Since the Jets haven't signed a free agent for me to scout in almost two weeks, I've been watching footage of some of the bottom-of-the-roster guys to try and get an insight into what kind of potential they have and whether any of them could realistically be expected to step into an important role in 2013.

In an under-the-radar move, the Jets signed safety Jaiquawn Jarrett to a futures contract, a move actually announced on the same day as Mike Tannenbaum's firing. What's exciting about Jarrett is that he was a second round draft pick in 2011. However, the fact that the Eagles gave up on him early in his second season is worrying. As Bassett wrote in January, the Jets have tried a number of these reclamation projects in the past (guys like Aaron Maybin, Jason Smith and Ricky Sapp) with mixed results. However, is there any chance that Jarrett could compete for a significant role in the Jets defense?

After the jump, I look in detail at footage from Jarrett's first two seasons in the league to evaluate some of his strengths and weaknesses.

Who is Jaiquawn Jarrett?

Jarrett was a teammate of Muhammad Wilkerson's at Temple and impressed with his hitting, character and positional sense. However, he was regarded as somewhat undersized (under 6-0 and less than 200 pounds) and perhaps a step slow for the NFL level (4.62 forty time). It was therefore a surprise when the Eagles selected him in the second round, as he was considered at best to be a third or fourth round prospect.

Nevertheless, Jarrett made some plays in preseason and got some opportunities for significant playing time as a rookie when Nate Allen went down with an injury. Unfortunately for Jarrett, he did not fare well. He returned to the Eagles in 2012, but was cut early in the season after straining his shoulder and did not manage to find another NFL job.

He's regarded as more of an in-the-box safety, although he did have nine interceptions in his collegiate career, earning all-MAC conference first team honors in both 2009 and 2010. He also managed to remain injury-free throughout his four years at Temple.

Let's look at his numbers from his pro career so far:

The Numbers

Two seasons

13 games

Two starts

Six games where he saw action on defense

254 snaps

18 tackles (two on special teams)

Four missed tackles (one on special teams)

Coverage numbers: 7-for-11, 140 yards, no TDs, interceptions or passes defensed

Completion percentage: 63.6%

Yards per attempt: 12.7

QB rating: 107.2

No penalties

2011 Regular Season

Let's look in detail at Jarrett's contributions during the 2011 season.

He only played on special teams during the first half of the year, flashing once on a tackle down at the 15 in kick coverage against the Redskins. Allen's injury happened early in the Bears game in week nine, thrusting Jarrett into full time action.

Week 9 - v Chicago

Jarrett's first NFL action saw him do a reasonable job, but the Bears were still able to mount a comeback to win the game. He was targeted a couple of times, giving up a 14-yard completion downfield on a play where he was too far off his man in zone coverage. The opening touchdown also saw them exploit his lack of experience, as the Bears set up a bunch formation on the right side and tight end Matt Spaeth bumped him and then stopped his route at the goal line, as both Jarrett and linebacker Moises Fokou (#53) went to the outside receiver. While it appears that Fokou was likely the player most at fault on this play (which can be seen here), that may have been a product of Fokou reacting to Jarrett making contact with Spaeth. Jarrett did make one good play in coverage, coming over in support to help break up a pass. As a tackler, he made one mistake, allowing a ball carrier to break out of his grasp for an extra six yards. There was one other play where a runner dragged him for five extra yards. However, that came on an open field tackle which prevented what could have been a huge gain.

Week 10 - v Arizona

Jarrett started this game and had seven tackles. However, he also gave up four catches for 96 yards in a tight loss and was really picked on in the fourth quarter. The game started off reasonably well for him as he made a good play against the run. He read the play well as the runner tried to bounce a run outside and forced the runner back inside then made the tackle, forcing the Cards into a third and short situation. Later on in the first quarter, he ran across the field to make a touchdown saving tackle as Larry Fitzgerald got behind Kurt Coleman and down the sideline. In the second quarter, he got forced to the inside on one running play, but did make a good play downfield on an end around, forcing Andre Roberts to cut back inside, again probably saving a touchdown. In coverage, he got lucky on one play as he was caught peeking into the backfield and burned down the seam. The ball was overthrown otherwise it would have been a big gain. His did appear to be at least partially at fault on Fitzgerald's opening touchdown though.

