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The Jets currently own four day three picks and, having traded away two second rounders, will be keen to find some contributors. Last year, the Jets traded down a few times and ended up making six selections on day three.
Let's highlight some players who could interest the Jets on day three this year.
Edge rusher Justin Lawler - Southern Methodist
Lawler had a career year and was impressive in the East West Shrine Game as he beat his man around the edge for a sack and penetrated into the backfield for a run stuff.
However, after being a combine snub, Lawler only ran a 5.00 40-yard dash at his pro day, a number which is almost certain to see him tumbling into day three. Most of the rest of his numbers were below average but at least his short shuttle time was a respectable 4.41.
Lawler had a breakout year in 2017, with career-highs in tackles (74), tackles for loss (15.5) and sacks (9.5). He also batted down two passes and forced two fumbles as well as blocking six kicks in his career.
Wide receiver Richie James - Middle Tennessee State
In 2015 and 2016, James was one of the most dynamic players in the nation, catching over 100 passes in each season. However, he only caught 31 passes in 2017 as he was banged up for most of the year and eventually suffered a season-ending shoulder injury. James opted to enter the NFL early at the end of the year.
He lacks size but is a spectacular playmaker who can do damage out of the slot, go deep and make spectacular catches when closely covered. He's also a polished route-runner and an elusive runner who can create yards after the catch and also rushed for 554 yards and five scores in his college career. James has also returned kicks and punts and even filled in at the quarterback position in 2016, completing six of seven passes in a wildcat-style offense.
James might need to add some strength as he only posted six bench press reps at the combine. However, that may have been because his shoulder perhaps isn't back up to full strength yet.
Inside linebacker Josey Jewell - Iowa
Jewell was one of the most consistently productive tacklers in the nation over the past few seasons. He led the Big Ten with a career-high 132 tackles, having placed 2nd in the previous two seasons. He also made more impact plays with career-highs in tackles for loss (13.5) and sacks (4.5).
He was previously regarded as a possible late round pick because he has been considered to be a limited athlete and because he's an older prospect who will turn 24 on Christmas Day. However, Jewell posted a better than expected set of workout numbers at the combine and then boosted his stock further by improving his 40-yard dash time to sub-4.7 seconds at his pro day.
Jewell, who showed some playmaking skills by intercepting six passes in his career, including four in 2015, had an interesting dual with Saquon Barkley earlier this season. Although Barkley managed to elude him a few times, Jewell played a big part in containing him enough to keep the game close.
Offensive tackle Will Richardson - North Carolina State
Richardson is an underrated prospect that could fall to day three, especially if teams are still holding an arrest that caused him to be suspended for the first two games of the 2017 season against him.
However, he seems to have rededicated himself since that happened, losing 20 pounds and reportedly significantly reducing his body fat percentage. Richardson has good length and performed well in pass protection last season as he didn't give up a single sack. He'll have had good experience of facing NFL-level talent by going up against Bradley Chubb in practice every day, too.
At the combine, Richardson's numbers were decent across the board, with his explosiveness numbers in particular being very good, although he is another player that might need to add some strength.
Cornerback Jalen Davis - Utah State
Davis is an unheralded player who could fit the Jets needs for a playmaking cornerback that can play in the slot. Despite an impressive pro day workout during which he ran a 4.43 40-yard dash, Davis could be available in the late rounds.
He's been an excellent playmaker over the past few seasons, with four pick-sixes, eight sacks and four forced fumbles in his career. He was 8th in the nation in passes defensed in 2017.
In 2017, Davis held his own in a decent match-up with Colorado State's Michael Gallup, a potential early pick. However, he also saw plenty of action in the slot last year, posting excellent numbers in that role.