With the rumors regarding the fate of all-world Cornerback Darrelle Revis swirling, it seems as more and more likely that his NFL future will be outside of the auspices of the New York-Metro area. Let me start by saying that I can understand where Woody Johnson is coming from with his desire to trade Revis in order to avoid another protracted, contentious contract negotiation or, even worse, losing him altogether without receiving anything in return. However, there are a number of things to consider given the moves the Jets have made thus far this off-season that make trading the best corner in football untenable:

Selling Low:

It is now being reported that the Jets were considering whether to shop Revis even before his devastating knee injury that sidelined him for most of the 2012 season. If he were healthy and had another Revis-esque season, then virtually any asking price would sound reasonable given the fact that Revis plays a premium position in a passing league and is a once-in-a-generation type talent. However, this is not the case, as he is coming back from a torn ACL, which will significantly devalue his stock when it comes to trading him.

Couple that with the fact that by virtue of the seemingly "un-pluggable" stream of leaks that continues to emanate from the organization, the Jets have already tipped their hand to the rest of the league and are in a very vulnerable position when it comes to leverage, as teams now know they are borderline desperate to move him. So now instead of fetching multiple number one picks for arguably the best defensive player in the league, according to several reports market value for Revis is considered to be somewhere around a one and a three. Not only is Revis' face value diminished but the underlying value of those picks is not what it would've been had they traded him last year, given how weak this year's draft is in terms of how it coincides with the Jets needs.

The value is simply not there and if you buy into the notion that John Idzik is not necessarily the world's greatest talent evaluator then it is an even bigger roll of the dice. If history and the Patriots have shown us anything its that the amount of picks a team has means nothing if you can't successfully evaluate talent. Think about it, the Jets could be without perhaps the greatest corner to ever play the position and wind up with Anthony Becht and Vernon Gholston or (insert Jets draft blunders of your choosing).

Which leads me to my second point...

Fan Base Uproar: 

If there's one thing all Jets fans should realize by this point, it's that Woody Johnson has a tendency to cave to fan sentiment and really just wants to be liked but he has curbed that in recent years, opting instead to do what (he thinks) will sell PSL's and dominate the headlines. However, this strategy has only served to alienate and provoke an otherwise loyal and passionate fan base and as a season-ticket holder I have seen this first-hand. If the Jets were to trade away Revis, he would be just another in a long line of popular players in the prime of their careers that the Jets have chosen to sell low on. The other two most recent examples being Jonathan Vilma and Leon Washington. (You may also wish to include John Abraham if you feel it appropriate.)

Anyway, following one of the most frustrating and miserable seasons of Jets football in recent memory and the subsequent hiring of Idzik and his shot-gun wedding style pairing with Rex Ryan, fans are up in arms. I have personally spoken to many that seriously question the direction of this franchise, so much so that they are now distancing themselves from the team by any means available whether it is by not renewing their tickets or simply abandoning them altogether. If Woody wants to ensure that his team will once again be playing to Jaguar-esque crowds during a year that the stadium he is still paying off will be hosting a Super Bowl, then trading away Revis is the way to go.

By the same token, winning cures most if not all ills and if it turns out to be a move that helps the team in the end then these same fans will likely flock back in droves but on the surface it doesn't appear as though that is a likely outcome, at least not in the short term.

Undercutting Rex:

Since the Jets decided to hire a new General Manager while retaining their incumbent head coach Rex Ryan, it has led many to speculate that Ryan is under a "win or else" edict, effectively making him a lame-duck coach. Everyone knows that Ryan is primarily a defensive coach whose system relies heavily on great back-end play and since the day he walked in the door, Ryan has asked Revis to do more than any other corner in the NFL. Revis responded to this by becoming the league's premier shut-down corner.

Sure, Antonio Cromartie filled the void left by Revis leading many to believe that the team was "fine" without him but don't be fooled. Again, Cromartie was nothing short of spectacular but teams did not throw as much on this Jets team, due to how vulnerable they were against the run. Couple that with the fact that they rarely played with a lead. The Jets are better with Revis, the pairing of him and Cromartie represent the league's most formidable cornerbacking tandem that will allow Rex to field a competitive team, capable of sneaking into the playoffs in 2013. However, if you take away Revis from a defense that will have other significant holes to fill, it will almost certainly make Rex a lame-duck coach by taking away his greatest on-field asset when it comes to exploiting match-ups and winning games.

