It seems that the New York Jets are poised for a successful 2017 season. After going 5-11 during the 2016 season, they purged the roster. They would end up cutting ties with several players including Ryan Fitzpatrick, Darrelle Revis, and Nick Mangold. There were people within the New York sports market who were saying that the Jets need to hit a home run and do very well in both free agency and the draft. If I were the Jets GM, I would look to get these players.
Round 1, Pick 6
Malik Hooker (Safety from Ohio State)
I have gone on the record for the last few months in saying that the New York Jets should not go for a QB in this spot. I am aware that guys like Watson will be available here, but I wouldn’t go for any of them. The Jets have too many holes to fill and should look at other positions to fill before they worry about the QB position. In comes Malik Hooker, who has drawn comparisons to former Ravens great Ed Reed. He ranked third in interceptions with seven last season for the Buckeyes and has a lot of speed that could cause problems for receivers in the NFL. The Jets need a playmaker and Hooker can fill that void.
Round 2, Pick 39
Antonio Garcia (Offensive Tackle from Troy)
As the New York Jets have been getting rid of players this offseason, the offensive linemen have taken the biggest hit. The Jets have parted ways with Ryan Clady and Breno Giacomini, two key guys on the offensive line. If Antonio Garcia is still on the board at that point, I would be foolish not to take him if I were the Jets. They need help on that offensive line and Garcia didn’t allow a sack on 900 consecutive snaps while at Troy.
Round 3, Pick 70
Quincy Wilson (Cornerback from Florida State)
The New York Jets lost Darelle Revis in the offseason and Buster Skrine has not played to his full potential since he was drafted. If the Jets were to take Wilson with this pick, they would be taking someone who is proven on the field. He could also help bolster the defense right off the back. In fact. the Jets secondary allowed the fourth most passing touchdowns and came away with the second fewest interceptions. Consequently, both areas could get help with Wilson.
I would like to make one note. Presently, I don’t have the Jets taking a QB in my mock draft for one reason. At this point, heir current QB core is Josh McCown, Christian Hackenberg, and Bryce Petty. Yes, that doesn’t scream a successful 2017 season but I don’t know what Hackenberg or Petty are truly like. We did get a small glimpse of Petty in 2016, but nothing that changes my views on this team.