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Jets Earn an ‘B’ for Their Draft According to ESPN’s Mel Kiper Jr.

The draft grades from ‘Draft Guru’ Mel Kiper Jr. are out, and one team that got a very good grade is that of the Jets, who according to Kiper got an ‘B’ for their collection of players over the two days.

Here’s what he had to say:

Jets GM Mike Maccagnan went for it last month, giving up three second-round picks — two this year, one next — to move up three spots from No. 6 to No. 3. And the Jets have to be thrilled that quarterback Sam Darnold made it to them. Darnold looked like a lock to be the No. 1 pick after the 2016 season, but he had a shaky season in 2017, committing 22 turnovers (13 interceptions) and developing a few bad habits with his footwork. If he can get that corrected, watch out. New York would have a franchise passer for the next 15 years. If he keeps turning the ball over, it’s not going to be pretty in the AFC East. Darnold needs to get back to his 2016 form — this Jets draft is all about whether he’s the answer.

Without those second-round picks, it’s tough for New York to fill holes elsewhere. And this is a team with several holes. The Jets filled a few in free agency, throwing money at cornerback Trumaine Johnson and linebacker Avery Williamson, for instance, but there aren’t many playmakers here. Who is Darnold — or Josh McCown — going to throw to in 2018? I don’t think Terrelle Pryor Sr. is the answer, and Robby Anderson has off-field issues. I did like the pick of Nathan Shepherd at 72, an active defensive tackle who showed at the Senior Bowl against better competition that he belongs. Tight end Chris Herndon IV (pick 107) was rising up boards over the last few weeks. Cornerback Parry Nickerson (197) ran a 4.32 40 at the combine and was a four-year starter at Tulane.

As I said, this Jets draft is all about Darnold, but giving up three second-round picks to move up three spots is a ton. I think he’s going to end up playing early.

Round/Pick Name Pos College
1/3 Sam Darnold QB USC
3/72 Nathan Shepherd DT FORT HAYS STATE
4/107 Chris Herndon IV TE MIAMI
6/179 Parry Nickerson CB TULANE
6/180 Folorunso Fatukasi DT UCONN
6/204 Trenton Cannon RB VIRGINIA ST


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