike Maccagnan. “And I think he will be a good addition to us on the outside.” Jenkins won’t be handed a starting job. The Jets have built depth on the outside as Trevor Reilly andMike Catapano are set to return and Freddie Bishop, a CFL transplant who racked up 11 sacks last season with the Calgary Stampeders, is an intriguing prospect as well.“We have Bishop, we have Reilly, we have Catapano,” Bowles said. “We have a bunch of guys at that position as well, so we increased the competition and the best guy is going to play.” After re-signing Erin Henderson and adding versatile veteran Bruce Cater in pro free agency, the Jets stuck to their best player available mantra in the first round and landed perhaps the most versatile linebacker in the entire draft class. Darron Lee, a second-team AP All-American in 2015, collected 27.5 tackles for loss along with 12 sacks in 28 starts at Ohio State.“He’s going to start as an inside linebacker, probably the ‘Mo’ position that Demario (Davis) held,” Bowles said. “Probably behind Erin and he’ll play some packages and work his way in. And as it gets going and as he learns the system, he’ll probably end up being a three-down 'backer.” In the Jets’ defense, David Harris will continue to patrol the middle of the field at the Mike position and take on the play at the line of scrimmage. The “Mo” backer will be allowed room to roam, make plays sideline—to—sideline and be asked to cover more. “We felt very fortunate that Lee fell to us in the first round. He was a player we liked quite a bit, he fits what we’re trying to do,” Maccagnan said. “I know there was some talk about that initially, but we are a very big and strong and powerful defense. We’re trying to become a little bit more athletic and to complement that aspect of it. And Lee will be a good addition in that role, at the ‘Mo’ linebacker.” Lee, who said he weighed around 237 pounds last weekend, is a prototypical linebacker in today’s NFL. With teams favoring spread looks while increasing the tempo, Lee is a counter that will give the Jets more flexibility. And on the outside, don’t expect the Jets to keep adding depth when opportunities arise.“Generally those positions transition from different positons in college like Mauldin for example really was a defensive end until his last year in college. And Jenkins plays both in a two and a three-point stance, so he plays a little bit of both depending on what front they’re in,” Maccagnan said. “But both those guys are guys we liked and were quite happy to get. And again going forward, we’ll probably try to stockpile that position through the draft.” > http://www.newyorkjets.com/news/article-7/Transformation-Underway-at-Linebacker/abe120e0-8d69-468b-9f17-b9a854c2bf72
  2. I'm not a fan of draft grades. Who likes to have a test graded when you haven't even taken the exam yet? With that said, I do believe that we can peek into how teams managed their drafts, and how they addressed some of their needs relative to the draft board. Let's take a look at the draft hauls of the 32 teams in the league. In putting this list together, I looked at how teams addressed their needs, operated within the confines of their draft picks and sprinkled in my own assessments of some of their selections. Here are my rankings of each team's haul, from 1-32. ~ ~ 12. New York Jets Draft picks: Darron Lee (No. 20 overall), Christian Hackenberg (No. 51 overall), Jordan Jenkins (No. 83 overall), Juston Burris (No. 118 overall), Brandon Shell (No. 158 overall),Lac Edwards (No. 235 overall), Charone Peake (No. 241 overall) Darron Lee fell right into the Jets' lap, and gives them a player with range who can cover and blitz.Christian Hackenberg's value is to be determined. The Jets landed rock-solid talent in the third and fourth rounds. WR Charone Peake was a nice find as he dropped to them in the seventh round. rest of above article / video : > http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap3000000659571/article/ranking-every-clubs-2016-nfl-draft-haul-teams-912
