Here's the latest installment of Jake's player interest list, with details of who the Jets have shown interest in, together with accompanying analysis.

TE Jace Amaro (Texas Tech) 6-5, 265, 4.74 40yd dash

Projection: 1-2 Description: The Jets brought Amaro in for a visit and met with him at the Combine. This is NFL.com's profile of him. "Also played basketball as a Texas prep. Was a reserve as a true freshman in 2011, when he caught seven balls for 57 yards (8.1-yard average) and two touchdowns in 12 games. Was arrested in March 2012 on charges of credit-card fraud, though charges were later dropped. In the fall, started six of seven games played -- three at tight end, one at "H," one at "Y," one at "Z" -- and managed 25 catches for 409 yards (16.4) and four TDs. Missed the last six regular-season games after taking a hit against West Virginia, which caused a lacerated spleen, fractured rib and internal bleeding. Was ejected from Meineke Car Care Bowl against Minnesota for throwing a punch. Set an FBS record for receiving yards by a tight end in 2013, though he was used primarily as an inside receiver. Started 10 of 13 games and piled up 106 catches for 1,352 yards (12.8) and seven TDs. Excellent size with a well-proportioned frame and room for added bulk. Releases cleanly into routes. Moves like an oversized receiver. Good balance. Enough foot speed to stretch the seam. Good hands to extend and catch. Gives effort as a move blocker and can block out defensive backs. Flashes nastiness. Historic one-year production. Very productive, finesse, detached tight end who racked up exceptional production as a junior when he was essentially deployed as an inside receiver for the Red Raiders. Will be best utilized in a similar role in the pros."

TE Ted Bolser (Indiana) 6-6, 248, 4.72 40yd dash

Projection: 7-UDFA Description: The Jets met with Bolser at the East-West Shrine game. Tony Pauline has a great scouting report of him. "Four-year starter named team captain as a senior. Career-best 41 receptions and 445 yards receiving came during his junior season. Well-sized tight end with average athleticism. Quickly releases off the line into pass routes, immediately gets to top speed, and extends his hands to make catches away from his frame. Runs solid routes, quickly getting into breaks then stays low on exit. Extends his hands and snatches the pass from the air. Breaks down and for the most part blocks with leverage. Bolser was highly thought off in the scouting community but a prospect who's been very average in all areas throughout his college career. He possesses the size and growth potential to line up as a third tight end if he takes his game to the next level."

TE C.J. Fiedorowicz (Iowa) 6-6, 265, 4.73 40yd dash

Projection: 3-4 Description: Fiedorowicz visited the Jets on Wednesday, April 9th. Ryan McCrystal explains what he brings to the table. "Prototypical size and strength. Reliable hands as a short-yardage possession receiver. Has a reputation as a hard worker and a respected teammate—given Coaches Appreciation award in 2013. A tough, physical and scrappy blocker. Displays consistent fundamentals when blocking on the move—decisive and clearly understands his assignments. Shows decent athleticism in tight spaces. Good body control—knows how to position himself when in tight coverage and when working along the sideline. Does a nice job adjusting to poorly thrown balls. Height and overall length gives him an impressive catch radius. Strong field awareness and is capable of finding space against zone coverage. Extremely durable throughout his career. Has experience on special teams coverage. Fiedorowicz is the prototypical No. 2 tight end. He can contribute in every aspect of the game: blocking, receiving and special teams. However, his limited athleticism holds him back in every area. Like most No. 2 tight ends in the NFL, he is most valuable as a blocker but has the skills necessary to occasionally break free off the line of scrimmage and make some key short-yardage receptions to help move the chains. While his ceiling is clearly limited, he's the type of valuable role player every good team needs."

