New York Jets 2017 NFL Draft Prospect Breakdown: Mitchell Trubisky, Malik Hooker and More Jets  1a1aESNYcitystreamTOParticle-1

The New York Jets have had a lot of visits to their campus, which could indicate who they may select. Today, we break down Mitchell Trubisky, Malik Hooker and much more.

Who the New York Jets will pick in the 2017 NFL Draft is a mystery. Thankfully, the incredulous number of Jets draft busts are history. Here’s my chance to prevent Jets fans from their annual misery.

While this isn’t the most accurate way of evaluating who a team will select, it sure helps narrow the field. Every team is allowed to have up to 30 players in the building for an official visit. Here’s a comprehensive list of who the Jets have brought in thus far according to various reports:

Mitchell Trubisky, QB, North Carolina

Just to clarify right off the bat, this list is in no particular order. With that being said, this is one of the most intriguing players of the NFL Draft pool. He’s got talent, but doesn’t have a ton of starting experience.

Would the Jets dare take a risk with a player of this caliber at six? My gut says yes, not only because it’s the most important position in football, but because the regime is on the hot seat and they need hope at the very least at the position. Trubisky could provide more than that.

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Patrick Mahomes, QB, Texas Tech

Another intriguing player, but his red flag revolves around his environment. He posted video game numbers in a gimmicky offense, which will scare some teams. The real surprise would be if the Jets took Mahomes at six, which isn’t happening. The more likely scenario would call for the team to trade back and hope they can maximize value and still get their guy.

He’s got a rocket arm and too much of a gun slinger mentality for my tastes, but the talent is undeniable. If the Jets take a chance, they better be committed to sitting him or it’s an even bigger case of buyer beware.

Davis Webb, QB, Cal

I said this list was in no particular order, just how I drew the names on the sheet. Everyone reading knew the names above, but this player may not jump off the page. I talked with a few scouts over the last few weeks about this player who’s been shooting up draft boards.

Some say he’s a first rounder. I tend to disagree. He’s going to come off by the middle of round two. Joe Flacco-ish size (6’5, 229) a little lighter. He’s a bit wishy washy and is a bit of a nomad appearing at several colleges throughout his career. That’s a bit of a red flag. Was he moving around and landing in unlucky places? Or is he not as good as we think he is? Only time will tell.

Reuben Foster, ILB, Alabama

A lot of concerns here: shoulder surgeries/durability concerns, some off the field concerns, and the question of whether or not he’s actually committed to football. To me, the last one shouldn’t ever be an issue when I’m evaluating talent and if that’s a conversation. That’s a huge alarm for me.

All of these concerns just pile on top of the fact the Jets just drafted an ILB in Darron Lee last year and they still have holdover in David Harris on the roster, would make this a confusing pick outside of a trade back scenario or if he fell to the second round. Talent is there, even Pro Bowl potential, but too many red flags.

David Njoku, TE, Miami

This guy’s one of my favorite players in the entire NFL Draft pool and go figure, at one of the Jets’ biggest positions of need. Miami has a rich history of producing NFL level talent at tight end: Jimmy Graham, Kellen Winslow Jr, Greg Olsen, etc. David Njoku is the next great TE from this University.

He’s muscular, lanky and is quite simply an elite offensive playmaker. He’s Ezekiel Ansah on the offensive side of the ball in terms of the raw football abilities. He needs to work on the fundamentals of the position, but his potential is through the roof. Late round one, early round two guy.

Gareon Conley, CB, Ohio State

It’s no trade secret that the Jets desperately need help on the back end. Marshon Lattimore has too many issues and if I were the GM, I would be having Dee Milliner nightmares every night.

“Although scouts believe that he’ll need to improve his overall strength, Conley has the length, deep speed, athleticism and leadership traits that Todd Bowles is looking for to upgrade a secondary that struggled badly at times last season. – New York Daily News

Josh Jones, S, North Carolina State

The Jets have Calvin Pryor, who has suffered through his ups and downs since being taken in the first round a couple of years ago. While I like the talent and some of his improvements, it’s been a bit of a disappointment thus far.

