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2017 NFL Draft, Night 2, Just Hours Away

NFL Network's Charles Davis Offers Some Names that Might Interest the Jets in Rounds 2-3


Welcome to Day 2 of the NFL Draft, a.k.a. the Benjamin Franklin Parkway Pigskin Street Fair and Flea Market.

We made that title up, but for the third year in a row the league took its premier offseason event on the road away from New York, and most comments we've seen say that Thursday night's Round 1 of the first outdoor draft in Philadelphia was a smash hit for football fans and for the league.

But the prime reason for the draft is not to serve as a fair but as a marketplace. Today's festivities all lead up to Round 2 kicking off shortly after 7 p.m. ET, with Round 3 to follow. The draft concludes Saturday afternoon with Rounds 4-7.

And the Jets are in the middle of tonight's selection process. After picking sixth overall last night and selecting top safety prospect Jamal Adams, the Green & White are slated to pick seventh tonight, 39th overall (announced by Jets defensive great Joe Klecko). Then they'll have two choices in Round 3 — 70th overall (announced by FB Tony Richardson pinch-hitting for Pro Bowl G Brandon Moore) and then the last pick of Day 2, the 107th pick overall that they received as a compensatory selection.

That is, if the Jets don't trade any picks. But in his first two drafts as Jets general manager, Mike Maccagnan has made several draft choice swaps. And this year, for the first time, teams can trade compensatory picks.

Who might the Jets be interested in taking in these next two rounds? Charles Davis of NFL Network had some thoughts when he spoke with Eric Allen this morning.

"There's still plenty of talent out there," Davis said. "You're thinking about needs and we're going to still be talking quarterbacks, so let's talk about what's out there — DeShone Kizer of Notre Dame, Davis Webb of Cal, Nate Peterman of Pitt, Joshua Dobbs of Tennessee, Brad Kaaya of Miami. Those are guys that are still out there and still in range if the Jets want to pull the trigger on one of them."

Davis also notes the number of good offensive linemen that remain on the board and that might interest the Jets, such as guards Forrest Lamp of Western Kentucky, Dan Feeney of Indiana and Dion Dawkins of Temple, tackle Cam Robinson of Alabama, and "a guy I really like, Pat Elflein, the center from Ohio State. He may go in the mid-rounds but I think he's a starter from day one and Dan Feeney is a starter at guard from day one. So there's plenty of talent out there and I think that fits a need for the Jets."

Other players who could be of interest to the Green & White are corners such as 6'3" Kevin King of Washington and Quincy Wilson of Florida, pass-catching TEs such as Adam Shaheen of Division II Ashland, Gerald Everett of South Alabama and Bucky Hodges of Virginia Tech, and edge rusher candidates like DE Demarcus Walker of Florida State and OLB Tim Williams of Alabama.

Unless Maccagnan trades to the top of Round 2, the night will get started with Green Bay selecting at No. 33. The Packers dropped down to Cleveland's spot here after trading their 29th overall pick to the Browns, who selected TE David Njoku last night.

"There was a lot of discussion that the Packers would've loved for a [Christian] McCaffrey to drop down there," Davis said. "Maybe they're making the decision now to say do we take Dalvin Cook off the board." Cook, the Florida State RB, is the top-rated undrafted player on several draft analysts' boards.

Night 2 of the first draft in the City of Brotherly Love is only a few short hours away.

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