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After the Jets' pick of Darron Lee Thursday night, I found a mixed reaction from fans. They were either 1) blindsided by taking an interior linebacker in the first round, 2) willing to give the pick some room to breathe or 3) hopping mad the Jets didn't take a quarterback.  

I am going to leave the quarterback thing aside for the most part, but I will say a few things. It is clear the Jets front office, coaching staff and scouting departments didn't have enough critical mass of consensus to believe that Paxton Lynch was worth a first round grade and I don't disagree with their assessment.

I am a big proponent of heuristics, which in this case means if the whole of the Jets organization isn't sold on bringing in Lynch with the 20th pick, what reason should I have to think that I know better? I know for a fact that I do not know better.

To be clear, I have no problem going all-in on a first round quarterback if he's the right player, but to burn a first round pick on a player who has clear talent gaps, legitimate concerns about his decision-making, some painful windup mechanics and then some choice comments about his defense on top of all that? In Denver, Elway has earned himself lots of leeway and he has a fully developed offense and defense he can put around Lynch in the next 18 months. But from what I've watched, I still don't think Lynch will pan out -- even in an optimal situation with the Broncos.

But enough about that, here's what is on my brain concerning Darron Lee...

Linebacker done changedMike Tanier wrote that "Lee is the kind of linebacker who can play every down in the modern NFL" and he's exactly right. For head coach Todd Bowles, weakside interior linebackers in a defense that can run nickel or dime packages as base is going to be a three-down player. 15 years ago Lee would be considered a tweener, but he stepped in early as a linebacker at Ohio State after converting from safety and he's never looked back. Lee can do all the things the Jets need someone to do well in the heart of their defense. He can play some light coverage, will be a force in Bowles' interior blitz-heavy scheme and with his speed he will be a beast in backside pursuit -- an area of severe pain for the Jets for almost 10 years.

Oh the devaluation! - Gone are the days of massive 250 pound thumpers who could smash the run for three downs. Because of this, there's been a lot of half-baked analysis over the last five years about the devaluation of running backs and linebackers. That is partially true, but what isn't discussed is the value of "foundational" three-down linebackers or running backs has increased. Ezekiel Elliott and Todd Gurley have just proven than at running back.

What most observers haven't caught up to yet is -- as mentioned above - the role and requirements of linebackers have changed and the distinctions between defensive backs and off-ball linebackers have been blurred. What I can see is as the pass to run ratio continues to accelerate, players like Lee will become more valuable.  

Double A Gap Goodness - For anyone who watched the 2015 Jets, it was abundantly clear that Bowles loves him some Double-A gap blitzes. Why is the Double A successful? Because it is the straightest line to the quarterback. Double A's also pair perfectly with a coach who believes his defense starts with boundary cornerbacks who can play man coverage, thereby allowing the other nine players to mix and match at will. Some may be concerned that Lee has too much straight line speed, but that seems to pair perfectly with the defensive line he'll get to work with in New York.

It Can't All Be Roses, Though … Right? -- This is all to say that Lee is not without concerns. While Bowles said Lee's weight at 232 is fine, I bet Lee could benefit from a full offseason strength program to dial in his weight and speed to match what the Jets will require of him. Also, Bowles made it known that he believes Lee has technique to work on, and he's right. Footwork and leverage are areas where Lee must improve. Lee also has made analysts question whether or not he has that "dog" mentality that scouts love to see from linebackers. Part of that might be that he's still young and a relatively recent conversion from safety, but expect there to be lots of talk about Lee's intensity in the coming months until we see him on the field.

As best I can tell, Lee doesn't shy away from contact, but does seem to lean a little too much on his athleticism. Can he be more football player than athlete in the NFL? That's the big question I have. The best breakdowns of Lee I can find come from Matt Waldman and Jene Bramel on Rookie Scouting Portfolio. This is the definitive critique of Lee's game; Waldman and Bramel take an excellent and exhaustive look at Lee's game as he transitions to the NFL.

Corey Griffin and Brian Bassett offer up a draft day special edition of TheJetsBlog Podcast. The guys discuss Jets first round pick LB Darron Lee, and where he fits in on the Jets defense. They chat with Matt Waldman of Rookie Scouting Porfolio, who breaks down the lightning-fast Lee. Plus,'s Dom Consentino hops on the phone to give his take on Lee, and what GM Mike Maccagnan will do on days two and three of the draft.

Jets Nation: Lee talks size 00:01:42
Jonas Schwartz talks with Jets first-round selection Darron Lee about his weight and playing the linebacker position in the NFL.



Jets Nation: Maccagnan on Lee 00:01:51
Michelle Yu catches up with Jets general manager Mike Maccagnan to break down the Jets' choice of Darron Lee with the twentieth pick.

Jets GM Mike Maccagnan spoke about the team's first-round draft pick, LB Darron Lee out of Ohio State.

Laremy Tunsil (Kamil Krzaczynski/USA Today Sports Images)
Laremy Tunsil (Kamil Krzaczynski/USA Today Sports Images)

The New York Jets considered trading up in Thursday's NFL Draft to select former Ole Miss offensive tackle Laremy Tunsil after a video of him smoking from a gas mask emerged from his Twitter account prior to the draft, causing him to slide down, according to the New York Daily News' Manish Mehta.

Once considered the No. 1 draft prospect, Tunsil fell to No. 13, where the Miami Dolphins picked him, when a 30-second video was posted on Tunsil's account at 7:47 p.m. ET. He said he was hacked, though admitted the video was of him and was two years old.

"Man, it was a mistake," Tunsil said. "It happened years ago. Somebody hacked my Twitter account, and that's how it got on there."

Tunsil also said his Instagram account, which posted screenshotted messages asking an Ole Miss staffer for money to help pay rent and his mother's bills, was hacked. He admitted during his press conference that he took money from coaches at Ole Miss.

"I don't know why they hacked my account," Tunsil said. "I didn't do nothing to nobody. I'm harmless."

The Jets sought trading up during the draft, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, and Tunsil was a likely target despite the video, but the asking price was too steep, according to Mehta.

New York instead selected former Ohio State linebacker Darron Lee with the No. 20 pick.

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Many people seem to be lauding Mike Tannenbaum for taking one of the draft's most talented players with the 13th pick, and in terms of on-field talent, this seems reasonable. However, Tunsil will face significant scrutiny once he enters the league following the bizarre escalation of events leading up to the draft and continuing after he was selected.

I would not have had a problem with the Jets taking Tunsil with the 20th pick, even though there's some risk attached that Tunsil will continue to face off-field distractions that might affect his on-field development. Such a talented player, in an area where the Jets anticipate a long-term vacancy would have been difficult to resist there. Nevertheless, I'm not convinced that surrendering further picks to secure him would have been a sensible use of available resources.

The Jets were actually first reported to have been trying to move up after Tunsil had already gone off the board, so it's possible they only had cursory interest in Tunsil and made much more substantial efforts to move up for someone else a few picks later on.

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New York Jets general manager Mike Maccagnan speaks to the media during the 2015 NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. (Brian Spurlock)
New York Jets general manager Mike Maccagnan speaks to the media during the 2015 NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. (Brian Spurlock)

Jets general manager Mike Maccagnan said he doesn't envision Muhammad Wilkerson being traded and is still optimistic the team can reach an agreement with quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick.

