Free agency is underway and the Jets have already signed a few guys that Jets fans might not know too much about. Over the next week or so (and throughout the free agent signing window), I'll be taking a closer look at each of the new signings and trying to assess what they can bring to the table for the Jets in 2013.

In case you missed it, I looked at Antonio Garay two days ago and Antwan Barnes yesterday. Today we move on to RB Mike Goodson.

Goodson is only 25 and stands 6-0 tall, weighing in at 212 pounds. He was a fourth round draft pick out of Texas A&M and established himself as a solid third-down back with Carolina before moving on to the Raiders last season. He's been backed up some good players in his first four seasons, so this might be his best chance to make a name for himself with Shonn Greene's departure leaving a void in the Jets running back rotation. Goodson signed a three-year deal worth a possible $6.9m but only about half of that money is guaranteed and his cap hit this year is just $1.4m.

After the jump, I'll be reviewing his career so far and looking in detail at how well he performed last season, before considering what he could provide the Jets with this year and going forward.

Who is Mike Goodson?

Goodson had a good college career at Texas A&M, where he split carries with 300-pounder Jorvorskie Lane. He was on the board when the Jets picked Greene in the third round of the 2009 draft, but eventually lasted until the fourth round where the Carolina Panthers picked him up. He didn't get many opportunities behind DeAngelo Williams and Jonathan Stewart at first, seeing action on just 50 snaps as a rookie and also contributing on special teams. However, in 2010, an injury to Williams afforded him the opportunity for some regular playing time and he responded well, gaining over 750 yards from scrimmage with 40 catches and a 4.3 yards per carry average. He also led the team in rushing touchdowns with three and peaked with two consecutive 100-yard rushing games in the middle of the year. Despite his solid 2010 performance, 2011 was a major letdown as he struggled to stay healthy and barely got on the field on offense before going onto injured reserve with a hamstring issue in November.

After the 2011 season, he was traded to Oakland for Bruce Campbell and backed up Darren McFadden. When McFadden inevitably got injured in week nine, Goodson was ready to step in, only to suffer a high ankle sprain that would keep him out for five weeks too. Still, Goodson did make some good contributions, catching 16 passes and rushing for 221 yards at an average of 6.3 yards per carry.

Let's look at his numbers, then review his 2012 season in depth, before looking at what he brings to the table.

The Numbers

Four seasons

40 games

Three starts, all in 2010

160 carries, 722 yards, three touchdowns (4.5 ypc)

59 catches, 524 yards, one touchdown

82% catch rate, eight drops (seven in 2010)

Seven career fumbles (none since 2010)

44 broken tackles, including 15 as a receiver

91 kick returns for 21.9 yards per return

Four special teams tackles, one missed tackle

Two special teams penalties

One offensive penalty committed

Eight 20+ yard plays (five as a receiver)

Four 40+ yard plays (one as a receiver)

Three sacks, two hits and three pressures surrendered in 100 pass block snaps

2012 Season

Week 1 - v San Diego

Goodson - who suffered a scary neck injury in preseason - was only on the field for three snaps, carrying twice for 13 yards. 11 of those yards came on a draw play on 2nd and 35 as he showed good burst to cut through a big hole.

Week 2 - at Miami

Goodson made an early impact with this 64-yard catch and run for a touchdown. He was completely untouched thanks to good blocking, but it gives you an idea of his breakaway speed. Goodson had two other catches - an 11-yarder on a checkdown where he slipped a tackle underneath and an 8-yarder on a screen pass. His only carry of the day saw him make an ill-advised attempt to bounce the ball outside and he lost six yards. He also had a couple of ineffective cut blocks in pass protection and was bullrushed into Carson Palmer on one play - although later on, he did anchor himself much better to handle a bullrush well.

Week 3 - v Pittsburgh

Again, Goodson was only on the field for three snaps in this one. His only "carry" was a pass out to the flat that was so far behind him it was ruled a lateral. Goodson failed to make it to the marker on 3rd and three. On special teams, he had a career-best 51 yard kickoff return, racing across the field and then following his blockers down the sideline. He should have recovered a surprise onside kick late in the game, but failed to do so.

Week 4 - at Denver

Goodson rushed for 22 yards on three carries here, but his three catches lost yardage overall. He picked up eight on a run with a good burst and then 13 on a draw play as he slipped a tackle at the second level, but his other carry was the most exciting. On 3rd and two from their own 12, the Raiders threw a lateral to Goodson in the left flat, but he was swarmed upon by several defenders. He reversed his field and went all the way back to his goal line, eluding several tackle attempts before stiff-arming a defender at the marker. He was awarded the first down, but the replay booth ruled that he had stepped out of bounds one yard short. Goodson also caught three passes, but two went for no gain and another went for a five yard loss as he couldn't avoid the first defender. There was one play-action pass where he gave up a pressure because he was unable to get into position to block a defensive back blitzing off the edge.

