*************2016 NFL DRAFT GRADES************

1.20 Darron Lee, LB, Ohio State

The Jets for some reason aren't as good at rushing the passer as the rest of the defense should dictate. But Lee is a freaky athlete in the right hands of his coach. The team does need a QB, but if they get Fitzpatrick after all then they could really start to contend

2.51 Christian Hackenberg, QB, Penn State

HAHA. Christian Hackenberg has no right going this high in the draft. With a QB whisperer and Allen Robinson his freshman year he looked like he had some potential. But since then he has regressed as a passer to the point that he was nearly a 50% completion passer. The Jets took a guy who needs 2 years before he should sniff the field- and he might start week one.

F

3.83 Jordan Jenkins, LB, Georgia

No arguing here. Jenkins is a good talent, helps the depth and is a good value.

A

OVERALL GRADE: B-

You cannot look at the Jets and say that you feel like they got significantly better, but they did get better. But the team needs a QB, and no other good picks fix that.


*************2015 NFL DRAFT GRADES************


1.6 Leonard Williams, DE/DT, USC

A lot of people hated this pick because he didn't fit a need. That is true, but he was the last clean prospect left in the draft and he fell slightly to them. Would you rather they take arguably the best player in the draft here, or reaching for a need.

A

2.37 Devin Smith, WR, Ohio State

Another great pick. The team get's a TD horse to plug in for their QB.

A

3.82 Lorenzo Maudin, DE/LB, Louisville

No shocker that this team has a new staff because they are killing it. They got arguably the best edge rusher on the boards, and traded back 12 spots while acquiring a 5th, 7th and DeVier Posey.

A+

4.103 Bryce Petty, QB, Baylor

5.152 Jarvis Harrison, OG, TAMU

7.223 Deon Simon, NT, NW St

OVERALL GRADE: A

This is arguably the best draft this year. The team not only nailed their first four picks in terms of need and value, but they also walked away with line depth late. Factor in that they got DeVier Posey and Zac Stacy from trades also which will add value to the team as well.


*************2014 NFL DRAFT GRADES************
 

1.18 Calvin Pryor, S, Louisville

I like the pick, but I think the team could have done better. They got the 2nd best safety, and the 3rd best defensive back on the board. 

B-

2.49 Jace Amaro, TE, Texas Tech

If Amaro is able to do half of what he did in college then he will be a great pick. Need meets value here.

B+

3.80 Dexter McDougle, CB, Maryland

I love this pick. McDougle is a great 6th round pick with good potential. Oh. He went in the 3rd? How the hell does he get drafted this early? He is too short, doesn't have great instincts, and gets hurt.

F+

4.104 Jalen Saunders, WR, Oklahoma

4.115 Shaq Evans, WR, UCLA

4.137 Dakota Dozier, G, Furman


Great pick here. Dozier could have been a 3rd rounder easily.

5.154 Jeremiah George, LB, ISU

6.195 Brandon Dixon, CB, NW Mizzou St.

6.209 Quincy Enunwa, WR, Nebraska

6.210 Ik Enemkpali, DE, LA Tech

6.213 Tajh Boyd, QB, Clemson


It is stupid that Boyd was still on the board here. 

7.233 Trevor Reilly, LB, Utah

OVERALL GRADE:C+

I always have a hard time grading the Rex Ryan draft classes. He get's a lot of guys with decent value, and guys that could be studs, but he also takes a lot of question marks. With 12 picks in the draft though, I would expect that this team would have walked away with more than two potential starters.


*************2013 NFL DRAFT GRADES************


1.9 Dee Milliner, CB, Alabama

The Jets didn't have to take a corner with this pick, but at worst they got one that will compete for a starting job right away.

B+

1.13 Sheldon Richardson, DE/DT, Missouri

I'm not doubting that Richardson will help the team, but they have too many big needs to get an upgrade over Muhammad Wilkerson. When a coach and a team needs to win now before getting completely blown up they cannot make these picks. It makes even less sense when Star Lotulelei would be a better win-now guy.