Let's look in detail at this play. The Cardinals set up like this with Jarrett the weakside safety (ie towards the top of the screen).

They then sent Roberts in motion to the right side and lined him up in the slot. The Eagles adjusted by shifting their middle and left outside linebackers to the left, while Jarrett dropped off a few yards.

At the snap, Fitzgerald (the right wide receiver) and Roberts run a criss-cross, so Fitzgerald goes inside and Roberts goes outside. The linebacker made contact with Roberts to slow down his route and then basically did the same to Fitzgerald.

At this stage, the linebacker appears to pass off Fitzgerald to the man behind him. With Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie (the left cornerback) seeming to have Roberts covered, Jarrett could easily have come up to make the tackle on Fitzgerald at this point, or even break on the ball if he anticipated quickly enough.

However, Jarrett pays no attention to Fitzgerald and goes with the other receiver, leaving the middle of the field wide open for an easy catch and walk-in touchdown.

Finally, you can see Rodgers-Cromartie giving the universal sign for "What the heck are you doing?"

In the fourth quarter, Jarrett was victimized for four big first downs. On the first, he was actually in terrific position, only to tip the ball into the air where Fitzgerald still made the catch. The next one, on a key third and five, saw Jarrett unable to stay with Fitzgerald in zone coverage - a difficult assignment even for an elite player - as he ran an inside route, then broke it off to the outside. On the third, they again motioned Roberts over to his side and then ran him on a crossing route for a 20-yard gain as Jarrett trailed him across the field. Finally, he was beaten for a huge gain over the top to set up the winning touchdown. There was a mix-up on the play, as he clearly wasn't expecting the cornerback to pass Fitzgerald off to him.

Some of the plays from that game (the in-out route, the tipped pass and the throw over the top) can be seen here. The first play is the one where he made a touchdown-saving tackle, although that isn't shown.

Week 11 - at New York Giants

After his struggles on defense, Jarrett returned to a special-teams only role over the next few weeks. He made a good block against the Giants to set up a big punt return, although he was lucky not to get called for a block in the back.

Week 13 - at Seattle

Jarrett made his return on defense against the Seahawks, but it didn't last very long. On his first snap, he took an awful angle on this Marshawn Lynch run and Lynch scored a 40-yard touchdown. That would end up being his only snap. Two weeks later, he saw action on four defensive snaps at the end of the Eagles blowout win over the Jets.

Week 16 - at Dallas

Against Dallas, he got another chance for some extended playing time, but didn't fare too well. On one play, he was way too far off his man in zone coverage, giving up an easy first down. He also had a bad missed tackle near the marker to allow a 3rd-and-13 conversion.

Week 17 - v Washington

Given an opportunity for his second career start, Jarrett didn't grasp the opportunity. He gave up two first downs in coverage in the first quarter, one as he initially ran with the fullback, then inexplicably dropped off and left him wide open on the outside for 20. The other saw a tight end motion to his side and then easily get inside leverage on him on a post pattern. He also had some mistakes in the running game, missing a tackle in the hole on a run that went for 28 yards and getting blocked to the inside on another play. There was another play where he got dragged for eight extra yards after having wrapped up the ball carrier. His only real positives saw him assist on a tackle for no gain in the red zone and almost intercept an overthrown pass - although that wouldn't have counted anyway because the Eagles roughed the passer.

His overall rating for the year from PFF was 18th worst in the league. However, many of those with lower ratings played considerably more than he did. Only Jordan Pugh and Jamarca Sanford had a worse rating on a per-snap basis.

Clearly Jarrett had his struggles during his rookie year, but was it too soon for the Eagles to give up on him? Let's see if there were any other positive signs from his preseason appearances in 2011 and 2012.

