If you were hoping the Jets would face-plant with their first-round pick, Thursday night wasn't your night.
With the No. 6 overall pick, the Jets didn't reach for a quarterback. They didn't draft an injury risk and hope it pans out. They went with one of the safest players players in the draft when they took LSU safety Jamal Adams.
The Jets need a quarterback -- and they had their shot at any of the passers in this class not named Mitch Trubisky -- but apparently they viewed this year's class as many did. Underwhelming.
Instead they got someone who projects as an immediate contributor for what may be the least-talented roster in the NFL.
Adams is projected to be a versatile safety at the next level who can play down in the box or cover ground as a centerfielder. He's also been lauded for the leadership ability, and could be a cornerstone type -- along with defensive lineman Leonard Williams -- for the Jets defense to build around for years to come.
We knew the Saints were in the market for a corner. What we didn't know was that the top player at the position in this year's draft would fall to them at pick No. 11 overall.
New Orleans sat and watched the board as Ohio State's Marshon Lattimore slipped and slipped and slipped all the way out of the top-10. When they were on the clock for the first of their two first-rounders, they scooped up the 6-foot, 193-pounder.
Lattimore has dealt with hamstring injuries that have nagged at him even into the pre-draft process, but when healthy he's an explosive athlete with the potential to lock down No. 1 receivers.
The Saints will pair Lattimore with Delvin Breaux as their top cornerback pairing, but is there room for one more?
It seems unlikely that they'd be willing to pay top-half-of-the-first-round money to one corner and then offer Malcolm Butler a long-term extension, but it may not be totally off the table. Both Lattimore and Breaux have injury histories that may warrant insurance.
The question is . . . How much will the Saints be willing to pay for the policy?
In order to shake things up a bit in our third and final mock draft of the pre-draft season -- you can find our first two here and here -- we went ahead and made a trade for the Patriots.
In a move silimar to the one they pulled off involving Chandler Jones last year, in this mock draft the Patriots dealt Malcolm Butler to the Saints in order to pick up some draft capital. But instead of receiving the No. 32 pick overall in return, Bill Belichick pulled in a haul of picks that provided nearly equal value: No. 42 overall (second round), No. 103 (third round) and No. 196 overall (sixth round).
That deal bumped the total number of Patriots selections from six to nine, and by picking up a second-rounder they gave themselves an opportunity at a top-end talent.
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