Consider the implications of having to play the Patriots twice a year without Revis and things begin to look bleak when you consider the flexibility he gives the Jets schematically when it comes to creating a game-plan. He has the ability to take the opposing team's greatest receiving weapon out of the game and that cannot be over-emphasized. Just as the organization has under-cut Mark Sanchez by depriving him of the tools (personnel) to be successful, the same will be true for Rex if Revis is dealt and their fates will ultimately be the same.

Let's not forget one other important thing; many have asserted that the fates of Mark Sanchez and Rex Ryan will be inexorably linked but the same can also be said for Revis and Ryan. Ryan has to share some of the blame when it comes the Revis situation because he has had a pretty big hand in creating this monster, proclaiming on several occasions that he viewed Revis as "the best defensive player in the league." I would tend to argue that Revis does not make such a precipitous climb to that status if it was not for Ryan and his system. Ryan's system that put Revis out on his "Island" against the opposing team's best receiver not only birthed a catchy a nickname but gave rise to the star of the player that the Jets traded up in the first round of the 2007 draft in order to acquire. Face it, Revis has won more games for Ryan than Sanchez ever has. In fact, his outstanding play has bailed Sanchez out many times over his career and as such it is he who is truly linked at the hip to Rex Ryan so much so that if the Jets trade him, it will likely mean the end of the Ryan era in New York.

If Revis gets traded it might be in Rex's best interest to go ahead and take that TV job many suggested that he would because in what is likely a playoffs-or-bust season for his job, it would make sense just to leave without having to endure another tumultuous, sub-par season without his best player. The Idzik/Ryan marriage is an unorthodox and awkward arrangement as it is. If this trade is to happen it will bear watching what the Jets decide to do with those draft picks because how they draft will likely dictate what direction they are looking to go with the team as far as the head coach is concerned.

For example, it will be very interesting to see how they address the linebacker position, needing two new starters at Outside Linebacker. If the Jets trade Revis but spend high picks on to prototypical 3-4 outside backers who can rush the passer, it will bode well for Ryan.  Those picks would mean that they are drafting players that fit Rex's system as opposed to perhaps a 4-3 set, much like Pete Carroll runs with the Seahawks. If the Jets draft players tailored for Ryan it will take away the notion that he is a "lame duck coach" and show the world at large that they are committed to a rebuilding process with him at the helm. If that's the case, it would make sense that the Jets have been connected to troubled former LSU Cornerback and Heisman Trophy finalist, Tyrann Mathieu. Mathieu is as talented as they come but has had his share of off-the-field issues. Hmmm...sounds like a Rex Ryan-type player to me.

The only reason I think that Rex may be amenable to trading Revis is that he believes in his ability to coach a defense that he will see it as a challenge, considering the way the secondary stepped up in his absence this past season. Perhaps the Jets will use the picks they receive in the hypothetical Revis deal to both address the corner position and invest in some real pass-rushers, which would mitigate the need to have two All-Pro Corners securing the back-end of the defense.

The Cap:

I don't pretend to be any type of cap expert or guru, as that seems to be a popular term these days so I will defer to the real experts like Jason from NYJetsCap.com who put it more eloquently than I could. However, I will try my best to explain the situation as it pertains to the cap implications of the one they call "Revis Christ". When it comes to the Jets trading away a Cornerback in order to save money there are two main schools of thought: 1) trade away the inferior Corner with the higher current trade value and the more favorable contract when it comes to maneuvering the cap or 2) deal the once-in-a-generation talent with a slightly diminished stock because of his mercenary-like attitude and a propensity for hold-outs.

If you look at the short-term it's honestly a no-brainer, the Jets should trade Cromartie because his value is likely as high as it will ever be and by doing so they can create $8.25 million in cap space for the 2013 season, which they desperately need. On the other hand, if they trade Revis they will be trading away the better player for less-than-optimal value and taking a $3 million dead money cap hit for the 2013 season. Provided that Revis lives up to the terms of his current contract and does not hold out or miss any mandatory work-outs, the final three years of what was technically a seven-year deal will be voided, effectively making him a free agent. The Jets desperately want to avoid him leaving without getting anything in return and are reluctant to pay him the $16 million per year he will likely be seeking.

From a football stance, you keep the better player every time and that is obviously Revis but from a business perspective it will be unfeasible to devote so much money to one position. If Cromartie shows that he can consistently play the way he has played last season then he is a bargain for what the Jets are paying him and is also under contract through the 2014 season and his contract is structured as such that if his play falls off the table they can cut him after 2013 and save $9.5 million. So from a business perspective Cromartie, at least from the outset, appears to be the choice. However, as I mentioned consider that the Jets are determined to only keep one of these very talented players and as was also mentioned there is a cap savings of trading Cromartie but a hit if they trade Revis. Thus in the very short-term it makes sense to keep Revis and trade away Cromartie and by doing so freeing up some significant money in the process.

