Yesterday, the Jets made three waiver claims to bring aboard three new players, offensive lineman Ben Ijalana, running back Alex Green and defensive end/linebacker Scott Solomon. Jets fans might not know much about these three players, so I've been looking in detail at footage from their careers so far to assess what they might bring to the table.

Ijalana was a second round pick out of Villanova for the Indianapolis Colts in 2011 and was considered one of the top small-school prospects in the entire draft. A promising start to his career was somewhat derailed when he tore his ACL in his fourth NFL game and then he tore it again in training camp the following season. He returned to the Colts lineup for preseason this year, but was a final cut. While scouts were divided as to whether he projected better to guard or tackle at the NFL level, he worked exclusively as a tackle while with Indianapolis.

After the jump, I look in detail at footage from before and after his injury to evaluate some of his strengths and weaknesses.

Who is Ben Ijalana?

Ijalana had an outstanding collegiate career at Villanova where he was the only non-FBS player to be placed on the watch list for the prestigious Outland Trophy, which is awarded to the best lineman in the country. At the scouting combine, he was dealing with a sports hernia, so his numbers were not particularly impressive, but it didn't hurt his stock much and the Colts selected him with the 49th pick in the draft, having already picked another tackle (Anthony Costanzo) in the first round.

In his rookie year, he played right tackle on the second unit in preseason and then - after just playing on special teams in the first three games - was called into action at left tackle in the fourth game of the regular season. Ijalana replaced Costanzo, who had suffered an ankle injury, midway through the first quarter. He played quite well, but then got injured himself, suffering an ACL tear early in the fourth quarter. In 2012, he re-tore his ACL before the season began and missed the whole season.

After rehabbing for a second time, Ijalana was back in Colts camp this summer and worked as the third string right tackle in preseason, after which he was released.

We shall now look back at his performance in those nine games. First let's look at how Ijalana performed as a rookie, before his knee injuries derailed his career.

2011 Preseason

Week 1 – Rams

Ijalana entered the game with 6:31 still remaining in the first quarter and played deep into the second half. While there was some pressure from his side, not much of it was directly his fault. On one play the Colts blitzed a safety and stunted the end and tackle, with the safety looping around the outside of that action. Ijalana did well to pick up his man, but the running back was fooled and wasn't able to get outside quickly enough. There was also a play where the tight end got beaten on the outside, but Ijalana was positioned to give him inside support. On another play, Ijalana's man hit the quarterback, but again, he had done his job well here and the quarterback just ran into his man as he went to throw the ball. The one time he was partly to blame came when he picked up a defensive tackle on another stunt and was driven back into the quarterback. Although he stayed on top of his man and allowed the quarterback to get the throw off, it was picked off.

As a run blocker, Ijalana showed some positive signs. On one play, the Colts ran a zone/stretch play to the outside. Ijalana's man worked his way downhill trying to stretch the play out, but when the runner cut upfield, Ijalana did a good job of using his man's momentum to keep him going in that direction. On a couple of other plays he got a good surge upfront. There was one play where he was half-beaten but the runner was able to cut back for a first down, so this may have been part of the play design anyway. On another, he allowed penetration, but the run went the other way, so it didn't affect the play.

Week 2 – Redskins

This time, Ijalana entered the game midway through the third quarter. Again, he wasn't troubled too badly in pass protection. On one play he was beaten outside, but he recovered to drive his man upfield and allow his quarterback to step up. On another, he was double teaming and recognized a delayed linebacker blitz late, so wasn't able to prevent him getting a clean run at the quarterback. In the running game, Ijalana didn't have a major impact because the Colts were trailing, but avoided any mistakes.

Week 3 – Packers

Ijalana entered the game with about five minutes left in the third. He did give up a pressure, as his man was able to get outside leverage and pressure the quarterback low in the pocket. In the running game, he had one good kickout block on a short yardage conversion, but wasn't always able to lock onto his man when blocking at the second level.

This game was also notable because current former Jets #4 quarterback Graham Harrell led an exciting comeback win down the stretch.

