Many pundits are quick to say this is one of the deepest drafts in recent memory. (NFL Media’s Mike Mayock says this draft is two to three rounds deep for edge rushers and corners) Teams certainly appear to acting accordingly.
On a conference call today, Mike Maccagnan said the team “feels pretty good” about picking at 6. There are certainly a number of options at 6: CB Marshon Lattimore, S Jamal Adams, S Malik Hooker or TE OJ Howard (They will take a QB later in the draft), but the value seems to be in the second and third round.
The Jets are not as talent bereft as San Francisco, Cleveland or Chicago, but they do need to add quality players to several positions. To that point, Mac will try to capitalize on this draft and try to hit a home run. Thus far, Mac has had good drafts, but they haven’t been spectacular. Now he will try to add a few stars via the draft.
With about a month to go until the draft, the Jets have been linked to every QB prospect and top 10 player. They like everybody! Mac says he is comfortable sitting at 6 but “we are still looking to ideally acquire more picks in the draft.” What to believe? The answer is somewhere in between: If Mac can move, he will.
At this time of year, the NFL draft trade value chart gets thrown around as a metric for trading down or up. How many teams actually use it is a mystery. If Mac trades down, he may take slightly lesser value than the chart suggests to get the value of the extra pick. (For example, say Baltimore wanted to trade up to 6 for Cam Robinson, the difference in value between 6 & 16 is 600 points. Baltimore’s second round pick [#47] is worth 430 points. Mac could choose to ignore the 170 point difference to get the value of drafting an additional player)
Mac also has the potential to trade three veterans on his team – Sheldon Richardson, Calvin Pryor and Eric Decker – but those won’t factor in to trading down from 6.
Players the Jets could look to add with extra second and third rounders – Ryan Anderson (Alabama EDGE), Sidney Jones (Washington CB), Davis Webb (Cal QB), Gareon Conley (Ohio State CB), Budda Baker (Washington S), Bucky Hodges ( Virginia Tech TE).
With needs in the secondary to strengthen Todd Bowles defense, the need to add a tight end, a young running back, and an edge rusher – all areas that this draft is strong in – Mac will certainly do his best to maximize the amount of draft picks he has.