After lots of trades and picks, Jets fill big needs in draft
Apr 30 2017
Richardson, who played for the team from 2008-10, tried to say that the 79th pick in the draft would be done by "the NY J-E-T-S Jets". Since the Green & White traded their own four in this draft to Washington a year ago in order to draft T Brandon Shell, they are now back in Round 4 when the final day of the draft begins Saturday shortly after noon.
He is also a talented pass catcher, as he was one of three Power-5 players targeted at least 70 times previous year without a drop, according to ESPN Stats & Info.
In all, Maccagnan traded back fives times during the past three days - twice on Friday night and three times on Saturday. Now it will be a part of National Football League draft history as one of six compensatories that were traded tonight.
While announcing the Jets' third-round pick, Richardson offered a version of the familiar Jets chant in which the team's name is spelled out.
Maccagnan's decision to go back-to-back on safeties in the first two rounds raised obvious questions about Calvin Pryor's status. To cap things off, NY dealt its sixth-round pick to Dallas for the Cowboys' fifth-rounder next year. But the selections of Stewart and Hansen shifted the spotlight to Eric Decker and the rest of the Jets receiving corps.
NY went back to defense later in the fifth, taking West Georgia linebacker Dylan Donahue. The Jets on Saturday now have one pick in Round 4, two in Round 5 (their own at 150 and Minnesota's at 160), two in Round 6 (191 and Tampa's 204), and one in Round 7 (224).
The team entered the draft with seven receivers already on the roster: Decker, Quincy Enunwa, Robby Anderson, Quinton Patton, Charone Peake, Jalin Marshall and Devin Smith.