Week 4 – Bengals

This time, Ijalana entered late in the second quarter. He had some surging blocks in the running game, driving his man off the line and, at one point, picking up a block at the second level and driving his man downfield. Ijalana was troubled a couple of times in pass protection, but still managed to avoid getting cleanly beaten. He gave up a pressure on a screen pass by letting his man release to the inside, which may have been part of the play design. On another play, he was half beaten around the corner, but was able to get enough of his man to slow him up and prevent him getting to the quarterback in time. He did give up one pressure on the last drive, as his man made an inside move on him while he backpedaled, but the drive was still successful, leading to a Colts win.

2011 Regular Season

Week 4 - Tampa Bay

Ijalana was called into action at left tackle on Monday Night Football, following the Costanzo ankle injury as mentioned above. On his very first play he made a decent block at the second level. He had an excellent run block later on in the first quarter as the Colts ran a zone/stretch play and he got inside leverage on his man to drive him out of the play and create a big lane for a 13 yard run. However, there was a play later where he was stood up and the run had nowhere to go and was stopped for a short loss. He was given some help in pass protection, with backs and tight ends staying in some of the time. There was also one play where he blocked down on the defensive end and the left guard backed off to pick up the linebacker coming off the edge. When he was called upon to block one-on-one he did okay for the most part, although there were two plays where he was half-beaten (one outside, one inside) but there was no pressure recorded because the quarterback got rid of the ball quickly. His ACL injury occurred as he tripped over another lineman in the pocket at the end of a play where his teammate had given up a sack.

My impressions of the pre-injury Ijalana were extremely positive. Even though he was working against backups, he did get some early game reps in preseason and also handled himself well in his regular season appearance, where he was working against Adrian Clayborne for the most part.

When you hear about a second round tackle from a small-school that doesn't make much of an impact in his first few years, it's difficult not to consider Vladimir Ducasse, but this is a totally different situation. Unlike Ducasse, it looked like Ijalana was close to NFL-ready even as a rookie and it's just his injuries that prevented him from making that final step, whereas Ducasse looked like a long-term project right off the bat.

Ijalana used a combination of long arms and agility in pass protection, as well as having good footwork. If he ever got half-beaten, he was usually able to recover and at least get some of his man to prevent any kind of clean hit. He did give up some pressures in those five games, but none of them saw him get cleanly beaten. Whenever there was a stunt, he handled it well, suggesting he has good instincts and intelligence, but it was that agility that enabled him to adjust his position to stay in front of his man and react.

As a run blocker, he looked really good when able to really lock onto his man, but this didn't happen as often as it might have. However, even when he wasn't getting all of a block, he was slowing people down, just by being athletic enough to get out in front of a man and using his long arms and upper body strength to get a piece of them.

Unfortunately, the Jets are getting a post-injury Ijalana, so let's delve into the footage from this preseason to see how the 2013 model matches up.

2013 Preseason

Week 1 – Bills

Ijalana didn't get into the game until there were less than five minutes to go, with the third unit. He ended up playing 11 snaps at left tackle and there was some pressure from his side, although there was only one play where he was almost beaten. The other pressure came about as a result of the quarterback not changing up his protection. Three times, rushers came unblocked off the blind side as Ijalana was double-teaming with the left guard.

Week 2 – Giants

Ijalana probably wouldn't have played at all in this one, but there was an injury late in the game. He was in for five snaps, three of which were kneel downs. The other two were a run for a short gain and a short pass, on which he almost got beaten for a pressure.

Week 3 – Browns

Ijalana played the entire fourth quarter and part of the third. He held his own for the most part, but did give up a quarterback hit on an inside move. On another play, he failed to sustain his block at the point of attack and the runner was stuffed for a loss.

Week 4 – Bengals

Again, Ijalana played the fourth quarter and part of the third. He did a good job in pass protection here and had some excellent blocks in the running game, although they didn't translate to much success. On one play, he absolutely flatted the defensive end with a pancake block, but the run went for just three up the middle. Shortly after, there was an off tackle run where he got outside leverage on his man and drove him back to the inside. Then, on consecutive plays, he drove his man off the line, but these two plays netted just two yards.

Ijalana didn't get much of a chance to play in preseason, as it seems the Colts had decided pretty early on that he was behind a few of their other options, some of whom can also play guard so provide more versatility in a depth role. When he did play, it was already noticeable that Ijalana's lateral movement seemed compromised and he didn't seem to have the same kind of agility. Having said that, he started to look more comfortable as he got more playing time, so hopefully that's something that he can overcome in time.

