Round2, Pick 36 (Traded Giants 38 and 146)
Piggybacking off their aggressive strategy from the first-round, the New York Jets continued that approach early on day two by making a deal with the Giants to move up a couple of picks in the second to nab the consensus top running back in the class, Breece Hall.
In three seasons at Iowa State, Hall finished second in school history in yards with nearly 4,000 and first in touchdowns with an insane 50 scores on the ground. His vision and patience at the line of scrimmage perfectly fit the Jets zone scheme. Add in his impressive display of athleticism at the NFL combine and you have an intriguing new piece to add to a New York running back room that already has some talent in Michael Carter.
While I do like the player and fit here, I think the value for Hall wasn’t quite on par with the previous three picks, which takes this grade below an A for the first time.
Round 3, Pick 101
With their third offensive selection in the draft, the New York Jets took a hometown kid in tight end, Jeremy Ruckert. The former Buckeye grew up just 50 miles from MetLife Stadium in Lindenhurst, New York, where he was a local high school star at Lindenhurst High School.
Although mostly used as a blocker at Ohio State, Ruckert has proven plenty as a pass catcher to assume he can develop at the next level. After the additions of C.J. Ozumah and Tyler Conklin in free agency, Ruckert will benefit from learning behind a couple of proven veterans as he begins his career in a depth role early on, with hopes that he can turn into a starter over time.
This is a luxury pick that fills a need as far as depth is concerned, and the value is just about right for a player many believe will be a better pro than he was in college.