4.) New York Jets
Coming into the 2017 NFL Draft, the Jets had plenty of needs to fill. After having a poor 2016 season, the Jets are clearly in a rebuilding mode, as they parted ways with a lot of veterans this offseason.
For the Jets, their draft plan was a bit unexpected. After the first five picks in the draft were mostly offensive players, the Jets had safety Jamal Adams fall into their laps with the sixth pick. Adams was one of the best defensive prospects in the draft, and he certainly fills a need for New York.
The surprising pick by the Jets after Adams was the selection of safety Marcus Maye. By picking Maye, the Jets all but announced they are giving up on former first round pick, Calvin Pryor. The Jets decided not to exercise the fifth-year option on Pryor, and he could be moved at some point in the offseason.
While quarterback is certainly a need for the Jets, they likely did the smart thing in avoiding one this season. The Jets would have certainly been reaching with the sixth overall pick on any of the remaining quarterbacks at the time, and taking Adams was the right move. Even though it was a solid draft class for the Jets, they didn’t do enough to get them out of the cellar in the AFC East power rankings.