TE Troy Niklas (Notre Dame) 6-7, 270, 4.85, 40yd dash

Projection: 2-3 Description: Niklas was at the Jets facility for a visit on April 23rd. This is what Rob Rang of CBS Sports has to say. "Prototypical build for today's matchup nightmare at tight end. Excellent height, long arms and a well-built frame. Experience on the defensive side of the ball is shown with his physical nature on the field. Seems to enjoy blocking, rocking opponents with an impressive initial punch and latching on to control throughout the play. Keeps his legs driving through contact. Uses his height and strength to get open against tight coverage, consistently winning the physical battle with opponents to create space. Good leaping ability, flashing the ability to extend and pluck. Used in a variety of roles for the Irish, including as an inline blocker from both sides, split out wide and even used as an occasional H-back or as a third tackle in pass protection. Secures the football quickly and turns aggressively upfield, dragging would-be tacklers along the way. Good bloodlines. Nephew of Hall of Fame offensive lineman Bruce Matthews. Niklas signed with the Irish as one of the country's most highly regarded preps, distinguishing himself as an offensive and defensive lineman, as well as a tight end in high school. While overshadowed throughout his early career by future Mackey Award (and Cincinnati Bengals 2013 first round pick) Tyler Eifert, Niklas' imposing frame certainly caught the attention of Notre Dame's coaching staff, which moved him to linebacker as a true freshman to get him on the field. Niklas played in 12 games at outside linebacker, including starting against Michigan State. He recorded 20 tackles, including half a tackle for loss in his first year at the position. He made the switch back to tight end as a sophomore but clearly was a secondary target to Eifert, serving primarily as a blocking specialist. In 13 games (including seven starts), Niklas caught just five passes for 75 yards and a touchdown against Boston College. Niklas started all 13 games for the Irish and was third on the team in receiving with 32 catches for 498 yards and five touchdowns in 2013. With only one full season as a starter, Niklas was a surprise early entrant into the 2014 draft. His imposing frame and underrated athleticism, however, scream upside. While still a bit inconsistent as a receiver, Niklas also shows off the ability to extend and pluck tough passes outside of his frame. Scouts certainly are excited about his potential. The normally conservative Advisory Committee reportedly gave Niklas a second round grade, potentially hastening his early departure from South Bend."

TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins (Washington) 6-6, 262, 4.56 40yd dash

Projection: 2 Description: The Jets brought Seferian-Jenkins in for a visit. They also attended his Pro Day and TE coach Steve Hagen met with him at the Combine. Here's Rang again. Broad-shouldered, long-armed mismatch in the passing game with rare body control and soft hands for a man of his size. Good initial quickness off the snap and possesses very long arms and strong hands to get a clean release off the line of scrimmage. Reliable route-runner. Finds holes in the defense and settles, presenting a massive target to his quarterback. Catches the ball with defenders in close proximity due to his size advantage, as well as concentration and toughness to hang on while absorbing a hit. Impressive flexibility and body control for a man of his size. Adjusts well to the ball, showing the range to leap high or bend low, exhibiting an impressive catch radius. Smooth accelerator with at least fair top-end speed. Imposing ballcarrier with the ball in his hands, capable of running through arm-tackles. Improved significantly as a blocker in 2013, showing greater strength and aggression as the Huskies featured others in a new high-octane spread offense. Displayed humility and accountability by serving one-day sentence in jail and speaking to youth (along with the arresting officer, and a mother of a high school-aged student killed in a DUI-related accident) about the dangers of alcohol after pleading guilty to a DUI rather than pleading out and taking a lesser sentence. The Fox Island, Wash. native was a two-sport star at Gig Harbor high school and was rated as the No. 32 overall prospect in the country by Scout.com. Seferian-Jenkins caught 41 passes for 538 yards as a true freshman, and followed that up with 69 receptions for 850 yards in 2012. Seferian-Jenkins won the John Mackey Award as the nation's top tight end in 2013 and was given a second-round grade by the NFL Advisory Committee, according to the Seattle Times. He holds the school career records for tight ends for receptions, receiving yards and touchdown catches. The 6-foot-7, 270-pounder announced he would forego his final year of eligibility and enter the 2014 NFL Draft. "I'm going to be enter the 2014 draft," Seferian-Jenkins said after the Huskies' 31-16 victory over BYU in the Fight Hunger Bowl. "(It's) very exciting. The idea that I can provide for my mother and play at the highest level I the world for football and compete against the best guys in the world - it's a very exciting idea. I'm very exciting for the next chapter in my life." Seferian-Jenkins was expected to declare for the draft with the Washington program transitioning from former coach Steve Sarkisian to Chris Petersen and with senior quarterback Keith Price also leaving. Seferian-Jenkins entered the 2013 season already holding the Washington career record for tight ends with 110 catches, 1,390 receiving yards and 13 touchdowns. He was suspended after being charged with a DUI on March 9, but returned for the second game of the season and went on to catch 36 passes for 450 yards and eight touchdowns, including a 16-yarder from Price on Friday night. "I've done everything I can at the University of Washington. ... I know I'm ready for the NFL," he said, per the Times. "I need to take care of my mom and making sure she's financially OK. She's done so much for me, it's the least thing I can do."

