New York Jets: Five Way Too Early First Round Picks

Georgia OLB Leonard Floyd

The Jets, who boasted one of the best defensive lines in football last year, could use a dynamic pass rushing outside linebacker to diversify their blitz packages.

Calvin Pace is 35 years old and a free agent to be. The Jets could surely look to fill a vacancy at the OLB position next spring.

Enter Georgia linebacker Leonard Floyd. He fits the bill of a prototypical outside linebacker who can get after the quarterback. His size at 6’3 and 230 pounds is exactly the mold an OLB generally possesses. He also played in a 3-4 scheme at Georgia, making his transition to the Jets, a smooth one.

The junior was regarded as one of the better pass rushers in the SEC, recording 26.5 tackles for a loss and 17 sacks in his collegiate career. Players who can get after the opposing quarterback are premium commodities, and he makes almost too much sense for the Jets at this pick.

The only question is, does he make it to the Jets at the 20 spot? Rex Ryan’s 3-4 scheme in Buffalo at pick 19 could frustrate Jet fans with eyes on Floyd.

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