What Ijalana seems to have lost is the ability to be a dominating player (other than a few flashes against backups and third stringers in the last game), which was the reason he was drafted so high in the first place. However, he still has good technique and doesn't seem to have lost the ability to do a competent job, especially in pass protection.

Unlike the other two waiver claims the Jets acquired, Ijalana is practice squad eligible, so it's possible they could waive him and put him on their practice squad at some point, but there may be other teams interested because he still has obvious potential if healthy.

Observations

Based on all the footage I watched, here was my take on what Ijalana brings to the table, divided into categories:

Usage - As noted, he played both left and right tackle.

Athletic Ability - Ijalana's athleticism really stood out before he was injured. Whether he can return to that level or not, he's still more athletic than a lot of tackles in his current state. How easily he can adjust to having lost a step is the obvious question.

Run Blocking - Ijalana is good on the move and can get a good surge going at the point of attack. While he might not always lock onto a block in space, his long arms can still be an asset here, as he is able to extend his range.

Pass Protection - Ijalana looked like he could be a potentially elite pass protector before his injury. Since then, he might not be as agile as he once was, which will hurt his ability to recover, but he still has long arms, intelligence and good technique, so I feel pretty good about his ability to come in and hold the fort in a backup role.

Attitude - Ijalana is known for being intelligent and hard working. There were no obvious signs of bad attitude, demonstrativeness or chippiness during the games I watched and I found no record of any off-field issues.

Scheme Familiarity - The Colts offense back in 2011 was pretty vanilla, whereas they moved to a more west coast style this year. That should stand Ijalana in good stead in terms of learning the playbook for Marty Mornhinweg's system. They've always used zone blocking too, which again should be helpful for his transition.

Conclusions

Looking around the internet, most Colts fans were hoping that they could retain Ijalana on the practice squad, although some were obviously losing patience with him. They seemed to think he would provide a team with good depth though, so he could be ideal for a swing tackle role, with some potential upside if his physical condition improves over time.

This was probably the waiver claim I was most enthused about out of the three the Jets made. A healthy Ijalana would probably have become untouchable by now, but two ACL injuries in consecutive seasons is one of the few ways you can end up with a prospect like that for free. I think the chances of him ever developing into an elite player are most likely behind him, but if he's been brought in to upgrade the Jets' depth at the tackle position, then I would expect that to be achievable. Ijalana was much more impressive than Oday Aboushi in preseason and was better than JB Shugarts (who is on the practice squad) as well, plus he has a small amount of regular season game experience, which neither of those two do.

Ijalana can also play guard and that's the path that NFL tackles often take once it becomes apparent their lateral quickness is deteriorating due to age or injury. If the Jets keep him in the system for any length of time, that could be their plan for him down the road.

Up next: Scott Solomon, who was a rotational DE for the Titans last year, but just converted to linebacker. I'll be interested on seeing how he coped with that position change and speculating on how the Jets might be planning to use him.

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Jonas Schwartz and Willie Colon are ready to open their present that is the #3 pick in the NFL Draft. The guys discuss the possibility of the Jets trading up, yet again, and the crazy idea of selecting a non-QB (can someone say Bradley Chubb) with the 3rd overall selection. Plus, former NFL QB Dan Orlovsky calls in to give his insight into the top four quarterbacks.

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The Jets will open the 2018 season in Detroit against the Lions on Monday night football, and finish things in Week 17 on the road against the Patriots.

Their entire 2018 schedule has been confirmed by SNY's Ralph Vacchiano, and is below...

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Jan 1, 2018; Pasadena, CA, USA; Oklahoma Sooners quarterback Baker Mayfield (6) passes against the Georgia Bulldogs in the first quarter in the 2018 Rose Bowl college football playoff semifinal game at Rose Bowl Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports (Kirby Lee)

Former QB Dan Orlovsky thinks the Jets are targeting Oklahoma QB Baker Mayfield with the No. 3 pick in the Draft, and one of the reasons is very specific.

