Like a fine wine, Jets’ second-round pick Marcus Maye got better with age

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The Jets, with their second-round choice, 39th overall, in the Draft tonight, selected safety of Florida, who prides himself on his versatility in the secondary.

“Early he got beat for a huge touchdown against down in Miami,” said Brady Ackerman of the Gator Sports Network. “He got turned around and took that kind of hard as a freshman. I thought his football IQ got better in addition to his understanding of everything an offense does and his ability to dissect things very quickly. He was always physical at the beginning, but I just think his overall football IQ and understanding the big picture of the game really improved from his freshmen year to his senior year.”

“Outstanding football player, great communicator,” Bowles told Allen after Day 2. “He sees the ball and goes to get it. He hunts the ball down. He’s a very good athlete and safety. He can play either spot and has a lot of versatility. It’s similar to some of the things Jamal has and they’re interchangeable.”

Like a fine wine, Jets’ second-round pick Marcus Maye got better with age.

Jets’ second-round pick Marcus Maye was invited to the Draft in Philadelphia, but the University of Florida product decided to stay home to walk across a different stage.

“I have graduation early Saturday morning,” he told Eric Allen after he was selected by the Green & White. “That’s been one of my mom’s biggest things for me. She’s always pushed school and grades first. The fact that I came back for my last year to graduate, walk across the stage and get that degree is something I’ve always wanted to do for her.”

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The New York Jets jersey cheap selected wide receiver with their first of two third-round picks, No. 79 overall by way of a trade with the Vikings.

As rookie minicamp commenced Friday, Jets first- and second-round picks Jamal Adams and Marcus Maye took their first steps as professionals.  Nike Jets #91 Sheldon Richardson Green Men's Stitched NFL Limited Salute To Service Tank Top Jersey

“We’ve been working really hard as a unit,” Adams said. “We had the first install and we did pretty well out there. We had some mistakes, but we have a full-go practice coming up and I’m looking forward to it.”

The safeties’ relationship dates to 2013 when Maye tried recruiting Adams to play collegiately at Florida. In fact, the eventual LSU product believed he was going to commit to UF, but changed his mind because of potential coaching releases on the horizon. The two kept in touch and expressed their excitement working alongside one another.

The 5’11” 204-pound Stewart led Alabama with 864 yards on 54 catches and eight touchdowns, earning first-team All-SEC honors. Of his 54 receptions, 30 of them went for either a first down or a touchdown. In three years for the Crimson Tide, he racked up 129 catches for 1,713 yards and 13 touchdowns while averaging 13.4 yards per catch. At the Combine, Stewart recorded a 4.49 40-yard dash. He’s known for his physical style of play, mid-air adjustments and strong hands.

“When I went to see him workout, his route running was a lot better than it showed on film because they only did certain things,” Bowles said. “He caught the ball well with his hands and he’s explosive with the ball in his hands. He’s tough, he brings a lot of attitude to the game and he plays it the right way. We really thought he could help us.”

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The Green & White were slated to pick No. 70, but struck a trade with Minnesota to move down nine spots. They also acquired the Vikings’ fifth-round pick, No. 160 overall.

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“I actually played safety in high school so that’s probably because of that,” he said. “My uncle made sure I was tough since little league and I tried to take that to the next level, which is college. I try to take it with me wherever I go. That’s how the game is supposed to be played. I feel you need to come out physical and play fast because if you play slow, you end up getting hurt. I feel like it’s a part of my game and a standard that I play by.”

That was the Jets’ fourth tradedown this draft, the most in any draft in franchise history, eclipsing the three draft-day tradedowns in 2006 and the three tradedowns (two during the draft) in ’97.

At the moment the Jets have four more picks in Round 6, none in Round 7, seven in all rounds today and 10 for the entire 2017 draft.