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While Watkins and Evans are expected to be long gone by No. 18, the Jets might have a tough decision between LSU’s Odell Beckham Jr., Oregon State’s Brandin Cooks, Southern California’s Marqise Lee or Florida State’s Kelvin Benjamin.

ANOTHER CORNER?: Yes, the Jets took a cornerback with their first-round pick last year in Dee Milliner. But it could happen again, because the Jets might need another top-notch player at the position.

After releasing Antonio Cromartie, Milliner became the de facto No. 1 cornerback. The current options to start opposite him are free agent signee Dimitri Patterson, and Kyle Wilson, the team’s top pick in 2010, who might be better suited as nickel backs.

It wouldn’t be a shocker if the Jets jumped on Michigan State’s Darqueze Dennard, TCU’s Jason Verrett, or Virginia Tech’s Kyle Fuller at No. 18.

TIGHT SPOT: The Jets re-signed Jeff Cumberland in the offseason, and Ryan has raved about how he is developing into an all-around tight end.

But Zach Sudfeld, Chris Pantale and Konrad Reuland, coming off a knee injury, are the only other tight ends on the roster. So, if North Carolina’s Eric Ebron is available, the Jets could opt for perhaps the top-rated tight end in the draft. If not, Texas Tech’s Jace Amaro or Washington’s Austin Seferian-Jenkins could be possibilities in the second round.


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