Maccagnan noted how difficult it is to trade a player who has gotten the franchise tag and suggested that such a deal would have occured before the draft.

Maccagnan said he was unaware of the reports that circulated earlier Thursday that Fitzpatrick was willing to sit out of the season if the Jets didn't change their offer. Reports later in the day said Fitzpatrick was not willing to miss the season.

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Maccagnan made it clear that if the Jets were going to move Wilkerson they would have had to get his tender signed first. Since that hasn't happened ... do not expect the Jets to move Wilkerson in-flight of the NFL Draft.

Now, should Wilkerson sign his tender before the draft starts up tomorrow night, or again on Saturday then maybe the team might be able to move him. But since that hasn't happened, I think it is time to stop chasing this story and assume that the next big event with Wilkerson will be when he determines to signs his tender and show up to the Jets facility for training camp so that he can get his season to count toward his pending free agency next year.

Maccagnan said to the press that nothing has changed in the Fitzpatrick situation and that he was actually unaware of the Ryan Fitzpatrick story that crept up on Thursday, something which I believe and don't think he has any reason to lie about. Fitzpatrick is a free agent and worrying about him on draft day is not something that was going to help in sussing out potential trades to move up or back.

If the Jets were worried about their quarterback situation they have every chance to address it head on with the 20th pick. At that point after potentially slotting at the eighth pick, if Lynch was ranked in the Jets top 20 he would have been a screaming value to the team at that pick ... but it was clear they rated Lee over him. In due time, Fitz will be back with the Jets and they will meaningfully address the position either later in this draft or next year.

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Jets Nation: Jets draft Lee 00:02:40
The Jets Nation Draft Day Special crew breaks down the Jets' selection of linebacker Darron Lee with the No. 20 pick in the NFL draft.

The Jets selected linebacker Darron Lee out of Ohio State University with the No. 20 pick in the 2016 NFL Draft.

Jets coach Todd Bowles said Lee will start off behind Erin Henderson at Demario Davis' old spot. GM Mike Maccagnan emphasized that Lee will be an inside linebacker to start.

"He makes us a lot faster," Bowles said, who is not concerned about Lee being too light at 232 pounds. "We were looking for a versatile player. . .He doesn't have to be a 240, 250 pounds. That's not what we were looking for

Bowles added that Lee's speed and athleticism is important in the league now, with more spread offenses and declining use of fullbacks.

Video: Jets 1st round pick Darron Lee highlights

Lee, after two season with the Buckeyes, tallied 89 total solo tackles.

He had 11 sacks, three interceptions, five passes defended, two fumble recoveries and three forced fumbles.

"Quick to diagnose and flow to the ball. Has unusual ability to find the most efficient routes to the ball. Has athleticism and flexibility to contort his body and succeed through difficult tackle angles," according to continued: "Smallish linebacker. Play strength doesn't come close to matching puffed up listed weight. Balance issues at point of attack could plague him over his NFL career."

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Lee was not a player that was closely linked to the Jets much during the pre-draft process. At only 232 pounds, he was perhaps considered a better fit for a conventional 4-3 system, but with the recent trend of hybrid safeties playing inside linebacker, perhaps that's a direction the Jets plan to go in. With the flexible nature of Todd Bowles' system, I'm sure they'll find a way to make the most of his talents.

Prior to the offseason the Jets expressed a desire to get younger and faster and this is a definite step in that direction. Lee ran a 4.47 40-yard dash at the scouting combine and can go sideline-to-sideline if you keep him clean. He's a player with good character that the Jets obviously were high on, as they kept their interest in him quiet while several other potential names leaked out.

On the whole, I'm glad the Jets didn't surrender more picks to trade up and that they selected someone who will hopefully make contributions from day one.

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This was not a pick that I expected the Jets to make, but that doesn't mean it's a bad pick. Lee will be called undersized, but in a defense that runs nickel as their base, a player like Darron Lee who can play three downs flowing to the ball sideline to sideline on running plays or working in short coverage will be invaluable. The Jets have needed new blood at off-the-line-of-scrimmage linebacker and according to Todd Bowles Lee will play the "Mo" linebacker role (AKA the Weak Inside Linebacker) for the team. The old days of inside linebackers needing to play at 250 pounds is a thing of the past, especially as the NFL orients more and more of the offense around the run. The Jets were looking for a young three down player and Lee will fit that requirment for them from day one.

Some will decry using early picks on off the LOS inside linebackers, but I would refute that point. This argument is the extreme, but is Luke Kuechly valuable to his team? What isn't as valuable is a linebacker who must be replaced on passing plays because he is a thumper ... that's why the linebacker position has been devalued.

Athletically, Lee was one of the most gifted players in this draft class. After running a scorching 40 time, Lee tested out as the most athletically freakish linebacker in this class via his pSPARQ score of 140 -- good for the 92nd percentile in NFL athleticism. This means that Lee is a smooth and fluid runner with freak athleticism who after he masters the playbook will be turned loose in a defense which has elite players both ahead and behind him.

GM Mike Maccagnan also mentioned Lee's age repeatedly during the press conference. This was very interesting to me because Maccagnan also made note of age for first round picks and how Leonard Williams was of a similar age last year. While it might not seem like a big deal, it really is. Age is a undervalued attribute to date in the NFL scouting community. A player who is playing elite football at a younger age is more likely to see that production continue when he makes the jump to the pros. Also, it also lets the Jets consider their second contract with a talented former first rounder when they are still very young ... likely just 25 or 26 years of age.

New York Jets quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick warms up prior to an NFL football game against the Buffalo Bills, Thursday, Nov. 12, 2015, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun) (Bill Kostroun/AP)
New York Jets quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick warms up prior to an NFL football game against the Buffalo Bills, Thursday, Nov. 12, 2015, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun) (Bill Kostroun/AP)

Quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick would "rather not play football" than return to the Jets at their current contract offer, according to Adam Schefter.

Update - 5 p.m.: This report has been refuted by Brian Costello on Twitter. "Fitz wants to play," Costello wrote.

The Jets have reportedly offered between $7-8 million to Fitzpatrick. The team reportedly also prefers an incentive-driven contract offer, but Fitzpatrick is resisting such an offer, according to Brian Costello.

The Jets and Fitzpatrick have been far apart in contract negotitations all offseason. Fitzpatrick is reportedly seeking something comparable to what other NFL starters have gotten this offseason, while the Jets offer has been much lower. 

The Jets have a plan for Fitzpatrick, according to Dom Cosentino of This plan includes placing a value on his worth, given his age (33), his career arc, and whatever their long-term plan is at quarterback.

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I can't tell if this is this is the last hurrah for Fitzpatrick's agent, Jimmy Sexton, in a cash grab move for his client or if Fitzpatrick really feels that way. Either way, it is meant to elicit a response from the Jets front office and if Fitzpatrick is truly content to hang up his cleats it would feel like a very odd and unsatisfying conclusion to this whole sordid affair. I get that Fitzpatrick might feel undervalued but if no single other NFL team is willing to match or better the Jets offer than Fitzpatrick does truly need to consider whether he wants to play for love of money or for love of the game. No judegment from me, but right now it seems like the former rather than the latter.

