2016 Jets Draft Review
Round 1 (Pick 20) – Linebacker, Darron Lee, Ohio State: I feel like the Jets have had a need to improve team speed for my entire life. I also feel like the Jets have needed to inject youth and speed into the linebacker corps for years. This pick is trying to address both of these needs and that's good. Darron Lee is the type of player who can thrive in the modern NFL as a hybrid jack of all trades type. Whether it's weak side, strong side LB or safety in nickel/dime sets, Lee brings a lot of potential versatility to the table. With the league being more wide open offensively, it's imperative to be able to be multiple and have guys who can be movable chess pieces. Given his current frame, taking on blockers at the point of attack might be an issue out of the gate and thus he probably won't be an every down linebacker from jump. That said, as he fills out a bit he can be a major impact player for the Jets.
Round 2 (Pick 51) – Quarterback, Christian Hackenberg, Penn State: Hate, hate, hate, hate, hate. I've been begging for the Jets not to take this guy for months. All the while I knew that they would take him because they enjoy torturing me. This pick was the most divisive amongst scout, personnel people and the Jets fan base. I didn't understand the pick because I simply don't believe Hackenberg is a good prospect. Skittish, bad decision making, inaccurate prospects that have two bad years in college turn out to be good pros what percentage of the time? Much like how Jets fans are currently talking themselves into it, it feels like Jets management did the same amongst themselves and ended up doing something that’s a bad idea in my opinion. I hated the pick and I think Hackenberg is essentially an EXTREMELY homeless man version of Joe Flacco. I pray to whatever available Gods and spirits that I am wrong but I just don't see myself being so. McCagnan is hitching his job to the right arm of this kid and it's absolutely terrifying.
Round 3 (Pick 83) – Linebacker, Jordan Jenkins, Georgia: The Jets keep up the rebuilding of the linebacker corps with their selection. Jordan Jenkins isn't a particularly explosive athlete and isn't going to knock your socks off. With that said, he could be a good edge setter who goes about his job in a solid and quietly noteworthy manner. He can potentially start from day 1 and make life easier for others around him especially 2015 draft pick, LB Lorenzo Mauldin. This probably means the end of Calvin Pace as a Jet. He's 125 years old so that's probably a good thing.
Round 4 (Pick 118) – Cornerback, Juston Burris, NC State: He's a big, physical CB who apparently excels in the art of the press. He can sit and learn from Darrelle Revis. It wouldn't surprise me if he eventually started across from him. I can appreciate this kind of dart throw pick.
5th Round (158th Overall) – Offensive Tackle, Brandon Shell, South Carolina: The Jets gave up a 2017 fourth rounder to get this pick and Breno Giacomini is still our starting right tackle. Those are two very confusing, irritating facts.
7th Round (235th Overall) – Punter, Lachlan Edwards, Sam Houston State: I don't have to watch Ryan Quigley punt anymore and I thank sweet baby Jesus for that.
7th Round (241st Overall) – Wide Receiver, Charone Peake, Clemson: Peake has some durability issues and issues catching the ball consistently and that's part of the reason he fell so far in the draft. He has prototypical size(6’3 and 215 LBs), and can really run as evidenced by the 4.2 40 yard dash he claims he ran. While he gets accustomed to the game, he can contribute on specials. With Marshall, Decker, Enunwa, Devin Smith and now Charone Peake the Jets have a slew of physically gifted wide receivers. That is the first time I've ever been able to say that in my life and I’m still getting accustomed to it.
All in all, I understood where the Jets were going with their picks besides trading the 2017 pick and drafting Hackenberg. It'll obviously be easier to evaluate this class after these guys play some but I can actually see the direction McCagnan was going with most of these selections. Hopefully they work out.