The New York Jets added some more talent on both sides of the ball on Day 2 of the NFL Draft. What do the experts think?
On the surface, the New York Jets may get some backlash for taking back-to-back safeties and a wide receiver, but the talent and picks that were acquired may be worth the PR crap fest.
Let’s go through each pick from Day 2:
Marcus Maye, S, Florida
“The Jets apparently weren’t happy with their safety group, as they picked up the ultra-talented Marcus Maye in the second round. The question is, did they need to pick another safety when the team has many other needs?” – NFL.com (B Grade)
“It’s weird to see them go safety-safety with so many needs. Maye is a solid player, but why two safeties?” – CBS Sports (C Grade)
“Two picks, two safeties for the Jets, who just remade the back end of their secondary by adding Jamal Adams and Maye. That’s a lot of physicality and versatility paired together, and it’s obvious Todd Bowles helped drive those picks. But back-to-back safeties when there are so many other needs here?” – Sports Illustrated (B-)
ArDarius Stewart, WR, Alabama
“Finding a starting receiver in ArDarius Stewart in the third round will be viewed as a good pick sooner than later.” – NFL.com (B Grade)
“The Jets need help at receiver, so this makes sense. He isn’t a big receiver, but he will get reps early.” – CBS Sports (B Grade)
“Stewart is a lightning bolt with the ball in his hands—a raw receiver in his technique, but an exciting playmaker who can be used in myriad ways. He’s also something of a luxury pick, for a team with no room for one. There’s already speed in the Jets’ receiving corps. ” – Sports Illustrated (C)
Mixed Reviews from the ‘Experts’
Not surprising, especially with how the Jets drafted. From scouts I’ve talked to, ArDarius Stewart’s draft stock/value was second round and the Jets got him in the third. Thumbs up, right? Well, apparently, another receiver who was on the board was Chris Godwin out of Penn State and he garnered great grades from the experts.
This is one of the deepest positional units on the Jets and it’ll be interesting to see how he assimilates into the ranks. While it appears the assimilation with the Jets second round pick is going to be immediate as a starter.
I’ll repeat my sentiment from last night, the Jets double dipped and solidified a position. Now, safety is no longer a need and they have depth at the position. If the Jets can keep doing this like to each position like a checklist they’ll be back in the playoffs in no time.