Any Jets turnaround will require more success in the draft

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The Jets are in the process of rebuilding their roster after a 5-11 record in the 2016 season that kept them out of the playoffs for the sixth straight year and the success of that endeavor will be largely predicated on their ability to turn around their recent draft history.

General Manager Mike Maccagnan’s first two drafts have yielded a few hits with time to go before a full accounting of how he fared in 2015 and 2016 can be done. It will have to be far better than the Jets fared in the four previous drafts if the Jets are going to be back on track.

As Connor Hughes of NJ.com points out, Maccagnan’s immediate predecessor John Idzik drafted 19 players over two years and only five remain with the club at this point. Five of the players are out of the league entirely and high picks like Calvin Pryor, Dee Milliner, Geno Smith and Jace Amaro moved on without doing much to lift the team’s fortunes.

Defensive end Sheldon Richardson is the only one of Idzik’s three first-round picks still on the roster and the team’s willingness to trade him has been discussed for some time. Guard Brian Winters and wide receiver Quincy Enunwa are also starters while cornerback Dexter McDougle and offensive lineman Dakota Dozier have been backups.

Things weren’t much better in Mike Tannenbaum’s final two years on the job. The Jets still have three of the 14 players he drafted in 2011 and 2012, although linebacker Demario Davis left for the Browns before being reacquired in a trade for 2014 first-rounder Pryor. His final draft saw the Jets add linebacker Quinton Coples and wide receiver Stephen Hill in the first two rounds, both of whom are out of the league after failing to make it through their rookie deals with the Jets.

That left the Jets without a base of young talent to build around and led to the addition of a slew of veterans who helped the team win 10 games in 2015 before everything went south last year. Most of those players are gone and the lesson about where the Jets need to improve in order to avoid a repeat seems clear heading into the 2017 season.

36 responses to “Any Jets turnaround will require more success in the draft

  1. This isn’t really a rebuilding year, this is more a clearing the ground of financial rubble, removing the ruins of old hopes and flattening expectations kind of year. In November, Josh McCown will be sacrficed on the alter of “blame-the-QB, heck-blame-anyone-but-me”, and then PR notices will be put up on the chain-link fence surrounding the void, spouting false hopes about a brighter tomorrow…

  2. Looks like they are timing their rebuild for Brady’s retirement – 2-3 years. That works in the NBA. In the NFL, you can’t just buy 40% of your team in two max contracts. If Darnold doesn’t come out next year, they have to hope Rosen continues to develop and is available.

  3. For contending teams to maintain their success, that also relies heavily on drafting well; especially when they lose their key players to free agency or decline.

  4. streetyson says:
    Jul 9, 2017 10:20 AM
    This isn’t really a rebuilding year, this is more a clearing the ground of financial rubble, removing the ruins of old hopes and flattening expectations kind of year. In November, Josh McCown will be sacrficed on the alter of “blame-the-QB, heck-blame-anyone-but-me”, and then PR notices will be put up on the chain-link fence surrounding the void, spouting false hopes about a brighter tomorrow…
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    You seem to be the only one, including Jets fans, who thinks the complete cleansing of the roster is more of the same old thing. No one (again, other you) seems to have an illusion about McCown of what to expect this season. You contradict yourself a few times in your post “flattening expectations kind of year” then you say “Josh McCown will be sacrficed on the alter of “blame-the-QB, heck-blame-anyone-but-me””. No oe has any expectations for anything other than a bad season with lousy QB options. Most real Jet fans see this season as strictly about draft positioning and figuring out which kids might have a future as something other than mediocre third stingers.

  5. the jets have arrogantly ignored the pats
    blueprint for 15 years, thinking buying a team while
    using goodell to try to cheat, was the way to do it

    quite comical thinking the opposite of what ne would do,
    would somehow work

    they deserve every last drop of hell they will
    experience

  6. As much as Jets fans give their GM crap I think he’s actually one of the better ones they’ve had in a long while. He’s had his bad picks and his good picks. The good being Shell, Leo, Simon, Peake, Burris and Anderson and the bad being Hackenberg, Smith, and Harrison. And guys who have a ton of potential but whether it’s injuries or a crowded depth chart haven’t gotten as much play time in Lee, Mauldin, and Jenkins. People tend to forget this GM came in pretty raw and his first few drafts included some holdovers in the scouting department from previous regimes. The fans don’t like it and it might take years for them to get back to 2009-2010 level but they are doing it correctly in my opinion. It’s very much like what the Seahawks and Patriots did.

  7. The jets moves look like they are trying for a guaranteed first overall pick but that might come at the price of a 1-15 or even 0-16 season

  8. The Jets are ignoring the Pats blueprint because it entails losing 2 first rd drat picks to cheating and being labled as the most dishonest, paranoid franchise in modern sports history. That’s not what they or their fans are looking for.

