New York Jets Draft Preview; 2016 Schedule Released
With the NFL Draft set to begin on April 28th, let’s take a look at this year’s New York Jets Draft Preview and schedule.
New York Jets Draft Preview
Top Needs: Edge Rusher, Offensive Line, Tight End, Cornerback
Draft Picks: Round 1 (20), Round 2 (51), Round 3 (83), Round 4 (118), Round 7 (235), (241)
The Jets only hold six picks in this draft, so they must hit home runs on at least a couple to make some noise in the AFC East. They finished a promising 10-6 last season, but failed to make the playoffs. The Ryan Fitzpatrick saga continues as a deal has still not been done for him. Brandon Marshall has made it clear he wants the Harvard grad to return, but it looks as if the Jets are not as sold on him.
I’m seeing more and more buzz about Paxton Lynch being the pick at 20 for the Jets. The quarterback out of Memphis didn’t play in an elite conference, but looks all the part for an NFL quarterback. At 6’7”, 244 lbs, Lynch has outstanding size and arm strength. However, as the case with many rookie quarterbacks, he will need some time to develop. If he can make the transition well enough, he can be a quality starter in the NFL. A pass rusher can be the pick as well if they decide not go with Lynch.
The second round can bring in some offensive line help or possibly the edge rusher passed on in the first round. The third round can be the perfect time to grab a cornerback. A couple names to watch out for are Jalen Mills out of LSU and Cyrus Jones from Alabama. Both can be quality starters at the next level. LSU continues to produce defensive backs and Alabama simply produces NFL players year in and year out. After missing on Dee Milliner a few years ago, the Jets may shy away from the Alabama guy and look more at Mills. At 6’0”, 190 lbs, he has ideal size for the position and has fluid hips to match it.
The closing rounds for the Jets can bring a tight end and possibly a running back. A later round tight end option is Tyler Higbee from Western Kentucky. He has perfect size for the position at 6’6”, 250 lbs. He has above average straight-line speed and catches everything thrown at him. He is also a good blocker, which is something forgotten about often in the NFL today. In a day of tight ends being more like receivers, Higbee is your more traditional all around tight end. He doesn’t stand out in one aspect, but is solid at everything.
With the departure of Cris Ivory, the Jets have a need at the running back position. One guy to look at to close the Jets draft out is Aaron Green from TCU. Originally attending Nebraska in 2011 after being a top high school recruit, he transferred due to the backfield being dominated by Rex Burkhead and Ameer Abdullah. His senior year at TCU was his best by far accounting for 1,272 rushing yards and 11 scores earning All-Big 12 Honorable Mention honors.
New York Jets’ Schedule
Week 1: Sept. 11, Cincinnati Bengals, 1
Week 2: Sept. 15, at Buffalo Bills (Thu), 8:25
Week 3: Sept. 25, at Kansas City Chiefs, 4:25
Week 4: Oct. 2, Seattle Seahawks, 1
Week 5: Oct. 9, at Pittsburgh Steelers, 1
Week 6: Oct. 17, at Arizona Cardinals (Mon), 8:30
Week 7: Oct. 23, Baltimore Ravens, 1
Week 8: Oct. 30, at Cleveland Browns, 1
Week 9: Nov. 6, at Miami Dolphins, 1
Week 10: Nov. 13, Los Angeles Rams, 1
Week 11: BYE
Week 12: Nov. 27, New England Patriots*, 8:30
Week 13: Dec. 5, Indianapolis Colts (Mon), 8:30
Week 14: Dec. 11, at San Francisco 49ers, 4:05
Week 15: Dec. 17, Miami Dolphins (Sat), 8:25
Week 16: Dec. 24, at New England Patriots (Sat), 1
Week 17: Jan. 1, Buffalo Bills, 1
(New York Jets Draft Preview)