Orlovsky, who played under Kyle Shanahan, noted that Jets OC Jeremy Bates is from the Mike Shanahan coaching tree. And that one of the traits Shanahan loved about John Elway is that he would screw his back foot into the ground when he threw -- adding that Bates loves that trait in quarterbacks as well. 

"There's one guy in the Draft who has that trait," Orlovsky said earlier this week on SNY's Jet Stream podcast. "And it's Baker Mayfield. He does the same thing when he throws. And I just think that those coaches fall in love with traits of guys that remind them of players that they had success with in the past. I think that they're looking at Baker Mayfield and going 'that's our guy.'"

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Projecting trades in a Mock Draft is a futile effort. There are too many variables and rumors. It's mostly speculation. And really, it's just an exercise in fantasy football.

But … well, who doesn't love fantasy football?

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Oct 14, 2017; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Southern California Trojans quarterback Sam Darnold. (Kirby Lee)

In his latest mock draft, Sports Illustrated's Albert Breer has the Jets taking Sam Darnold as their quarterback of the future at No. 3. 

Many experts believe Darnold could be the first overall pick by the Browns, and if he doesn't land with Cleveland, then the Giants would scoop him up at No. 2. However, with Josh Allen as Breer's No. 1 pick and the Giants electing to go with Saquon Barkley over a quarterback, Darnold drops in the Jets' lap. 

So, there is no need for the Jets to choose between Josh Rosen or Baker Mayfield...

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Dan Graca and Jon Hein debate over Nick Mangold's chances at making the Hall of Fame and the Devils' chances at beating the Lightning.

After a year out of football, No. 74 is officially hanging up the cleats. 

Ralph Vacchiano | Facebook | Twitter | Archive: On the lists of favorite players and all-time greats, you'll rarely find a center. They're buried in the trenches, often noticed only when a bad snap happens or a defensive tackle breaks through.

The same was probably true for Nick Mangold during his 11 NFL seasons - rarely noticed from the outside and incredibly underappreciated game to game. Yet somehow he still emerged from his long career as a fan favorite. And he definitely emerged as one of the Jets' all-time greats.

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Jets GM Mike Maccagnan made it clear he had no worries about the state of the Jets' defensive line heading into the offseason. Sure, they've lost a lot of talent in recent years, trading Sheldon Richardson, cutting Muhammad Wilkerson and not re-signing Damon Harrison.

But they still have Leonard Williams, the sixth pick of the 2015 draft, and despite a down season last year, the Jets have huge expectations for him.

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Los Angeles Chargers kicker Nick Rose attempts a field goal during an NFL game against the New York Jets at MetLife Stadium. (Kirby Lee/USA TODAY Sports)

The Jets were awarded kicker Nick Rose on Monday after the Los Angeles Chargers placed him on waivers, the team announced.

Rose made 11 of 14 field goals in 10 games with the Chargers and Washington Redskins last season and converted on 23 of 26 extra points. He went 1-for-3 as a member of the Chargers in Weeks 16 and 17, and 10-for-11 in eight games with Washington. His longest make last year was 55 yards.

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Brian Winters remembers everything about the moment his 2017 season went off the rails. He remembers the time, the place, the play, and without question, the pain.

"It was second quarter in Oakland (in Week 2) with five minutes to go before half when we were driving in to the north end zone. I still remember it like it was yesterday," said the 26-year-old guard. "It was an outside zone play and (running back) Bilal (Powell) was trying to stretch it outside of me, so I went to continue to push my guy through. And as soon as I pushed through I felt like a pop."

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Oklahoma Sooners wide receiver Jeff Badet catches a touchdown pass against Texas Longhorns defensive back Kris Boyd in the second quarter at the Cotton Bowl. (Tim Heitman/USA TODAY Sports)

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Last week, we looked at some of the players who have been invited to attend an official pre-draft visit with the Jets. More names have leaked out over the past seven days, so let's break down some of the more interesting ones in detail.

Jeff Badet, WR, Oklahoma

Badet spent most of his collegiate career at Kentucky, but saw some high profile action last year after transferring to Oklahoma. He wasn't invited to the scouting combine, but if he had been, his pro day numbers for the 40-yard dash, vertical jump and broad jump would all have ranked first or second at the receiver position.

