Every year, teams have to let some players go. Even though the Jets brought back Sione Po'uha, Bryan Thomas and Nick Folk, they chose not to bring everyone back. During preseason, I kept track of the progress on the guys who left so we could at least start to form some views on whether letting any of these guys loose was a mistake or a smart move. Now that the season is over, we can finally assess whether bringing any of these guys back would have made a difference this season.

This is the final update of the year and also acts as a primer in case you want to check on the progress of some of the guys whose new teams are still alive in the postseason. If you missed the first three updates, go here, here and here.

After the jump, all of the details from the season so far for each of the ex-Jets contributing elsewhere.

In no particular order...

Jim Leonhard - Safety, Broncos

After a slow start to the year, Leonhard settled into his role as the Broncos' third safety, usually operating in deep center field. He was rarely matched up against a receiver in man-to-man coverage so he was only targeted directly seven times all year (in 271 snaps), giving up five catches for 50 yards and a touchdown. He did intercept two errant passes, both against San Diego. He ended the year with 12 tackles and just one missed tackle and the 17th best PFF coverage grade for safeties, despite playing fewer than 25% of the snaps.

Where the Jets may have missed him more is as a punt returner. Jeremy Kerley had a 68-yard touchdown in week one, but from that point onwards caught 55 punts and amassed just 140 yards. Leonhard's numbers were not that much better, as he caught 31 punts and returned them for a total of 89 yards, but even though he made a fair catch over 50% of the time, this was still significantly less than Kerley (65.5%). Leonhard did have one uncharacteristic fumble though and of course was beaten for a key first down in the playoff game yesterday.

Robert Turner, Center, St. Louis

Turner ended up playing every snap this year for the Rams, starting seven games at left guard and nine at center. His performances in those nine games were enough to give him the best pass blocking efficiency rating in the NFL for centers, as he gave up just one hit and two pressures. At guard, he struggled a bit more giving up a sack, two hits and eight pressures and grading out well below Matt Slauson and Vladimir Ducasse, so the Jets' contention that he couldn't play guard for them may just have been right.

Turner's run blocking was up and down when he was at center, but he struggled more consistently when moved back to guard. Overall, his performance solidifies him as a starter-level player and he heads into unrestricted free agency where Team Revis will presumably be looking to secure him a deal earning more than the minimum with a chance to start somewhere at center.

Wayne Hunter, Offensive Tackle, St. Louis

Earlier in the season, Hunter was called upon to start four games at left tackle following an injury to Roger Saffold. He came in and did a pretty good job, featuring consistent pass protection and some of the best run blocking we've ever seen from him, but then started suffering with a back injury. He headed back to the bench after a rough game in week six saw him give up three sacks. Over the last ten games, he moved back into a utility role and only featured on 20 snaps.

It's obvious that Hunter was never going to rebuild his shattered confidence with the Jets, so it was probably best for both teams that the Smith/Hunter swap went ahead. It's not really fair to compare their numbers, because Smith was only ever used as an extra tight end. However, both teams were likely pleased with what they would consider to be an upgrade.

Brian Schottenheimer, Offensive Co-ordinator, St. Louis

While the Rams offense ended up down near the bottom in most offensive categories, they did improve towards the end of the season to finish 23rd in total offense. The Jets were 30th. The Rams also ranked 17th in turnover differential and had the 18th best passing game despite dealing with plenty of injuries and an even worse supporting cast than the Jets.

Most importantly of all, Schottenheimer has finally got that "every quarterback who leaves Schottenheimer goes on to have a career year" monkey off his back. Sam Bradford had a career year for the Rams and Mark Sanchez obviously regressed. Like Hunter, Schottenheimer was unlikely ever to find redemption with the Jets, but those who were suggesting he'd never work in the NFL again were jumping the gun. A solid 2013 campaign on offense for the Rams will likely see Schottenheimer back in the discussion as a head coaching candidate once again. That's if he doesn't get the Jags job, where he's reputedly already been offered an interview.

