The Jets drafted a punter last year. Could they take a kicker this time around?
They have been searching for an answer at kicker for a few years. It might be worth investing a sixth-round pick in one. The selection of punter Braden Mann last year looks like a good one.
The last time the Jets drafted a kicker was in 2005, when they took Mike Nugent in the second round. Joe Douglas won’t be using one of his premium picks on a kicker, but Miami’s Jose Borregales and Florida’s Evan McPherson are kickers who are viewed as viable late-round picks. At the moment, Chase McLaughlin and Sam Ficken are the Jets’ kickers.
The other area to watch is returner. If the Jets take a wide receiver in this draft, one who has return ability may get a longer look. Florida’s Kadarius Toney, Western Michigan’s D’Wayne Eskridge and Purdue’s Rondale Moore are all receivers who have experience as returners in college.
At the moment the Jets have Vyncint Smith, Braxton Berrios and Corey Ballentine as their potential returners. An upgrade in that department would help out special teams coordinator Brant Boyer.