  3. Maccagnan mum on whether he talked to O’Brien about Hackenberg The Jets surprised many by making quarterbackChristian Hackenberg a second-round draft pick and, in turn, the presumptive eventual starter. Hackenberg became attractive to NFL teams from the moment he showed as a true freshman at Penn State that he could run coach Bill O’Brien’s complex, pro-style offense. Of course, regression during 2014 and 2015 made Hackenberg less attractive in the draft. But he still did enough in one year with O’Brien to become a second-round draft pick.Making New York’s decision to draft Hackenberg more intriguing is the connection between O’Brien and Jets G.M. Mike Maccagnan. The two men spent a season together in Houston. So how much did Maccagnan rely on O’Brien in formulating an opinion on Hackenberg? During a Thursday visit to PFT Live on NBC Sports Radio, Maccagnan declined to delve into those details regarding the homework performed on Hackenberg. (And, perhaps, all that that implies.)As one league insider said regarding the Maccagnan-Hackenberg connection, “A good scout like Maccagnan would have talked with O’Brien a lot [about Hackenberg] when they actually worked together, not after leaving Houston.” It’s a great point. And if that’s what Maccagnan did, he already knew what O’Brien thought of Hackenberg long before the player landed on the Jets’ radar screen.Of course, if O’Brien regarded Hackenberg as a potential franchise quarterback, the Texans could have drafted him instead of paying $18 million per year to Brock Osweiler. That assumes, however, that it was O’Brien’s decision to pay Osweiler instead of hoping to land Hackenberg. > http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2016/05/05/maccagnan-mum-on-whether-he-talked-to-obrien-about-hackenberg/
  4. Rich CiminiESPN Staff Writer Here come the draft-pick signings: The Jets have agreed to terms with seventh-round punter Lachland Edwards (Sam Houston State), his agent announced on Twitter. It's four years, $2.4M. > http://espn.go.com/nfl/team/_/name/nyj/new-york-jets
  5. Now that the 2016 NFL Draft is over, post-draft grades are beginning to roll in. These are, for the most part, utterly meaningless and hollow exercises, though that didn't prevent us from getting in on the silliness, with the Jets' picks.It usually takes three years to accurately grade a draft class. With that in mind, here's how we recently graded the Jets' 2013 draft class. As for the 2016 class, here's what ESPN's Mel Kiper Jr. thought : Grade: B- Top needs: OLB, OL, CB, QB Analysis: It's a symptom of the draft process that the same person could be excited about an FCS quarterback with barely a year and a half of starting experience drafted No. 2 overall — and for a boatload of picks! — and criticize the Jets for taking Christian Hackenberg at a reasonable value slot in Round 2. The reality is we just don't know what either will become, but while I had Connor Cook rated higher, I don't think the value range is too bad for Hackenberg if they feel he can be a starter. I think Hackenberg can get there, but he needs a lot of work with Chan Gailey. I think it's an awful idea to throw him out there early. Elsewhere, I like this draft. The Jets got better at linebacker with Darron Lee, my No. 15 overall player taken at 20. Third-rounder Jordan Jenkins out-produced No. 9 overall pick Leonard Floyd at Georgia. Juston Burris is a good press corner who can contribute in this system. Brandon Shell is a talented project at tackle. Charone Peake is a guy I thought could go much earlier because of his physical skills, but if he's healthy he has a chance to stick. The story of this draft might very well end up about the success or failure of Hackenberg, but in Round 2 it's a decent bet to make. Kiper pointed out that he bases his immediate post-draft grades on these three factors : • How much overall talent did a team add, based on board position? • How effectively did they address key personnel voids? • How efficient were they in maneuvering on the draft board? With all that in mind, do you agree with Kiper's B-minus grade for the Jets? Sound off down in the comments. > http://www.nj.com/jets/index.ssf/2016/05/how_did_mel_kiper_jr_grade_jets_2016_draft.html#incart_river_index
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  7. The three day extravaganza known as the 2016 NFL draft concluded Saturday evening when the Tennessee Titans closed down draft town by selecting CB Kalan Reed from Southern Miss. He was just one of 253 names called over the draft’s three days. How did each team do in bolstering their rosters? Glad you asked. Here’s a team-by-team look at the new editions, with first-round highlights and each franchise’s best pick and biggest question mark. ~ ~ New York Jets Round 1 (20) – OLB Darron Lee, Ohio State Round 2 (51) – QB Christian Hackenberg, Penn State Round 3 (83) – OLB Jordan Jenkins, Georgia Round 4 (118) – CB Juston Burris, NC State Round 5 (158) – T Brandon Shell, South Carolina Round 7 (235) – P Lac Edwards, Sam Houston State Round 7 (241) – WR Charone Peake, Clemson First-round thoughts: Lee can run. I don’t know how many times over the past three months that I typed those three words in reference to the linebacker. It’s true, though, he can flat out fly. That type of speed will allow the Jets defensive staff to use him like a chess piece in the future. Best value pick: Peake won’t start right away, but his length, speed and size could get him that No. 3 spot behind Brandon Marshall and Eric Decker. This was an outstanding seventh-round pick by GM Mike Maccagnan. Head-scratcher: Oh boy, the QB circus continues, now featuring the most polarizing prospect at the position in years, Hackenberg. I’m going to go get my popcorn to watch. Draft conclusion: Heisenberg > Hackenberg. rest of above article : > https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/sports/wp/2016/05/03/nfl-draft-best-value-picks-and-biggest-head-scratchers-for-every-team/
