The Jets need to get better in this area in-house or by grabbing somebody in the draft . . .
They need a coverage linebacker who can say in the hip pocket of tight ends.
Quincy Williams was re-signed, and rightfully so. His toughness and hitting ability are what you are looking for in an NFL linebacker. However, he had one PD and no picks in 15 starts last year. He has the speed to run with the NFL’s proliferation of speedy tight ends, but he’s got to figure out a way to get his hands on more footballs.
C.J. Mosley has good coverage instincts and did have 1 pick and 7 PDs last year, but after 8 seasons, and soon-to-be 31, he perhaps doesn’t run as he did, and fast tight ends can sometimes cause a challenge.
The Jets hope that two college safeties, they trained to be linebackers the last two years, Jamien Sherwood and Hamsah Nasrildeen, can turn into top-shelf coverage linebackers for them, or at least one of them.
The x-factor in the LB room is former Minnesota Vikings third-round pick Chazz Surratt, who spent most of last year on the practice squad. He has good range.
If Clemson’s Trenton Simpson slips to them in the second, he could be too good to pass up, or maybe Washington State’s Daiyan Henley later on.
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