With the sixth pick in the 2017 NFL Draft, the New York Jets select…
6. New York Jets: Marshon Lattimore, CB | Ohio State
Fuck the Jets. Sorry, I didn’t know where to start here. The Jets had a debacle season last year after just missing out on a playoff berth the year prior. Fitzpatrick lost his magic and came back down to Earth, proving he is in fact the journeyman we all thought he was. Meanwhile neither Geno Smith nor Bryce Petty could get anything going because Geno can’t stay healthy and Petty is, well, petty. Quarterback remains a huge question mark in New York even after the just awful signing of Josh McCown in free agency to help compete with Petty and 2016 second round pick Christian Hackenberg. How does McCown keep getting work? This dude is the same age as Romo now and literally has done nothing in his career. Meanwhile Jay Cutler, Colin Kaepernick & RGIII all remain unsigned? I honestly would rather have any other teams quarterback depth chart than the Jets. Anyway, the Jets cleaned house this offseason, releasing veteran center Nick Mangold, receiver Brandon Marshall and cornerback Darrelle Revis, which among other cuts leaves the Jets roster with a lot of holes to fill.
The Jets could go in many different directions with the sixth pick on April 27th. The first option we already mentioned above is quarterback, which would say a lot about the teams confidence in Hackenberg if they opted for Deshaun Watson or Mitchell Trubisky here. A safety such as Malik Hooker or Jamal Adams fills a need. Help for whoever ends up at quarterback is desperately needed and could be in the form of a running back like Leonard Fournette or a receiver like Mike Williams. An intriguing option to keep an eye on is tight end O.J. Howard who would be a safe pick that can help in both the running and passing game. The Jets really can’t go wrong here so long as they don’t draft another first round defensive lineman. They should really consider trading back and picking up some more picks, but assuming they stay put, I’m going with Ohio State cornerback Marshon Lattimore.
The Jets have selected a defensive player in the first round of each of the last 7 drafts including 2 first round defensive players in 2013. ‘Revis Island’ is no more and so the Jets need a lockdown cover corner. Lattimore can step in and fill that role nicely, assuming he can stay healthy. The Jets recently signed former Cowboy’s 2012 first round pick Morris Claiborne, but he wasn’t able to show he could be the guy in five seasons with Dallas, so no sense betting on him now. Look for the Jets to invest in that secondary after being in the bottom six teams in terms of interceptions and passing touchdowns allowed last season.