Week 6 - at Atlanta

Goodson was productive in this game, with 113 all-purpose yards, including 96 from scrimmage. He gained 59 yards on four carries, 43 of them coming on one play where he burst through a big hole and broke tackles at the second level and downfield. He did have one other good downhill run for six yards. His only catch saw him gain 37 on this play. He also bounced a run outside and broke a tackle for 14 and caught an easy screen pass for nine, but these two plays were negated by penalties.

Week 7 - v Jacksonville

Despite his good performance in week six, Goodson was only on the field for seven snaps this week, catching a six-yard swing pass for his only touch. He did return four kickoffs though, with his best runback going for 45 yards, as he made a good cut to bounce to the outside and embarrassed the kicker in the open field before running out of room.

Week 8 - at Kansas City

Again, he didn't play much this week with just six offensive snaps and two kick returns. He cut back and broke two tackles on a dynamic 21-yard run, but his three other carries only accumulated one yard in total.

Week 9 - at Tampa Bay

Goodson got plenty of playing time this week, after Darren McFadden went down with an early injury. Unfortunately, Goodson then injured himself too. He only carried the ball twice, getting stuffed both times, but did catch six passes for 52 yards, all of them on dump-offs underneath or in the flat and four of them going for first down yardage.

Week 14 - v Denver

Goodson made his return five weeks later, but did not play on offense. He returned two kickoffs for 34 yards.

Week 15 - v Kansas City

This was Goodson's most productive offensive performance of the year, as he gained 89 yards on 13 carries and caught a 14-yard pass. Almost half of the rushing yards came on this spectacular run. He would have had over 100 yards, but he had a 12 yard run to the outside negated by a hold. He had three good cutback runs for eight, 11 and nine yards respectively, dragging a defensive back for extra yardage on one. There was one play where he caught a toss on the left side and hesitated momentarily so was swarmed upon for a big loss. The 14-yard catch saw him catch the ball in the flat on the outside and then cut back to the middle.

Week 16 - at Carolina

In this game, he was held to 12 yards on four carries. That included a play on 2nd and three where he danced a bit in the backfield and only got back to the line of scrimmage. He did make one good play as a receiver, cutting to the inside to convert a third and four play over the middle.

Week 17 - at San Diego

Goodson had a 17-yard kickoff return to open the game and bounced a nine yard run off the edge with his only carry. He then sparked a brawl between both sets of players and ended up getting himself (and Takeo Spikes) ejected after just four snaps, ending his season prematurely.

Conclusions

Let's summarize my observations into categories:

Usage - Goodson saw action both in third down situations, often as a pass blocker, as well as rotating in for a series at a time here and there. He lined up wide or in the slot a few times, but didn't make any kind of impact when he did.

Running Ability - What Goodson brings to the table is quickness and elusiveness. He doesn't run with great power, but usually does a good job of hitting the hole with a good burst. His vision is pretty good and there were only a few examples of him being indecisive or dancing around in the backfield. PFF rated him as the most elusive running back in the NFL in 2012 with at least 50 touches (based on tackles broken and yards after contact). With the bigger sample size in 2010, he ranked 6th.

Where Goodson will really help the Jets is downfield and at the second level. His ability to avoid tackles there (as shown on some of the clips linked to above) will be a boost to a team whose running game was highly ranked overall, despite being only 24th in second level yardage and 29th in open field yardage per Football Outsiders.

Pass Protection - Goodson's pass protection numbers are okay but not great and there were some signs of weakness in that area. He doesn't always anchor himself too well, so can be susceptible to a bullrush. Also, while he can execute a cut block well, there were a few examples of him not making the block well enough so his man was still able to get after the quarterback. He does seem to have improved since 2010 though (when he gave up three sacks) and looked more comfortable in 2012 as the season went on. I'd give him credit for recognizing and picking up the blitz well most of the time. The only time he didn't do this was off a playfake where he didn't have much chance of selling the run effectively and still blocking the defensive back coming off the edge, but even on this occasion he saw the rush coming and at least made an effort to get out there and slow the blitzer.

Receiving Threat - In the passing game, almost every single one of his 59 career receptions was either a swing pass, a designed screen to the flat or a dump off underneath. The only exceptions to this were the one play where he ran an inside route to convert on 3rd and four and another in 2010 where his quarterback was scrambling so he ran down the sideline and made a low, diving catch for 15 yards. Obviously once he has the ball, his elusiveness is a factor.

Hands - Goodson's hands were a bit of a concern after 2010. Although he had 40 catches, he also dropped seven passes. He also had a drop on just three targets in 2011, but in 2012 he seemed to have fixed this, catching all 16 of the passes thrown his way. Other than the diving catch mentioned above, many of these were routine catches, although he did have to adjust to make the catch in the flat on several balls thrown either behind him, or slightly too far out in front.

Fumbles - Fumbles are a major concern, as he not only has seven fumbles in his four seasons - six of them in 2010 - but has also fumbled seven times in preseason and muffed three kickoffs that were not counted as fumbles in 2010.

