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5 players the Jets could take at No. 16
Five players who could be available for the Jets at No. 16 in the first round of the NFL draft:
Courtney Upshaw, OLB, Alabama
Upshaw’s stock has dropped because of questions about his ability to drop back in zone coverage and concerns that he doesn’t fit a traditional defensive role. But he’s got good size, lower body strength and sets the edge.
Melvin Ingram, DE, South Carolina
The best pass rusher of the bunch, Ingram is the total package. He’s quick, strong and has played just about everywhere on the defensive line and inside linebacker.
Michael Floyd, WR, Notre Dame
Floyd’s ball-catching ability is undisputed. But his blocking will be as much of a necessity if he ends up on the Jets. Floyd said Rex Ryan is looking for a wideout who also can “go downhill and hit a safety and hit a corner.”
Quinton Coples, DE, North Carolina
Versatility will serve him well; he has played several positions on the defensive line. A rare combination of speed, size and athleticism who can defend the run and rush the passer.
Mark Barron, S, Alabama
As the quarterback of the Crimson Tide secondary, Barron can be an impact player immediately. His game may need to be fine-tuned a bit more, but he’s got great hands, is a solid tackler and can defend the run well.