ESPN NFL Draft Insider Mel Kiper says the New York Jets will take Minkah Fitzpatrick with their sixth overall draft choice.
Could we actually see the New York Jets take a defensive player for the 10th straight time in the 2018 NFL Draft? If ESPN Insider Mel Kiper’s Mock Draft is correct, that’s exactly how it’s going to play out.
Kiper’s first Mock Draft has been released and here’s what he had to say about the Jets and their selection this spring, cornerback Minkah Fitzpatrick out of Alabama.
“Fitzpatrick is the top cornerback and safety in this draft. He could play either position. He was primarily a safety at Alabama, but he covered receivers in the slot and on the outside, and he consistently made plays. New York took safeties with its top two picks last year (Jamal Adams and Marcus Maye), so Fitzpatrick would be a corner for the Jets, who have an opening with Morris Claiborne a free agent this offseason. This is another spot to watch for one of the top quarterbacks.”
While the Jets are set at safety (one of the few positions at which they’re good), cornerback is a different story.
There’s going to be a ton of upheaval and with Morris Claiborne as an impending free agent, they could use an injection of talent and star power at that position.
But there are skeptics that believe mock drafts are a complete waste of time. Hey, we can’t all be believers, but just to feed those non-believers, Kiper did also say something else pretty strange.
“With the first pick in the 2018 NFL Draft, the Cleveland Browns select… Josh Allen, quarterback out of Wyoming.”
Mel Kiper's No. 1 overall player in the NFL Draft finished eighth in completion percentage, seventh in passer rating and sixth in passing YPG in the Mountain West.
— Barrett Sallee (@BarrettSallee) January 18, 2018
It appears the stats say a different story Mel…
Mel Kiper Jr. asked about Josh Allen's completion percentage: "Stats are for losers in my opinion. The guy won."
— Matthew Fairburn (@MatthewFairburn) January 18, 2018
Well there you have it, if you’re ever losing an argument just say stats are for losers, works every time.