Matt Mulligan, Tight End, St. Louis

Mulligan is a guy who usually graded out well as a blocker. However, it was his maddening mental errors that made him an unpopular figure with Jets fans. This year, he has certainly cut down on some of those errors, with only two penalties being called on him all year. He ended the year ranked 12th in PFF's rankings for run blocking tight ends. No Jets player ranked in the top 90, unless you include Dedrick Epps and Hayden Smith who had a neutral grade by virtue of the fact they hardly played.

Mulligan also caught eight passes for 84 yards and a touchdown, with no drops. That touchdown proved to be the winning score in the week two clash with the Redskins, a game in which he also blocked a punt.

Braylon Edwards, Wide Receiver, Seattle/NY Jets

Edwards is a curious case. He wasn't actually with the Jets last year, but we were including him anyway on the basis that he barely played last season and had been linked with a return here. Later in the season, the Jets did of course sign Edwards and he did a solid job. It also emerged that they had made a move for him at the trade deadline. Hopefully he will return next season and can remain healthy.

With Seattle, he caught five passes on opening day, but then dropped a potential game winning touchdown and only had three more catches for 31 yards over the next 11 weeks due to a combination of injuries and a lack of playing time. He did have a touchdown in his final game for the Seahawks, only for it to be overturned by the replay booth. If you were to extrapolate his stats over the final three games with the Jets over a whole season, you'd end up with 59 catches and 667 yards. I think the Jets would happily settle for numbers close to that next year, as long as he is prepared to re-sign for the minimum or close to it.

Marquice Cole, DB, New England

Cole hasn't played much this year, operating mainly as the fourth cornerback and a special teamer. 60% of his 199 snaps this year came in just two games - the Bills game in week 10 (after which they traded for Aqib Talib, shunting him further down the depth chart) and the Jags game in week 16, which was his only start. During that game, he injured his finger, but returned to practice yesterday and should be okay for the playoffs. Earlier in the year, he was dealing with some hamstring issues.

In that Jags game, he struggled slightly in coverage, giving up six catches on eight targets, including a 36-yarder, but he did intercept a pass and made some good plays in run support. Prior to the Jags game, he had only given up five catches for 56 yards on 14 targets. He finishes the season with 14 tackles (including five on special teams) and three missed tackles. The Jets have pretty good depth at cornerback, so they didn't really miss Cole this year. While he might have helped out on special teams, the issues there were probably more to do with the constant changes in personnel groupings due to injuries.

Ropati Pitoitua, DE, Kansas City

Pitoitua had a solid season in his first year with the Chiefs, playing over 500 snaps - more than the rest of his career combined - as he racked up 41 tackles and 10 starts. His pass rushing was a big disappointment as he end up with just two QB hits and no sacks or pressures over the last 12 games. In week four, he had recorded two sacks, but that proved to be the only game where he registered a sack all year.

Still, he managed to prove himself as a solid NFL rotational player, who can still do good things against the run, as he did against the Broncos in week 17 with a goal line stuff. Would he have helped the Jets this year? Hindsight being 20:20 maybe he would perhaps have been useful while Ellis and Po'uha were both injured, but then again, they were able to plug in Dan Muir for a couple of weeks without really missing a beat.

Terrance Ganaway, RB, St. Louis

The Jets had hoped to stash Ganaway on their practice squad this year, perhaps activating him later in the year with a view towards a role next season. However, the Rams picked him up and stashed him on their active roster instead - an option that wasn't really open to the Jets with all their injuries. Ganaway was active just three times all year and featured on just five offensive plays. He did not touch the ball.

Jamaal Westerman, DE, Arizona/Indianapolis

Just when it looked like Westerman's NFL career might be over after he was waived by the Cardinals - having seen just two snaps of action and played five games as a special teamer - he was picked up by the Colts and might get a chance to contribute in the postseason. He only played 21 snaps in four games for the Colts, but did record a sack in week 17 and three special teams tackles in week 16. He only played four snaps in the playoff loss to the Ravens, though.