Theoretically, the Jets could take this time they are spending on exploring trading Revis and instead start negotiating an extension with him instead that would either reduce his cap number for this season or front-load some of the money like they did in his previous deal and lock him long-term. In essence the money that would have gone to Cromartie for 2013 will now go to front-loading Revis' substantial contract, making him a happy camper and locking up the best defensive player in the league through his thirties. The question with Darrelle is: how much will he be seeking in total compensation? My guess is a lot and making that work along with the other big money, long-term contracts the Jets have already doled out could be difficult.

The bell-weather contract(s) for elite Cornerbacks is that of Nnamdi Asomougha who received two of the most lucrative contracts that a Corner has received in NFL history. The first was a result of Al Davis' creeping senility, where he paid Asomougha an outrageous $45.3 million over three years of which he only saw $28.5 million after opting out of the final year in order to cash-in, in free agency. Asomugha traded in his $15 million per year average for a longer term deal with the Eagles worth $60 million over five years with $25 million guaranteed, a per-year average of $12 million. Over the course of the first three years of his current contract, Revis earned more than that $12 million per year mark and could be looking for something closer to that $15 million mark.

Let's be honest here, when it comes to NFL contracts the only figure that really means anything is the guaranteed money as everything else might as well be written on toilet paper. There is a way to give Revis what he wants without breaking the bank or crippling in the team and here's where I do the Jets job for them:

Considering he will be 28 going into this season the Jets should look to sign him up for a five-to-six-year deal worth around $13 million and change per year. The next question is how do they do that without hindering the team's ability to rebuild and fill other crucial holes? Assuming the rebuilding process will account for the next two-to-three years it will make sense to keep his cap number down in those years and how do you do that? My answer would be by paying him around a $9-10 million guaranteed base over what will likely be the most productive years of his contract (1-3 and maybe even 4). By doing so, the Jets will ensure that he gets Nnamdi-esque guarantees without a prorated signing bonus that will have to be paid out over the duration of the contract.

The Eagles did a similar thing with the Nnamdi contract while making some of his pay performance based upon percentage of snaps played in a given year. Essentially the Jets would be back-loading Revis' contract with higher per-year averages in years four and five with none of it being guaranteed considering the guaranteed money had already been paid out over the first three years. The Jets would theoretically be on the hook for $34 million over two years but have the option of renegotiating or cutting him without any cost with theoretically his best years being behind him at 31.

The way this contract would work, the Jets would be betting on Revis' immediate production into the prime of his career and keeping his cap number in a reasonable neighborhood while they rebuild. Of course this is a bit of an over-simplification as it is contingent upon Revis and his team of Schwartz, Feinsod, and his Uncle Sean Gilbert to agree upon such a deal but it is a solution that would help them retain him without impeding their ability to rebuild and retool over the coming years. It just seems as though the Jets are unwilling to enter such negotiations with Revis' team considering how the previous two went.

Right now the ball is in the court of John Idzik and Woody Johnson to decide but what to do with their talented Cornerback but before they do, they need to realize the implications either way and what life will be like without him. If you haven't caught on by now, I am a proponent of keeping him as long as they can make it reasonable to accommodate his demands without putting the team in an even worse situation when it comes to the salary cap.

Let me know what you guys think the Jets should do with Revis in the comment section below. 

Tags: NYJets, Editorial Aside

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The NFL draft may be over, but the search for rookies is still ongoing, with teams scrambling to sign undrafted free agents to fill out their roster. The Jets have 84 players on their roster including their nine new draft picks. So, without releasing anybody else, they have room to sign six UDFAs.

Below is a running list of UDFAs who have reportedly signed with the Jets, plus some players who have been invited to their rookie mini-camp (May 5-7) for a tryout. The list has been compiled from NFL sources, published reports, and sometimes straight from the players themselves.

Check back often, as this list will be updated constantly over the next few days. It can also change quickly as players and teams back out of agreements. Nothing is official until a player actually signs on the dotted line:

WR Brisley Estime, Syracuse
CB Xavier Coleman, Portland State
OL Kevin Kenton, Tennessee State (tryout)
LB Connor Harris, Lindenwood

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Devin Smith will miss the 2017 season with a torn ACL. (Mark L. Baer-USA TODAY Sports)
Devin Smith will miss the 2017 season with a torn ACL. (Mark L. Baer-USA TODAY Sports)

Minutes after the 2017 NFL Draft ended, the Jets got bad news about their second-round pick from 2015.

