2017 NFL Draft: New York Jets Select Safety Marcus Maye of Florida in Round 2
Apr 8, 2016; Gainesville, FL, USA; Florida Gators defensive back Marcus Maye (20) looks on in the fourth quarter during the Orange and Blue game at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium. Blue won 38-6. Mandatory Credit: Logan Bowles-USA TODAY Sports

The New York Jets have double dipped the chicken nugget with their second safety in two picks in the 2017 NFL Draft.

The 2017 NFL Draft or any draft for that matter is a complicated crapshoot, but one of my most trusted sources in the business, absolutely nailed what the New York Jets would do in the first two rounds of this draft.

Connor Rogers of Bleacher Report said that the Jets would take two safeties in his Jets mock draft. He was right.

So many reactions to this pick, but let’s start out with the positives. The Jets now have a brand new safety tandem that could be one of the best up and coming young tandems in the league.

Marcus Maye has ball skills, he’s instinctive and is aggressive. His five forced fumbles ranked second in the country last year. He creates turnovers. Has scheme versatility and can play strong/free.

As Todd Bowles said during his post-draft presser yesterday, the safety positions are interchangeable. This pick provides a lot of flexibility in what the Jets can do in the backend.

Instead of taking an offensive player, the Jets decided to focus on one side of the ball at a time. Not a bad strategy.

What are the ripple effects?

Calvin Pryor and Marcus Gilchrist?

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For those who don’t get the WWE reference, they just made the walking papers list. It’s a shame because I think Calvin Pryor has a ton of potential and showed that two years ago.

He will likely be packaged during the draft for a mid-round pick. While Marcus Gilchrist, after suffering the torn patella tendon last season, is done. When that injury occurred I knew that at the very least, his Jets career was over.

There’s no problem hitting the reset button because this Jets secondary was atrocious last year. Now the Jets with their next picks must shift their focus to the corner spots, edge, and maybe tight end?

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