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Ralph Vacchiano | Facebook | Twitter | Archive: It's not quite crunch time yet, but there are less than three weeks until the start of the first round of the NFL draft, which means draft boards are in their final stages all around the league. It also means that the truth about which players are being targeted by which teams is starting to leak out -- albeit slowly.

Still, there are a lot of variables, especially in the first two picks. But at the moment there aren't many changes to my latest Mini-Mock Draft. The Browns are still taking a quarterback at 1. The Jets are still definitely taking one at 3. And I still think the Giants will take one -- assuming the right one is available -- at 2.

Here's a full look at my new Top 10, with some updated inside information...

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Former Jets QB Mark Sanchez has been suspended four games after violating the performance-enhancing drug policy, the league announced Friday. 

Sanchez, who last played for the Jets in 2013, was the Bear's third-string quarterback last season. He claimed that "unknowing supplement contamination" was the reason for his drug test to turn up positive. 

The 31-year-old took to Instagram to explain the whole story...

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The Jets have already begun condensing their roster for next season as the team announced several cuts on Friday. 

Among them was former Bears RB Jeremy Langford, who signed a reserve/future contract with the Jets worth $630,000 this offseason. The 26-year-old spent time jumping through practice squads last season, and though he was promoted to the Ravens' 53-man roster, an injury pushed him to the IR the same week he joined the team. 

Langford was released following his IR placement, and the former fourth-round pick wouldn't see time for the rest of the season.

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WR Dez Bryant was released by the Cowboys on Friday afternoon, with Bryant reportedly hinting afterwards that he might be staying in the NFC East.

Bryant, 29, had a down year in 2017, with 69 receptions for 838 yards and six touchdowns in 16 games.

"I let a lot of things get in the way that bother me mentally," Bryant said late last season. "I feel like, if anything, I need to deal with in the offseason - is that. Like I said, there's only certain things I can control."

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The Jets are taking a quarterback with the third overall pick in the draft. They know it. Everyone knows it. And they know everyone knows it. "I mean, you'd have to be out of your mind to think otherwise," was how one team official said it. The only lingering question is: Which one?

The Jets have had or will have had private meetings and workouts with all of the top four, and GM Mike Maccagnan has made the rounds at their Pro Days. When they traded up to No. 3 they were convinced that they'd be happy with choosing from whichever two (or three) fell to them. And obviously at least two of the Big Four -- USC's Sam Darnold, UCLA's Josh Rosen, Oklahoma's Baker Mayfield and Wyoming's Josh Allen -- will still be there...

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Jonas Schwartz and Willie Colon take their deepest dive yet into the NFL Draft. They discuss the latest with the four quarterbacks, as well as look back at Willie's draft process with the Steelers in 2006. Later, Brian Costello of the New York Post joins the show to give his take on the draft and the possibility of Mike Maccagnan signing defensive tackle Johnathan Hankins.

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The Jets' preseason schedule has been officially released for the 2018 season. 

The Falcons will be Gang Green's first opponent of the new year on their home turf. Then, they will hit the road to face the Redskins on Aug. 16 at 8 p.m.

The annual Snoopy Bowl at MetLife Stadium between the Jets and Giants will be the Week 3 matchup, with the Jets getting home field advantage.

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Top QB prospect Josh Rosen 00:01:13
Former UCLA quarterback Josh Rosen is expected to be taken as one of the top QB's in the 2018 NFL Draft.

In his latest mock draft, ESPN's Mel Kiper sees the Jets grabbing UCLA QB Josh Rosen with their third overall pick -- as SNY's Ralph Vacchiano projects in his Mini Mock Draft 3.0. 

The Jets clearly traded up to the No. 3 slot to take one of the highly touted quarterbacks. With Wyoming's Josh Allen and USC's Sam Darnold going to the Browns and Giants respectively, Rosen appears the best option for the Jets in Kiper's mind. 

CLICK BELOW TO READ KIPER'S ANALYSIS

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Oct 22, 2017; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; New York Jets tight end Eric Tomlinson (83) hurdles Miami Dolphins strong safety Nate Allen (29) during the first half at Hard Rock Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)

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Having opted to let Austin Seferain-Jenkins leave in free agency, the Jets are relying on a group of young tight ends to replace his production, recently adding two more options to the mix.

