Jets general manager Mike Maccagnan was once again active on the trade market on the final day of the NFL Draft, executing three Saturday deals while adding depth to both sides of the ball.
First, the Jets traded back in the fourth round with the Rams. They also received an additional sixth-round pick in the deal. Gang Green then selected Cal wide receiver Chad Hansen with their new fourth-round pick, No. 141. Hansen is 6-2, 202 pounds and ran 4.53 40-yard dash at the Combine.
It was the second straight pick the Jets used on a wide receiver, after selecting Alabama’s ArDarius Taylor in the third round. That’s an ominous sign for Eric Decker, who could be cut later this offseason after he passes a physical, as the Daily News reported in March.
Nine picks after taking Hansen, Maccagnan filled a glaring need by drafting Clemson tight end Jordan Leggett, who was second on the national-champion Tigers in receiving last season with 736 yards. Leggett will provide a big body in the middle of the field at 6-5, 258 pounds.
The Jets were slated to pick again at No. 160 in the fifth round, but they traded that pick to the Browns along with their seventh-round pick (No. 224) in exchange for No. 181 in the fifth round and No. 188 in the sixth round.
With No. 181, the Jets selected West Georgia edge rusher Dylan Donahue, who is slightly undersized at 6-3 and 248 pounds but nonetheless fills a need for a Jets defensive unit that lacked any consistent pass rush outside of Leonard Williams last season.
Gang Green followed that by drafting Louisiana-Lafayette running back Elijah McGuire with the No. 188 pick. McGuire rushed for 1,127 yards and seven touchdowns last season despite battling a lingering foot injury.
Maccagnan then made another trade, his fifth of the draft, this time swapping the No. 191 pick with the Cowboys for a 2018 fifth-rounder.
The Jets wrapped up their draft with two lengthy cornerbacks: Michigan’s Jeremy Clark (6-3) and Ole Miss’s Derrick Jones (6-2).
Taylor tore his ACL in the Wolverines’ fourth game of 2016. He said on a conference call he’s currently 75% healthy and expects to be ready to return to the field in July.