TE Eric Ebron (North Carolina) 6-4, 260, 4.56 40yd dash

Projection: 1 Description: Ebron recently refused to confirm that the reported visit he supposedly made to the Jets in April had actually taken place. However, he did acknowledge that they were interested in him, even though he suggested he'd had no contact with any coaches. This is Dane Brugler's scouting report. "Smooth, gliding athlete with easy acceleration to speed past defenders in coverage and finish. Agile feet and dangerous after the catch to create with quick cuts to make defenders miss. Quick release off the LOS with route fluidity and natural flexibility. Smooth adjustments to pluck the ball with his hands away from his body - large catching radius. Physical when he wants as a blocker with strong initial power at the point of attack. Very good toughness and plays unintimidated and confident. Good football awareness and plays alert. Versatile experience lining up in-line, but mostly in the slot - also plays on special teams coverage. Still far from his ceiling. The highly athletic Ebron caught 28 passes for 682 yards and 10 touchdowns as a senior in high school, and played wide receiver for the North Carolina Shrine Bowl team.He appeared in 10 games as a true freshman at North Carolina, catching 10 passes for 207 yards and a touchdown. However, Ebron did not play in the Independence Bowl game due to academic reasons. Ebron caught 40 passes for 625 yards and four touchdowns in a breakout 2012 season, setting school records for a tight end in both categories. He earned second-team All-ACC honors and caught at least two passes in all 11 games.He ratcheted up the production another level in 2013, establishing school records for single-season receptions (62), single-season receiving yards (973), career receptions (112) and career receiving yards (1,805) at the position "I'm proud of what he's accomplished and how he's represented North Carolina," Tar Heels head coach Larry Fedora said upon Ebron announcing on Nov. 25 that he was leaving for the 2014 NFL Draft despite having a year of eligibility remaining. "We're sad to see him go but excited for his future."With multiple tight end formations becoming all of the rage in today's NFL, oversized, athletic pass-catchers have never been more valued. Ebron needs polish but he boasts the tools to warrant strong first round consideration."

TE Paul Carrezola (Rutgers) 6-2, 244, 4.84 40yd dash

Projection: UDFA Description: The Jets invited Carrezola to their Local Pro Day workouts. The following is College2Pro's scouting report. "Good all around athlete. Nice size. Easy for a quarterback to spot. Can beat linebacker in coverage. An Excellent competitor. Good intangibles. Tries tremendously hard. At times can be highly effective blocker. May not be a draft pick but has shown enough to be in a NFL training camp competing for a roster spot. Carrezola also can long snap."

TE Mike Naples (Boston College) 6-4, 243, 4.83, 40yd dash

Projection: UDFA Description: Naples was another player who attended the Jets local workouts. According to NFL Draft Scout, he missed time in 2013 with a back injury. He ended up with 10 catches for 207 yards and a touchdown. Naples, who ran a 4.81 at his pro day but did put up some good numbers in the other disciplines, is also capable of long snapping.

