One of the biggest stories in the 2017 NFL Draft was how active the New York Jets were. How many players did they end up taking?
Coming into the 2017 NFL Draft, the New York Jets had plenty of needs on both sides of the ball. After making some mistakes in recent years, it was important for the Jets to draft well.
Things started off very nicely for the Jets as they were able to select safety Jamal Adams in the first round. Adams was one of the best defensive players on the board, and he will fill a need for the Jets. In the second round, the Jets surprised some people, as they took another safety in Marcus Maye. After taking two safeties, it is pretty clear that Marcus Gilchrist and Calvin Pryor’s days could be numbered in New York.
Following the two safety picks, the Jets began to address their offense. With their third round pick, the Jets selected wide receiver ArDarius Stewart from Alabama and then selected wide receiver Chad Hansen in the fourth round.
With the first of their two fifth-round picks, the Jets took tight end, Jordan Leggett and then edge rusher Dylan Donahue. In the sixth round, the Jets selected running back Elijah McGuire and followed that pick by addressing the need at cornerback with Jeremy Clark and Derrick Jones.
Here is a complete list of the Jets’ picks:
Round 1: S Jamal Adams
Round 2: S Marcus Maye
Round 3: WR ArDarius Stewart
Round 4: WR Chad Hansen
Round 5: TE Jordan Leggett
Round 5: DE Dylan Donahue
Round 6: RB Elijah McGuire
Round 6: CB Jeremy Clark
Round 6: CB Derrick Jones
The Jets ended up taking nine players in the 2017 NFL Draft, as they made five trades in the three-day event. With plenty of needs on the team, the Jets did address some of them. The rebuild for the Jets isn’t going to happen overnight. However, stockpiling picks is a good thing to help the process.