  9. I can remember many of those names in years passed being glorified in the East Coast biased National media as the next best thing year after year. Comical stuff

  10. As someone who watches all the Jets games I can name all the good players they have drafted since 2009 on one hand.

    I wont count 2017 drafted plaeyrs since they haven’t played yet.

    The answer is … 2 or maybe 3 in *8* draft classes!!

    Mo Wilkerson
    Leonard Williams

    I would have said Sheldon Richardson, but he’s acted like a moron and wont be with the team after this year.

    OK players
    Matt Slauson
    Bilal Powel
    Jeremy Kerley
    Quincy Enunwa

    eh – maybe Brian Winters

    Horrible GM work since 2008. Mike Maccagnan has not performed well either. This was his third draft class. I think 3 years is enough to evaluate a GM. Hopefully he’s fired if the 2017 crop does as poorly as his other classes.

  11. Brandon Shell improved at the end of the season, its way to early to call him a good pick.
    Leonard Williams yes.
    The others, well, we’ll see.

    In 3 years Maccagnan hasn’t done much.

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    ryann252013 says:
    Jul 9, 2017 11:52 AM
    As much as Jets fans give their GM crap I think he’s actually one of the better ones they’ve had in a long while. He’s had his bad picks and his good picks. The good being Shell, Leo, Simon, Peake, Burris and Anderson and the bad being Hackenberg, Smith, and Harrison. And guys who have a ton of potential but whether it’s injuries or a crowded depth chart haven’t gotten as much play time in Lee, Mauldin, and Jenkins. People tend to forget this GM came in pretty raw and his first few drafts included some holdovers in the scouting department from previous regimes. The fans don’t like it and it might take years for them to get back to 2009-2010 level but they are doing it correctly in my opinion. It’s very much like what the Seahawks and Patriots did

  12. Organizational success–or the lack thereof–starts at the top, and the Jets have a horrible owner. Woody Johnson is a big shot republican who is friends with Traitor Trump, so automatically he’s suspect in terms of his character and actual competence at doing anything constructive. Trump wants Johnson to be the U.S. Ambassador to the UK, which will not end well. No wonder the Jets have been so lousy for so long–their owner is a conservative jerkwad, and the lack of ability/awareness trickles down from there. Jets fans, you should consider finding a new team for which to cheer. As long as Johnson owns the club, the Jets are going nowhere.

  13. cosmicconvoy says:
    Jul 9, 2017 6:12 PM
    It takes a darn good coaching staff to rebuild thru the draft and develop new talent, so that can’t be what the Jets are doing.
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    It also takes a darn good scouting department to rebuild through the draft. The good teams that have been built through the draft, were able to constantly find good players in the middle to late rounds. The Jets are missing in the first round half the time. There have been many great coaches who never won because they didn’t work for a team with a good personnel operation.

  14. tylawspick6 says:
    Jul 9, 2017 11:30 AM
    the jets have arrogantly ignored the pats
    blueprint for 15 years, thinking buying a team while
    using goodell to try to cheat, was the way to do it

    quite comical thinking the opposite of what ne would do,
    would somehow work

    they deserve every last drop of hell they will
    experience

    By blueprint you mean, drafting a QB in the 6th round and he becomes arguably the GOAT. Yea that’s gonna happen again for you.
    Even with Brady,the Patriots got caught cheating time and again. Whats really sad is all the times they were cheating and didn’t get caught.
    Also, it’s such a great blueprint that every single coach that leaves there and gets hired somewhere else fails. I guess Belicheat doesn’t show them all of his cheating ways.
    Enjoy the asterisk NewEngland.

  15. yann252013 says:
    Jul 9, 2017 11:52 AM

    As much as Jets fans give their GM crap I think he’s actually one of the better ones they’ve had in a long while. He’s had his bad picks and his good picks. The good being Shell, Leo, Simon, Peake, Burris and Anderson and the bad being Hackenberg, Smith, and Harrison.
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    Not trying to be a jerk or anything but I have no idea who any of those guys are. Leo is Leonard Williams? Their team is really talent poor.

  16. Mangini and Jets taped games, then turned around and ratted out another team for doing the same.

    A decade later, they are still paying the price.

    May the bad karma never end!

  17. The Jets tampered with a SB winning team, and still sucked. Can’t even cheat well.

  18. daytontriangles says:
    Jul 10, 2017 3:17 AM
    Mangini and Jets taped games, then turned around and ratted out another team for doing the same.

    A decade later, they are still paying the price.

    May the bad karma never end!

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    Not really true…There was no “ratting” out since BB did nothing wrong, other than not bothering to get permission from a specified location.