It's possible the Jets could look to add to the group via the draft but, for now, let's consider what each of the tight ends currently on the roster brings to the table, and consider how they might be used in 2018...

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Top QB prospect Josh Rosen 00:01:13
Former UCLA quarterback Josh Rosen is expected to be taken as one of the top QB's in the 2018 NFL Draft.

With the NFL Draft a little over two weeks away, the Jets continue to get their last live look at the top prospects they could select with their third overall pick. 

After Oklahoma QB Baker Mayfield wraps up his private workout with the Jets Tuesday, UCLA QB Josh Rosen will visit the team, per SNY's Ralph Vacchiano.

After Rosen's visit, USC QB Sam Darnold is expected to be next on the list at some point later this week. Wyoming QB Josh Allen is also expected to visit at a later date.

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The Jets continue to bolster their defense with another addition at the second tier in vetearn LB Kevin Minter, the team announced Monday. 

Minter most recently played for the Bengals in 2017, where he tallied 32 tackles in nine games. 

He was a second round draft pick by the Cardinals back in 2013, and he would spend four seasons in Arizona before heading to Cincinnati. He totaled 175 tackles, five sacks, one forced fumble, and six passes defended over 61 games (37 starts). 

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The Jets continue to stack their wide receiving corps for next season as former Vikings WR Charles Johnson signed a deal with the team on Monday. 

Johnson, who was waived by the Panthers in July 2017, sat out all last season due to surgery on his right knee. He played for the Vikings from 2014-16, where he totaled 60 receptions for 834 yards and two touchdowns over 39 games. 

The Grand Valley State product was a Packers' seventh-rounder back in 2013, and after joinging the team's practice squad following camp that year, the Brown picked him up to join their 53-man squad. He dressed but never saw action with the Browns. 

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The Jets Nation panel analyzes the Jets' recent free-agent additions, including former Vikings franchise quarterback Teddy Bridgewater.

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Here is the most up-to-date information on whom the Jets have added and lost during free agency, including contract details and salary cap information. Be sure to bookmark this page and check back for frequent updates.

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While the Jets are reportedly hosting Baker Mayfield and Josh Rosen for official Draft visits this week, we've also been keeping an eye on who else is reportedly scheduled to attend. Last year, both Jamal Adams and Marcus Maye took official visits before being selected with the Jets' top two picks.

Aside from the quarterbacks, most of this year's names that have leaked so far would be players the Jets might be hoping will drop to day three of the draft or maybe even be available as a priority free agent if they go undrafted. Let's look at some of the more interesting prospects...

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Jan 1, 2018; Pasadena, CA, USA; Oklahoma Sooners quarterback Baker Mayfield (6) passes against the Georgia Bulldogs in the first quarter in the 2018 Rose Bowl college football playoff semifinal game at Rose Bowl Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports (Kirby Lee)
Jan 1, 2018; Pasadena, CA, USA; Oklahoma Sooners quarterback Baker Mayfield (6) passes against the Georgia Bulldogs in the first quarter in the 2018 Rose Bowl college football playoff semifinal game at Rose Bowl Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports (Kirby Lee)

With the NFL Draft just 17 days away, Oklahoma QB Baker Mayfield is scheduled to meet with the Jets in Florham Park on Monday and Tuesday, according to multiple reports.

The Jets have already met with Mayfield on multiple occasons -- including at the Senior Bowl and Scouting Combine -- and the team held a private workout with him. 

The 22-year-old Mayfield, who is expected to be selected early in the first round, threw 119 touchdowns in three seasons with Oklahoma and capped it off by throwing 43 touchdowns and six interceptions in 2017 when he started a career-high 14 games...

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New York Jets running back Bilal Powell is pursued by Los Angeles Chargers defensive end Isaac Rochell on a 57-yard touchdown run in the third quarter during an NFL football game at MetLife Stadium. (Kirby Lee/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Jets running back Bilal Powell is pursued by Los Angeles Chargers defensive end Isaac Rochell on a 57-yard touchdown run in the third quarter during an NFL football game at MetLife Stadium. (Kirby Lee/USA TODAY Sports)

Despite the retirement of Matt Forte, the Jets have bolstered their depth in the offensive backfield with a couple of veteran additions. Let's give consideration to what each back brings to the table and how they might find a niche in the Jets' offense this season.

