Saturday is going to be the new Sunday for Jets fans.
After Monday night’s 28-3 humiliation at the hands of the Arizona Cardinals, the Jets’ season is on life support at 1-5. It’s time to start thinking about the future. It’s time to start watching college football.
The Jets, in all liklihood, will have a very high pick in April’s NFL draft. Quarterback is an obvious need, but who knows if they’ll go in that direction? They have Christian Hackenberg — who the Jets drafted 84 spots ahead of Dak Prescott — and Bryce Petty under contract for next season. Ryan Fitzpatrick bet on himself taking a one-year deal and that isn’t working out so well for the veteran.
So, here are a few college players Jets fans — and the front office — might want to spend their weekends watching throughout the fall (Excluding centers, tackles and guards because, well, who gets excited about that?).
DeShone Kizer is a wild card for 217 as the Notre Dame QB has the option to return to school.
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The Notre Dame quarterback is widely regarded as the best prospect at his position — Louisville’s Lamar Jackson isn’t draft-eligible. The 6-4, 230-pound passer doesn’t have wow stats (58.1 completion percentage, 14 TDs and seven INTs) — and he was benched after throwing two picks against Stanford last weekend — but the redshirt sophomore has drawn comparisons to former NFL MVP Steve McNair. He can still go back to school, though.
Next game: Oct. 29 vs. Miami
A Heisman finalist last year, Deshaun Watson is once again making life miserable for opposing SEC teams.
Unlike Kizer, the Clemson quarterback has a much more established body of work to go on. He led the Tigers to the national championship game and was a Heisman finalist after throwing for 4,104 yards and 35 touchdowns (with 13 picks) while rushing for 12 scores as a sophomore. His completion percentage dipped this year — from 67.8 to 63.8 — but his dual-threat style has at least one executive comparing him to Aaron Rodgers.
Next game: Oct. 29 at Florida State
Miami quarterback Brad Kaaya is one of the biggest risers in the draft.
Who? The Miami quarterback is the No. 2 QB on Matt Miller’s rankings, and the Bleacher Report analyst sees him as the most NFL-ready QB in the crop. The 6-4, 215-pound pocket passer has thrown for 1,373 yards this season for the 4-2 Hurricanes with 10 touchdowns and four interceptions.
Next game: Oct. 20 at Virginia Tech
Myles Garrett of Texas A&M has drawn lofty comparisons.
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He’s either the No. 1 or No. 2 prospect in the draft depending on whose big board you’re looking at. Texas A&M’s edge rusher had 24 sacks and 34.5 tacks for a loss in his first two seasons with the Aggies and is terrorizing offenses once again for 6-0 A&M. Von Miller, Robert Quinn and Khalil Mack are the players he’s most often compared to. And teams will love this: He quit Twitter and Instagram because “there’s too much foolishness on there.”
Next game: Oct. 22 at Alabama
Reuben Foster has emerged as one of the top linebackers in college football.
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The 2017 class is being lauded for its defense and the Alabama linebacker is a big reason why. Foster, at 6-1 and 240 pounds, is being compared to Luke Kuechly and Patrick Willis and is now viewed as a better prospect than former teammate — and 2015 SEC Defensive Player of the Year — Reggie Ragland.
Next game: Oct. 22 vs. Texas A&M
Michigan’s Jabrill Peppers has serious Heisman buzz.
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Michigan’s all-everything defensive back is one of the most intriguing players in the draft due to his versatility. He can play safety, cornerback and linebacker — he returns kicks, too, and gets involved in the offense occasionally (sounds like another Wolverine, right?) — but projects as an in the box safety in the NFL. Charles Woodson is the most obvious comparison, but some see a little Tyrann Mathieu in the 6-1, 205-pounder.
Next game: Oct. 22 vs. Illinois
LSU’s Jamal Adams is the latest star defensive back out of DB U.
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LSU has become something of Defensive Back U in recent years — Patrick Peterson, Mathie, Eric Reid, Ryan Clark — and Adams is the latest member of the club. It’s unusual to see safeties go in the Top-10 — Alabama’s Mark Barron was the last one in 2012 — but scouts are raving about Adams’ instincts and physicality. He’s also drawing comparisons to Mathieu.
Next game: Oct. 22 vs. Ole Miss
Leonard Fournette may have hurt his ankle, but he certainly hasn’t hurt his draft stock.
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Running backs have become a first-round rarity in the NFL draft, but the LSU rusher is the likely exception for 2017. In his first two seasons with the Tigers he rushed for 32 touchdowns and just under 3,000 yards. An ankle injury kept him on the sidelines for two games this season, but, as ESPN’s Todd McShay points out, he has already proven himself to NFL scouts.
Next game:Oct. 22 vs. Ole Miss
Dalvin Cook is the second-best tailback in the class of 2017.
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Cook isn’t the wrecking ball that Fournette is, but he gets points for his patience, lateral movement and breakaway speed. He’s also become a weapon for Florida State’s passing game, catching four balls for 25 yards or more this season. He comes with a little baggage, though; he was accused of punching a woman but was found not guilty by a seven-member jury.
Next game: Oct. 29 at Clemson.
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