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New York Jets Projected 2016 Depth Chart & Personnel Packages After NFL Draft

Sub Defense / 3rd Down

  • LDE: Muhammad Wilkerson
  • LDT: Leonard Williams
  • RDT: Sheldon Richardson
  • RDE: Lorenzo Mauldin / Jordan Jenkins / Trevor Reilly
  • LB1: Darron Lee
  • LB2: Bruce Carter / David Harris
  • CB1: Darrelle Revis
  • CB2: Buster Skrine
  • CB3: Marcus Williams
  • CB4: Dee Milliner / Dexter McDougle / Juston Burris
  • FS: Marcus Gilchrist
  • SS: Calvin Pryor
  • S3: Dion Bailey

The Jets 20th overall pick, Ohio State linebacker Darron Lee, was, in fact, a need pick. While it wasn’t a need at quarterback or edge rusher – as most felt were the top priorities – Lee did fill a major need.

What Lee will do is kick David Harris off the field in sub packages and provide a much needed coverage linebacker for the hook-to-curl routes inside.

Where have the Jets been burned most over the last several years? It’s been tight-ends and running backs catching balls (mostly from Tom Brady). Harris, for his run-stuffing abilities, is horrid in pass coverage.

Lee will immediately fill a gigantic and unique need in nickel and dime packages. And remember, this new NFL uses three wide receiver-plus sets a ridiculous amount. A player acting as a stud in a nickel or dime role is just as important as in the base package.

Although Muhammad Wilkerson would be better served rushing from the interior, he’ll have to, yet again, come at the QB from the outside thanks to the plethora of interior beasts this roster has.

The other edge will be more of the traditional rusher with the likes of Lorenzo Mauldin, Trevor Reilly, and rookie Jordan Jenkins.


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