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Jets pick LB Darron Lee in first round

Defense, defense, defense. It's always about defense with the New York Jets, who haven't used a first-round pick on offense since quarterback Mark Sanchez in 2009 -- the longest active streak in the NFL.

Rich Cimini ESPN Staff Writer 

LB Darron Lee will play inside linebacker for the Jets, behind veteran Erin Henderson in the "Mo" position. David Harris plays the "Mike."

Rich Cimini ESPN Staff Writer 

Jets GM Mike Maccagnan said he doesn't envision Muhammad Wilkerson being traded.


Darron Lee is a playmaker

Darron Lee, drafted by the Jets, becomes the fifth Ohio State player taken in the first round of the 2016 NFL Draft. Field Yates says the upside the OLB brings is he can play four downs and could be a playmaker for Todd Bowles' squad.

Darren Lee is a playmaker (0:48)

Matt Bowen ESPN Staff Writer 

Darron Lee's impact should come early in the Jets sub-packages. Speed and versatility to align in multiple spots. Can walk out over the slot, cover space in zone coverage and run with tight ends.

Stats & Info

Bio Blast: Darron Lee

The Jets made Darron Lee the fifth Buckeye selected in the first round of the draft with the No. 20 pick. Lee recorded 12 sacks and 27.5 tackles for loss in two seasons with Ohio State.

Rich Cimini ESPN Staff Writer 

With the 20th pick, the Jets select Ohio State LB Darron Lee. They took him over LB Myles Jack and QB Paxton Lynch. Lee is undersized, but fast. The Jets want to improve their team speed.

Jets select Darron Lee at No. 20

The N.Y. Jets have taken OLB Darron Lee, the fifth Buckeye taken, with the 20th overall pick in the 2016 NFL draft. Results & analysis


McShay scouting report: Darron Lee

Get to know the newest Jet, No. 20 overall pick Darron Lee. Todd McShay breaks down the former Ohio State linebacker.

Heather Burns ESPN.com 

The Jets have not drafted an offensive player in the first round since 2009 (Mark Sanchez). The six straight seasons without taking an offensive player in the first round is the longest active streak in the NFL.

Rich Cimini ESPN Staff Writer 

The Jets are on deck, with Rex Ryan on the clock. A number of options for the Jets: Laquon Treadwell, Myles Jack, Josh Doctson.

Rich Cimini ESPN Staff Writer 

Could the Jets trade up for LB Myles Jack? Terrific player and would fill a need, but there questions about his knee. It would be a bold move, based on input from team doctors.

Rich Cimini ESPN Staff Writer 

Six picks before the Jets are on the clock. Still available: Myles Jack, Shaq Lawson, Josh Doctson, Laquon Treadwell, Taylor Decker and Reggie Ragland.

Rich Cimini ESPN Staff Writer 

At 20, the Jets have to be prepared to make a tough decision, just in case one or two falling stars are available -- Myles Jack (knee) and Laremy Tunsil (off-the-field issues).

Mocks: Who will the Jets draft at No. 20?

A look at whom the ESPN experts think New York will pick at No. 20 in Round 1 of tonight's NFL draft (8 p.m. ET on ESPN, WatchESPN):

  • Mel Kiper Jr.: Keanu Neal, S, Florida
  • Todd McShay: Eli Apple, CB, Ohio State
  • Louis Riddick: Paxton Lynch, QB, Memphis
  • NFL Nation: Lynch
NFL draft cheat sheet (Insider)

Rich Cimini ESPN Staff Writer 

To honor the late Winston Hill, who passed away on Tuesday, the Jets set up a Hill tribute in their lobby showcase. Hill, 74, was one of the most decorated players in franchise history.

Rich Cimini ESPN Staff Writer 

Jets GM Mike Maccagnan has an affinity for Penn State QB Christian Hackenberg, I'm told. If the Jets take Hackenberg at 20, it would break the Internet. Chances are, he's a second-day option for the Jets.

Rich Cimini ESPN Staff Writer 

Jets GM Mike Maccagnan and coach Todd Bowles will be sitting here in about five hours to discuss their first-round pick. Possibilities; CB Eli Apple, CB William Jackson III, WR Laquon Treadwell and WR Josh Doctson. A trade down could be an option, especially if QB Paxton Lynch still is on the board.

KC Joyner ESPN Insider 

Notable item for any team considering trading for Sam Bradford. He led the league in vertical yards per attempt (production on aerials traveling 11 or more yards downfield) from Weeks 9-17 (15.1). Upside potential is still there.

Rich Cimini ESPN Staff Writer 

Jets WR Brandon Marshall is in Washington D.C. today to testify before a U.S. Senate committee, which is studying mental-health issues and the health-care system. Marshall, who was diagnosed a few years ago with borderline personality disorder, is trying to raise mental-health awareness through his foundation.

Could Fitzpatrick retire rather than take current Jets offer? (0:43)
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16hSharon Katz

Ranking best, worst drafting teams in Round 1

Which teams have cashed in the most with their first-round picks over the past 10 years? Sharon Katz ranks them from 1-32, as Round 1 of the 2016 NFL draft approaches Thursday night.

Team Stats

Passing Yards253.613th
Rushing Yards116.810th
Points For24.211th
Points Against19.69th

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