Over the course of May, both Kyle Crabbs 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:
|181||EDGE||Dylan Donahue||West Georgia|
Best Value: WR Chad Hansen, Cal
Chad Hansen made the most of his lone season as a starting wide receiver playing alongside quarterback Davis Webb. Despite running a limited route tree in college, Hansen is a fluid athlete with good short area burst, which will help his development. Hansen has natural hands and routinely plucks the football out of the air and away from his body. He positions himself well at the catch point to compete and aggressively attacks the football in the air.
His overall body control and play strength help him beat physical corners as a route-runner and concentrate at the catch point. There is enough twitch and juice present to be a factor after the catch. Hansen has a transition in front of him to the complexities of an NFL scheme, but his year three projection is that of a starter.
Worst Value: S Marcus Maye, Florida
Marcus Maye profiles as a strong safety at the next level where is ability to attack downhill and cover short zones are accentuated. Playing with an enforcers mentality, Maye has an aggressive demeanor in his approach to the game. Whether it’s closing downhill on a run play, rerouting a receiver or attacking the football at the catch point, Maye does it with urgency at intent. His overall awareness and reactionary skills are adequate.
Maye does have his share of over aggressive moments that take himself out of plays, particularly as a tackler. He doesn’t offer the most exciting ball skills as the combination of playing the football in the air and staying connected with his man is a challenge. Maye should be a viable starter and special teams standout but was too rich for my blood at 39 overall given he was my 99th rated player in the class.
Could Surprise: WR ArDarius Stewart, Alabama
ArDarius Stewart offers significant
upside as a number two receiver and a wide-ranging set of skills. Stewart is dominant after the catch and it will be a priority for his team to get him touches in quick game, on screens, and even on jet sweeps. He can create yards for himself and is explosive with the ball in his hands.
Able to work the intermediate and deep levels of the field, Stewart runs good routes and can take the top off the defense with his vertical speed. His hands are solid and he does well to track the football and adjust his body to make plays. Stewart has should provide exciting versatility and prove a valuable weapon for an NFL offense.