As for the Jets? I don't think this will do anything to slide their draft board around. Good GMs use their draft board like lazy home chefs use their RONCO chicken rotisserie roasters ... JUST SET IT AND FORGET IT! Maybe this puts the Jets back in play for Brian Hoyer after the draft concludes or maybe this puts the Jets into the trade market for a player like Nick Foles, Mike Glennon or Sam Bradford.  

Let's just hope that Fitzpatrick is willing to come back for his love of the game.

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In the last two years I have had some fun with Excel pivot tables to create graphical representations of the draft class. I used the same method as last year to display how the 2016 NFL Draft projects. To come up with the list, I used the CBS Sports top 1000 prospect list and filtered it down to just the top players who would account for the first seven rounds. Then I added another 44 for priority free agents. This gives a look at how many players at a given position might be drafted in any given round. 

The setup:

First off, let me be clear that no draft board is set up this way. But since we have no way to know how the Jets are setting up their board, all we can do is try to take some of the guesswork out of how it might look.

This year, the Jets have the "fortune" of drafting late in each of the rounds that they currently hold draft picks. It is common sense, but this means that New York could be looking at the scraps from their round or any sliders from previous rounds for a positional perspective.

Here are the results with a color coded "heat map" to demonstrate higher/lower frequencies of players in a given round. After the jump I've added some conclusions and how it pertains to the New York Jets come April 28-30 based on their current slotted picks.

The NFL Draft world is losing its mind -- And Jets fans are reaping the benefits!!! Thanks to a wealth of defensive line talent, two quarterbacks (maybe three when Paxton Lynch goes in the top 20) will go right at the top who had borderline first round grades just a few months ago. That recipe makes for a delicious stew of players who might tumble to the Jets at the 20th pick. Maybe … just maybe … the Jets won't actually draft another defensive lineman with a first round draft pick? The Jets then might be able to easily zag in the first round while the rest of the world zigs? It also might press players down into the teens that the Jets covet yet they might more easily be able to trade up to get.

Chasing the Tackle -- Looking at the offensive lineman positions, if we assume that Laremy Tunsil, Ronnie Stanley and Jack Conklin are all gone before the Jets pick, you can see they would be getting the last of the tackles with a first round grade in Taylor Decker. If Decker is still on the board when the Jets pick they are going to have to consider whether scraping the barrel on first round tackles outweighs getting a better talent at another spot. As always, it comes back to how the Jets have set up their board. If the Jets want to address the spot in the second round, Germain Ifedi and Le'Raven Clark could be options. I like Joe Dahl in the third round and then Joe Haeg and Joe Thuney as third or even potential fourth rounders with decent upside.  

Hard to ignore receiver -- I wish the Jets would have been more involved in the wide receiver class of 2014 since it has proven to be so damn talented, but that's water under the bridge now. If Mike Maccagnan goes strictly by how his board sets up, how other teams draft and a longer and lower talent tier at receiver this all might push the Jets into drafting a receiver in the first three rounds.

The Jets' receivers are set at the first three spots, but Brandon Marshall looks likely to finish his career with the Jets in a few years time, Eric Decker is talented but best as a strong second or "1B" and Devin Smith has yet to stay on the field long enough to prove his worth. Depending on the Jets' board, Laquan Treadwell, Josh Doctson and Corey Coleman could all be staring the Jets in the face with the 20th pick. The second and fourth rounds seem more fungible for the Jets but should Leonte Carroo or Pharoh Cooper be on the board during the Jets' third round selection it would be hard to ignore the value they could bring long term. 

Patience for pursuit - 14 players are designated as either defensive ends or outside linebackers in the first two rounds, according to CBS. If I was the Jets, unless someone like Leonard Floyd fell into my lap at the 20th pick, I would be patient and see who slips into the second round. Could Bronson Kafusi make it to their pick? Would Su'a Cravens be a good fit? Could the Jets hold off on pulling the trigger until the third round, even if it involves trading up, to grab Kyler Fackrell?

Skinny on the interior - Thanks to the scheme change in the college system, this is yet again a tough class to find interior linebacker help. The best shot to not chase talent looks to be in the fourth round. The Jets have enough stopgap options with the return of Erin Henderson and Jamari Lattimore as a developmental player, but if the team wants to find a player who can soak up snaps this year on the interior, the fourth round might be the best place to not miss out on value elsewhere in other rounds.

Running back value on days two and three - With Matt Forte, Bilal Powell and Khiry Robinson in place, the Jets have a formidable group of running backs to shoulder the load this year. But there are some compelling players who might be available in the middle of the draft that could still bring value to this team if given the chance. Alex Collins or CJ Prosise could be options in the third round. There's also Jonathan Williams, Jordan Howard or even specialists like Daniel Lasco or Tyler Ervin who could be value plays in the fourth and maybe even fifth rounds.

Just round the corner - Since the Jets have Darrelle Revis, Buster Skrine, Marcus Williams and Dee Milliner (not so much), they don't have a burning need at the cornerback position. But this is a tremendously deep class of athletic and playmaking cornerbacks. I think the Jets would be wise to take one of the later-round guys they can groom into a contributor given time and coaching.

So who are some players who might fit the bill for the Jets? Notre Dame's Keivarae Russell is a player I have my eye on. The Jets might not want to invest early in him, but Virginia Tech's Kendall Fuller has the pedigree and might wind up being the best of the Fuller family. Rashard Robinson has some concerns off the field but could be a talented player with some player development support as a fourth rounder. 

Maybe the Jets are interested in a safety/corner hybrid like Jalen Mills, and Sean Davis would also be an interesting option who could play from a variety of sets for Todd Bowles defense.  

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QB Paxton Lynch highlights 00:01:04 takes a look at the best plays of the season from Memphis quarterback Paxton Lynch.

If quarterback Paxton Lynch is still on the board when the Jets make their pick at No. 20, they may pass, according to Gary Myers.

Lynch has been linked to the Jets many times this offseason, including an early mock draft from Todd McShay and a few more recent ones.

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For the last three weeks, the conventional logic pointed to the Browns using their pick at number eight to take Paxton Lynch. This crystallized even more once the Eagles moved into the second spot. Could the Browns really be in love with Connor Cook or Christian Hackenberg? Could they avoid a first round QB altogether? Maybe, but that seems unlikely for the Browns, even a new analytics based Browns team. For me, if Lynch slides past the Browns, the free fall begins. This fact is underscored by Daniel Jeremiah who has Lynch out of the first in his most recent mock draft.  

Are the Jets interested in Lynch? I honestly don't think he's smart or decisive enough to run a Chan Gailey offense but that's just my opinion. I wouldn't draft him at twenty and I sure as hell wouldn't draft him at seven. Myers seems to think the Jets are not interested, but consider that all this new haze around Lynch means that he is now the pivot point for the first round. Everyone has an agenda regarding Paxton Lynch because he's the most fungible player.

Some teams want him drafted ahead of him so that another player they truly covet falls further down. Teams late in the first could also be signalling that they aren't interested simply because they are praying that he falls to them at a fantastic value. In short, we really won't know anything until the draft starts playing out and the real proof point will be what happens at the eighth pick and then when the Jets are on the clock.

Corey Griffin and Brian Bassett are gearing up for the 2016 NFL Draft, and Tony Pauline of joins the show to talk about all the options on the table for the Jets.

