One day after sending a large contingent to North Carolina to watch quarterback Mitch Trubisky at his Pro Day, the Jets rolled out their big guns for the Pro Day at Ohio State.
General Manager Mike Maccagnan and head coach Todd Bowles were both in attendance at the Buckeyes Pro Day, according to reports out of Columbus, Ohio, along with representatives of every other NFL team -- including Giants scouting director Marc Ross. Maccagnan and Bowles were surely taking a close look at cornerback Marshon Lattimore and safety Malik Hooker -- two strong candidates for the Jets to take with the sixth overall pick in the draft.
And for what it's worth, they chose a trip to Columbus over a trip to South Bend, Ind., where Notre Dame was holding its Pro Day on Thursday. The star of the Fighting Irish showcase was another quarterback -- DeShone Kizer -- who could go in the first round (though likely not as high as 6).
Though there is rampant speculation that the Jets will take a quarterback at 6, it seems much more likely that they'd use the pick to help overhaul their struggling secondary. The 6-foot, 193-pound Lattimore is considered by many to be the best corner in the draft. He's got the speed and skills to be a shut-down corner, but has also had a history of hamstring injuries.
The 6-1, 206-pound Hooker, meanwhile, is still recovering from offseason surgery to repair a hernia and his shoulder. He was not expected to work out at the Pro Day, but was reportedly there to meet with NFL evaluators. So far his recovery -- which is expected to keep him out through spring practices -- has not seemed to hurt his draft stock at all.
Maccagnan does have a strong, albeit short, history of taking Ohio State players in the draft. He took receiver Devin Smith in the second round (2015) and linebacker Darron Lee in the first round (2016) in his two drafts at the helm of the Jets.