New York Jets Gang Green Daily, 4/14/17: Malik Hooker at 6; Remembering Vernon Gholston
Dec 31, 2016; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Ohio State Buckeyes safety Malik Hooker (24) intercepts a pass intended for Clemson Tigers wide receiver Hunter Renfrow (13) during the second quarter during the 2016 CFP semifinal at University of Phoenix Stadium. Mandatory Credit: David Kadlubowski/The Arizona Republic via USA TODAY Sports

New York Jets Gang Green Daily reopens some wounds that you didn’t want open. Plus some key re-siginings that’ll help fortify the roster.

A lot to get to on this edition of the Gang Green Daily report.

Let’s start off with painful memories and those come by way of ESPN’s Rich Cimini with his release of the New York Jets top 10 NFL Draft busts of all time … highlighted by Vernon Gholston.

For the feint of heart, I’d suggest not opening it. Nothing against Rich Cimini as he does some great work, but my heart can’t take another freaking draft bust, which brings us to our next topic on the Gang Green Daily talk show! The NFL Draft, well mock draft, of one Todd McShay.

McShay released his mock draft, but this one comes with a twist. While most of the time he puts these mocks together based on what teams need and do, not on what he thinks. In this exercise, the script was flipped and he drafted guys if he were the GM and he had some interesting selections for the Jets via ESPN.com:

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Round 1 (6): Malik Hooker, S, Ohio State
Round 2 (39): DeShone Kizer, QB, Notre Dame
Round 3 (70): Jake Butt, TE, Michigan
Round 3 (107): Roderick Johnson, OT, Florida State

“Speed, range and ball skills — that’s what Hooker brings, and the Jets need more of all three after intercepting just eight passes in 2016 (tied for 29th). While Hooker’s durability is a question mark, and he’s still recovering from offseason shoulder and hernia surgeries, but he had elite production at Ohio State, posting seven interceptions last season. Kizer is not ready to play right away, and he wouldn’t need to in New York after the Jets signed Josh McCown this offseason. Tight end has to be a priority for the Jets after having just 18 catches from the position in 2016, 35 fewer than the next-lowest team. Johnson has 36-inch arms, and his exceptional length gives him some upside as a late third-rounder.”

While the interesting thing to note here is the risk factor the Jets would be taking with several of these picks. Specifically, those top-three picks: Hooker has durability concerns, DeShone Kizer was told he should’ve stayed at school by his coach and Jake Butt is recovering from a torn ACL.

While the Jets would be willing to take risks on guys who can’t play right away because next season seems like a dumpster fire.

Finally, I promised some key re-signings, and here they are behind door number two.

Usually, on these game shows, we hire some attractive females to show us the prizes. In this case, we have a middle-aged beat reporter for ESPN. You get what you pay for I guess. Hey, what can I say? We’re in tough times, budget cuts … what are you gonna do?

  • Jets CB Marcus Williams has signed his second-round RFA tender ($2.75 million), per source. He has played 34 games for the Jets, with nine interceptions.
  • Jets C Wesley Johnson has signed his second-round RFA tender for $2.75 million, a source confirmed. (First reported by the NFL Network.) While Johnson, who started eight games last season for the injured Nick Mangold, will get first crack at the center job. Mangold was released in February.

Listen to “The Jets Zone: Thomas Jones Interview” on Spreaker.

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