2011 Preseason

In his first game against Baltimore, he intercepted an overthrown ball, reading the quarterback's eyes well and making a low diving grab. He added a special teams tackle. The following week in Pittsburgh, he again showed promise, creeping up to the line with great timing to make a tackle for a loss and later assisting on a five yard run as he came from deep and made a big hit. He also made a tackle on a short grab underneath to force the Steelers into a third and long situation. In week three against the Browns he had a couple of tackles, but didn't make any obvious mistakes. Finally, in the Bollinger Bowl, he did get beaten across the field for an 11-yard catch by Jeff Cumberland.

2012 Preseason

In 2012, the Eagles opened against Pittsburgh again and Jarrett hesitated on a 4th and one play, making the tackle but only after the first down had been earned. He was also involved in a coverage mix-up that led to a 17-yard completion on 3rd-and-11, as he was late getting over - although this did appear to mostly be Nnamdi Asoumgha's fault. After Jarrett failed to make any kind of impact in New England, the Eagles headed to Cleveland and Jarrett was slow rolling the coverage over to the outside, giving up a 10-yard catch. In the final game against the Jets (backups), he started and made a couple of impressive plays. He closed and broke up a pass, came up fast to prevent a runner from bouncing outside and tackle him for a short gain and, most impressively of all, showed excellent instincts to blow up a screen pass (although his teammate was offside so the play was negated).

Conclusions:

There's no doubt that Jarrett struggled with the Eagles in his rookie year. He seemed to get confused in coverage, made some mistakes as a tackler and was out-physicalled on a number of occasions. It's telling that not many Eagles fans were sorry to see him go when they released him. As much as recent Jets' second rounders Vladimir Ducasse and Stephen Hill have been criticized, could you imagine a situation where Hill was released early in 2012? Or if Vlad had been released in September 2011? Obviously, Jarrett fell out of favor fast.

Andy Reid admitted it was a bad pick, implying that Jarrett was not a good fit for their scheme, with some Eagles fans noting that he has had a tendency to reach for "overachievers" in the past and this time got burned. If it is scheme-related, though, perhaps there's a chance that he could fit better into a different system.

Let's therefore consider briefly the Eagles and their application of the "wide nine" defense (which, ironically, they abandoned anyway in December). Although there are intricacies up-front and at the line, that doesn't affect the safeties, which are generally pretty uniform in their assignments. The Eagles tend to employ one deep safety and one about 5-6 yards from the line of scrimmage, outside the tackle box. The Jets system is, of course, much different to this, because the safeties are interchangeable and often switch places just before the ball is snapped. They also only really employ a true deep safety in sub-package situations. The Eagles safeties are interchangeable too and - despite his reputation for being better in the box - Jarrett was the deeper guy about 60% of the time. They also seemed to avoid placing him in man coverage assignments too often - he only matched up against a receiver in the slot three times. As you will note from some of the analysis above, teams often motioned a receiver over to his side to exploit his inexperience in coverage situations.

Although, on balance, Jarrett did not look good, he was just a rookie at the time. Had Antonio Allen or Josh Bush been forced into extensive action last year, I don't doubt that either would have struggled. That being the case, would we be advocating cutting them now? Instead, they weren't forced to play before they were ready and now will get a chance to try and prove they can handle a bigger workload. Had Philadelphia's safeties remained healthy throughout the 2011 season, would Jarrett's rookie struggles have instead happened on the practice field and given him a better chance to build his confidence before getting to play? It's difficult to know. Had he not played in 2011 such that the only footage to assess him on was the preseason footage, then I probably would have a more optimistic outlook. The Jets now have a chance to find out if he still has the potential to play at this level.

For Jarrett to stand a chance in the competition for playing time at the safety spot, he probably needs to have bulked up since last September in order to compete physically. He's obviously overmatched in direct coverage and isn't much of a pass rusher either (no pressure in 14 blitzes in 2011, no sacks in his college career), so his best role would seem to be as a run stopper in the box (a role he's slightly undersized for) or as a deep safety in coverage support. In terms of size, skill-set and 40 speed, he compares pretty closely to Eric Smith, whose role is up for grabs. Jarrett will perhaps need to contribute more on special teams to earn that kind of role though.