  8. One of the more polarizing prospects in this year’s NFL draft was quarterback Christian Hackenberg, a once extremely promising prospect that’s career trended downward after Bill O’Brien left Penn State.With the Jets taking Hackenberg in round two, he could very well be the future of the franchise. At least that’s what you have probably heard everywhere. So how can he get there? Here’s the development process of a talented player that needs to be completely rebuilt. > http://jetswire.usatoday.com/2016/05/03/christian-hackenberg-rebuilding-a-once-very-promising-quarterback/
  9. Ryan Fitzpatrick: MERGED

    the lack of a trade materializing for Wilkerson leading up to (and during) the draft raised some questions about Fitzpatrick's future for me. The selection of Christian Hackenberg in the second round raised some questions more (after a long, drawn out "Oh no....") Can the Jets afford to bring Fitzpatrick back? More importantly, can the Jets afford not bringing him back? With the draft in the books and free agency essentially finished, Fitzpatrick remains in limbo. While it was once assumed a foregone conclusion that Fitz would resign with the Jets, it's starting to look more and more likely that the Jets are willing to roll the dice and let Geno Smith, Bryce Petty, and Christian Hackenberg fight for the starting spot in 2016. Without trading or extending Wilkerson, the Jets are currently pressed right up against the cap and their 2015 starting quarterback remains unsigned. What can we expect? Well, most people want to resign Fitzpatrick to a 1 year deal. Okay. Let's say Fitz is willing to do that (a big if for a guy who bounces around more than a superball.) Fitz reportedly wanted money in the Sam Bradford range whereas the Jets were offering money in the Chase Daniel range. That means that Fitzpatrick is essentially asking for just above 257% of what the Jets want to pay him. All right, that's a problem. Let's say they work it out and that the Jets are willing to pay him $11M and Fitz is willing to accept "only" 61% of his original asking price. Well that means that the Jets need at least $11M in cap space for 2016 because there's no kind of salary cap contract voodoo that allows you to movecap hits on a 1 year deal. On top of that, the Jets will need a few million in space for "fudge money" during the regular season in the event of injuries and about $2M for rookie contracts. So the Jets would essentially need a bare minimum of $15M in cap space to meet 61% of Fitzpatrick's alleged contract demands. Unfortunately, the Jets currently sit at $3.3M in cap space with rookies yet to be signed. Looking at potential cuts and savings, there are only a handful of players that offer any real cap relief. Let's say that we cut Breno Giacomini, Nick Folk, Kenbrell Thompkins, Brian Winters, and Khiry Robinson. We also manage to find a trade partner for Dee Milliner (or a team picks him up and saves us some space due to offsets.) Well, despite that hatchet job, the Jets are still sitting at $13M in cap space without signing their rookies. But there has to be more fat to cut, right? Well, not really. There are only 6 players that offer over $1M in cap space when cut (not even accounting for the contract that replaces them.) Those players are Muhammad Wilkerson ($15.7M), Nick Mangold ($8.6M), Eric Decker ($3.5M), Ryan Clady ($3M), Sheldon Richardson ($1.7M), and Geno Smith ($1.1M.) Geno Smith is the only even remotely possible cut candidate, and after signing his replacement, he hardly even impacts the cap. The fact is, the Jets would have to cut every corner imaginable just to keep all of these players and reach the bare minimum cap space to sign Fitz to a 1 year $11M contract. Afterwards, the Jets would be looking at $1-2M for in-season signings. Anything below about $4-5M is just poor planning. So barring major movement on a Wilkerson trade/extension, the only remotely plausible salary cap saver would be a Nick Mangold extension. This could