By Reid McEvoy
The New York Jets appear to have checked down completely during the 2017 NFL Draft, having traded back fives times already, and the sixth round has only just begun.
They are obviously stockpiling picks in the later rounds, but will it prove to be a wise decision?
Up to this point in the draft, the Jets have taken two safeties (LSU’s Jamal Adams in the first round and Florida’s Marcus Maye in the second round), two wide receivers (Alabama’s ArDarius Stewart in the third round and California’s Chad Hansen in the fourth round), and a tight end, Clemson’s Jordan Leggett, in the fifth round. They also added defensive end Dylan Donahue from West Georgia later in the fifth round.
In the process of trading down, the Jets missed out on Michigan tight end Jake Butt, who was eventually selected by the Broncos, a decision that was unpopular among fans. The Jets did take Leggett to hopefully fill the big hole at tight end.
But with all the trades down, either the Jets don’t like the players in the middle portion of the draft class, or they know something we all don’t, and believe they can make a killing in the sixth round. We, of course, will have to just wait and see.