At 3-7, it's pretty much a lost season for the Jets. After a dreadful loss to the Los Angeles Rams on Sunday, Todd Bowles even said it himself.
"We’re 3-7," said Bowles. "We’re not even thinking playoffs. We’re trying to get to four wins."
With that in mind lets think about the 2017 NFL Draft in April, where the Jets may be picking in the top five if their season continues the way that it has.
Jabrill Peppers is a junior out of Michigan and a playmaker at almost every position on the field. One thing the Jets have struggled with this year is making plays. Whether it's the drops on offense (tied for most in the league at 19), or the inability to force turnovers (near bottom of the league in takeaways), the Jets need to produce excitement on both sides of the ball in the future. Peppers is the most exciting player in college football, who can do special things with the ball in his hands. Born in Montclair, New Jersey, I'm sure Peppers wouldn't mind playing close to home in front of friends and family.
Peppers is listed as a safety but he's also played a lot of snaps at nickle linebacker, cornerback, and punt/kick returner. He's even played snaps at the running back and receiver positions. You can't but a label on his talent and athleticism, and his versatility will make him a valuable asset to any team. Bowles loves players that can assume multiple roles on the field, and he should be salivating at the opportunity to select Peppers if he declares for the draft. Bowles' strong defensive mindset would allow Peppers to blossom in his scheme. Why not see what he has at safety? Or even at cornerback? Darrelle Revis has been a shell of himself this season. Safeties Marcus Gilchrist and Calvin Pryor have both been exposed in coverage as well.
There's no question that Peppers will be a great player in the NFL. He's a guy that flat out makes plays wherever you put him. His dynamic skillset can't be compared to any other potential prospect in college football. He's stout at the line of scrimmage, his speed allows him to play the run or blitz. His coverage is great and he's an underrated tackler. I can see him playing alongside Lorenzo Mauldin and rookie Darron Lee, and forming a scary line backing core for the future.
The Jets have a bevy of holes to fill, like a complete overhaul of the offensive line and acquiring an experienced quarterback to play under center. But more than anything, they need a player that fans will pack MetLife to see. Peppers is that dude.
Marcus Reynolds is a staff writer for JetsInsider.com/NYJScout.com. He can be reached on Twitter (@Marcus_JRNL), or via email (firstname.lastname@example.org).