D
 
2.39 Geno Smith, QB, West Virginia

Wow. It's everything that the Jets ever wanted, and yet it could cripple the franchise. This move is a great value, it fills a need, and it adds hope. But it also creates a QB controversy on a team that already had four guys fighting for reps. It also makes a scapegoat for a bad season for Rex Ryan. And nobody wants that. With all that noted, the team got the cleanest QB in the draft in an affordable way.

B+
 
3.72 Brian Winters, OG, Kent State
 
The Jets could have taken a guard with their 9th overall pick, but went with a playmaker. I'd much rather have Dee Milliner and Brian Winters than Chance Warmack and Logan Ryan.

B+

5.141 Oday Oboushi, OT/G, Virginia

More good depth at great value.

6.178 William Campbell, G, Michigan

7.215 Tommy Bonahan, FB, Wake Forest


OVERALL GRADE: ?

I don't have a clue how to grade this draft. The team found guys to splash now, and guys to splash later. They also found guys that will create controversy for starting spots while also having huge holes left alone.

 

 *************2012 NFL DRAFT GRADES************ 

1.16 Quinton Coples, DE (LB/DT), UNC

Eh. Coples has done very little to impress this offseason, and there were about 8 other guys worth more for the team to take. I don't think the team should have taken a lazy guy that takes plays off to go into the locker room.

C
 
2.43 Stephen Hill, WR, Georgia Tech

It cost the team a few picks to move up and get him, but the Jets got a potential steal here. They got a burner with the same potential that Megatron and Demaryius Thomas, and they got him 5-15 picks after most thought he would go. 

B

3.77 Demario Davis, LB, Arkansas State

There were better guys out there, but Demario was guy that some thought would go this high. I can't say that I hate this pick, but I definitely don't love it.

B-
 
6.187 Josh Bush, S, Wake

6.202 Terrance Ganaway, RB, Baylor


I love this pick alot. There is a direct combination between height, weight and speed that correlates very closely to the quality of a player in the NFL, and Ganaway had the most impressive combo in the draft. He is a little slow to do it all, but he is comparable to LaGarrette Blount in a lot of ways. Look for him to earn some very good carries.

A

6.203 Robert T. Griffin, G, Baylor

7.242 Antonio Allen, S, South Carolina


I didn't love Allen, but he really should have gone a lot sooner.

A

7.244 Jordan White, WR, Western Michigan

OVERALL GRADE: C+

I'm not in love with the draft, but there are some good picks. The team touched on quite a few needs, but they got a lot of guys that were pure potential, and they didn't get a lot of guys that have elite character.


*************2011 NFL DRAFT GRADES************ 
 Picks

 1.30 Muhammad Wilkerson, DE/DT, Temple

I was never high on Wilkerson myself, but for the Jets to get him by letting him fall to them was great value and it filled a need. 

B+

 3.94 Kendrick Ellis, NT, Hampton

 I have been in love with Ellis's TFL potential, and I think that a late 3rd round pick on him was a great value. 

B+

4.126 Bilal Powell, RB, Louisville

I don't quite get the value with this pick. The team already has three ok backs, and I'm not sure what he adds to the mix.

C- 


5.153 Jeremy Kerley, WR/KR, TCU

The team essentially loses Brad Smith with this pick, so an ok attempt to replace him.

B-

7.204 Greg McElroy, QB, Alabama

I really like the pick for the Jets, but I would have rather seen McElroy wind up on a team that might actually end up developing him into the starter (maybe a Miami or Seattle).

B+

7.227 Scotty McKnight, WR, Colorado

This team probably should have looked for a guy sooner than this, but an ok 7th rounder.

C+

Draft Grade: D

Yet another draft where a team found some value, but didn't address needs very well. The team needed pass rushers, and got zero. The team needed a nickel corner and didn't get one. The team needed 1-2 starting caliber receivers and the team got zero. The team got a good deal on a starting DE/DT, a future NT, and extra depth. I just can't love a draft where a team walks away without much addressed.


NEW GRADE: C

If I were the Jets, I may have actually made the same first couple of picks based on value and general need. I do wish that the team had addressed the receiver position, but there are a ton of okish free agents that they might be ok when it is all said and done.