Jordan Greer: Leonard possesses a rare blend of strength, quickness, length and instincts.
Put it all together, and there’s a reason he is one of the most feared perimeter defenders in the NBA. However, if we are talking about pure athleticism, Beckham is on a different level. This is a guy who likely could have become a professional track and field or soccer star if he had followed a different path. He can even boot field goals through the uprights from 40-plus yards out. Give the dude a cricket bat and he’d figure it out. Everything comes to him naturally, so Beckham is the choice here.
Vinnie Iyer: Leonard is bigger and has better mastered the craft of his sport, but when it comes down to athleticism, few players anywhere in the world can boast Beckham’s dazzle. One can easily see Beckham starring on the hardwood had he stuck with it, while it’s doubtful Leonard could be as good playing football.
So will Josh McCown, Sam Darnold, or Teddy Bridgewater be the Jets’ Week 1 starting quarterback in 2018?
The Jets beef up their depth for Todd Bowles’ 3-4 with a well-built tackle. Shepherd, a Canadian, was a raw riser late in the draft process and is an intriguing player to develop in their scheme.
Baker has great speed and quickness, which will allow him to be a complementary cover linebacker behind Kiko Alonso and Stephone Anthony. But he is too much of a liability against the run to see early-down work.
Christian looks the part of a nice, athletic tackle behind Trent Williams and Morgan Moses, but he needs to get stronger to be considered a starting option somewhere on the line.
New York used its free-agency money on cornerback Trumaine Johnson and added interior defensive linemen Nathan Shepherd, Folorunso Fatukasi and Henry Anderson during the draft weekend. Untouched was the outside linebacker position that has haunted the team for years. The good news for Jets fans is that the 2019 draft is loaded with talent at the position.
Since before Reggie McKenzie was even the general manager for the Oakland Raiders, they have had linebacker issues. While the squad did sign Tahir Whitehead this offseason, modern NFL defenses still involve two off-ball linebackers.