Wide receiver Devin Smith will miss the 2017 season with a torn ACL, according to general manager Mike Maccagnan. Smith, who missed most of last season and has only played three NFL games, sustained the injury in the first team workout of the year.

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Jan 1, 2016; New Orleans, LA, USA; Mississippi Rebels wide receiver Derrick Jones (19) reacts after a first down against the Oklahoma State Cowboys during the second half in the 2016 Sugar Bowl at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports (Derick E. Hingle)
Jan 1, 2016; New Orleans, LA, USA; Mississippi Rebels wide receiver Derrick Jones (19) reacts after a first down against the Oklahoma State Cowboys during the second half in the 2016 Sugar Bowl at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports (Derick E. Hingle)

The Jets selected Derrick Jones with the 204th overall pick in the seventh round of the NFL Draft on Saturday. He was their third pick of the sixth round and final pick of the draft.

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Nov 28, 2015; Ann Arbor, MI, USA; Ohio State Buckeyes running back Jalin Marshall (7) makes a reception for a touchdown defended by Michigan Wolverines safety Jeremy Clark (34) in the third quarter at Michigan Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports (Tim Fuller)
Nov 28, 2015; Ann Arbor, MI, USA; Ohio State Buckeyes running back Jalin Marshall (7) makes a reception for a touchdown defended by Michigan Wolverines safety Jeremy Clark (34) in the third quarter at Michigan Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports (Tim Fuller)

The Jets selected Jeremy Clark with the 197th overall pick in the sixth round of the NFL Draft on Saturday. He was the second of four Jets' sixth-round picks.

 


THE VITALS:

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The Jets traded down for fifth time in 24 hours Saturday at the start of the sixth round of the NFL draft. 

After making seven selections in the draft, including the first of the sixth round, the Jets sent their second pick of the sixth round (191st overall) to the Cowboys, (who sent the Jets their sixth-round pick (221st) as well as a fifth-round choice in the 2018 draft.

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Louisiana Lafayette Ragin Cajuns running back Elijah McGuire (15) runs the ball against the Kentucky Wildcats in the first half at Commonwealth Stadium. (Mark Zerof)
Louisiana Lafayette Ragin Cajuns running back Elijah McGuire (15) runs the ball against the Kentucky Wildcats in the first half at Commonwealth Stadium. (Mark Zerof)

The Jets selected Elijah McGuire with the 188th overall pick in the sixth round of the NFL Draft on Saturday. He was the first of the Jets' three six-round picks.

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Mar 4, 2017; Indianapolis, IN, USA; West Georgia defensive end Dylan Donahue speaks to the media during the 2017 combine at Indiana Convention Center. Mandatory Credit: Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports (Trevor Ruszkowski)
Mar 4, 2017; Indianapolis, IN, USA; West Georgia defensive end Dylan Donahue speaks to the media during the 2017 combine at Indiana Convention Center. Mandatory Credit: Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports (Trevor Ruszkowski)

The Jets selected Dylan Donahue with the 181st overall pick in the fifth round of the NFL Draft on Saturday.

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Jeanne Coakley talks with the Jets' first-round pick, Jamal Adams, and highlights the team's second- and third-round picks.

The Jets selected Jordan Leggett with the 150th overall pick in the fifth round of the NFL Draft on Saturday.

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Nov 26, 2016; Berkeley, CA, USA; California Golden Bears wide receiver Chad Hansen (6) catches a pass against UCLA Bruins defensive back Marcus Rios (9) during the third quarter at Memorial Stadium the California Golden Bears defeated the UCLA Bruins 36 to 10. Mandatory Credit: Neville E. Guard-USA TODAY Sports (Neville E. Guard)
Nov 26, 2016; Berkeley, CA, USA; California Golden Bears wide receiver Chad Hansen (6) catches a pass against UCLA Bruins defensive back Marcus Rios (9) during the third quarter at Memorial Stadium the California Golden Bears defeated the UCLA Bruins 36 to 10. Mandatory Credit: Neville E. Guard-USA TODAY Sports (Neville E. Guard)

The Jets selected Chad Hansen with the 141st overall pick in the fourth round of the NFL Draft on Saturday.

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SNY shares the stories of three paths to the NFL Draft: Miami's David Njoku, Ohio State's Curtis Samuel and Anthony Cioffi from Rutgers.