    They used the specific portion of the rule that Goodell wanted followed all of a sudden on 9.6.06 in terms of the location of where the road team’s video coordinator was positioned, as the thing to frame, cheat and lie about the Pats.

    There was no ratting…Anyone involved in the NFL knows teams film one another and no one checks any teams’ tapes, so everything is allowed, hence why Rozelle and Tagliabue never checked any teams’ tapes for over 50 years.

    Even the quote from Woody Johnson (“We caught them red-handed” – only a moron claims that when someone is standing in front of NFL officials in broad daylight) to Rich Cimini, the latter the ESPN liaison, to kick the framejob into gear that Sunday night/Monday morning, was a very well thought out part of the framing.

    To try to get it to stick and be more outrageous, people were saying NE would go into the locker room with stolen singles, decode, and improve in the second half.

    It’s almost as preposterous to believe that as McNally could bend over 12 times, deflate balls perfectly, and then put them all back into a bag 12 times, in 90 seconds in a bathroom.

    But, they didn’t need that to stick, they knew how sad it sounded for fans to believe the Pats coaches huddles in some secret rioom in 12 minutes to decode hand signals in front of a VCR, so they said that NE was the only team not getting the proper spot to film on the road and that filming itself was somehow magically illegal, just because Goodell said so, even though we have a half dozen testimonies from former NFL coaches that contradict the cheating Goodell’s statements on Framegate I.

    Absolutely mortifying part of NY Jets history on top of everything else.

    The Pats keep in slapping the Jets and others, while those loser teams lobby Goodell to try to find ways to frame and cheat the Pats.

    If only these teams put energy into building quality teams every year instead of brazenly cheating, colluding with the commissioner.

  19. patbutler87 says:
    Jul 9, 2017 9:39 PM
    yann252013 says:
    Jul 9, 2017 11:52 AM

    As much as Jets fans give their GM crap I think he’s actually one of the better ones they’ve had in a long while. He’s had his bad picks and his good picks. The good being Shell, Leo, Simon, Peake, Burris and Anderson and the bad being Hackenberg, Smith, and Harrison.
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    Not trying to be a jerk or anything but I have no idea who any of those guys are. Leo is Leonard Williams? Their team is really talent poor.

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    Jets fans have a bad habit of concocting nicknames for the players, as if they know them personally, and/or play on the team.

    As for Leonard Williams and someone like Sheldon Richardson, I would be beyond ticked off that each was wildly underpeformring the way they are.

    Richardson is an immature, big mouth head case that will now want big money and is a cancer, while Leonard Williams only takes on single blocks as the #6 overall pick entering his 3rd season.

    If he starts getting double teams with Wilkerson not needing to be doubled anymore, and with Richardson on his way out in a lame duck year, Leonard Williams will appear to be the disappointment he’s been.

  20. breadmeatcheese says:
    Jul 9, 2017 7:43 PM
    well jamal adams is a fantastic start.

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    Heard the exact same statement on draft bust, Calvin Pryor.

    This isn’t 2001 anymore. Stone hipped in the box Safeties, in no way should be 1st rd picks, especially for a team as desperate for pass defense in the secondary as NY is.

    Brady will be torching Adams and Co for the next 3-5 years.

  21. By blueprint you mean, drafting a QB in the 6th round and he becomes arguably the GOAT. Yea that’s gonna happen again for you.
    Even with Brady,the Patriots got caught cheating time and again. Whats really sad is all the times they were cheating and didn’t get caught.
    Also, it’s such a great blueprint that every single coach that leaves there and gets hired somewhere else fails. I guess Belicheat doesn’t show them all of his cheating ways.
    Enjoy the asterisk NewEngland.

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    Umm, BB doesn’t need a HOF QB to win the division every year. He just needs a very good QB.

    If Brady was traded today, and Jimmy G was the guy, it would go from 12+ wins to 10+ wins from here on out.

    But, we do enjoy your jealousy.

  22. ladyjet- lol. you seem real mad that your team has not won a superbowl since we landed on the moon. 1968

  23. While the Jets draft track record has been horrible, they deserve credit for developing a decade’s worth of NFL league office executives. Just imagine what the Integrity of the League would be without their contribution.

  24. tylawspick6 says:
    Jul 9, 2017 11:30 AM
    the jets have arrogantly ignored the pats
    blueprint for 15 years, thinking buying a team while
    using goodell to try to cheat, was the way to do it

    quite comical thinking the opposite of what ne would do,
    would somehow work

    they deserve every last drop of hell they will
    experience

    You mean the same Goodell that swept the tapes under the rug and was inseparable from Bobby Kraft up until Deflategate? That’s what I thought.

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