(SportsNetwork.com) – First-year Jets general manager Mike Maccagnan is
keeping things close to the vest and could go in a number of different
directions with the sixth overall pick.
The rebuilding Jets need plenty of help at quarterback position as well as
running back on offense, and could use a big-time pass rusher on defense. And
there will be no shortage the options.
It’s clear Maccagnan has no interest in moving forward with Geno Smith at
quarterback and veteran Ryan Fitzpatrick is obviously just a stop-gap. Trading
up to draft Heisman Trophy winner Marcus Mariota, would be the sexiest move
Maccagnan could make even though the flawed Oregon prospect would need time to
develop his skills for a traditional pro offense.
Now that Georgia running back Todd Gurley, perhaps the best prospect at the
position since Adrian Peterson, has been given a clean bill of health, he’s
got to be in play as does Clemson edge defender Vic Beasley.
2014 Record: 4-12
Top Needs: QB, LB, WR, RB
First Three Picks: No. 6, No. 37, No. 70
Number of Selections: 6 (1, 2, 3, 4, 7, 7)
RECENT FIRST ROUND HISTORY: 2014 – Calvin Pryor (S, Louisville); 2013 – Dee
Milliner (CB, Alabama); 2012 – Quinton Coples (DE, North Carolina): 2011 –
Muhammad Wilkerson (DE, Temple); 2010 – Kyle Wilson (CB, Boise State); 2009 –
Mark Sanchez (QB, USC); 2008 – Vernon Gholston (OLB, Ohio State), Dustin
Keller (TE, Purdue); 2007 – Darrelle Revis (CB, Pittsburgh); 2006 –
D’Brickashaw Ferguson (OT, Virginia), Nick Mangold (C, Ohio State); 2005 –