SNY shares the stories of three paths to the NFL Draft: Miami's David Njoku, Ohio State's Curtis Samuel and Anthony Cioffi from Rutgers.

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(Noah K. Murray)

The Jets made two deals during the third round of the NFL Draft Friday, giving them two extra picks going into rounds 4-7 Saturday.

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Jan 9, 2017; Tampa, FL, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide wide receiver ArDarius Stewart (13) before the 2017 College Football Playoff National Championship Game at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)
Jan 9, 2017; Tampa, FL, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide wide receiver ArDarius Stewart (13) before the 2017 College Football Playoff National Championship Game at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

The Jets selected ArDarius Stewart with the 79h overall pick in the third round of the NFL Draft on Friday. 

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SNY.tv takes a look at the best plays of the season from the Jets' second-round pick, safety Marcus Maye.

The Jets selected Marcus Maye with the 39th overall pick in the second round of the NFL Draft on Friday.

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Daily News Live: NFL Draft 00:06:20
The Daily News Live panel assesses the first-round picks of the Giants and Jets and the needs of each team going into Rounds 2 and 3.

The panel analyzes the first round picks of the Jets and Giants and their needs that have to be addressed going into Round 2.

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Oct 2, 2016; East Rutherford, NJ, USA;New York Jets strong safety Calvin Pryor (25) hits Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Doug Baldwin (89) after a catch in the first half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: William Hauser-USA TODAY Sports (William Hauser)
Oct 2, 2016; East Rutherford, NJ, USA;New York Jets strong safety Calvin Pryor (25) hits Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Doug Baldwin (89) after a catch in the first half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: William Hauser-USA TODAY Sports (William Hauser)

The Jets are looking to trade safety Calvin Pryor going into Friday night's second and third round of the NFL draft, according to USA Today reporter Tom Pelissero.

The Jets took LSU safety Jamal Adams in the first round Thursday. Pryor is going into his fifth year with the Jets, who might not pick up his option at the end of the season, which would make him a free agent next March.

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First-round pick Jamal Adams speaks to the media for the first time after being selected by the New York Jets in the 2017 NFL draft.

First round pick Jamal Adams speaks to the media for the first time about being selected by the Jets.

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The first round of the Draft couldn't have worked out much better for the Jets. A player atop their board, whom they didn't think they'd get, ended up falling right into their lap. And for the second time in three years, they stood pat at No. 6 and ended up with a Top 3 player.

Could they have a similar stroke of luck in the second round?

It's entirely possible with the Jets slated to pick seventh when Day 2 of the draft resumes on Friday night. They will have three picks over two rounds -- 39th overall in Round 2, and 70th and 107th overall in Round 3 (the latter is a comp pick and the final pick of the night). And there are a whole bunch of players still available that many considered first-round talents...

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While most of the attention this weekend will be on the top picks, it's those teams that can find some diamonds in the rough who end up having the most productive draft classes. Every team, even the Jets, has seen success with late-round picks and undrafted free agents, and the Jets will be hoping some of this weekend's less-heralded selections will emulate some of those lightning-in-a-bottle type successes from the past.

With that in mind, let's count down my choices for the top draft steals in Jets history...

5. Brandon Moore, OG, Illinois, 2002 (Undrafted)

Having been drafted as a defensive tackle, "Meat" spent over a decade with the Jets, winning the starting right guard spot in 2004 and making it his own, as he ascended to Pro Bowl status by 2011. Moore, who was selected to announce one of the Jets' picks on Friday, sneaks into the top-five ahead of more recent undrafted pick-ups Mike DeVito and Damon Harrison, because he lasted a lot longer with the team than they did.

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Jamal Adams is selected as the No. 6 overall pick to the New York Jets in the first round the 2017 NFL Draft at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. (Kirby Lee/USA TODAY Sports)
Jamal Adams is selected as the No. 6 overall pick to the New York Jets in the first round the 2017 NFL Draft at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. (Kirby Lee/USA TODAY Sports)

The Jets bolstered their secondary by picking LSU safety Jamal Adams with the No. 6 pick in the NFL Draft on Thursday, and the team is high on Adams' potential.

"He is an outstanding player, obviously. Smart, fast, tough, physical, he's an alpha, he's good on and off the field," Bowles said. "He checked all the boxes for us and really, we think we got a real good football player. We had him rated high."

Adams, a 6-foot, 214-pound defensive back, was one of the highest-rated players in the draft -- one whom the Jets originally didn't think would be there at 6, according to ESPN's Jenna Laine.