save the Jets a few million, but would likely require the Jets to sign a 32 year old center to a long term extension of at least 4-5 years (if they want to backload it to shave money off his 2016-17 hits.) Mangold also has 2 years left on his current deal and absolutely no reason to consider throwing good money out the window. While far from impossible, it's hard to imagine either of these things get done. Without either of these things happening, signing Fitzpatrick would probably cause significantly more damage to the cap situation than it would help the Jets for the 2016 season. That $11M spent on Fitzpatrick would have rolled over to the 2017 season and could have been used in a potential Wilkerson megadeal/Mangold extension. While I admit that the quarterback position is much more important than any other position in football, you don't let top 5 players at their respective positions go unsigned to sign Ryan Fitzpatrick. Elway was criticized for letting Brock Osweiler walk in free agency, but I never saw Osweiler do anything to prove he was above league average. If anything, he looked pretty lousy considering his supporting cast. Why would you sign him and destroy your cap when you have a transcendent star like Von Miller waiting for his megadeal? The Broncos know better than anyone that you don't need elite QB play to win if you have enough talent and depth. Even if we ignore how difficult it would be to manage clearing cap space for Fitz, we have to wonder if Fitzpatrick is really going to give us a level of play that is $10M better than the other QBs on the roster. I'll admit right now that I do think that Fitzpatrick gives the Jets the best chance to win in 2016. Most of that belief stems from the fact that he was last year's starter and developed chemistry with his teammates and is comfortable in Gailey's offense. If we talk about the actual level of play last year...his numbers don't prove much. Is Fitzpatrick's 88.0 passer rating that starkly different than Geno Smith's 87.9 passer rating last year? Wasn't Fitzpatrick reportedly behind in the quarterback competition before Geno Smith was sidelined by a punch? Didn't Chan Gailey endorse Geno Smith as the starter? Yeah okay, Fitzpatrick is probably a better option. Probably more than probably. But a $10M better option? For a team pressed right up against the cap? I think it's getting likely that fans will have to brace themselves for an offense led by Geno Smith, Bryce Petty, or Christian Hackenberg (or all of them. Heck, if one of them starts, it could easily be led by another one within a few weeks.) If the Jets are serious about letting Wilkerson play under the franchise tag, it's hard to imagine a Fitzpatrick reunion without Fitzpatrick cutting his reported asking price by about 40% at least. Even then, it might not be in the Jets' best interests to entertain the idea. When the season ended, just about everyone thought that Fitz would be back. Where could he recoup more future value? Which team could possibly need him more? Where could the fit possibly be better than in Gailey's offense with 2 stud receivers on the outside? Yet it may not be meant to be, after all. If Wilkerson's agent is not willing to play ball, Fitzpatrick probably won't get to for the Jets this year. > http://www.ganggreennation.com/2016/5/4/11592406/is-a-reunion-with-ryan-fitzpatrick-likely
  10. the days of protracted rookie holdouts are largely over because of the rookie wage scale the NFL has. It was instituted during in the latest collective bargaining agreement and essentially spells out the contract terms of rookie contracts based on the pick with which a player was drafted. Over the Cap has a look at the contract each first round pick will get. They are all four year contracts. All are fully guaranteed. Jets Draft pick Darron Lee is looking at a contract worth $10,221,644 according to Over the Cap. $5,633,924 of that will be paid up front to him as a signing bonus once he puts his name on the contract. It comes out to an annual average of $2,555,411 per year. First round pick also come with a team option for the fifth year. For players selected outside the top ten picks, such as Lee, the dollar value is the average of the 3rd through the 25th highest salaries at their position. This is a good example of why you hear it is important to build through the Draft. Lee has the 24th biggest contract in the league at the inside linebacker position. If he becomes a star, the Jets will get great production for around the median price at the position. If he busts, the Jets will be stuck with low production at around the median price. > http://www.ganggreennation.com/2016/5/3/11576148/darron-lee-rookie-contract-details
