New York Jets NFL draft picks: 2017 round-by-round results, grades
The Jets are at a crossroads in Mike Maccagnan’s tenure as GM, with uncertainty at quarterback and depth issues elsewhere on the roster. Who will they draft? We’re breaking down every selection below.
Here's the full list of picks the Jets hold in the 2017 draft, which will be updated as each selection is made.
Round 1, Pick 6 (No. 6 overall)
Jamal Adams, S, LSU: The start of the draft worked out like a dream for the Jets (unless they secretly had their sights set on Trubisky)—a QB and a RB went in the top five, meaning they had their choice of Adams and O.J. Howard, among others. Adams is the right pick. Only the NFL’s aversion to taking safeties in the top five kept Adams from being a lock in a spot higher than this. He has all the makings of a defensive centerpiece at the next level. His arrival in New York might signal that Calvin Pryor’s days are numbered, because Adams should spend most of his time in the box and over the slot. Regardless, Jets coach Todd Bowles will max out the ways in which Adams can be useful. GRADE: A
Round 2, Pick 7 (No. 39)
Marcus Maye, S, Florida: Two picks, two safeties for the Jets, who just remade the back end of their secondary by adding Jamal Adams and Maye. That’s a lot of physicality and versatility paired together, and it’s obvious Todd Bowles helped drive those picks. But back-to-back safeties when there are so many other needs here? Grade: B-
Round 3, Pick 15 (No. 79)
ArDarius Stewart, WR, Alabama: Stewart is a lightning bolt with the ball in his hands—a raw receiver in his technique, but an exciting playmaker who can be used in myriad ways. He’s also something of a luxury pick, for a team with no room for one. There’s already speed in the Jets’ receiving corps. Grade: C
Round 4, Pick 35 (No. 141) Chad Hansen, WR, Cal
Round 5, Pick 6 (No. 150) Jordan Leggett, TE, Clemson
Round 5, Pick 38 (No. 181) Dylan Donahue, DL, West Georgia
Round 6, Pick 4 (No. 188) Elijah McGuire, RB, Louisiana-Lafayette
Round 6, Pick 13 (No. 197) Jeremy Clark, DB, Michigan
Round 6, Pick 20 (No. 204) Derrick Jones, DB, Ole Miss