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The Football Night in New York crew analyzes Jamal Adams and Evan Engram, the first-round picks of the Jets and Giants respectively.

The Football Night in New York crew analyzes Jamal Adams and Evan Engram, the first-round picks of the Jets and Giants respectively.

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Jets Nation: Jamal Adams 00:00:42
Jeane Coakley goes one-on-one with Jamal Adams, talking to the Jets' newest member about how it feels to be drafted in the first round.

The Jets selected Jamal Adams with the sixth overall pick in the first round of the NFL Draft.

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Jeane Coakley goes one-on-one with Mike Maccagnan to learn about his mindset heading into the 2017 NFL draft.

Jeane Coakley goes one-on-one with Mike Maccagnan and discuss his mind set heading into the 2017 NFL draft.

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Ralph Vacchiano joins Loud Mouths to discuss the NFL Draft and the players the Jets are considering with the sixth overall pick.

Ralph Vacchiano joins Loud Mouths to discuss the NFL Draft and the players the Jets may be looking at with the 6th overall pick.

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When a team is picking in the Top 10, it should be a lot easier to predict who they're going to take than it has been for the Jets at No. 6 this year. There usually aren't a lot of variables. In this draft, though, there are a ton.

The big one, of course, is the Quarterback Question: Will the Jets pick one or pass? There's also the question of whether they'll make the pick at all (word is that GM Mike Maccagnan is listening to offers to trade down). And if they stay put, it's also not completely clear which players will go in the Top 5.

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Many people around the NFL consider this to be one of the hardest first rounds to project in years. That's at least partly due to the uncertainty about where the quarterbacks will go, but also because of deep top tier of talent (perhaps 10 or 11 picks deep) and because many scouts don't see much of a difference between players ranked in the 10-15 range and those they rank down near 25-32.

After consulting with many NFL sources and experts (and my own imagination), here is my final answer on the first round: My SNY Mock Draft 3.0. I feel pretty good that the Cleveland Browns will indeed make the first overall selection. Other than that … no guarantees and I reserve the right to change my mind:

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Oct 23, 2016; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; A New York Jets helmet on the bench displays a sticker with the number 90 in memory of former New York Jet Dennis Byrd who was killed in a car accident last week. The Jets face the Baltimore Ravens today at MetLife Stadium. The Jets are wearing Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports (Ed Mulholland)
Oct 23, 2016; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; A New York Jets helmet on the bench displays a sticker with the number 90 in memory of former New York Jet Dennis Byrd who was killed in a car accident last week. The Jets face the Baltimore Ravens today at MetLife Stadium. The Jets are wearing Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports (Ed Mulholland)

The Jets waived unning back Brandon Burks, wide receiver Darius Jennings, long snapper Josh Latham, linebacker Jeff Luc and defensive lineman Julien Obioha on Wednesday, ESPN.com's Richi Cimini reports.

 

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Jets eye DE, QB in late rounds 00:04:51
Ralph Vacchiano and Tony Pauline discuss which players the Jets could choose in the later rounds of the NFL Draft.

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They are coming off a miserable 5-11 season, released many of their most recognizable players, and they are beginning what looks like a complete rebuilding job.

So yes, the Jets need pretty much everything.

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GEICO SportsNite: NFL Draft 00:01:05
Jets GM Mike Maccagnan discusses the final days of preparation leading up to the NFL Draft on Thursday.

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One last look at the top players on the board for the Jets as they prepare to make the sixth overall pick on April 27:

1.CB Marshon Lattimore, Ohio State - He has been in the No. 1 spot on this board almost from the beginning because of his skill and because he seems likely to be there at 6. The Chicago Bears seem to like him at 3 and there's a chance the Tennessee Titans will take him at 5, but both teams seem to have other priorities. If he gets through to the Jets, it will be hard to pass up this 6-foot, 193-pounder who could give them the shut-down cornerback they haven't had since Darrelle Revis was still Darrelle Revis. (Last report: 1)...

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Daily News Live predicts which New York football team is more likely to take a quarterback in the upcoming NFL Draft.

Daily News Live predicts which New York football team is more likely to take a quarterback in the upcoming NFL Draft.

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Ralph Vacchiano and Tony Pauline discuss who the Jets will select with the sixth overall pick in the NFL Draft.

