SNY's weekly look at the top players on board for the Jets as they prepare to make the sixth overall pick of the NFL draft on April 27, complete with who's rising and who's falling throughout the process and as the Jets' potential needs change:
1. CB Marshon Lattimore, Ohio State - The Jets should soon have some clarity on the Darrelle Revis situation since cuts around the NFL have already begun and he's due a $2 million roster bonus on March 11. Assuming he's not coming back - and if he does, assuming he'll come back as a safety - this position remains one of the Jets' biggest needs. Perhaps offensive line is bigger, but at the moment few scouts seem to believe there's a tackle worthy of a Top 10 pick. The big question with Lattimore? Will he even make it out of the Top 5? A strong combine or Pro Day performance could push him out of the Jets' reach. (Last week: 1).
2. RB Leonard Fournette, LSU - The best running back in the draft - and according to some scouts the best prospect at this position in years - gets a boost from ESPN's Mel Kiper who projects him to the Jets in his latest, still-very-early mock draft. There's a belief that this 6-1, 235-pounder could be a transformational running back, as much of a first-year weapon as Ezekiel Elliott was with the Cowboys. Of course there's a big difference between the Dallas line and the Jets' line. This pick would make for a crowded backfield with Fournette, Bilal Powell and Matt Forte. But Forte is 31, so his time with the Jets will be short anyway. (Last week: 3).
3. S Malik Hooker, Ohio State - This is an interesting name who has been associated with the Jets more and more. They obviously have a need at this position, even if Revis converts and becomes a short-term solution. He had a terrific 2016 season that included seven interceptions and the 6-2, 205-pounder had clearly established himself as a Top 10 pick. But, he reportedly recently had hernia and labrum surgery and will be unable to work out at the combine and possibly even at his Pro Day. His reported recovery time of 4-6 months means he should be OK for training camp at least, but maybe not for his first rookie minicamp or spring drills. (Last week: N/A)
4. S Jamal Adams, LSU - It's early, but for now this 6-1, 213-pound playmaker is a consensus Top 5 pick, which means the Jets can't get him without moving up. What would make him fall, though, would be a run on the top quarterbacks, which still could happen. The Jets need a future safety with Calvin Pryor's contract running out next offseason, which is the same time Marcus Gilchrist's contract becomes expendable. Adams, the son of former Giants RB George Adams, is a hard-hitting run-stuffer as well as a smart play-maker. He's also been hailed as a very mature leader and has drawn comparisons to Giants safety Landon Collins. (Last week: N/A).
5. QB Mitch Trubisky, North Carolina - He's still considered by most scouts and personnel people to be the best quarterback in the draft, but no position has wilder pre-draft swings than quarterback. Last year at this time nobody projected Jared Goff and Carson Wentz to go 1-2. Also, quarterback-needy teams tend to act desperately, so if he is the best, it's a good bet someone will either take him, or jump into the Top 5 to take him. In other words, there's no guarantee he'd be there for the Jets anyway. As for their interest, we'll know a lot more in the first few days of free agency. Indications are they're going to look into free agents like Mike Glennon. If those prices get too crazy, though, they may turn back to the draft. (Last week: 2)
Dropped from the board: Clemson WR Mike Williams (4 last week), and Alabama CB Marlon Humphrey (5).