In six weeks, the New York Jets will be on the clock, holding the sixth pick in the first round of the NFL draft. As promised last month, this is a periodic update, looking at players who might be available and could fit the Jets.
S Jamal Adams, LSU: The Jets are expected to sign former LSU star Morris Claiborne, the former Dallas Cowboys disappointment looking to re-boot his career. They could make it a Bayou Bash by drafting Adams, one of the highest-rated safeties in recent years. Not only is he talented, but his intangibles are off the charts. Coach Todd Bowles is looking for leadership as he tries to change the locker-room culture. Adams may not last until No. 6.
CB Marshon Lattimore, Ohio State: The addition of Claiborne won't preclude the Jets from considering another cornerback. ESPN draft analyst Todd McShay called Lattimore "the best cover corner in the class." He's smooth and fast, as he ran sub-4.4 times in the 40 at the scouting combine. The concern is a history of hamstring injuries.
S Malik Hooker, Ohio State: He's different from Adams in that he's better away from the line of scrimmage, playing deep coverage. "He's a big-time playmaker," McShay said. Hooker made seven interceptions last season, but he also missed 17 tackles.
DE Solomon Thomas, Stanford: This is a tough evaluation for the Jets. Only 6-foot-2 ½, 273 pounds, he'd be a tweener in their 3-4 front. Where would he play? That's the first issue. The second: Would they really draft another defensive lineman? They have Leonard Williams, Muhammad Wilkerson and Sheldon Richardson (for now). I have Thomas on the list based on the best-player-available theory.
QB Mitch Trubisky, North Carolina: Even though there's still a vacancy on the depth chart, I don't think the Jets are looking to draft a quarterback this high. But if the consensus No. 1 quarterback is available, doesn't he have to be considered? McShay rates Trubisky and Clemson's Deshaun Watson as late first-round talents, possibly early second, but he wouldn't be surprised if either goes in the top 10 because of the demand.