It seems like a long shot for Jarrett to make the roster, but right now he's actually the Jets' most experienced safety. If nothing more, he should provide a good measuring stick against the progress of guys like Allen and Bush once the Jets take the field this Summer.

Until the Jets make some more signings, I'm going to continue to look at some of the long-shot sleepers at the bottom of the roster. The next one will follow in a few days.

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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)

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ARLINGTON, Tex. -- After months of rumors, reports and lies -- a lot of lies -- here is my final best guess about how the first 10 picks of the 2018 NFL draft are going to play out on Thursday night.

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Sam Darnold talks about meeting Eli Manning, his visits with the Giants and Jets and advice he received from fellow Trojan Mark Sanchez.

USC QB Sam Darnold didn't get to meet with Eli Manning during his visit with the Giants, but got to see plenty of Jets during his visit with them.

"I saw him from a distance and he was working, so I didn't want to bother him," Darnold said about Manning. "We had a chance to meet at the Manning Camp, which was awesome."

Regarding the Jets, Darnold said he got to see a bunch of players he was familiar with.

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UCLA QB Josh Rosen (Mark J. Rebilas/USA TODAY Sports)
UCLA QB Josh Rosen (Mark J. Rebilas/USA TODAY Sports)

UCLA QB Josh Rosen, who is expected to be taken early in the first round during the NFL Draft on Thursday night, had fun with reporters who were asking him on Wednesday about the potential of being selected by the Jets at No. 3 or Giants at No. 2.

"You're trying to catch me," Rosen playfully told SNY's Ralph Vacchiano when asked about the media spotlight in New York.

Rosen also discussed his visits to the Jets and Giants. Hear his full comments below...

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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)

The Cleveland Browns could be deciding between Oklahoma QB Baker Mayfield and Wyoming QB Josh Allen with the No. 1 overall pick in Thursday night's NFL Draft, reports Mary Kay Cabot of Cleveland.com.

The Browns had been linked most recently to USC QB Sam Darnold as their likely choice at No. 1, with Mayfield's name first thrown in the mix on Tuesday. Now, the Browns are reportedly "cooling" on Darnold.

If the Browns are legitimately interested in Mayfield at No. 1 and take him, it would throw a wrench in the Jets' reported plan to tab Mayfield at No. 3.

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SNY Jets Analyst Willie Colon thinks the Jets will select quarterback Josh Rosen with the third pick in the NFL Draft.

Former Jet and current SNY analyst Willie Colon thinks the Jets will tab UCLA QB Josh Rosen with the No. 3 pick in Thursday's NFL Draft in Dallas. 

"I think [GM Mike] Maccagnan is at the point where he's okay with a kid being an outward thinker -- that's the label, so to speak, with Rosen," Colon said Tuesday on The Jet Stream Podcast on SNY. "But I think he understands he's an extremely polished quarterback."

Along with Rosen, the Jets have been connected to Oklahoma QB Baker Mayfield, who SNY's Ralph Vacchiano and Peter Schrager of Fox Sports believes will be the Jets' pick. ...Click below to listen to the Jet Stream podcast with Colon, Schrager, and Jonas Schwartz...

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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)

Peter Schrager of Fox Sports would be "shocked" if the Jets pass on Baker Mayfield if he's available when they pick at No. 3 during Thursday's NFL Draft, he said during Tuesday's Jet Stream Podcast on SNY.

Schrager spoke of "glowing reports" he received from the dinner Mayfield had with team brass a few weeks ago, and thinks the Jets are all-in on Mayfield -- even if Sam Darnold is available at No. 3.

"Everything I've been listening to for the last two, three months has been that Baker Mayfield -- if he's on the board -- is going to be the pick for the Jets," Schrager said. "That might include Sam Darnold as well -- if Darnold somehow falls. I think that they have been in love with Mayfield for this entire time. I'd be shocked if they went with one of the other guys."