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After not doing a Mock Draft in about a decade, I've now done two versions in less than three weeks - with a third (and final) version still to come. So with eight days to go until the draft, here's my SNY Mock Draft, version 2.0. The information comes from NFL sources, draft experts, and in some cases my own mind:

1. Cleveland Browns - Myles Garrett, DE, Texas A&M

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GEICO SportsNite: Jets Draft 00:02:39
Jeane Coakley and Willie Colon discuss if the Jets should take a TE, the QB situation and the offensive line ahead of Thursday's draft.

Boom or Bust: Jabrill Peppers 00:01:50
Jon Hein and Marc Malusis debate if the Jets would be smart to use their first-round pick to select Michigan's Jabrill Peppers.

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After initially being "open for business" with the sixth pick of the draft and admitting a desire to trade down, Mike Maccagnan seemed to close up shop on Monday. Now the Jets GM says "We feel pretty good at 6 right now."

And they should, because if the sudden frenzy over the quarterbacks in this draft is more than just a smokescreen, the Jets will end up with a better player at 6 than they previously believed.

For the longest time it didn't look like any quarterback would go in the first five picks of the NFL draft. The scouting world was down on all of the top quarterbacks in the draft and few believed any were worthy of even a Top 10 pick. The idea that any of them could end up as the top pick seemed crazy -- as crazy as the idea that two could go in the Top 10...

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(Bill Streicher)

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Jets GM Mike Maccagnan has spent a lot of time this offseason looking at the quarterbacks in this draft. But that isn't necessarily unusual. In fact, he said, the Jets "feel pretty good" about the quarterbacks they already have.

"We have the two young guys (Christian Hackenberg and Bryce Petty) and we like both of them in terms of ability and potential," the Jets GM said during his pre-draft press briefing on Monday. "We feel pretty good about the guys we have."

That hasn't stopped him from looking, of course, and at least considering the possibility of the Jets drafting a quarterback with the No. 6 overall pick. They have scouted the top quarterbacks in the draft heavily this offseason and many believe the Jets will take one in that spot...

Tags: Bryce Petty, Calvin Pryor, Christian Hackenberg, Sheldon Richardson, Ralph Vacchiano
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Giants, Jets eye tight ends 00:05:01
Ralph Vacchiano and Tony Pauline discuss whether the Giants or Jets will select a tight end in the NFL Draft.

Ralph Vacchiano and Tony Pauline discuss whether the Giants or Jets will select a tight end in the NFL Draft.

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Who should the Jets pick at six? 00:05:25
Ralph Vacchiano and Tony Pauline discuss who the Jets will select with the sixth overall pick in the NFL Draft.

Ralph Vacchiano and Tony Pauline discuss who the Jets will select with the sixth overall pick in the NFL Draft. 

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Daily News Live: New York Jets 00:03:45
Daily News Live considers all of the Jets' options regarding the No. 6 overall pick in the NFL draft.

Daily News Live considers all of the Jets' options regarding the No. 6 overall pick in the NFL draft.


New York Jets head coach Todd Bowles on looks on against the Washington Redskins during the first half at FedEx Field. (Brad Mills)
New York Jets head coach Todd Bowles on looks on against the Washington Redskins during the first half at FedEx Field. (Brad Mills)

The less the rest of the nation has to see the Jets, the better.

That seemed to be the thinking of the NFL and its partner networks as they made up the 2017 schedule. The Jets, coming off a 5-11 season and heading for a year that doesn't appear to be promising, are scheduled to play only one game in prime time on national TV - a league-mandated Thursday night game that every team must have.

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 (Kelley L Cox)
(Kelley L Cox)

The Jets will open the 2017 season in Buffalo against the Bills and close it in New England against the Patriots.

The Jets will also face the Raiders in Oakland in Week 2 and host the L.A. Chargers in Week 16...

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Miami tight end David Njoku discusses his senior season and how he is handling the pressure that comes with being a top draft pick.

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(Brian Spurlock)

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Here is the most up-to-date information on what the Jets have done during free agency, including contract details and salary cap information. The signing period will continue through the NFL draft and right up until the start of training camp in July, so bookmark this page and keep checking back for frequent updates.

JETS SALARY CAP SPACE

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SNY.tv takes a look at the highlights of Ohio State CB Marshon Lattimore.

The Jets will meet with Ohio State CB Marshon Lattimore on Tuesday, a source told Ian Rapoport of NFL.com.

Gareon Conley, another CB from Ohio State, will visit the Jets on Tuesday as well.

Lattimore, 20, became a starter for the Buckeyes this past season, and was given First Team All-Big Ten honors.

The 6'0", 194-pounder redshirted during his first season at Ohio State in 2014 and was limited to just seven games in 2015 due to hamstring issues.