Insert Josh Jones out of NC State. Not a household name by any stretch of the imagination, but has the prerequisite stats to be in any conversation (109 total tackles, three interceptions and eight pass breakups last season). He’s a bit crazy and trigger hapy so he will need some coaching to calm him down or better yet channel his focus. Accomplish that and you have a potential sleeper in the mid-rounds.

Kevin King, CB, Washington

This kid’s a big boy at 6-foot-3, an unusual trait for corners, typically. A very physical corner who is more than willing to get his hands dirty, but that physicality doesn’t seem to translate to tackling, which is going to be concerning at the next level.

He’s a bit of a Chihuahua, goes for arm tackles and relies on team hustle/help to gang tackle opposing offensive players. If he can turn it on, he’d be a much more complete player. Although his length kind of hurts him. He can’t be put in the slot or smaller receivers will work past him and on the outside he doesn’t have the hips to turn and run up field. He’ll probably end up being a late round one guy when things are all said and done.

Brandon Bell, LB, Penn State

A projected late round pick/priority free agent. The Jets have done their homework on the late round prospects diligently. Last season, Bell finished with 89 tackles, four sacks, three forced fumbles and two interceptions, per NJ.com.

There are some injury concerns coming off of an elbow injury in the Rose Bowl this past season. The Jets need depth at linebacker and while I love Taiwan Jones out of Michigan State, who’s been hanging around the team the last several years, I think Bell is a better fit for their defensive schemes.

DeShone Kizer, QB, Notre Dame

All the quarterbacks in this class have issues and no perfect prospect exists, unfortunately. Kizer has had a lot of impressive moments in his career, but this last year was a bit of a red flag. He looks like the perfect Frankenstein quarterback, but on one play he has a beautiful 50 yard bomb down the left hash. Then on another, he’ll miss water falling out of a boat.

Those inconsistencies frustrate coaching staffs and he’s going to need a steadying influence to mold this piece of clay into something that can be consistent. While the Jets have worked him out, I just don’t see a fit here. Perhaps a team like the New Orleans Saints or the Arizona Cardinals makes the most sense, sit behind and learn for a few years then plug and play.

Rashaad Coward, DT, Old Dominion

Have you heard those car commercials? “This deal is HUUUUUUUGGGGGEEE.” Well instead of a deal, we’re inserting Rashaad Coward. At 6-foot-5, 300-plus pounds, small school guy, he’s big fish in a small pond. Here’s the conundrum the Jets are in. Sheldon Richardson is probably going to get dealt, but the Jets can’t deal him without a backup plan, literally.

Behind Leonard Williams, Muhammad Wilkerson, who’s there? The Jets need depth and Rashaad Coward can be what Damon Harrison really wasn’t, a penetrating pass rusher. He’s a phenomenal run stuffer and will be available in the mid-rounds. If Richardson gets dealt on draft day, expect the Jets to have a plan to fill that void immediately.

Deshaun Watson, QB, Clemson

I can’t say it enough. He’s my favorite quarterback in this class. I’ve evaluated him and he checks off nearly every box I’m looking for. He’s intelligent, is the best pre-snap quarterback I’ve ever studied, possesses championship pedigree, is mobile and can make all the throws. The obvious biggest red flag on his resume is the turnovers/mistakes.

Watson has tallied 32 interceptions in his three year career. While the touchdowns are nice and somewhat cover for the large amount of turnovers, it’s just puzzling. It has kept me up at night and forces me to go back to the film to see how they happened. Clemson’s offense is designed to prevent turnovers, so when he has such a glaring number you have to evaluate it. He got better by the end of year and of course winning that National Championship helps. He’ll be an interesting case study on draft day.

Jamal Adams, S, LSU

Two safeties will go in the top-10 of this year’s NFL Draft and I do believe both could be successful. I think Jamal Adams has a much better chance to succeed. He doesn’t have durability concerns yet has a ton of intangibles: leadership, moxie and, overall, just has a swagger.

Although if the Jets drafted Adams, that could very well spell the end for Calvin Pryor. The Jets need both leadership and a dynamic playmaker. After purging the roster, the Jets need new guys to step up to the plate. Echo the sentiments of the coaching staff to the rest of the locker room. That’s what Adams can deliver from day one.