TE Mike McLafferty (Monmouth) 6-4, 252, 4.82 40yd dash

Projection: UDFA Description: McLafferty was also at the Jets Local Pro Day. Tony Pauline gives us more. "Efficient tight end who does the little things well. Bends his knees, blocks with leverage, and strong at the point. Turns defenders from the line of scrimmage and seals open the running lanes. Fluid releasing off the line into pass routes, stays low exiting breaks, and extends to make the tough catch in a crowd. Sturdy receiver who takes a pounding but holds onto passes. McLafferty really does not stand out in any single aspect of his game but gets the most from his ability. His play on special teams this summer will dictate whether or not he lands on a roster."

TE Crockett Gillmore (Colorado State) 6-6, 260, 4.80 40yd dash

Projection: 4-5 Description: The Jets were at his Pro Day.  McCrystal again: "Prototypical size for the tight end position. Has the height to contribute as a possession receiver.  Size and overall strength gives him potential as a blocker once he refines his technique. Shows flashes of dominance as a move blocker, and has the skill set to continue to develop in this area. Quick off the snap as a blocker and gets into position to engage his assignment.  Has big hands and he's developed into a fairly reliable target on short-yardage throws. Consistently catches the ball away from his body and quickly secures it. An extremely tough runner after the catch who looks for contact and will gladly lower the shoulder and flatten smaller defensive backs. Has just enough speed and quickness to get open on short and some intermediate routes. Route running is consistent, and he's mastered the short comeback route and in and out routes. Relatively quick in his breaks which gives him just enough room to create some space for targets on those shorter routes. Lined up in a variety of spots in Colorado State's offense, including on the line, in the slot and occasionally out wide. Praised as a team leader by coaching staff."

TE Jordan Najvar (Baylor) 6-6, 256, 4.88 40yd dash

Projection: 7-UDFA Description:  Jets attended his Pro Day. McCrystal once more: "Elite height and good overall bulk. Strong enough to hold his ground as a blocker. Leaping ability is only average, but coupled with his height he has potential to be a weapon in jump-ball situations. Demonstrated reliable hands with solid fundamentals on his limited opportunities. Good all-around athleticism, coupled with his height and long arms, gives him a huge catch radius. Ability to get to the second level and block on the move made him an extremely valuable asset to Baylor's running game. Shows good mobility as a blocker and is capable of hitting his assignments on the move. Has experience lining up as an in-line tight end and also as an H-back in Baylor's offense. Does a nice job setting up as a blocker off the snap and sliding off into a delayed route. A tough runner after the catch who will lower his shoulder and break some tackles. Performed well at the Shrine Game, showing he has the tools to play a more expanded role in an offense than he did at Baylor. Intelligent player on and off the field. Najvar's role in Baylor's offense doesn't really exist in the NFL, at least not in a full-time capacity. While he doesn't stand out in any one area, he's well-rounded and should be able to be used situationally to create mismatches. His blend of size and modest athleticism makes him an ideal second option at tight end because he can be used to block but is also capable of sliding off the line and turning himself into a quality possession receiver. His route running will need to be developed, but he has potential as a weapon in the red zone."

TE Jacob Pedersen (Wisconsin) 6-4, 238, 4.82, 40yd dash

Projection: 5-6 Description:  The Jets flew to Madison for his Pro Day. McCrystal provides a better look at Pedersen's game. "A versatile weapon who was used as an in-line tight end, H-back and in the slot. Height and weight will limit the teams interested in him, but his size and athleticism are ideal for an H-back or a flex tight end in certain systems. Uses leverage to hold his ground against bigger lineman in pass-protection. Does a great job getting to the second level as a blocker—locates assignments quickly and takes efficient angles to get into position. Reliable possession receiver on short routes with good hands. Excels as a receiver when working against zone coverage—does a great job finding the soft spot. A reliable check-down option who does a nice job working back to the quarterback and fighting to get open when the initial play breaks down. Shows great body control adjusting to poorly placed and difficult to handle passes. Has experience on the kickoff coverage team. Three-year starter with plenty of experience against top competition and has remained durable throughout his career. A tough competitor who was always willing to do the little things for the team—despite limited stats, he played a crucial role in Wisconsin's offense the past three seasons. Pedersen's measurables will cause him to be removed from some draft boards. However, he has the tools to play a very specific role as an H-back or a flex tight end and his experience in that role could make him an intriguing prospect for certain teams. He may be limited to a backup job, but in the right system he can certainly play a valuable role due to his specific skill set."

