Who Did the Jets Pick in the NFL Draft 2016 First Round?

New York Jets owner Woody Johnson (center) is flanked by General Manager Mike Maccagnan (left) and head coach Todd Bowles. (Getty)

New York Jets owner Woody Johnson (center) is flanked by General Manager Mike Maccagnan (left) and head coach Todd Bowles. (Getty)

Historically, NFL Draft night has always been a stressful time for New York Jets fans.

On Thursday night, the Jets used the 20th overall pick in the first round of the 2016 edition on Darron Lee, a linebacker from Ohio State.

Lee was a standout on the college level statistically, but comes in smaller than most NFL ‘backers. He measured out at 6-foot-1 and 232 pounds. What he does have athleticism and speed, something the Jets linebacking corps has been missing.

As of now, the Jets are without a quarterback. Last year’s unexpected star, Ryan Fitzpatrick, remains unsigned and apparently the sides are nowhere close to a deal. Paxton Lynch of Memphis was on the board when the Jets were on the clock, but they opted for defense.

A season ago, the first time the draft was held in Chicago, the Jets took defensive lineman Leonard Williams out of USC with the sixth overall pick.

Williams had a solid first season for New York, totaling 63 combined tackles (29 solo) and 3.0 sacks.

The Jets have five more picks in the 2016 draft:

2nd round: 51st overall selection

3rd round: 83rd overall selection

4th round: 118th overall selection

7th round: 235th overall selection, 241st overall selection


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