Of those six in 2010, actually only three came while rushing the ball. One was a wildcat snap almost over his head and two were on kickoffs (one as the ball literally just slipped out of his grasp before he was even tackled). Of the other three, one came as his was hit at the line of scrimmage and the other two saw him make a nice run only to have the ball stripped from behind. He lost four of the six. Ironically, 2010 was the only preseason campaign in which he did not fumble. In every other preseason, he's had at least two fumbles and then seems to have made the adjustment once the season started (albeit with not as big of a sample size in any of those years as in 2010). Perhaps we should be concerned if he doesn't fumble in preseason.

In 2012, he did not fumble in 98 touches, although there was one play where he probably should have recovered a surprise onside kick against the Steelers, only to let the ball go through his hands. You will note from some of the plays linked to above that he was protecting the ball as he was tackled from behind which was how a couple of his fumbles in 2010 occurred.

Special Teams - Goodson has proven himself to be a reasonably good kick returner over the course of his career, improving his average in each of his seasons, with a career-best 23.4 yards per return average in 2012. He's never run one back for a touchdown in the regular season, but this play from 2010's preseason shows what he is capable of. Goodson has also played on coverage units, but only has a couple of tackles and hasn't made much of an impact there.

Instincts - As noted, Goodson seems to make good reads, both as a runner and a pass blocker and has a good feel for avoiding contact. There was one play where he arguably displayed poor instincts, catching a pass that had been tipped into the air for a big loss when he probably should have batted it down.

Attitude - Goodson is another excitable and driven player, but has courted controversy in the past. He was fined as a rookie for making a throat slash gesture to Giants fans in preseason and the ejection in the last game of 2012 was another incident where he lost his cool.

Conclusions

There's no question Goodson is a dynamic runner and has a skill-set that could make him productive in a lead back or 3rd-down specialist role. While there are areas where he could be better - pass protection, fumbles, hands, kick return average - he made improvements in every single one of these areas in 2012, so there is reason for optimism that he's going to be a lot more reliable.

Whether some of these issues return to plague him once he earns much more playing time remains to be seen, but it's a good sign that he seems to have worked at his weaknesses. If he can stay healthy, Goodson does possess a big-play ability that the Jets haven't really had since Leon Washington left and this is another low-risk deal that will give him every chance to capture that role.

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Stanford, CA, USA; UCLA Bruins quarterback Josh Rosen (3) (Sergio Estrada)
Stanford, CA, USA; UCLA Bruins quarterback Josh Rosen (3) (Sergio Estrada)

The Jets will reportedly take UCLA QB Josh Rosen over USC QB Sam Darnold if both of them are available at No. 3, reports Lance Zierlein of NFL.com.

In his Mini Mock Draft 5.0, SNY's Ralph Vacchiano has Rosen going to the Jets.

Darnold had been expected to go No. 1 to the Browns, but recent reports have the Browns instead taking Oklahoma QB Baker Mayfield.

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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)

At least one of USC QB Sam Darnold, UCLA QB Josh Rosen, and Wyoming QB Josh Allen will be on the board when the Jets select at No. 3 overall at the NFL Draft on Thursday night.

All three quarterbacks spoke with SNY's Ralph Vacchiano about the potential of playing for the Jets, with Rosen playfully jawing back at Vacchiano.

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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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Nov 2, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets general manager Mike Maccagnan on the sidelines before a game against the Buffalo Bills at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Nov 2, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets general manager Mike Maccagnan on the sidelines before a game against the Buffalo Bills at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Ralph Vacchiano | Facebook | Twitter | Archive: ARLINGTON, Tex. -- The Jets have been searching for a franchise quarterback for nearly 50 years now. They've found a few candidates along the way, though none of them were great. And they've missed on many, many more.

Now Jets GM Mike Maccagnan has a chance to change all that when he makes the No. 3 overall pick in the NFL draft on Thursday night. When he made the bold and early move to trade up from 6 to 3, surrendering three second-round picks over the next two years to the Indianapolis Colts in the process, there was no doubt he had a Quarterback of the Future in mind.

But which one? Here's a look at how I expect the Jets' selection to play out...

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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)

There's a "mounting belief" among head coaches and general managers around the league that the Cleveland Browns will take Oklahoma QB Baker Mayfield with the No. 1 pick in the NFL Draft on Thursday night, reports Adam Schefter of ESPN.

A report Wednesday from Mary Kay Cabot of Cleveland.com indicated that the Browns could be deciding between Mayfield and Wyoming QB Josh Allen at No. 1.

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...

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After announcing his retirement, New York Jets great Nick Mangold sits down with SNY to talk about his career and future.

After announcing his retirement, New York Jets great Nick Mangold sits down with SNY to talk about his career and future.

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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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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.

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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)

Ralph Vacchiano | Facebook | Twitter | Archive

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.

Tags: Damon Harrison, Leonard Williams, Muhammad Wilkerson, Sheldon Richardson, Steve McLendon, Ralph Vacchiano
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