Daily News Live: Wilkerson 00:02:34
The Daily News Live panel debates whether the Jets should trade All-Pro defensive end Muhammad Wilkerson before the NFL Draft.

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It's time for the 11th Annual TJB draft picks projection contest on TheJetsBlog!

The rules are simple - pick 10 players you think the Jets might draft and you score one point for each one that the Jets select. Trades are irrelevant as you do not need to allocate a round to where a certain guy is selected (undrafted free agent signings do not count). You are allowed 10 selections, even though the Jets currently only have six picks. Obviously they could end up with more or less than six due to trades (and could even, in theory, end up with more than 10).

You can only enter the contest once and we cannot accept any new entries or edits to existing entries once the first pick of the draft has been announced. We also ask that you be specific when mentioning players with commons names such as Jones or Williams.

Let's see if anyone can dethrone the current champion, The Faceless Man. The all-time record is four (although that came in a year where we gave everyone two extra picks because the Jets had 12).

The winner gets our eternal respect (until next year), bragging rights and perhaps a beer or two if any of us ever meet you.

This year's tie breaker question is which number pick in the draft do you expect Ohio State quarterback Cardale Jones to be selected with? Please include your guess with the picks projection.

Post your entries here in the comments or email them to Bent (

Good luck, everyone!

WR Josh Doctson highlights 00:01:25 takes a look at the best plays of the season from TCU wide receiver Josh Doctson.

The New York Jets might select a wide receiver in the first round, according to Ian Rapoport.

The team could pick Josh Doctson or Will Fuller, Rapoport said.

New York has the No. 20 overall pick in the draft.

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This might be pre-draft smokescreen, but GM Mike Maccagnan seems to adhere pretty strictly to a "best player available" mentality when it comes to the draft. The worry among Jets fans at the timing of D'Brickashaw Ferguson's retirement and the quick acquisition of Ryan Clady filled the team's biggest hole as they headed into the draft. While offensive line, edge rusher and interior linebacker help would be major upigrades for the Jets, wide receiver, like cornerback, is a position on which the team needs to consider their longer-term options.

Yes, the Jets have Brandon Marshall and Eric Decker and just drafted Devin Smith in the second round a year ago, but the team isn't without the need. Brandon Marshall had a career year in 2015 and is north of 30 years old. Eric Decker's contract with the Jets runs through 2018, but could the Jets want to get out of it before then?  

The wide receiver class is not as insanely deep and talented as the 2014 class, nor is considered as strong at the top of the 2015 class's Amari Cooper or DeVante Parker. Having said that, many think that Treadwell's physical receiving style is tailor made for the NFL and some have even used DeAndre Hopkins as a comparison. Josh Doctson might an older prospect, but he still has the potential to be a good player and he backed up his film with some solid testing at the NFL Combine.

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Winston Hill, a durable All-Pro offensive tackle who played 15 seasons and helped protect Joe Namath on the way to the New York Jets' Super Bowl victory in 1969, has died. He was 74.

The team announced Tuesday night that Hill, a member of the Jets' inaugural Ring of Honor class in 2010, died in his adopted hometown of Denver.

Hill made a franchise-record eight All-Star teams, the first five at left tackle and the last three on the right side. He also holds the team mark for offensive linemen with 195 consecutive games played, keeping his streak going despite breaking a leg in the 1965 preseason. Hill also was selected in 1970 for the AFL's all-time second team.

Jets owner Woody Johnson called Hill "one of the Jets' all-time greats" in a statement provided by the team.

"I was very sad to hear of the passing of Winston Hill," Johnson said. "He was our most decorated player with a franchise-record eight all-star game appearances. And as accomplished as he was on the field, he was an even better person whose profound impact on his teammates and those who came in contact with him left an impression for a lifetime.

"He was the type of man who, if you were his friend, you thought you were his best friend." >> Read more

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QB Paxton Lynch highlights 00:01:04 takes a look at the best plays of the season from Memphis quarterback Paxton Lynch.

With the NFL draft just two days away, many experts are finalizing their predictions on who will end up where. As of today, many of these analysts are predicting with the 20th overall pick, the New York Jets will select QB Paxton Lynch of Memphis.

The Jets currently have a gaping hole at the quarterback position, as last year's starting QB Ryan Fitzpatrick remains unsigned. 

Lynch had a great season for Memphis in 2015, throwing for career-highs in yards (3,776), touchdowns (28), and a career-low in interceptions (four). His completion percentage of 66.8 percent was also a career-high. Lynch was brought in for a visit with the Jets earlier this month.

Experts such as Bucky Brooks and Charles Davis of, along with Dane Brugler and Will Bronson of, have predicted the Jets will take the Memphis quarterback with their first round pick.

Although Lynch is being projected by many to be Jets' first round selection, there are numerous NFL analysts that believe the Jets will go with a defensive player with their first round pick. Daniel Jeremiah of believes the Jets will pick Clemson DE Kevin Dodd, while Charles Casserly projects Ohio State CB Eli Apple to the Jets in the first round. Meanwhile at, Rob Rang thinks the Jets will select LB Leonard Floyd of Georgia, while Pete Prisco thinks New York will take DE Noah Spence of Eastern Kentucky. 

Two of the Jets' biggest stars of 2015 remain unsigned in Fitzpatrick and DE Muhammad Wilkerson. While no one knows the future of these two players, the question of whether or not they will return to the Jets in 2016 might get answered Thursday night, when GM Mike Maccagnan will have the opportunity to draft a replacement for either player.

Will they draft Paxton Lynch? Will they help the defensive side of the ball by taking a defensive end or a linebacker? Will they select a player no one is expecting? Only time will tell. But with numerous areas of uncertainty still surrounding the Jets, a little bit of clarity would definitely be welcomed by all parties involved.

Tags: Muhammad Wilkerson , Ryan Fitzpatrick

CB Eli Apple highlights 00:01:03 takes a look at the best plays of the season from Ohio State cornerback Eli Apple.

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In the run-up to the draft, we've been spotlighting some random individuals who may or may not be potential selections for the Jets. We wrap up the series today with Ohio State cornerback Eli Apple.

Position: Cornerback

Height: 6'1"

Weight: 199 lbs

Interesting Statistics: 33 tackles, seven passes defended and one interception in 2015. Fourth in the Big Ten in passes defended (10) and seventh in interceptions (three) in 2014.

Strengths: Explosive; Good size and speed; Stays with his man well in man-to-man coverage; Contributes in run support


Weaknesses: Better in man-to-man coverage than zone; Has a tendency to grab at times; Will occasionally miss tackles; Doesn't always look back for the ball

Notable Measurables: Ran a 4.40 40-yard dash at the combine but didn't complete a full workout due to cramps. Ran a good short shuttle (4.08) at his pro day, but his three cone drill was below average (7.00).

Projected: Rated as a late first rounder on PFF's big board; Rated as the No. 20 prospect per CBS Sports

Jets' Interest Level: The Jets were one of eight NFL teams that Apple met with and Todd McShay mocked him to the Jets at No. 20 in March

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DL Sheldon Rankins highlights 00:00:38 looks at the best plays of the season from Louisville defensive lineman Sheldon Rankins.

As we move towards the draft, we're going to be spotlighting some random individuals who may or may not be potential selections for the Jets.

