With tempting options (Dalvin Cook?), Jets could end second-round curse

Best picks of the first round (2:03)

Todd McShay says the Buccaneers got a great player in TE O.J. Howard at number 19 while Jon Gruden is a fan of S Jamal Adams going to the Jets and Louis Riddick describes how DE Jonathan Allen solidifies the Redskins' defensive line. (2:03)

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- If they play it right, the New York Jets could make a killing on Day 2.

This is a particularly deep draft, as the second and third rounds are loaded with talented players. The Jets have three picks -- one in the second (39 overall) and two in the third (70 and 107).

This is where the smart teams separate themselves from the pack. Historically, the Jets haven't been too smart. They haven't nailed a second-round pick since 2007 (David Harris), and their last second-rounder to make the Pro Bowl on offense or defense was Mark Gastineau (the 1979 draft).

Talk about a prolonged slump. Maybe they should trade out of the second and accumulate extra picks for the third.


The top remaining players who could be on the Jets' radar:

Dalvin Cook, RB, Florida State: He was a prolific runner in college (1,765 yards, 19 touchdowns last season), but he slipped because of durability and character issues. The Jets need playmakers on offense, and they should take a hard look at Cook.

Kevin King, CB, Washington: He's a 6-foot-3, 200-pounder who blew up the scouting combine by running the 40 in 4.43 seconds and impressing in the agility tests. The Jets brought him in for a pre-draft visit, so there's some level of interest. Cornerback is a need.

Quincy Wilson, CB, Florida: Coach Todd Bowles likes rangy corners to play his press-man scheme, and Wilson fits the bill at 6-foot-2, 211 pounds. He tested poorly, hurting his stock, but he was a playmaker for the Gators.

Adam Shaheen, TE, Ashland: General manager Mike Maccagnan usually avoids small-school players, but Shaheen is worth a look. He's a 6-foot-6, 278-pound former basketball player who dominated the Division II level. You might have heard, tight end is a massive need.

Jordan Willis, DE/OLB, Kansas State: At 6-foot-4, 255 pounds, Willis projects as an outside linebacker in the Jets' 3-4 base. He finished his career with 26.5 sacks and he improved his stock at the combine.