Bilal Powell...

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Sep 10, 2017; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Indianapolis Colts nose tackle Al Woods (99) and Indianapolis Colts defensive tackle Johnathan Hankins (95) wait to take the field before the Colts game with the Los Angeles Rams at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports (Robert Hanashiro)
Sep 10, 2017; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Indianapolis Colts nose tackle Al Woods (99) and Indianapolis Colts defensive tackle Johnathan Hankins (95) wait to take the field before the Colts game with the Los Angeles Rams at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports (Robert Hanashiro)

Free agent DT Johnathan Hankins visited the Jets on Thursday, reports Dan Graziano of ESPN. Hankins, who was cut by the Colts earlier this offseason, has also visited the Redskins.

After spending the first four seasons of his career with the Giants, Hankins agreed to a four-your deal with the Colts worth $30 million, with $14.5 million guaranteed. 

Ralph Vacchiano | Facebook | Twitter | Archive: The Jets were obviously looking for an upgrade at defensive tackle when they made their brief -- and ill-advised -- pursuit of Ndamukong Suh. Thankfully, they pulled the plug on that before it happened. Johnathan Hankins could turn out to be a much better fit...

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A general view of a New York Jets helmet and an NFL football during the game between the Buffalo Bills and the New York Jets at Ralph Wilson Stadium. (Kevin Hoffman)
A general view of a New York Jets helmet and an NFL football during the game between the Buffalo Bills and the New York Jets at Ralph Wilson Stadium. (Kevin Hoffman)

Former Jets WR/DB and Super Bowl champion, Bill Rademacher, has passed at the age of 75, the team confirmed on Tuesday. 

Rademacher came out of Northern Michigan undrafted, and ending up joining the Jets as a receiver in 1964. He would play in New York for five seasons that included a Super Bowl title in 1968. 

After getting released in 1969, he joined the Boston Patriots where he played just two seasons before retiring. Radebacher, then, became the head coach of Norther Michigan, where he owned a 37-16-1 career record. 

Overall, he played in 58 games totaling 24 receptions for 282 yards and three touchdowns.

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Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield drops back to pass against Ohio State during the first half of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Sept. 9, 2017, in Columbus, Ohio. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete) (Jay LaPrete/AP)
Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield drops back to pass against Ohio State during the first half of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Sept. 9, 2017, in Columbus, Ohio. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete) (Jay LaPrete/AP)

Oklahoma QB Baker Mayfield keeps notes on media members who are criticial of him, which former Jet and current SNY Jet Stream podcast co-host Willie Colon thinks is a bad sign.

"I saw it as a red flag," Colon said on Tuesday. "I did see it as a problem. This is a city that is notoriously known for its media. The New York media is unapologetic. Our beat writers make their name for being leaderless -- they're not rooting for you."

"Half the time, you have to earn it," Colon said about the respect of the media in New York. "And I think if you're Baker Mayfield, and you're already doing that without a team. Let's say you do get drafted by the Jets, there's three or four beat writers that will -- I promise you -- will say bad things about you and critique your game and who you are as a person. And may sometimes go over the line. And you're at the end of the locker like 'oh, I just checked twitter. Let me check this guy's name off.' That means you're focused on the wrong things. You should only be worried about being the best you can be for your team and winning football games."

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Nov 18, 2017; Memphis, TN, USA; Memphis Tigers quarterback Riley Ferguson (4) scores a touchdown against Southern Methodist Mustangs defensive end Justin Lawler (99) during the second half at Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Justin Ford-USA TODAY Sports (Justin Ford)
Nov 18, 2017; Memphis, TN, USA; Memphis Tigers quarterback Riley Ferguson (4) scores a touchdown against Southern Methodist Mustangs defensive end Justin Lawler (99) during the second half at Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Justin Ford-USA TODAY Sports (Justin Ford)

The Jets currently own four day three picks and, having traded away two second rounders, will be keen to find some contributors. Last year, the Jets traded down a few times and ended up making six selections on day three. 

Let's highlight some players who could interest the Jets on day three this year.

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