Position: Defensive Tackle

Height: 6'1"

Weight: 299

Interesting Statistics: Career high 58 tackles in 2015. 5th in ACC with eight sacks and 14 tackles for loss in 2014.

Strengths: Explosive; Good against the run and as a pass rusher; Can handle two-gapping assignments; Strong at the point of attack


Weaknesses: Lacks ideal height and length; Production slipped down stretch in 2015; Coming off a knee injury in January

Notable Measurables: Ran a 5.03 40-yard dash at the combine. Other measurables were excellent, including a 34.5" vertical and a 118" broad jump.

Projected: Rated as the 8th best prospect on PFF's big board; Rated as 14th best per CBS.

Jets' Interest Level: There have been no specific reports of Jets' interest in Rankins and no high profile experts linking him to the Jets.



Next up: Eli Apple, CB, Ohio State

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(Mark J. Rebilas)

Tom Brady's four-game suspension was restored by the U.S. Appeals court on Monday, according to multiple reports.

Monday's ruling reversed an earlier judge's decision from last September, when Brady's suspension was overturned.

While restoring the suspension on Monday, the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New York ruled that NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell "properly exercised his discretion under a collective bargaining agreement" while imposing the initial suspension, according to Reuters.

The Jets face the Patriots this season in Week 12 and Week 16.

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This is an interesting development and seems like an unlikely (and yet not surprising, because of course) turn in this whole saga. This looked finished last summer, but it seems nothing shy of a Supreme Court ruling in this case will be the final say. So this might not be the end...again.

Regarding what this means for the Jets specifically? Since the Jets and Patriots don't face off until Week 12, this wouldn't make a difference in any actual matchups. So any "advantage" the Jets season might gain by seeing Brady suspended would have to be indirect. For instance: if Brady's suspension leads to more losses while the Patriots muddle through without their quarterback.

But here's an interesting although unlikely thought: Could the Patriots woo Ryan Fitzpatrick to come play for them as Brady's backup? It's possible but seems extremely improbable. I don't think Fitzpatrick would lower his monetary requests and New England seemed ready to go to the brink in 2015 with Jimmy Garappolo when Brady was under the shadow of suspension last season.

LB Myles Jack highlights 00:00:31 provides the best plays of the season from UCLA linebacker Myles Jack.

As we move towards the draft, we're going to be spotlighting some random players who may or may not be potential selections for the Jets.

Player: Myles Jack

Position: Linebacker

Height: 6'1"

Weight: 245

Interesting Statistics: Career high 87 tackles in 2014. Second in Pac-12 with 11 passes defensed in 2013. Also rushed for 387 yards and 11 touchdowns at 5.7 yards per carry over the course of his career at UCLA.

Strengths: Tremendous athlete; Extremely versatile; Excellent coverage abilities; Sure tackler.

Weaknesses: Knee concerns; May be considered a tweener; Commits a lot of penalties.

Notable Measurables: Couldn't perform a full workout at the combine due to injury, but did 19 bench press reps and then showed off a 40" vertical and 124" broad jump at his pro day; 40-yard dash speed is projected at around 4.5; Has long arms (33 5/8").

Projected: Rated as the sixth best prospect on PFF's big board. Rated as fourth best per CBS.

Jets' Interest Level: The team met with Jack at the combine, although it's considered unlikely he will be available when they pick >> Read more

Next up: Sheldon Rankins, DT, Louisville

WR Sterling Shepard highlights 00:01:32 takes a look at the best plays of the season from Oklahoma wide receiver Sterling Shepard.

As we move toward the draft, we're going to be spotlighting some random individuals who may or may not be potential selections for the Jets.

Position: Wide Receiver (Oklahoma)

Height: 5-foot-10

Weight: 194

Interesting Statistics: Second in the Big 12 in receptions (86) and 3rd in yards (1,288) and touchdowns (11) in 2015. Led the Big 12 in yards per reception in 2014.

Strengths: Outstanding production out of the slot; Reliable hands; Good route running ability; Can make plays down the field

Weaknesses: Lacks ideal size; Lined up almost exclusively on the right in 2015; Not particularly physical

Notable Measurables: Ran a 4.48 40-yard dash at the combine. Mostly good numbers otherwise, including a 41-inch vertical jump. Surprisingly had below average agility numbers.

Projected: Rated as late first-round prospect on PFF's big board.;  Has second-round grade per CBS,

Jets' Interest Level: There have been no specific reports of interest in Shepard, who may be too small for Chan Gailey's system anyway.

Read More. . . .

Next up: Myles Jack, LB, UCLA

LB Joe Schobert highlights 00:01:04 takes a look at the best plays of the season from Wisconsin linebacker Joe Schobert.

As we move towards the draft, we're going to be spotlighting some random individuals who may or may not be potential selections for the Jets.

Position: Outside Linebacker

Height: 6-foot-1

Weight: 244 pounds

Interesting Statistics: Had 9.5 sacks and four forced fumbles in 2015. Also led the Big Ten with 20 tackles for loss.

Strengths: Outstanding production as a pass rusher, sheds blocks well, can handle coverage assignments and is disciplined.


Weaknesses: Lacks ideal size, has average athleticism and might struggle to hold up at the point of attack against NFL linemen.

Notable Measurables: Ran a 4.76-second 40-yard dash at the NFL Combine. The rest of his numbers were average. He improved slightly on his vertical jump (35.5 inches) and broad jump (115 inches) at his pro day.

Projected: Rated as a second-round prospect on PFF's big board. Has a fourth-round grade, per CBS.

Jets' Interest Level: There are no specific reports of the Jets being interested in Schobert, but Chris Burke of Sports Illustrated mocked Schobert to the Jets in the third round a few days ago. >> Read More

Next up: Sterling Shepard, WR, Oklahoma 

New York Jets general manager Mike Maccagnan before a game against the New York Giants at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner)
New York Jets general manager Mike Maccagnan before a game against the New York Giants at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner)

Mike Maccagnan and the New York Jets head into the NFL draft without answers to a few major questions.

And that's before they even go on the clock Thursday with the 20th overall pick.

Ryan Fitzpatrick remains unsigned, leaving the Jets' quarterback situation unsettled. The 33-year-old Fitzpatrick threw a franchise-record 31 touchdown passes last season, but is a free agent looking for a big payday.

He would like to be back, and looked pretty chummy with Jets wide receiver Eric Decker and center Nick Mangold, among others, at a Rangers NHL playoff game at Madison Square Garden earlier in the week. The Jets have also said they'd like Fitzpatrick to return, but the sides remained locked in a contract stare down.

The question is: Who'll blink first?

Or, will the Jets operate under the increasingly real possibility Fitzpatrick will still be a free agent by the time New York starts building its future through the draft?

The status of Pro Bowl defensive end Muhammad Wilkerson also remains uncertain, with rumors swirling the Jets could look to deal him to move up and maybe take one of the top quarterbacks available.

Wilkerson has yet to sign his franchise tag tender, worth $15.7 million, and won't attend voluntary workouts as he seeks a contract extension. He's also rehabilitating from a broken right leg, but should be ready for the start of the regular season. >> Read more

Tags: Muhammad Wilkerson , Ryan Fitzpatrick

WR Rashard Higgins highlights 00:00:55 takes a look at the best plays of Colorado State wide receiver Rashard Higgins.

