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Sunday, May 1, 2016

Jets Draft Grades

Here are some grades and reviews of the Jets draft from various media outlets.

From Chad Reuter, Draft analyst

Draft picks: Darron Lee (No. 20 overall), Christian Hackenberg (No. 51 overall), Jordan Jenkins (No. 83 overall), Juston Burris (No. 118 overall), Brandon Shell (No. 158 overall), Lac Edwards (No. 235 overall), Charone Peake (No. 241 overall)
Day 1 grade: A
Day 2 grade: B+
Day 3 grade: B+
Overall grade: A-

The skinny: In five years, Lee has a chance to be one of the best linebackers in the NFL. This is really good value. Hackenberg is an enigma, but an okay second-round pick. But if Ryan Fitzpatrick refuses to sign after that pick, it could mean disaster for 2016. Jenkins is a really good pick in the third round, and should excel as a linebacker setting the edge and rushing the passer.

Burris gives good depth in the secondary. Shell will be at least a long-term swing tackle, if not a future starter for the Jets. Edwards has a big leg and would have been highly recruited as an undrafted free agent. I like the Peake pick late in the draft, though he'll need to prove he has the hands to stick in the league.
 From Sports illustrated (

New York Jets: B-

First pick: Darron Lee, LB, Ohio State (No. 20)

Other notable picks: Christian Hackenberg, QB, Penn State (51); Jordan Jenkins, OLB, Georgia (83); Juston Burris, CB, N.C. State (118)

Not even really sure how to calculate the grade on this one, if we’re being honest. The Lee selection deserves at least an A-minus—he brings much-needed athleticism (and a little blitzing ability) to the Jets’ linebacking corps. Call the pick of edge-setting OLB Jordan Jenkins a B, provided New York can get him on the field. Burris—a 6-foot tall physical corner—and seventh-round WR Charone Peake bring value to the table, but the Hackenberg pick throws a wrench into it all. Despite the late buzz about Hackenberg as a Round 1 possibility, it’s hard to even justify Round 2 given his play the last two seasons. He certainly does nothing to solve the Jets’ quarterback issue for the coming season—his problems are not a quick fix. Maybe it pays off in a few years, but that pick looks like a potentially huge misfire right now. —CB
From USA Today

New York Jets

Grade: C-

Analysis: The Jets seem to love Penn State QB Christian Hackenberg more than the masses do, but right now picking him early in the second round seems like a gamble. New York did well in taking Ohio State LB Darron Lee in the first, however. He shouldn't have to leave the field in Todd Bowles’ defense.
 From Pro Football Focus

New York Jets, C-
1 (20) Darron Lee, ILB, Ohio State
2 (51) Christian Hackenberg, QB, Penn State
3 (83) Jordan Jenkins, OLB, Georgia
4 (118) Juston Burris, CB, NC State
5 (158) (from Washington) Brandon Shell, OT, South Carolina
7 (235) (from Los Angeles via Houston and Denver) Lachlan Edwards, P, Sam Houston State
7 (241) Charone Peake, WR, Clemson

Day 1: We don’t hate Lee as a player, but we saw him as more of a second- or third-round player than a first-round option. His athleticism stands out, but it hasn’t translated into the strong coverage ability in college everyone has projected for him in the NFL. He posted a negative grade in coverage in 2014, and an average mark in 2015. However, he’s shown to be an excellent blitzer and that should be a weapon in head coach Todd Bowles’ scheme, which blitzed 43.3 percent of the time last season, third in the NFL.

Day 2: It’s no secret that we haven’t been impressed with Hackenberg’s on-field performance, and while many in the NFL believe in him to be a potential reclamation project, he never put together a stretch of strong play during his three years in college. He graded at -24.7 as a freshman, -41.0 as a sophomore and -12.1 as a junior, all among the worst QB grades in the nation. Hackenberg’s accuracy has also been among the nation’s worst, to all levels of the field, and he will have to make major strides to live up to his second-round value. As for Jenkins, he’s a solid run-stopping outside linebacker (+14.9 run grade, ninth in the class in 2015), and he’s had two strong years of production to provide an indication the he’ll be a solid player in the Jets’ scheme on the edge.

Day 3: Burris has good size and he was productive for NC State, surrendering only 0.71 yards per cover snap, good for ninth in the draft class. Shell only allowed seven pressures all year, but he struggled with the best of the SEC competition.

Thumbs up. The Jets made a big splash with QB Christian Hackenberg in the second round, a boom-or-bust pick that could shake up the quarterback depth chart. They overvalued his positive traits (size, arm strength), ignoring two straight mediocre seasons. Desperation influenced their decision making. They helped the defense with first-round LB Darron Lee and third-round OLB Jordan Jenkins, both of whom should contribute immediately. Lee’s sub-4.5 speed adds a new dimension to the front seven. With seven picks, the Jets hit their main needs, including punter. They picked Lachlan Edwards in the seventh.
 From SB Nation

New York Jets
Grade: C

With first-round pick Darron Lee added a much-needed element of speed to the defense. He can do a lot of things for head coach Todd Bowles. Picking Christian Hackenberg at No. 51 overall was bizarre. He's a developmental quarterback with tools. There's a lot of work that has to be done with him. If it works, he can be good. If it doesn't, it's a high pick that was wasted. Jenkins is a heady player who just gets the job done. He may not be a superstar, but he's dependable. Juston Burris is a lanky cornerback who fits the system. It was a surprise to see the Jets wait so long to take someone on offense. Ryan Clady is no long a sure thing as a starting left tackle. Charone Peake was surprisingly available in the seventh round. He has tools and size that can be developed.
From Pete Prisco

Best pick: For me, it was taking Penn State quarterback Christian Hackenberg in the second round. Contrary to most, I think he will become a quality starting quarterback.

Questionable move: It was taking Hackenberg. I get it. It's a questionable move, but no guts, no glory.

Third-day gem: Offensive lineman Brandon Shell. He was a four-year starter at South Carolina. Doing that in a good conference matters. He's a big, physical kid who might have to move to right tackle.

Analysis: If Hackenberg develops into a starting quarterback, which the Jets think he can, this will be a great draft. If he doesn't, it's a flop. It's that simple. Getting linebacker Darron Lee in the first was a nice choice.

Grade: B

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