TE Kaneakua Friel (BYU) 6-4, 254, 4.89 40yd dash

Projection: UDFA Description: The Jets were also at his Pro Day. Here's Pauline. "Two-year starter who totaled 11 receptions, 128 yards, and 1 TD as a senior after junior totals of 30 receptions, 308 yards, and 5 TDs. Usually reliable pass-catching tight end coming off a disappointing senior campaign. Fluid releasing off the line of scrimmage, displays reliable hands, and consistently makes catches away from his frame. Effectively finds the open space in the defense, adjusts to errant throws, and flashes athleticism. Bends his knees, blocks with leverage, and shows vision. Entering the season, Friel was graded as a potential late-round pick but failed to meet expectations in 2013 and will fall out of the seven rounds. He possesses the size and pass-catching skill to make a roster as a third tight end in a West Coast or timing offense."

TE Colt Lyerla (Oregon) 6-4, 242, 4.61 40yd dash

Projection: 3-4 Description: Jets Director of College Scouting Jeff Bauer attended his Pro Day.Rang continues. "Physical marvel with excellent athleticism, good hand-eye coordination and toughness after the catch. Possesses impressive straight-line speed, as well as the agility and balance to operate in space. Attacks defenders as a run-blocker, getting an explosive initial pop on his opponent and extending his arms and keeping his legs churning to sustain. Shows the competitive spirit befitting his prep past as a linebacker. Recorded a 40-inch vertical and 10'10 broad jump during the 2010 National Underclassmen Combine as a high school senior.  Lyerla is a physical marvel with excellent athleticism, good hand-eye coordination and toughness after the catch. He possesses impressive straight-line speed, as well as the agility and balance to operate in space.Perhaps due to the incredible talent competing for the ball at Oregon, he never emerged as a statistically dominant player in Eugene. He caught just two passes for 26 yards in an abbreviated 2013 campaign and his career-high 25 catches for 392 yards and six scores in 2012 aren't exactly eye-popping, given his size and athleticism. Capable of lining up at tight end as well as receiver, athletic seam threats like Lyerla have never been more popular than now and he is clearly a first round talent.While he possesses tantalizing upside, NFL teams will certainly have to do their homework on Lyerla, who comes with alarming off-field issues, most important a Dec. 27, 2013 guilty plea for possession of cocaine. Lyerla had left the Ducks program on Oct. 7, 2013, believing he did so on good terms."I love everyone at Oregon; everyone's on good terms, I believe," Lyerla said at the time. "Just for my own benefit, it was time to move on."I wish nothing but the best for coach Helfrich and the team. I love the University of Oregon and am so thankful for every opportunity that I had. I'm going to use everything I learned from this program and do my best to be successful in whatever happens in the future."Lyerla said walking away from the No. 2 team in the country was "completely my decision," and had nothing to do with missing the Colorado game, which Oregon won 57-16."

TE Ernst Brun Jr. (Iowa State) 6-2, 253, 4.80 40yd dash

Projection: UDFA Description: The Jets were at his Pro Day. An All-Big 12 honorable mention pick by the Associated Press in 2012. Last season was named a team co-captain and played in eight games while slowed by injuries. Finished his career with 32 catches for 377 yards and six touchdowns. In, per the Iowa State website, "he had strong debut season for the Cyclones, earning Honorable Mention All-Big 12 honors by the AP  … started last 11 games … made 26 receptions for 330 yards and six touchdowns … six TDs tied for the most in a season by an ISU tight end … his 26 catches tied for the ninth on ISU’s single-season list for a tight end … came up big for Iowa State in the Liberty Bowl, making four catches for a career-high 102 yards, including a career long 69-yard TD catch … made career high six catches for 76 yards in win over Baylor."