As we move towards the draft, we're going to be spotlighting some random individuals who may or may not be potential selections for the Jets.

Position: Wide Receiver

Height: 6-foot-1

Weight: 196 pounds

Interesting Statistics: Led the nation in 2014 with 1,750 receiving yards and 17 touchdown catches. His production slipped in 2015, but still had a 1,000-yard season.

Strengths: Excellent route runner, good hands, and gets yards after the catch. 


Weaknesses: Doesn't have elite speed, lacks physicality and won't contribute much as a blocker.

Notable Measurables: Ran a 4.64-second 40-yard dash at the NFL Combine and didn't improve upon that at his pro day. The rest of his workout numbers were poor. Has big (9.75-inch) hands.

Projected: Rated as a second-round prospect on PFF's big board. Has a second-to-third round grade, per CBS

Jets' Interest Level: There are no specific reports of the Jets being interested in Higgins and no high-profile experts have mocked Higgins to the Jets. >> Read more 

Next up: Joe Schobert, DE/OLB, Wisconsin 

With Corey Griffin traveling and Mike Maccagnan talking, Brian Bassett takes the mic solo and delivers the show with an assist from the readers and listeners.

The Mailbag is busted open to cover all kinds of topics…such as quarterback, Muhammad Wilkerson, the salary cap, the NFL Draft, and more.

Tags: Muhammad Wilkerson , Ryan Fitzpatrick

Maccagnan on Ryan Fitzpatrick 00:01:17
Jets general manager Mike Maccagnan talks about the prospects of signing quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick once next week's NFL draft is done.

Jets GM Mike Maccagnan spoke with the media on Friday. Here's what we learned...

  • The Jets' goal is to faciliate a deal with free agent QB Ryan Fitzpatrick.
  • Their visit with free agent QB Brian Hoyer was "due diligence."
  • The Jets have no plans to rescind Mo Wilkerson's franchise tag and added the team isn't "actively shopping" Wilkerson.
  • Memphis QB Paxton Lynch has an "intriguing" skill set.
  • The Jets inquired about the No. 1 pick in the NFL Draft while the Titans still had it.
  • Maccagnan would consider drafting a quarterback at any point in the draft.
  • Ryan Clady is "good to go" health-wise.

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As expected, the Jets making a deal with Ryan Fitzpatrick is the main remaining priority of free agency. And their commitment should put fans at ease about the likelihood of that happening before training camp.

While Maccagnan refused to put a timeframe on when such a deal would be struck, it sounds as if he is not panicking about the Jets making the decision. He knows how late the naming of Fitzpatrick was as the team's starter in 2015 and it didn't seem to have any detrimential effects. Hoyer might be a fallback option for the Jets, but the urgency that was put around them on making a deal by some NFL insiders seems to have faded away just days later.

As far as Paxton Lynch, I'm not taking the cheese. He certainly has a compelling and "intriguing" skill set, but his decision-making needs major improvement. And considering that he was having trouble with his reads and in-play decisions at Memphis, the NFL will be a rude awakening. Lynch is someone who could be in play for the Jets in the first round, but they will likely have to move up past the Browns at the eighth pick to make such a selection.

The news on Clady being in good shape is great. The Jets did a great job acquiring Clady for a minimal investment and he should provide enough help at the position to make it through the year. But I still expect the Jets will use some of their early draft picks on linemen.

Tags: Muhammad Wilkerson , Ryan Fitzpatrick

DE Bronson Kaufusi highlights 00:01:18 takes a look at the best plays of the season from BYU defensive end Bronson Kaufusi.

As we move toward the draft, we're going to be spotlighting some random players who may or may not be potential selections for the Jets.

Player: Bronson Kaufusi

Position: Defensive End

Height: 6'6"

Weight: 285

Interesting Statistics: Set career highs in tackles (57), tackles for loss (18.5), sacks (10) and forced fumbles (3) as a senior.

Strengths: Outstanding production both in the running game and as a pass-rusher, has played in a variety of different roles, relentless pass-rusher.

Weaknesses: Struggles to hold up at the point of attack, lacks elite power and explosiveness, somewhat of a tweener who is probably best suited to being a 3-4 defensive end.

Notable Measurables: Ran a 4.87 40-yard dash at the combine. Agility numbers (4.25 short shuttle, 7.03 three-cone) are excellent. Has good length. (34.5" arms).

Projected: Rated as a third round prospect on PFF's big board. Has a third or fourth round grade per CBS.

Jets' Interest Level: According to Josh Norris from Rotoworld/NBC, the Jets were among eight NFL teams that Kaufusi was scheduled to visit with or work out for >> Read more

Next up: Rashard Higgins, WR, Colorado State

RB Alex Collins highlights 00:01:26 takes a look at the best plays of the season from Arkansas running back Alex Collins.

As we move toward the draft, we're going to be spotlighting some players who may or may not be potential selections for the Jets.

Player: Alex Collins

Position: Running back

Height: 5-foot-10

Weight: 217 pounds

Interesting statistics: Rushed for 1,000 yards in three straight years at Arkansas, including a career-best 1,577 yards in his final season. His 20 rushing touchdowns in 2015 were the sixth-most in the nation.

Strengths: Burst and acceleration; runs with power; success in a variety of schemes; plenty of experience of being used in pass protection

Weaknesses: Low production as a pass catcher; has had some issues with fumbles; lacks elite athleticism

Notable measurables: Combine numbers were disappointing, as he didn't complete the workout due to a headache. At his pro day, he improved upon his vertical jump by four inches (32.5 inches).

Projected: Rated as a third-round prospect on PFF's big board. Has a grade between the third and fourth rounds per CBS.

Jets' interest level: There have been no specific reports of the Jets showing interest in Collins and no high profile analysts have mocked him to the Jets. >> Read more

Next up: Bronson Kaufasi, DE, BYU

Victor Ochi highlights 00:01:00 takes a look at the highlights of Stony Brook defensive lineman Victor Ochi.

As we move toward next week's draft, we're going to be spotlighting random players who may or may not be potential selections for the Jets. 

Player: Victor Ochi

Position: Defensive End/Outside Linebacker

Height: 6-foot-1

Weight: 246

Interesting Statistics: Improved on his sack numbers in each of his four seasons at Stony Brook, culminating with 13 in his senior year.

Strengths: Bends the edge on outside rushes, Explosive power, Relentless in pursuit, Sets the edge well

Weaknesses: Played against low-level competition; Lacks experience of coverage roles required to play linebacker, Undersized, Shoulder issues in past

Notable Measurables: Ran a 4.86 40-yard dash at the combine. His 119-inch broad jump was good, but other athletic numbers were poor. Has good length (33.75-inch arm length) despite being undersized.

Projected: Not ranked on PFF's big board7th round grade per CBS

Jets' Interest Level: The Jets sent a scout to Ochi's pro day and hosted him for a local visit last week.

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Next up: Alex Collins, RB, Arkansas

WR Josh Doctson highlights 00:01:25 takes a look at the best plays of the season from TCU wide receiver Josh Doctson.

As we move towards the draft, we're going to be spotlighting some random individuals who may or may not be potential selections for the Jets.