Malik Golden, S, Penn State

We’ve talked a lot about safeties in the Jets’ visitation list. It’s clearly going to be an area of need on draft day as they continue to reshape the secondary. He’s been making a ton of visits recently and his stock is seemingly on the rise heading into draft day.

Yet his stock has topped off as a projected priority free agent or late round pick at best. Golden (6-foot, 205 pounds), a four-year contributor, totaled 130 career tackles (75 in 2016), two interceptions and five passes defensed in 34 games for the Nittany Lions, per CBS.

Tyler Scalzi, Athlete, Texas Tech

When you’re on a camping trip, nothing quite helps as much as a Swiss Army Knife. That’s what Tyler Scalzi is. He can play: running back, fullback, tight end, h-back and can even play some defense. This also means he may be best used as a special teams stud.

The Jets need more guys like this. The Jets haven’t had quality special teams play since Mike Westhoff left years ago. Brad Smith, Josh Mauga, Nick Bellore, these guys aren’t on the team anymore. If the Jets can invest on the utility position at the end of the draft, it’ll help a key area of need we haven’t really discussed so far.

Malik Hooker, S, Ohio State

Could this guy be the next Ed Reed? Where do I sign up, right? Not so fast hombre. Malik Hooker is going to be a top-10 pick. Will he succeed in the NFL? Well, that’s a different story.

The Jets could surely benefit from his talents. They’ve never really had a true ball hawking safety that can create turnovers and flip field position and give the Jets’ offense short fields to work with. One year of tape, throws body around carelessly, possible short NFL lifespan — I’d pass, but would understand the pick if they make it.

Charles Harris, OLB, Missouri

The Jets have talent on defense, but they don’t have an edge rusher. For a lot of these prospects on this list, if the Jets want them, a trade down is going to have to happen. Missouri has proven over the years to be a real powerhouse for NFL talent. We all know Sheldon Richardson, but there’s been others: Michael Sam, Shane Ray, Markus Golden who have had varying success in the league.

Harris is the next guy in line. He has a nose for the football and led the SEC in tackles for losses and throws his body around like a heat-seeking missile. He struggled in a transitional year to a different role, but that’s probably what he’s best suited for as a penetrating edge rusher in a 3-4 or a 4-3. He’s got intangible talent that you simply can’t teach, NFL teams usually invest pretty highly in that.

Damontae Kazee, CB, San Diego State

Apparently, from people I’ve talked to, Damontae was very impressive at the Los Angeles Chargers local Pro Day. When you look back at the numbers from his collegiate career, they jump off the page: 17 interceptions, with 15 of those coming in the last two years.

He’s small (5-foot-10-11) and didn’t test as well from the bells and whistles stand point. But the tape never lies. This kid is going to be a pro, it’s only a matter of when he’ll go. This one might be an odd comparison, but a good one nonetheless. Russell Wilson dropped in the draft solely because of his height. History tends to repeat itself and his physical numbers could drop him on draft day, but don’t be hindered. He’s blessed with all of the instincts needed to succeed.

Chris Godwin, WR, Penn State

Here’s a player who has risen up like a shooting star throughout the NFL Draft process. His best year was as a sophomore in which he garnered over 1,100 yards and five touchdowns. He traded in a handful of yards for a career-high 11 scores in 2016, a good trade-off if you ask me.

He’s blessed with great hand-eye coordination, and on a separate note, he plays well when the spotlight is brightest. He also had a nice 40-time (4.42) and the Jets scouts seem to really like him. He’s a second or third round pick kind of talent. Don’t be surprised if the Jets draft a receiver this year, despite the youth/depth they have at the position.

Tim Williams, OLB, Alabama

This could end up being one of the steals of the NFL Draft. Originally was projected as a “lottery pick,” but off the field concerns, durability and football intelligence have pushed teams off the train. Now he could be a mid-round pick.

One NFC scout said that if you give him a job, “he is really good at it. Don’t ask him to do much more than that, though.” He won’t be a three down player, but pass rushers have high value in this league and he can do that very well. He may be worth the risk for the Jets in the second or third round this year.

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