TE D.J. Tialavea (Utah State) 6-4, 267, 4.97 40yd dash

Projection: UDFA Description: The Jets were at his Pro Day. Pauline took a look at his film. "Part-time starter the past three seasons. Played in six games last year before undergoing foot surgery, finishing the year with 17 receptions, 93 yards, and 3 TDs. Blocking tight end who's limited as an offensive threat. Strong at the point, plays with a nasty attitude, and is always looking for someone to hit. Removes defenders from the line, opening up holes for the running game, and anchors in pass protection. Bends his knees and plays with leverage. Quickly releases into routes. Tialavea is an intense prospect who looks like a tight end in a guard's body. If healthy, he'll offer possibilities as a third tight end brought onto the field in goal- line and short-yardage situations."

TE Kevin Greene (USC) 6-3, 247, 4.43 40yd dashProjection: UDFA Description: A very impressive athlete, Greene spent the majority of career at DE. However, in front of multiple Jets personnel at his Pro Day, he worked at a TE where he had practiced with the Trojans last fall due to injuries. Greene ran a 4.40 forty yard dash at the Detroit Super Regional Combine.

TE Xavier Grimble (USC) 6-3, 247, 4.43 40yd dashProjection: UDFA Description: The Jets sent multiple scouts to his Pro Day. Here's Rang. "Grimble looks like a power forward on the field, possessing broad shoulders and a well-built frame. While he isn't exactly light-footed, he has deceptive speed down the seam due to his long strides and is an imposing runner after the catch who can bull his way through would-be tacklers. He can extend to make the tough catch and is a solid run blocker who keeps his shoulders square and has long, strong arms to lock out his opponent. Good vision and hand-eye coordination to track the ball over his shoulder. Uses his frame well to buy space and can make the contested catch with defenders draped over him. Coming off a poor season and could slip in the draft to the point where he's a steal. Draft stock took a hit from being considered a mid-round prospect entering his junior season. While star wideout Marqise Lee's struggles with durability in 2013 played a well-documented role in the Trojans' inconsistencies early in the season, nagging injuries to Grimble, another talented pass catcher, also had a big impact. Grimble earned honorable mention All-Pac-12 honors in 2012, catching a career-high 29 passes for 316 yards and five scores to earn recognition in a conference boasting some of the elite tight ends in the country. Rather than build upon his breakout campaign, however, Grimble struggled in 2013, catching just 25 passes for 271 yards and watching his touchdowns plummet to just two on the season. The lack of ideal production led Grimble to announce as late as Dec. 10 that "it probably would be best for me to return to school." Instead, he surprised the Trojans and scouts by announcing that he was giving up his final year of eligibility to head to the NFL a year early. Grimble isn't an elite athlete but he does possess the frame as well as the strength and experience in a pro-style offense scouts are looking for. He isn't an elite receiver but has functional hands and is bullish after the catch."

Analysis: Tight end is a position where we can confidently predict that the Jets will add at least one player over the next few days. However, exactly where they make that move is up in the air. While the Jets moved quickly to retain Jeff Cumberland, the other three tight ends on the roster have just five catches between them in the NFL and none of them are especially accomplished as blockers. The Jets have had some bad luck with drafting tight ends in the first round in previous years, although the Dustin Keller pick in 2008 didn't work out too badly. There's often value to be found in the middle rounds though and Marty Mornhinweg was able to get good contributions out of Brent Celek, a 5th round pick.

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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)

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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.

Tags: Damon Harrison, Leonard Williams, Muhammad Wilkerson, Sheldon Richardson, Steve McLendon, Ralph Vacchiano
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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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(Brad Penner)

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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(Kamil Krzaczynski)

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.

Click below to listen

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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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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. 

CLICK BELOW TO READ KIPER'S ANALYSIS

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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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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.

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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