Player: Josh Doctson

Position: Wide Receiver

Height: 6'2"

Weight: 202

Interesting Statistics: Surpassed 1,000 yards receiving in each of his last two years and added 25 touchdowns. Second in the Big 12 for receiving yards (1,326) in 2015.

Strengths: Statistically productive, deep threat, can go up to get it in traffic, produced well when used in the slot.

Weaknesses: Lacks elite speed, occasional dropped passes, not an impact blocker, recovering from wrist injury.

Notable Measurables: Ran a 4.50 40-yard dash at the scouting combine. Outstanding explosiveness and agility numbers. Big hands.

Projected: 10th-ranked per PFF big board. 26th-ranked per CBS.

Jets' Interest Level: There have been no reports of Jets interest in or meetings with Doctson and no high profile analysts have mocked him to the Jets >> Read more

Next up: Victor Ochi, DE/OLB, Stony Brook

DE Emmanuel Ogbah highlights 00:01:28 looks at the best plays of the season from Oklahoma State defensive end Emmanuel Ogbah.

As we move towards the draft, we're going to be spotlighting some random individuals who may or may not be potential selections for the Jets.

Player: Emmanuel Ogbah

Position: Defensive End

Height: 6'4"

Weight: 273

Interesting Statistics: Led the Big 12 with 12.5 sacks in 2015. Nine passes defensed and five forced fumbles over the past two seasons.

Strengths: Productive pass rusher, Powerful and explosive, Good speed for his size, Uses hands well to get off blocks.

Weaknesses: Less productive as a run defender, Inconsistent with pad level, Somewhat one-dimensional as a pass rusher

Notable Measurables: Ran a 4.63 40-yard dash at the scouting combine. Outstanding numbers for vertical (35.5") and broad jump (121") but below average in agility drills.

Projected: Early second round pick per PFF big board. Also projected as a second round pick by CBS.

Jets' Interest Level: There are no reports of the Jets showing specific interest in Ogbah. Bucky Brooks mocked him to the Jets at 20 in his mock draft in March. >> Read more

Next up: Josh Doctson, WR, TCU

The Jets have signed OT Luke Marquardt, according to Rich Cimini of ESPN.

Marquardt, 26, jouned the 49ers as an undrafted free agent in 2013.

He has yet to appear in an NFL game.

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Marquardt sounds like the ultimate reclamation project. He's enormous (6'8", 311) and a former basketball player, so he would bring some length and athleticism to the tackle position. The problem is that he's been struggling for years with serious injury issues. He's had multiple surgeries to repair a broken foot and hasn't played in an organized football game since November 2011.

Prior to these injuries, Marquardt had started 25 of 30 games at Asuza Pacific and reportedly turned heads at the combine in 2013 due to his "sculpted physique" despite being unable to work out other than doing positional drills.

He went undrafted despite having been a projected mid-rounder prior to his injury and a projected late-rounder after getting hurt. Having spent his rookie year on the 49ers' non-football injury list, Marquardt was released with an injury settlement in 2014, although at the time it was anticipated that he would return to the team later in the season.

Clearly this is not a player we can expect to contribute this year, but maybe he has some promise as a long-term project. It would be some story if he made it at the pro level after all he's endured.

Philadelphia Eagles executive vice president of football operations Howie Roseman speaks to the media during the 2016 NFL Scouting Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. (Trevor Ruszkowski)
Philadelphia Eagles executive vice president of football operations Howie Roseman speaks to the media during the 2016 NFL Scouting Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. (Trevor Ruszkowski)

Desperate for a franchise quarterback, the Philadelphia Eagles can get their man. Soon.

The Cleveland Browns will wait for their guy.

The Eagles acquired the No. 2 overall pick in next week's draft from Cleveland in exchange for five picks on Wednesday. The Browns are getting Philadelphia's first-round pick this year (No. 8), a third-round pick (No. 77) and fourth-rounder (No. 100), plus a first-rounder in 2017 and a fourth-rounder in 2018.

Cleveland also sends a fourth-round pick in 2017 to the Eagles.

The trade allows Philadelphia to select one of the top quarterback prospects, Carson Wentz of North Dakota State or Jared Goff of California at No. 2. The Los Angeles Rams already acquired the top overall pick from Tennessee for a slew of picks and have indicated they will take a quarterback.

It is the fourth time the top two selections in the draft have been dealt.

"These guys are pretty even," Eagles coach Doug Pederson said of Wentz and Goff. "From all the physical tools, both of them are extremely gifted. Good arm strength, good mobility. Obviously, Carson is a little bigger, maybe a little better athlete right now. There's not much separating those two."

The Eagles signed Sam Bradford to a $35 million, two-year contract in March. They also signed backup Chase Daniel to a $21 million, three-year deal. But Howie Roseman, the executive vice president of football operations, couldn't resist an opportunity to move up after acquiring the No. 8 pick from Miami for cornerback Byron Maxwell, linebacker Kiko Alonso and the 13th overall pick. >> Read more...

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After the Titans-Rams trade last week and now this, I think it is fair to say that the Jets are now locked out of grabbing either Jared Goff or Carson Wentz in this draft. Studies show that drafting a quarterback in the first round has the highest statistical likelihood of success so for the Jets, this doesn't bode well on their chances at finding a quarterback who could start games for them in 2016 (or beyond) in the 2016 NFL Draft unless they somehow secure the other potential first round quarterback Paxton Lynch.

Expecting Lynch to fall to 20 seems unlikely, so if we expect that Wentz and Goff will be off the board in the first two picks, there is a possibility that the Jets could move ahead of the Browns by working out a Mo Wilkerson trade with the Niners for the seventh pick.

Lynch might have potential, but is decidedly very raw and moving up to draft what amounts to at best a 50/50 proposition at quarterback seems dicey. Unless the organization is in agreement that Paxton Lynch is the future of this team, the Jets might be best to let the draft fall as it may to them now that the Eagles have moved up to the second pick.

So what about Bradford? Is he someone that could be available to the Jets? Eagles GM Howie Roseman has demonstrated a willingness to take his lumps on dead money this offseason as evidenced by his trade of DeMarco Murray to the Titans and Kiko Alonso/Byron Maxwell trade with the Dolphins. Would Roseman be willing to eat another $11 million? I wouldn't rule it out entirely but that is a lot of money just months after signing Bradford to a lucrative contract.

Tags: Cleveland Browns , Philadelphia Eagles

Houston Texans quarterback Brian Hoyer (Kevin Hoffman/USA Today Sports Images)
Houston Texans quarterback Brian Hoyer (Kevin Hoffman/USA Today Sports Images)

Free agent quarterback Brian Hoyer visited the Jets on Tuesday and Wednesday.


April 20, 1:47 p.m.: Hoyer is reportedly still meeting with the Jets, according to Rich Cimini. New York is aware of Hoyer's planned trip to Denver.

April 20, 1:30 p.m.: Hoyer will visit the Denver Broncos next, according to Adam Schefter.

April 19, 7:00 p.m.: The Jets could offer Hoyer a contract by Wednesday, surmises Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports.

Canfora notes that it wouldn't preclude the team from re-signing free agent QB Ryan Fitzpatrick.

However, ESPN recently reported that the Jets were simply doing their "due diligence" with Hoyer.

Previous reports and reaction

The New York Jets planned to visit with Hoyer on Tuesday as long as the weather and flooding in Houston permits him to, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport.

