Daily Links: Draft dividends

  • The Jets need the draft to pay off immediately.  [CBS NY]
  • Are the Jets interested in Andrus Peat? [PFT]
  • Winston will be the first name called. [AP]
  • Rontez Miles talks about an amazing awards night. [NewYorkJets]
  • Rounding up the mocks. [NJ]
  • The Jets have to decide between consolidating or diversifying. [NYT]

Junk Drawer: Draft rumors swirling

Brian Bassett, TheJetsBlog.com

What’s going on with the Jets and the draft?  Here’s a compilation of rumors and my random collection of thoughts associated with them.

Rough go at QB — The last five years have been hard on the QB transition from college to the NFL, but on the whole this class might be one of the worst ever.  The two players have have risen to the top have merit, but also come with unique and valid concerns.  One or both of Marcus Mariota and Jameis Winston might find long-term success in the NFL but it is no sure thing.  Picking them one or two overall might be justifiable, but it certainly won’t guarantee good returns.  It is clear that the Jets need to find a long-term answer at quarterback, but as the days slide by it seems increasingly less likely that either will be available with their sixth pick and trading up with the Titans would have to come at an exorbitant cost with the Chargers, Browns and Eagles all said to be interested.

Williams is the Skeleton Key for the Jets — The more I look at it, the more I believe USC DL Leonard Williams is the skeleton key to the Jets draft pick at six.  Williams might be the best player in this class, but he could slip out of the top five.  Two months ago, the Jets best chance at trading down might have come from Mariota falling.  Williams now has the more realistic shot at tumbling even though he is agreed to be one of the best players.  I think the Redskins would be happy to have Williams fall to them at five, but you never know with Dan Snyder behind the scenes.  In my mind, the worst case scenario for the Jets would be that Jameis Winston, Marcus Mariota, Amari Cooper, Kevin White AND Leonard Williams are all off the board when their time to pick comes.  All the best skill players would be gone and their best chance at trading out would be too.  Which would leave the Jets with either making a bold move or one of the top outside linebackers.  The only one of which I am sold on is Vic Beasley.  Which brings me to the Saints … To read more of this story, click here

2015 Pre-Draft Jets Player Interest Tracker

Here’s a compilation of some of the news, names and schools I’ve seen the Jets tied to in the lead up to the 2015 NFL Draft.  My thanks to Bent & Steiny for their additions!

East-West Shrine Game

Who were the Jets spotted talking to?

  • WR Deon Long, Maryland
  • WR Tre McBride, William & Mary
  • OG John Miller, Louisville
  • CB John Shaw, USC

NFL Combine Visit List

  • Kenny Bell, Nebraska, WR
  • Brandon Bridge, South Alabama, QB
  • Michael Burton, Rutgers, FB
  • Landon Collins, Alabama, SS
  • Jamison Crowder, Duke, WR
  • Bud Dupree, Kentucky, OLB
  • Devin Funchess, Michigan, WR
  • Marcus Mariota, Oregon, QB
  • Tre McBridge, William & Mary, WR
  • Keith Mumphrey, Michigan State, WR
  • Cedric Ogbuehi, Texas A&M, OT
  • Leon Orr, Florida, DT
  • Marcus Peters, Washington, CB
  • Shane Ray, Missouri, DE
  • Brandon Scherff, Iowa, OL
  • Shaq Thompson, Washington, OLB
  • Jameis Winston, Florida State, QB

Invites to Florham Park or Private Workouts

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GEICO SportsNite: Maccagnan on NFL draft

Jets GM Mike Maccagnan discusses his first year as general manager of the Jets and the team’s preparation for the upcoming NFL draft.