New York tryouts, in all reality, begin Saturday with the Senior Bowl. Bowles and Maccagnan will be on-hand to get a view of some of the nation’s brightest talent. One player in particular they will be focused on will be O.J. Howard, the talented tight end from Alabama. Howard had a sensational National Championship game, racking up 106 yards on four receptions, including a touchdown.
No definitive choices will be made solely based on the Senior Bowl. There will be plenty of time for evaluation during the Senior Bowl and Combine season. The Jets are a team that will need to bolster an aging roster in the next two drafts and free agency if they’re looking to compete in an ever changing AFC East landscape.
Slotting in at the No. 6 pick in this year’s draft will be very beneficial for Jets’ brass. It is certain that a player with star potential will fall in their laps, as did Williams just two years ago. A list that includes Clemson’s Mike Williams and Watson, LSU running back Leonard Fournette, and a slew of defensive stalwarts from ‘Bama.
One option that may be presented to Maccagnan is to trade the pick and move out of the top 6. A team could fall in love with one of these young, budding stars and make them the type of offer that landed Julio Jones in Atlanta or Carson Wentz in Philadelphia.