  11. Charone Peake surprisingly fell to the 7th round after being the 43rd overall ranked player on the Jetswire’s NFL draft board. Much of his slide is due to injury concerns after tearing his ACL in 2013, so let’s break down exactly what kind of talent the former Clemson receiver is. > http://jetswire.usatoday.com/2016/05/04/film-review-breaking-down-new-jets-wide-receiver-charone-peake/
  12. Jets need growth from within to surpass last year's talent level Even though the roster is a work in progress, especially with Ryan Fitzpatrick in limbo, we're deep enough into the offseason to form a preliminary opinion on the New York Jets. On paper, their starting lineup simply isn't as good as it was in 2015. They lost two of their better players in free agency -- Chris Ivory and Damon Harrison -- and it'll be tough for Fitzpatrick and Brandon Marshall to duplicate career years. Now, before you start firing off angry Tweets, let's add a qualifier : The current roster has more depth than a year ago, and the growth potential is greater because there's more talent among the younger players. If last weekend's draft yields two or three immediate contributors, and if the key players from last year's draft continue to develop ... well, now you're talking. A post-draft review of the roster, listing key veterans and draft picks : QUARTERBACK -- Geno Smith, Bryce Petty, Christian Hackenberg. Analysis: General manager Mike Maccagnan says they could carry four quarterbacks on the 53-man roster, assuming Fitzpatrick re-signs. It wouldn't be an ideal situation because they'd be short at another position or two, but they might not have a choice. Each of the four would have some degree of value, either in the short term (Fitzpatrick and Smith) or the long term (Petty and Hackenberg). This will be a hot-button issue all the way to the final cutdown. RUNNING BACK -- Matt Forte, Bilal Powell, Zac Stacy, Khiry Robinson. Analysis: They don't have a proven thumper anymore -- adios, Ivory -- but this is a versatile group with a lot of experience. Barring injury, there's no reason for the Jets to tinker with this position. FULLBACK -- Tommy Bohanon. Analysis: Bohanon is a solid, blue-collar player, but it would be wise to add some competition. WIDE RECEIVER -- Marshall, Eric Decker, Quincy Enunwa, Devin Smith,Kenbrell Thompkins, Jeremy Ross, Charone Peake. Analysis: There's a drop off after Marshall and Decker, and that's a concern because everybody knows they live in three- and four-receiver packages. Enunwa flashed some ability in a hybrid receiver/tight end role, but he doesn't stretch the field. Smith is supposed to be that guy, but he's only five months removed from ACL surgery. He probably won't be ready for training camp, and he might be pushing it to make the start of the regular season. Peake, a seventh-round pick, has the speed to excite, but toughness and durability are question marks. TIGHT END -- Kellen Davis, Jace Amaro, Zach Sudfeld, Brandon Bostick, Wes Saxton, Adrien Robinson. Analysis: It's the same unproductive group as last season, except Jeff Cumberland is gone and Amaro is healthy. The organization evidently believes Amaro, coming off a missed season, can be the pass-catching tight end the offense sorely lacked. Or maybe it just doesn't care about the tight-end position in Chan Gailey's Wide World of Wide Receivers. OFFENSIVE TACKLE -- Ryan Clady, Breno Giacomini, Ben Ijalana, Brent Qvale, Brandon Shell. Analysis: This was a pre-draft need, but it wasn't addressed until the fifth round (Shell). They targeted Clady via trade before the draft, sending D'Brickashaw Ferguson into retirement -- or vice versa. It'll be an upgrade if Clady can stay on the field. Giacomini is a marginal starter, but he doesn't have to worry about Shell until next season. GUARD/CENTER -- James Carpenter, Brian Winters, Nick Mangold, Dakota Dozier, Wesley Johnson. Analysis: The Jets opted to stand pat up the middle with Mangold, Carpenter and Winters. The weak link is Winters, but he's still better than the guys on the bench. If a proven right guard somehow becomes available, the Jets would have to explore it, as long as it's not cost-prohibitive. DEFENSIVE LINE -- Muhammad Wilkerson, Sheldon Richardson, Leonard Williams, Steve McLendon, Jarvis Jenkins. Analysis: The Jets will miss their anchor, Harrison, but this still is a quality group. Williams will be better in year two, and that's a scary proposition for opponents. The toughest challenge for Todd Bowles will be keeping everybody happy with playing time. It might be a while until the disgruntled Wilkerson shows up. INSIDE LINEBACKER -- David Harris, Erin Henderson, Bruce Carter,Darron Lee, Taiwan Jones. Analysis: Henderson is slated to start opposite Harris, but you'll see Lee in a variety of roles. The first-round pick is a blitz-and-cover linebacker with tremendous speed. He'll be deployed as a stealth bomber amid all the big tanks. OUTSIDE LINEBACKER -- Lorenzo Mauldin, Jordan Jenkins, Trevor Reilly,Freddie Bishop. Analysis: The future is bright with Mauldin and Jenkins, but there could be growing pains. Jenkins, a third-round pick, will start out on the strong side, but this will be transition because he played mostly in a three-point stance at Georgia. The Jets could use a veteran to steady the ship. Calvin Pace, anyone? SAFETY -- Calvin Pryor, Marcus Gilchrist, Rontez Miles, Dion Bailey. Analysis: Pryor and Gilchrist form a solid starting tandem. They could use another safety with coverage skills. CORNERBACK -- Darrelle Revis, Buster Skrine, Marcus Williams, Dee Milliner, Dexter McDougle, Juston Burris, Darryl Morris. Analysis: They really could've use a plug-and-play corner in the draft but opted for Lee and Hackenberg in the first two rounds. Burris, chosen in the fourth, has a chance because he's experienced in a man-to-man system. For now, Skrine is being counted on to be a full-time player. Could Milliner be this year's Quinton Coples? SPECIALISTS -- Nick Folk (PK), Lachlan Edwards (P), Tom Hackett (P),Tanner Purdum (LS). Analysis: The Aussie invasion -- Edwards versus Hackett -- will keep things lively in the battle of the "Wonders from Down Under." > http://espn.go.com/blog/new-york-jets/post/_/id/60225/jets-need-growth-from-within-to-match-last-years-talent-level
  13. JETS REACHED IN FIRST-ROUND Pro Football Focus likes Darron Lee as a player but thought he should not have been taken in the first round. Lee's a good athlete, but that doesn't always translate to coverage ability. Potential busts (Insider) > http://espn.go.com/nfl/team/_/name/nyj/new-york-jets ~ ~ Picking the 2016 draft picks most likely to be busts Steve PalazzoloSpecial to ESPN.com Email comment Though the label of "bust" gets attached to players, it's often the team that should get the blame for drafting the wrong prospect in the wrong spot. With a high draft position comes high expectations, and unfairly or not, players will be judged against their peers. In some cases, Pro Football Focus may like the player, but not on the team that picked him and not at the spot where he was picked. In other cases, players simply shouldn't be taken in the first or second rounds. Here's a look at 10 players most likely to not live up to their draft spot, using PFF data to back up our assertions. Darron Lee, LB, New York Jets First round, No. 20 overall PFF likes Lee as a player, but we didn't think he should have been taken in the first round. The skills for which he was drafted have not been up to par the last two years. His coverage grade ranked 73rd among linebackers in 2015, and he posted a negative grade in 2014. The expectation is that Lee will become a three-down linebacker with coverage versatility, but he wasn't effective in that role at Ohio State. Lee's a good athlete, however, and it shows up in the run game and as a pass-rusher, where his +8.2 rush grade was among the nation's best in 2015. But athleticism should not be synonymous with coverage ability, and Lee has a ways to go as a coverage player before warranting that first-round selection. > http://espn.go.com/nfl/draft2016/insider/story/_/id/15459868/2016-nfl-draft-most-likely-draft-busts-2016-class-darron-lee-new-york-jets
  14. The Jets didn’t have a punter entering the NFL draft last Thursday.So, on the third day of said draft, they took one. Then, they proceeded to sign another.This summer, one of the Jets most intriguing positional battles will be for the team’s starting punting job. As of right now, there really isn’t much of a favorite between the “selected” Lachlan Edwards, or UDFA signee Tom Hackett. Jets Wire has already talked a bit about Edwards, so here’s a little background on Hackett : During his four-year career at Utah, Hackett developed into one of the better punters in the country. He averaged 45.2 yards per punt on 242 career punts, including a career-high 48 as a senior last year. Twice Hackett won the “Ray Guy” award, given to the nation’s top punter. Only one other player has ever accomplished that– Patriots kicker Ray Allen. Here’s what NFL.com had to say about him : Wanna see Hackett in action ? We found a highlight video of him during his college days. You can watch it below : > http://jetswire.usatoday.com/2016/05/03/watch-new-jets-punter-tom-hacketts-highlight-video/