The New York Jets selection of Jamal Adams in Round One was Todd McShay’s favorite of their nine picks in the 2017 NFL Draft.
The New York Jets had a very strong 2017 NFL Draft. It was graded out well by experts as they added a lot of talent to the roster. They ended up making nine selections, as Mike Maccagnan made a number of trades to stockpile picks.
Maccagnan knows that this rebuild will take more than one season. So, it was smart to compile as many selections as possible. The more picks you have, the better chance of finding foundation pieces. The Jets are hoping that they found a couple this year.
Looking at the players the Jets selected, and at which positions, there could be 2-4 starters right away in this group. The Jets needed help at virtually every position other than the defensive line, and got some.
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The overhaul of the secondary began when the Jets released Darrelle Revis. It continued in the 2017 NFL Draft as the Jets selected two safeties and two cornerbacks. Every safety and cornerback on the roster should be on notice, as their roster spot could be in jeopardy.
The first two selections the Jets made were at safety, which should be all you need to know about how Maccagnan and company feel about that spot. With the 6th pick, the Jets selected LSU safety, Jamal Adams. In Round Two, the Jets landed Florida safety Marcus Maye.
The selection of Adams is an outstanding one for the Jets. Much like when they selected Leonard Williams in 2015, the Jets benefitted from how the board played out ahead of them. They had one of the best players fall into their lap at six once again.
Adams will be a starter right off the bat. He is a versatile safety that can play either spot. He played all over the field at LSU and should do the same for the Jets. Adams is the exact type of player the Jets needed as he is a culture changing type player.
He is also Todd McShay’s favorite selection of the Jets in the 2017 NFL Draft. There was a lot to like from what the Jets did, but the Adams selection was McShay’s favorite. Here is what he had to say about the selection.
"The Jets were the biggest beneficiary of a wacky top 10 picks, as Adams (our No. 2 overall player) fell into their laps at the sixth overall pick. Adams is one of the few culture-changing players in this draft, and that’s exactly what the Jets need on defense. He has the highest floor of any player in the draft and is ready to be a big-time contributor in New York from Day 1."
The Jets hit a home run with Adams at No.6. There is a lot to like with this pick based on what he brings on and off the field. He will help change the culture of what was a toxic locker room at times the past two seasons.
On the field, the Jets are getting an experienced leader. Adams is a physical player capable of making a difference in the run game and athletic enough to play coverage and centerfield. He is arguably the most NFL-ready prospect in this class and will help the Jets out right away.
The Jets were lucky to land Adams with the sixth pick; as McShay notes he was a top-rated player on their board. But the Jets would rather be lucky than good. If Adams comes close to living up to the hype as Williams has, the Jets will have two cornerstone players to build around on that side of the ball.