5. Brandon Bryant, S, Mississippi State
This name you may not recognize because he’s a fresh face on 1 Jets Drive. The Jets opted not to use a supplemental draft selection on Brandon Bryant and instead waited patiently until he became a free agent and jumped on him like white on rice.
Despite possessing incredible depth at safety, a football team could never have enough good ones. NFL Network Insider Bucky Brooks had this to say, “Bryant has questions surrounding his work ethic, discipline and attention to detail after his on-field (blown coverages) and academic struggles.”
Sometimes you have to risk it, to get the biscuit. If he doesn’t pan out, cut him. If he does, you look like a genius. Boys that’s what I like to call a win-win scenario.
4. Jordan Leggett, TE, Clemson
The things that we heard during the draft I won’t forget. Jordan garnered the nickname “Lazy Leggett” from some teammates at Clemson because he didn’t always give 100 percent. On paper, he’s a Pro Bowl talent, but we all know that it’s more than just what is on paper.
We didn’t get to see Jordan play a lick last year because of a bothersome bum knee. This season he has a lot more competition. Currently, there are four other tight ends on the roster, including another fourth-round draftee also from the ACC in Christopher Herndon. If Jordan wants to make this team, he has his work cut out for him if he wants to start on this team, he has to make an impact.
3. Courtney Upshaw, OLB, Alabama
I really liked Courtney Upshaw coming out of college. His game hasn’t exactly translated at the NFL level. Although, he’s found a way to stay in the league (six years between the Baltimore Ravens and the Atlanta Falcons).
The main problem with his lack of success seems to be all the position shifting.
He was a linebacker in college and exponentially increased his sack production each of his four years at Alabama. Then he was thrown on the defensive line in the pros, then thrown back at linebacker, and struggled bouncing back between the two. He’s got potential and Jets need all of that and some for their insufficient pass rushing department in 2018.