In the first three rounds of the NFL Draft, the Jets found an anchor for the middle of their defense (Quinnen Williams), a possible edge-rushing monster (Jachai Polite) and a future starting tackle (Chuma Edoga).
That's a nice start. But the Jets still have holes to fill. And they only have two more picks to go.
When Day 3 of the NFL Draft begins this afternoon, the Jets will only be holding a fourth-round pick (105th overall) and a sixth-rounder (196). That's not a lot for a rebuilding team that still needs help at center, cornerback, receiver, tight end, backup running back, and depth at any number of other spots.
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So what will they do with those two picks? Well, the good news for them is that they'll have the third pick when Day 3 kicks off at noon, so they should have pretty much a choice of the top-rated players on their board. So it's a good bet they look for a center or corner first.
Here are just a few players to watch for the Jets on Day 3:
C Lamont Gaillard, Georgia -- If he's not picked in the first two picks on Saturday, how could the Jets not take him? Center is a glaring need that they didn't address in free agency, other than to re-sign Jonotthon Harrison. The 6-3, 305-pound Gaillard was a three-year starter and team captain who was known as one of the tougher interior linemen in the SEC.
CB Julian Love, Notre Dame -- A really smart corner with 4.54 speed. He's a bit small at 5-11, 195, but he is shifty enough to immediately handle playing in the slot.
CB Isaiah Johnson, Houston -- He's bigger (6-2, 208) and faster (4.4) but not nearly as polished as love. He was a receiver for his first two seasons, so he's new to the position. That means coaches will have a lot to work with.
TE Foster Moreau, LSU -- One of the best blocking tight ends left. The 6-4, 253-pounder has the size and strength, but he also has 4.66 speed and some scouts think he could be a much better receiver than he was in college if he's used the right way. Could be a good complement to Chris Herndon.
TE Isaac Nauta, Georgia -- He's not as big as Moreau (6-3, 244), but he's a better receiver. There's also enough talent there that he could become a powerful blocker if he puts on a little weight.
WR Hakeem Butler, Iowa State -- A big receiver with big-play ability. He's 6-5, 227 with 4.48 speed. He wasn't expected to last to Day 3, especially after a 60-catch, 1,318-yard, 9-touchdown junior season. He has some consistency issues, but Sam Darnold would love to have a big target like this.
WR Anthony Johnson, Buffalo -- He's not quite as big as Butler (6-2, 209), but he's got enough size and an uncanny ability to shake off defensive backs and get open. He's got good enough speed to be a deep threat at times, but probably would be more of a possession receiver and red-zone target.