The previous two general managers of the Jets put the current iteration of the team in a bind. The misses in the 2nd and 3rd rounds have come home to roost, leading to the rebuild of the franchise.
Where what the Jets missed under Mike Tannenbaum and John Idzik.
- 2006: 2nd – Kellen Clemens, 3rd – Anthony Schlegel
- 2007: 2nd – David Harris, 3rd – No choice
- 2008: No Draft choices in either round
- 2009: 2nd -No Choice, 3rd -Shonn Greene
- 2010: 2nd -Vlad Ducasse, 3rd – No Choice
- 2011: 2nd -No Choice, 3rd -Kenrick Ellis
- 2012: 2nd – Stephen Hill, 3rd – Demario Davis
- 2013: 2nd – Geno Smith, 3rd – Brian Winters
- 2014: 2nd – Jace Amaro, 3rd – Dexter McDougle
Of ALL those players, only David Harris and Brian Winters stuck with the Jets in a meaningful capacity. (McDougle is a special teamer at this point.) 2nd and 3rd round choices are supposed to be solid starters for a team within one to two years of drafting them. Of 18 potential choices, the Jets found two starters – six times the Jets traded away their picks. Granted, in 2010 the Jets 3rd rounder netted Braylon Edwards and in 2011 their 2nd netted Antonio Cromartie, but they were short term moves for a championship push.
Enter Mike Maccagnan:
- 2015: 2nd Rounder – Devin Smith, 3rd Rounder – Lorenzo Mauldin
- 2016: 2nd rounder – Christian Hackenberg, 3rd Rounder – Jordan Jenkins.
Right off the bat, Mauldin and Jenkins appear to be solid role players on the edges. They aren’t the superstar pass rushers many state the Jets need, but they can become 8-10 sack per year players. Jenkins graded out well by the end of his rookie year and Mauldin looks like a quality situational pass rusher.
The jury is out on the 2nd rounders for the moment as Smith recovers from his injury riddled first two seasons. Hackenberg got a red-shirt season, as the Jets said he would. Both players will have every opportunity earn significant roles this season – their time is now.
This season’s draft is believed to be VERY deep at numerous positions of need for the Jets. Additionally, it is reported by NFL Trade Rumors, the Jets will try to trade out of the top ten – they haven’t traded down since Parcells made that move in 1997.
From trading down, the Jets could pick up another 2nd or 3rd round pick. They currently have four in the top 90. If they at least hit on role players with all of those picks, their roster turnaround will be rapidly accelerated.
Look for the Jets to add at least a cornerback, tight end and linebacker in the first three rounds.