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New York Jets Off the Clock: Were the Draft Needs on Offense Filled?
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1 May 2017 04:56 PM EST

-by Daniel Mogollon, Staff Writer; Image: Clemson Tigers tight end Jordan Leggett runs away from defenders. (Image Source: Getty Images)

Here’s a look at how the New York Jets did in filling their needs on the offensive side of the ball:

1. Quarterback: None

Potential Picks at No. 6: Patrick Mahomes II, Texas Tech (No. 10); Deshaun Watson, Clemson (No. 12)

For the first time since the 2012 NFL Draft, the New York Jets did not select a quarterback. With 2016 second-round pick Christian Hackenberg and 2015 fourth-round pick Bryce Petty on the roster, as well as a stronger quarterback class in the horizon it’s not a big surprise that general manager Mike Maccagnan passed on a passer.

2. Tight End: Jordan Leggett, Clemson (5th Round; No. 150)  

Potential Pick at No. 6: O.J. Howard, Alabama (No. 19)

Many Jets fans were pounding the proverbial table for the Jets to draft a tight end with the sixth overall pick, in the second round, in the third round, and in the fourth round. They finally got their wish when New York called Jordan Leggett’s name in round number five. With new offensive coordinator John Morton taking over, the Jets are expected to use the tight end in the throw game far more than they did under Chan Gailey. In Leggett, they’ve brought in someone who can make an impact as a pass catcher.

3. Offensive Tackle: None

Potential Pick at No. 79: Antonio Garcia, Troy (No. 85)

As we told you this draft lacked a true left tackle prospect. Had Cam Robinson been on the board it’s very possible the Jets would have drafted the Alabama man in the second round.  

4. Center: None

Potential Pick at No. 70: Pat Elflein, Ohio State (No. 70)

This wasn’t just a weak class for tackles it lacked depth and elite talent up and down the offensive line. Having said that, Ohio State center Pat Elflein was on the board when New York was slotted to pick in the third round, a selection they traded to the Minnesota Vikings who drafted the Buckeye. Many had Elflein as the top-rated center in this class.

5. Running Back: Elijah McGuire, Louisiana-Lafayette (6th Round; No. 188)  

Potential Pick at No. 39: Dalvin Cook, Florida State (No. 41)

Not a pressing need but the Jets could use some depth and youth in the backfield, so no one should really be too upset that they waited until Day 3 to address the position. However, there was a strong contingent of fans who really wanted Florida State product Dalvin Cook in the second round. A first-round talent who was arguably the best player on the board at No. 39. Elijah McGuire is a good pass catcher who should fit the new West Coast offense and will compete for a position as a return specialist.

6. Offensive Guard: None

Potential Pick at No. 70: Dan Feeney, Indiana (No. 71)

See, center. Had the Jets held on to their own third-round choice they would have had their pick of highly-rated interior linemen. Just one selection after the Vikings used New York’s pick to draft OSU center Pat Elflein, Indiana Hoosiers guard Dan Feeney went off the board at No. 71 to the San Diego Chargers. Heading into Day 2 there were rumors the Jets were trying to trade up to No. 33, possibly to call Forest Lamp’s name. The Chargers also drafted him, at No. 38, one pick before New York was on the clock.

7. Wide Receiver: ArDarius Stewart, Alabama (3rd Round; No. 79); Chad Hansen, California (4th Round; No. 141)      

Potential Pick at No. 6: Mike Williams, Clemson (No. 7); John Ross, Washington (No. 9)

You might think Mike Maccagnan would disagree with my assessment of New York’s offensive needs. But just because the Jets drafted two wide outs doesn’t mean he believes receiver was a bigger need than I did. He’s a best-player-on-the-board kind of GM so if ArDarius Stewart and Chad Hansen were the best players when the Jets picked that would explain their selections more so than New York’s desire to fill a need at receiver. Both are better football players than they are athletes, have reliable hands, and can make plays after the catch. Like Leggett and McGuire, potential fits for Morton’s West Coast attack.

Daniel Mogollon is a member of the Pro Football Writers of America and the Football Writers Association of America. He is also a voter for the Thorpe and the Rotary Lombardi Award, as well as the Latino Sports MVP Awards. 

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