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Motivated Muhammad Wilkerson 00:02:29
The DNL crew discusses Muhammad Wilkerson's arrival at the Jets' Florham Park facility after coming off a disappointing 2016 season.

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For the first time in three years, Muhammad Wilkerson showed up for the start of the New York Jets' offseason training program.

The big defensive lineman was pictured at the Jets facility in Florham Park, New Jersey, on Monday morning, as the team officially kicked off its voluntary workouts. Last year, Wilkerson declined to participate because he wasn't happy with being tagged as the Jets "franchise player." He skipped them in 2015 as he hoped to pressure the Jets to give him a new deal.

Tags: Austin Seferian-Jenkins, Bryce Petty, Buster Skrine, Christian Hackenberg, David Harris, Eric Decker, Leonard Williams, Matt Forte, Muhammad Wilkerson, Quincy Enunwa, Ralph Vacchiano
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Alabama linebacker Reuben Foster (Mark J. Rebilas/USA TODAY Sports)
Alabama linebacker Reuben Foster (Mark J. Rebilas/USA TODAY Sports)

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.

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 (Scott Galvin/USA Today Sports Images)
(Scott Galvin/USA Today Sports Images)

CB Marcus Williams has signed his free agent tender with the Jets, the team announced Monday.

Williams, who has spent the last three seasons with the Jets, has eight interceptions over the last two seasons. 

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QB Mitch Trubisky highlights 00:01:06
SNY.tv takes a look at the best plays of former UNC quarterback and NFL Draft prospect Mitch Trubisky.

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The only consensus among the mock drafters on whom the Jets will take at No. 6 is that there is no consensus -- and that's unusual for such a high pick this late in the process.

But with only 10 days to go until the first round of the NFL draft begins, the picks in 32 mock drafts examined by SNY are split fairly evenly among eight players. The belief seems to be that the Jets will use the pick to fix their secondary (50 percent of the mock drafts have them going corner or safety), though some still believe they'll take a quarterback (32 percent).

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Tight end David Njoku highlights 00:01:34
SNY.tv takes a look at the best plays from former Miami Hurricanes tight end David Njoku.

The New York Jets will meet with Miami tight end David Njoku on Monday after his previously scheduled meeting with thwe Giants was canceled, according to ESPN's Jordan Raanan.

After having a formal interview with the Giants at February's NFL Combine, Njoku was scheduled to meet with the Giants for a second time on Monday, according to The Record's Art Stapleton. Instead, the New Jersey native will meet with the Jets. 

The 20-year-old Njoku, who is expected to be a first-round pick in the NFL Draft, had 43 catches and eight touchdowns for the Hurricanes last season.

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California Golden Bears quarterback Davis Webb (Kelley L Cox/USA TODAY Sports)
California Golden Bears quarterback Davis Webb (Kelley L Cox/USA TODAY Sports)

The New York Jets will meet with former California Golden Bears quarterback Davis Webb this week, according to ESPN's Adam Caplan.

Webb, 22, threw for 4,295 yards, 37 touchdowns and 12 interceptions in his senior season with Cal. In his four-year college career, which includes three seasons at Texas Tech, he threw for 9,852 yards, 83 touchdowns and 34 interceptions.

Webb, a 6-foot-5, 229-pound quarterback, has drawn comparisons to Brock Osweiler, according to his NFL.com draft profile page.

"He obviously is going to need coaching after being in those offenses at Texas Tech and Cal," one AFC scout told NFL.com. "I think he has enough between the ears to unlearn some of his bad habits and start to get things right. I see another Nick Foles if you give him time to develop."

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Ohio State cornerback Gareon Conley intercepts the ball intended for Clemson wide receiver Mike Williams during the first quarter in the 2016 CFP semifinal at University of Phoenix Stadium. (Joe Camporeale/USA TODAY Sports)
Ohio State cornerback Gareon Conley intercepts the ball intended for Clemson wide receiver Mike Williams during the first quarter in the 2016 CFP semifinal at University of Phoenix Stadium. (Joe Camporeale/USA TODAY Sports)

The New York Jets will meet with former Ohio State cornerback Gareon Conley this week, according to the New York Daily News' Manish Mehta.

Conley, whom Scouts Inc. rates as the No. 21 prospect in the 2017 NFL Draft, totaled four interceptions and eight passes defensed in 13 games with the Buckeyes last season.

A 6-foot, 195-pound junior, Conley ran a 4.44-second 40-yard dash, had a 37-inch vertical leap and recorded a 6.68-second three-cone drill time at the NFL combine.

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