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Jonas Schwartz and Willie Colon are finally ready to see who the Jets select in this year's NFL Draft! Will it be Sam Darnold, Josh Rosen, Baker Mayfield, or Josh Allen? To get their answer, they welcome the NFL Network's Peter Schrager to the show for his take on each quarterback, and discuss why Rosen is the guy and why Mayfield is mostly definitely not.

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SNY NFL Insider Ralph Vacchiano and SNY NFL Draft Expert Rich Cirminiello discuss who the Jets will take in the third round of the draft.

The bulk of the attention has been on who the Jets will do with the No. 3 overall pick in Thursday night's NFL Draft.

It will be a quarterback. But which one? At least two of Sam Darnold, Baker Mayfield, Josh Allen, and Josh Rosen will be available when the Jets pick.

Lost in the shuffle a bit has been the fact that the Jets have a third round pick (72nd overall) as well. And SNY NFL Insider Ralph Vacchiano and SNY NFL Draft Expert Rich Cirminiello recently discussed who the Jets could take with that pick.

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Former Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield is expected to be taken as one of the top QB's in the 2018 NFL Draft.

What is NFL Draft week without some drama over the No. 1 pick?

With reports circulating Monday that Wyoming QB Josh Allen is no longer in consideration for the Browns' No. 1 pick, ESPN's Adam Schefter is now reporting that Oklahoma QB Baker Mayfield is "definitely" in the conversation. 

Schefter continues by saying the Browns may have their choice in mind for their first overall pick, and before that decision was made, Mayfield was a player in the mix.

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After spending eleven seasons with the Jets, Nick Mangold announces his retirement from the NFL.

Nick Mangold, who spent 11 seasons with the Jets, announced his retirement at the team's facility after signing a one-day contract on Tuesday. 

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Jets general manager Mike Maccagnan discusses the team's strategy for its No. 3 overall pick with the draft just a few days away.

New York Jets' Jamal Adams (33) and Los Angeles Chargers' Sean McGrath (84) fight for control of the ball during the second half of an NFL football game Sunday, Dec. 24, 2017, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun) (Bill Kostroun/AP)
New York Jets' Jamal Adams (33) and Los Angeles Chargers' Sean McGrath (84) fight for control of the ball during the second half of an NFL football game Sunday, Dec. 24, 2017, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun) (Bill Kostroun/AP)

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The Jets own the third pick in this year's draft, their highest since 1996. How have they drafted in the first round over the past five years?

2017: Safety Jamal Adams, No. 6

It's too early to tell how Adams' career will pan out, but the signs so far have been promising. He started every game in his rookie year as the Jets' secondary definitely played better than it had in 2016. On the field, Adams had his ups and downs, but he showed flashes of brilliance in a versatile role. Off the field, he's played a big part in the ongoing culture change that has galvanized the team and has also been a useful tool in player recruitment.

Tags: Calvin Pryor, Damon Harrison, Darron Lee, Dee Milliner, Jamal Adams, Leonard Williams, Muhammad Wilkerson, Quinton Coples, Sheldon Richardson
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Nov 18, 2017; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Southern California Trojans quarterback Sam Darnold (right) and UCLA Bruins quarterback Josh Rosen (3) shake hands after their game at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Kelvin Kuo-USA TODAY Sports (Kelvin Kuo)
Nov 18, 2017; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Southern California Trojans quarterback Sam Darnold (right) and UCLA Bruins quarterback Josh Rosen (3) shake hands after their game at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Kelvin Kuo-USA TODAY Sports (Kelvin Kuo)

It will be an absolute stunner if the Jets don't take a quarterback after trading up to No. 3 in the NFL Draft, which takes place on Thursday night in Dallas.

So, who will it be?

At least two out of the group of Baker Mayfield, Sam Darnold, Josh Rosen, and Josh Allen will be available for the Jets. 

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Wyoming quarterback Josh Allen runs a drill at the NFL football scouting combine in Indianapolis, Saturday, March 3, 2018. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy) (Michael Conroy/AP)
Wyoming quarterback Josh Allen runs a drill at the NFL football scouting combine in Indianapolis, Saturday, March 3, 2018. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy) (Michael Conroy/AP)

The Browns' choices for their No. 1 pick seem to have come down to two choices just three days away from the NFL Draft: Sam Darnold or Josh Allen?

