In addition to meeting with Miami tight end David Njoku on Monday, the New York Jets also met with Alabama linebacker Reuben Foster and NC State safety Josh Jones, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport.
The Jets, who own the No. 6 pick in next week's NFL Draft, have given no indication as to which player they might pick, as a sample of 30-plus mock drafts has New York picking between eight players, ranging from quarterbacks to cornerbacks.
Foster, who recorded five sacks and 115 total tackles in his senior season with Alabama in 2016, is a 6-foot, 229-pound linebacker who did not participate in the NFL combine.
NFL.com's Lance Zierlein compared Foster, who is also slated to meet with the Baltimore Ravens on Tuesday, to Seattle Seahawks linebacker Bobby Wagner. Zierlein said Foster has Pro Bowl potential as either a 3-4 inside linebacker of a 4-3 weak-side linebacker.
"He's not a MIKE linebacker. I think he's a pure run-and-hit WILL linebacker with good cover talent," one NFC director of scouting told Zierlein. "I'm worried about what his medicals will show because he's had some issues with stingers during his career. I have a higher grade on him than I had on Reggie Ragland. Better pro potential to me."
Jones recorded three interceptions and eight passes defensed in his junior season with the Wolfpack in 2016.
A 6-foot-1, 220-pound safety, he ran a 4.41-second 40-yard dash and recorded a 37.5-inch vertical jump and 132-inch broad jump at the NFL Combine. Zierlein compared him to Pittsburgh Steelers safety Mike Mitchell.
"This guy would just as soon hit you as look at you on the football field," an AFC defensive backs coach told Zierlein. "Hey, it's fun to watch his tape because he's already got that NFL mentality to him, but he gets way out of control too. I saw that early on in the tape. You've got to rein him in a little bit."
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The most important aspect to consider in terms of Foster being a target for the Jets is how he would fit alongside last year's top pick Darron Lee. Lee is one of the new breed of linebackers who is smaller and more agile than the top linebackers over the last decade or so. Ideally, you'd imagine a team would look to pair such a player with a bigger and stronger player who can take on blockers and attack the line of scrimmage.
Foster slimmed down from 240 pounds to 225 for his senior year, citing the proliferation of hurry-up offenses as his main motivation. He also noted that this helped his explosiveness and meant he suffered less with knee and back issues, so it doesn't sound likely he'd want to bulk up again.
Spread offenses are also becoming more commonplace in the NFL, so there would be situations where those athletic improvements would be beneficial. However, the concern for the Jets would be that a Lee-Foster pairing might leave them a little lightweight up the middle. Nevertheless, he's a talented player and the flexibility of having Lee and Foster being potentially interchangeable could be attractive to the team.