Here’s the ultimate question the New York Jets are facing, if one of the big three is on the board, including Mitch Trubisky, would they pass?Well, in answering the above question, Todd McShay’s answer is a resounding yes. In his most recent 2017 NFL mock draft, version 2.0, he has the New York Jets going defense for the ninth straight time.
Marshon Lattimore, CB, Ohio State
“Marshon Lattimore has elite cover skills and good length/size (6-0, 192). He has only one year of starting experience, but he showed good ball production, recording four interceptions and nine pass breakups. Darrelle Revis could be gone or could switch to safety, which would heighten the need for a naturally gifted cover-corner like Lattimore.”
On the surface, it isn’t a bad choice. The Jets secondary was dreadful last season. They gave up over 3,800 yards, including 30 touchdowns to just eight interceptions. All of those stats ranked near the bottom of the league.
The past two times the Jets have swung for a corner in the first round of the draft (Dee Milliner, 2013 and Kyle Wilson, 2010) it didn’t really work out. The corner that was drafted before that was, of course, Darrelle Revis in 2007.
The Jets desperately need a face lift at the position, but the real curiosity is what else was on the board for the Jets at sixth in this mock draft scenario.
- Leonard Fournette, RB, LSU
- Malik Hooker, S, Ohio State
- Mike Williams, WR, Clemson
- Mitch Trubisky, QB, North Carolina
The most interesting of those options is who McShay had slated to the Cleveland Brown’s second first round pick (12th overall). Mitch Trubisky has a small sample size in terms of a career, but the consensus is he could very well be the first quarterback off the board.
Everyone knows that Jared Goff and Carson Wentz weren’t the best two players in last years draft, but alas, they were the first two off the board. The quarterback position is the most important in football and the Jets are still lacking at the position.
This next statement could kill the thought of Trubisky to the Jets among the fanbase. Trubisky and Mark Sanchez have very similar college career arcs, as both came out early, as juniors. Sanchez had more touchdown passes, but Trubisky has more yards.
Both quarterbacks according to experts around the league would benefit from going back to school and both are ignoring those comments. GM Mike Maccagnan has picked a quarterback in each of his first two drafts. The Jets as a whole have drafted quarterbacks in four out of the last five years.
The Jets already have two guys in the bullpen, would they be willing to add a third who in theory would need some time to develop? We could be seeing the same song and dance in 2017 at the quarterback position after all.