New York Jets Draft Grade

New York Jets draft grade:

2017 draft picks:

Round 1(6th overall) – Jamal Adams – Safety – LSU

Round 2(39th overall) – Marcus Maye – Safety – Florida

Round 3(79th overall) – ArDarius Stewart – Wide Receiver – Alabama

Round 4(141st overall) – Chad Hansen – Wide Receiver – California

Round 5(150th overall) – Jordan Leggett – Tight End – Clemson

Round 5(181st overall) – Dylan Donahue – Defensive End – West Georgia

Round 6(188th overall) – Elijah McGuire – Running Back – Louisiana-Lafayette

Round 6(197th overall) – Jeremy Clark – Cornerback – Michigan

Round 6(204th overall) – Derrick Jones – Cornerback – Ole Miss


The Jets came into the draft with tons of areas of need which is why it was kind of surprising that they drafted two safeties with their 1st and 2nd round pick. I really like the Jamal Adams pick and I was kind of surprised that he was available with the 6th overall pick for the Jets. Adams is an elite safety that will be a big upgrade over former 1st round pick Calvin Pryor. However, I was absolutely shocked that the Jets drafted yet another safety in the 2nd round with Marcus Maye. New York already had Marcus Gilchrist, so they didn’t really need another starting safety. Maye is a good safety, but they should have addressed another need like at the cornerback position. I really like the pick of wide receiver Aradrius Stewart in the 3rd round. Stewart gives the Jets a much needed explosive receiver on offense and he gives the team a major threat for several years to come. Chad Hansen is another receiver that should help the terrible Jets passing game. Hansen is more of a possession receiver that might not see much of a role right away, but he could be a decent starter a couple of years from now. Also, I really like the selection of tight end Jordan Leggett in the 5th round. The Jets have been struggling to find a tight end that can catch the ball for many years and Leggett provides them with a reliable pass catcher that can make plays after the catch. New York didn’t address the cornerback position until the 6th round when they drafted Jeremy Clark and Derrick Jones. Neither are going to be starters, but they at least provide some much needed depth to the position and they could at least see some defensive snaps considering the Jets weakness at cornerback. Overall, I like the additions of Adams, Stewart, and Leggett a lot and I thought the Jets improved their roster in the draft. However, the drafting of safety Marcus Maye in the 2nd round is a puzzling move that lowers their grade to a B-.

Grade: B-

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