Yes, there is always the prospect of the Browns going with RB Saquon Barkley with their first overall selection, knowing they have the No. 4 pick later on. However, experts including SI's Peter King see Cleveland getting their quarterback first before addressing anywhere else. 

Recently, rumblings about Allen going No. 1 have gained some steam. But King's most trusted source says Allen is too much of a risk, and the Browns don't want to get another quarterback pick wrong.

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Broadway Joe loves Broadway Baker. Or at least that's what could be Baker Mayfield's nickname if the Jets were to select him with their No. 3 overall pick. 

Hall of Famer and former Jets QB Joe Namath loves what he has seen from Mayfield over the years of watching him play. He recently watched the Georgia-Oklahoma College Football Playoff matchup at the Rose Bowl on New Year's Eve, and after his daughter asked if he had seen anything like the back-and-forth bout, he responded saying he wouldn't want to be going up against Mayfield...


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The Jets have not stopped looking for help on their defensive line as they hosted numerous free-agent linemen on Monday. 

Former Bears DT Lamarr Houston and former Patriots DT Chris Jones were among those looking to impress the Jets. Houston split time with the Bears and Texans last season, totaling five sacks over 10 games. A former second-round pick by the Raiders back in 2010, Houston is entering his ninth season in the NFL this year. 

Jones played for the division-rival Patriots in 2013 and 2014, where he finished with nine sacks and 79 tackles over 28 career games. He most recently played for the 49ers in 2016, where he had 17 tackles over six games. He did not play for an NFL squad in 2017. 

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New York Jets defensive end Leonard Williams on the sidelines during the third quarter against the Buffalo Bills at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Jets defensive end Leonard Williams on the sidelines during the third quarter against the Buffalo Bills at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)

The Jets have officially picked up DL Leonard Williams' fifth-year option, keeping Williams with the team through 2019 at least. 

Williams, 23, the sixth overall pick of the 2015 NFL Draft, will make $14.2 million in 2019, assuming he's considered a defensive end. If they try to say he's a defensive tackle, the contract will be $11.4 million, according to SNY's Ralph Vacchiano. The contract becomes fully guaranteed next March.

"It's definitely time to step up and take it to the next level," Williams said last week via Vacchiano. "That comes with a lot. It's just not my play on the field. It comes with my leadership, how I approach work, how much time I'm putting in outside of the mandatory hours into my craft, into my game."

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SNY NFL Insider Ralph Vacchiano and SNY NFL Draft Expert Rich Cirminiello discuss who the Jets will select third overall in the NFL Draft.

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In less than a week, Jets GM Mike Maccagnan will make the most important draft pick of his tenure with the team, the one that surely will define his legacy.

No pressure, right?

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Tulane Green Wave cornerback Parry Nickerson returns his interception against the Connecticut Huskies in the second quarter at Rentschler Field. (David Butler II/USA TODAY Sports)
Tulane Green Wave cornerback Parry Nickerson returns his interception against the Connecticut Huskies in the second quarter at Rentschler Field. (David Butler II/USA TODAY Sports)

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Over the last few weeks, we looked at some of the players who have been invited to attend an official pre-draft visit with the Jets. With the visits ending earlier this week, let's take a final look at a selection of the players New York brought in.

Parry Nickerson, CB, Tulane

Nickerson is a four-year starter who was a constant standout on the Tulane defense. During his career, he recorded 16 interceptions, broke up another 31 passes and scored two defensive touchdowns. He turned heads at the scouting combine when he ran a 4.32 40-yard dash.

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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)
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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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)

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)
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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New York Jets defensive end Leonard Williams gestures while jogging on the field prior to the game against the Buffalo Bills at New Era Field. (Rich Barnes/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Jets defensive end Leonard Williams gestures while jogging on the field prior to the game against the Buffalo Bills at New Era Field. (Rich Barnes/USA TODAY Sports)

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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)
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)
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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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)

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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