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New York Jets: 2017 NFL Combine Players To Watch

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New York Jets: 2017 NFL Combine Players To Watch

The recent departure of embattled Quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick is a sign that this upcoming draft will be detrimental to the future of Jets’ core group of players.

The Jets will look to add a corner or two in this year’s upcoming draft, even before the current legal matter star corner Darrelle Revis. He became a liability at some points but bounced back after a horrid start to the season. His cap figure ($15.3 Million for 2017 via Sportrac.com) should play into the team’s decision to potentially restructure or let him walk.

We will highlight a few players that will be attending the 2017 NFL Combine in Indianapolis, Indiana that fit into the Jets’ plans.

 

Roderick Johnson – Tackle – Florida State University

This guy is a road grader! Pro Football Focus ranked the Jets’ offensive line was one of the worst in the league. Adding a talent like Johnson could go a long way to restoring that mystique of the Jets teams of old. Roderick was the 2015 Jacobs Blocking Trophy recipient in 2015 given to the top offensive lineman in the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC). Johnson has played left tackle througout his career while at Florida State and could continue to do so in midnight green.

 

Desmond King – Cornerback/Safety –  University of Iowa

King’s ball skills and toughness make him a successful cover man. His willingness to mix it up in the box against the run set him apart from this year’s corner class. Desmond was the first true Freshman to start at defensive back for Iowa since 2002. In his Junior year, he accumulated 8 interceptions. He became a consensus All-American in 2015. King also won the 2015 Jim Thorpe Award given to the best defensive back in all of football. Desmond projects to move to safety at the next level but the Jets run an attacking 3-4 zone scheme that he could excell in a la Darrelle Revis. 

 

Josh Dobbs – Quarterback – University of Tennessee

After becoming a full-time starter in 2015, he flourished and improved in every season he completed. Josh finished 2016 with 27 passing touchdowns and was invited to attend the NFL Combine after a good showing at the Senior Bowl. He has a command in the pocket that is reminiscent of a young Jim Kelly.  Physically, he has all of the tools to be a potential star. It’s the other factors that he will have to work on at the next level. Although the Jets have both Bryce Petty and Christian Hackenberg in house, my gut tells me that they select a signal caller somewhat early. Quarterback is the position that can make or break a team. New York must look diligently that this young man. Dobbs could be a second day selection who ends up being an All-Pro.