FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- Day 2 won't lack for drama, either.
With the 20th pick in the second round (51st overall), the New York Jets on Friday could be staring at quarterback Christian Hackenberg and/or pass rusher Noah Spence, two of the most polarizing players in the draft.
For different reasons, of course.
Spence, once projected as a first-round pick, slid through the first day because of off-the-field issues. He flunked two drug tests at Ohio State (both for Ecstasy) and was booted out of the school and out of the Big Ten, landing at Eastern Kentucky.
Hackenberg, regarded as a potential top pick after an impressive freshman year at Penn State, hurt his pro stock with two infamously mediocre seasons. Some scouts love his raw talent, while others think he's a basket case.
The Jets hosted both players for pre-draft visits so they've performed their due diligence. My advice: Buyer beware.
Even though they drafted linebacker Darron Lee in the first round, the Jets still need an outside 'backer to play in their 3-4 scheme -- and Spence projects into that role. But he's a gamble even in the second round. He reportedly sent his most recent 20 drug tests to every team, trying to prove he's clean, but the risky-reward factor still is in play. There's also the matter of his speed. He ran the 40 in 4.8 seconds and, according to one NFC scout, "How many 4.8 guys do you see sacking the quarterback on a consistent basis? Not many."
As for Hackenberg, he has piqued the interest of general manager Mike Maccagnan, who attended his pro day. The Jets could use another quarterback in the pipeline, but the second round is too early. They have too many other needs to be flirting with a boom-or-bust quarterback. Offensive line, cornerback and tight end are among the most pressing positions.
The highest-rated available players on Todd McShay's board are linebackers Myles Jack and Reggie Ragland, but they'd be duplication for the Jets because they already drafted Lee. Other names to watch:
The Jets also own the 20th pick in the third round (83rd overall). They're looking to acquire extra picks so don't be surprised if there's a trade or two.