Plaxico Burress, WR, Pittsburgh

Burress remained on the shelf until late in the season when he joined the Steelers. He only played 34 snaps, but did score his first touchdown in week 17 against the Bengals. He ends the season with three catches for 42 yards on seven targets, but did also draw at least one pass interference penalty on a fade route, so that's perhaps somewhere he's still capable of being a threat.

Jonathan Grimes, RB, Houston Texans/Jacksonville

The Jets let Grimes go and the Texans, who had him on their practice squad earlier in the year, picked him back up again for their active roster. However, they did not use him on offense at all and after six games, they let him go too. The Jags picked him up in time for the last game, but he did not see action. They will presumably look to give him a shot next year.

Martin Tevaseu, DT, Indianapolis Colts

Tevaseu has been playing as a backup nose tackle all year with the Colts. He ended up participating on 224 snaps in 13 games, starting the last two. He had a minimal impact (13 tackles, one pressure), although he did have a good game against Jacksonville earlier in the year and didn't have any serious negative plays all year.

Like Pitoitua (and Marcus Dixon), Tevaseu's impact had he remained with the Jets would likely have been limited. He only played nine snaps in the Colts' playof game last week.

Hayworth Hicks, OL, Kansas City/Tampa Bay/Carolina

The Jets signed Hicks off the Colts practice squad and then waived him three weeks later in an effort to sneak him onto their practice squad. Unfortunately, the Chiefs swooped in and took him for themselves. They let him go one week later and the Bucs picked him up, only to also release him one week later. He ended up getting signed by the Panthers in week 16, his fifth team of the season, although he never took the field for any of them.

John Conner, FB, Cincinnati

Finally, John Conner represents the fifth of our Expendables to see action in the postseason. He played just three games with the Jets this year before being released and was picked up by the Bengals with two games to go in the season. He played 24 snaps in those two games, but did not fare well as a run blocker. They threw him one pass too, but that was incomplete. The Jets grew impatient with Conner's slow development curve but he was always inconsistent rather than plain bad, so perhaps the Bengals will be able to harness that and get some kind of production from him. He only played five snaps in their playoff defeat last week, but is under contract for next year.

That's it for the Expendables this season. Stay tuned though, because I'm also going to do an Expendables draft special where I will look at how some of the players the Jets could have drafted in April fared in their rookie year. Next year's Expendables should be very interesting with a huge roster turnover anticipated and many tough decisions to come. Will any of the Jets so-called poor talent be able to catch on elsewhere?

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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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Vacc's Mini Mock Draft has Jets tabbing Mayfield >> Read more

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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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Who will the Jets select #3? 00:05:13
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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Mangold's Hall of Fame chances 00:04:59
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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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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New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. (13) greets Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant (88) during warmups before a game at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner)
New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. (13) greets Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant (88) during warmups before a game at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner)

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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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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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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New York Jets quarterback Josh McCown (15) gestures after thrown a touchdown pass to wide receiver Robby Anderson, not pictured, during the second half of an NFL football game against the Carolina Panthers, Sunday, Nov. 26, 2017, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun) (Bill Kostroun/AP)
New York Jets quarterback Josh McCown (15) gestures after thrown a touchdown pass to wide receiver Robby Anderson, not pictured, during the second half of an NFL football game against the Carolina Panthers, Sunday, Nov. 26, 2017, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun) (Bill Kostroun/AP)

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. 

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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)
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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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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Dec 1, 2016; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Charles Johnson (12) runs after the catch in the second quarter against the Dallas Cowboys at U.S. Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Rempel)
Dec 1, 2016; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Charles Johnson (12) runs after the catch in the second quarter against the Dallas Cowboys at U.S. Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Rempel)

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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