Hoyer, whom the Houston Texans cut on Sunday, was on the Jets' radar last offseason before signing a deal with Houston. After the Texans signed Hoyer to a one-year deal last year, the Jets traded a conditional seventh-round pick to the Texans for Ryan Fitzpatrick.

Though the Jets still have Geno Smith and Bryce Petty on the roster, Fitzpatrick, who is still at an impasse with the Jets regarding a potential deal, remains New York's preference, according to the New York Daily News' Manish Mehta. However, the Jets still have interest in Hoyer after missing out on him last year.

The 30-year-old Hoyer, who also played 14 games for the Browns in 2014, threw for 2,606 yards on 224-of-369 passing with 19 touchdowns and seven interceptions in 11 regular-season games for Houston last season. Four or five other teams are also interested in Hoyer, according to ESPN's Adam Caplan.

What happens regarding Hoyer and Fitzpatrick will not affect the Jets' draft plans, according to NFL Network's Albert Breer.

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We will find out soon enough whether the Jets' interest in signing Hoyer is a bluff to force Ryan Fitzpatrick's hand or actual genuine interest in Hoyer.

Just because the Jets might sign Hoyer doesn't mean signing Fitzpatrick would be dead. Instead, it just might mean the Jets will hold the line on what they are willing to pay him. If anything, it might indicate that the Jets think there is a secondary market for Geno Smith while they promote Bryce Petty up on the depth chart.

In the unlikely event signing Hoyer kills the talks with Fitzpatrick and the Jets move Smith for a late draft pick, I would be very concerned about their roster depth without them making a move for a potential starter in this draft class or via another trade.

Tags: Bryce Petty , Geno Smith , Ryan Fitzpatrick

Robert Nkemdiche highlights 00:01:27 takes a look at the highlights of Ole Miss defensive lineman Robert Nkemdiche

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As we move towards the draft, we're going to be spotlighting some random individuals who may or may not be potential selections for the Jets.

Position: Defensive Lineman

Height: 6'3"

Weight: 294

Interesting Statistics: Set career marks in sacks (3) and tackles for loss (7) in 2015. He also rushed for 65 yards and three touchdowns on 10 touches as a short yardage back.

Strengths: Athletic, good pass rush moves, powerful and explosive.


Weaknesses: Maturity concerns, unlikely to hold up against the run on the interior, modest statistical production.

Notable Measurables: Ran a 4.87 40-yard dash at the scouting combine. Posted outstanding numbers on his vertical (35") and broad jump (116").

Projected: Mid-second round pick per PFF big board, second-to-fourth round pick per CBS Sports

Jets' Interest Level: There are no reports of the Jets showing specific interest in Nkemdiche. Lance Zierlein of projected Nkemdiche to the Jets at No. 20 in his March mock draft.

Read More…   

Next up: Emmanuel Ogbah, DE, Oklahoma State

North Carolina Central defensive back Ryan Smith goes through a workout drill during the 2016 NFL Scouting Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. (Brian Spurlock/USA Today Sports Images)
North Carolina Central defensive back Ryan Smith goes through a workout drill during the 2016 NFL Scouting Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. (Brian Spurlock/USA Today Sports Images)

The New York Jets are among six teams to hold a private workout with defensive back Ryan Smith ahead of the NFL Draft, according to the Houston Chronicle's Aaron Wilson.

The 5-foot-11, 189-pound Smith, who spent four years at North Carolina Central, also worked out with the Arizona Cardinals, Baltimore Ravens, Carolina Panthers, Detroit Lions and New England Patriots, according to Wilson.

He has also visited with the Miami Dolphins, Minnesota Vikings, Oakland Raiders, Pittsburgh Steelers and Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and plans to visit with the Los Angeles Rams, according to Wilson.

Smith made 168 solo tackles in his career, and as a senior, recorded two interceptions and nine pass breakups. He also averaged 28.1 yards per kick return as a senior.

He ran a 4.47-second 40-yard dash, had a vertical jump of 36 inches and recorded a 122-inch broad jump at the NFL Combine.

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Daily News Live: Jets 00:04:34
The Daily News Live panel discuss why the Jets brought in quarterback Brian Hoyer for a workout and what it means for Ryan Fitzpatrick.

QB Connor Cook highlights 00:01:01 takes a look at the best plays of the season from Michigan State quarterback Connor Cook.

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As we move towards the draft, we're going to be spotlighting some random individuals who may or may not be potential selections for the Jets.

Position: Quarterback

Height: 6'4"

Weight: 217

Interesting Statistics: 3.2 touchdown to interception ratio for his career. Never attained a 60 percent completion percentage in any one season. Led the Big Ten in passing yards in 2014 and touchdown passes in 2015.

Strengths: Can make impressive downfield throws, accurate when throwing into tight coverage, good on third down, good athlete

Weaknesses: Leadership questions, Inconsistent on short passes, Struggles when pressured

Notable Measurables: Ran a 4.79 40-yard dash at the scouting combine. Above average numbers in each combine workout discipline apart from the short shuttle.

Projected: Late third/early fourth pick, per Pro Football Focus big board. However, CBS Sports predicts Cook to be a first-to-second round selection.

Jets' Interest Level: They sent three scouts and quarterbacks coach Kevin Patullo to watch Cook's pro day. Pro Football Focus mocked Cook to the Jets in the third round of their recent three round mock draft.  

Read More…

Next up: Robert Nkemdiche, DL, Mississippi

Reggie Ragland highlights 00:01:23 takes a look at the best plays of the season from Alabama linebacker Reggie Ragland.

As we move toward the draft, we're going to be spotlighting some random individuals who may or may not be potential selections for the Jets.

Position: Linebacker

Height: 6-foot-1

Weight: 247 pounds

Interesting statistics: 102 tackles in 2015 (sixth in the SEC). Also set career highs in passes defensed (seven) and sacks (2.5).

Strengths: Size and strength, versatility, good instincts, pass-rushing ability

Weaknesses: Limited range, questions about his coverage abilities, missed tackles

Notable measurables: Ran a 4.72-second 40-yard dash at the scouting combine. His 4.28-second short shuttle and 116-inch broad jump are good for his size.

Projected: No. 26 pick per PFF big board. No. 15 pick per CBS.

Jets' interest level: The Jets met with Ragland at the Senior Bowl. Mel Kiper mocked him to the Jets at 20 in March.

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Next up: Connor Cook, QB, Michigan State

Penn State Nittany Lions quarterback Christian Hackenberg throws a pass during the 2016 NFL Scouting Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. (Brian Spurlock/USA Today Sports Images)
Penn State Nittany Lions quarterback Christian Hackenberg throws a pass during the 2016 NFL Scouting Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. (Brian Spurlock/USA Today Sports Images)

The New York Jets visited with former Penn State quarterback Christian Hackenberg on Monday., according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport.

The Jets have also visited with former California quarterback Jared Goff and several defensive prospects as the NFL Draft approaches.

Hackenberg threw for 2,525 yards, 16 touchdowns and six interceptions for the Nittany Lions last year. In his three-year career at Penn State, he threw for 8,457 yards, 48 touchdowns and 31 interceptions.

He is also slated to visit with the Washington Redskins on Tuesday, according to Rapoport.

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