Over the course of May, both Joe Marino and I will be assessing each team’s specific Draft class. The objective here is to identify value: where it was best and where it was worst. NDT Premium members will soon be able to access the comprehensive breakdowns of draft classes as well, which looks at the pick by pick breakdown of value across our respective 2017 NFL Draft boards. Today I look at the New York Jets.
The full list of their 2017 NFL Draft class is below:
|6||S||Jamal Adams||Louisiana State|
|181||EDGE||Dylan Donahue||West Georgia|
Best Value: RB Elijah McGuire, Louisiana-Lafayette
McGuire brings something to the Jets backfield that they currently don’t have: twitch and wiggle. McGuire is an underrated runner with similar size and productivity to current Ravens RB Kenneth Dixon.
Much like Dixon, McGuire is built low to the ground and has the balance to start and stop with effectiveness and force missed tackles. McGuire has an impressive receiving skill set as well. There’s reason to think McGuire can push for reps early on with the Jets; as he’s got skills the other backs on the Jets roster do not.
Worst Value: WR ArDarius Stewart, Alabama
Stewart is an explosive player but he’s still somewhat one dimensional as a receiver. Stewart’s touches are going to need to come vertically or behind the line of scrimmage early on in his career.
As a result, he figures to have a steeper learning curve, especially in an offense that doesn’t have much in the way of consistency and structure in the passing game. A player with upside, the Jets nabbed him about a round before I would have targeted him personally.
This value was a toss up between Stewart and Marcus Maye.
Could Surprise: WR Chad Hansen, California
I like Hansen; especially in the range the Jets were able to secure his services. I think Hansen has similar route strengths to the previously mentioned Stewart; although they’re very different players with the ball in their hands.
Hansen has great leaping ability and it’s apparent in the Jets’ investments they’re looking to push the ball vertically. Hansen has good ball skills and the desired length to win 50/50 throws.