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Day 2 preview: Options for Jets in second, third rounds

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- Are you ready for Day 2?

The New York Jets have two selections – the fifth pick in the second round (No. 37 overall) and the sixth pick in the third (No. 70 overall).

After taking USC defensive end Leonard Williams in round one, the Jets could go in several directions – offensive line, running back, linebacker, quarterback.

The biggest questions: Would they take a chance on the talented but troubled Randy Gregory, who slipped out of the first round? How ‘bout a quarterback?

Frankly, the second round is too soon to take a quarterback. The top remaining passers – Bryce Petty, Garrett Grayson and Brett Hundley – aren’t good enough to warrant second-round consideration, as least as far as the Jets are concerned.

It wouldn’t be a stunner, though, if the Jets go quarterback in the third round. Todd Bowles has said he’d like to add another player to the depth chart. A third-round quarterback would be a hedge-your-bet choice; it wouldn’t represent a huge commitment, but it would send a message to Geno Smith.

As for Gregory, I don’t think the Jets will go there, based on what I’ve heard. He’d fill the need for an explosive edge rusher, but there are serious character concerns that go beyond multiple failed drug tests, including a positive test for marijuana at the scouting combine.

“Gregory is a good kid, but he has a lot of things going on – medical, psychological and emotional issues that need to be looked at,” a scout from an NFC team said.

Gregory has been described as the ultimate boom-or-bust pick. The Jets should stay clear of him in the second round.

Some Day 2 possibilities:

  • Eli Harold, outside linebacker, Virginia – The Jets hosted him on a pre-draft visit. The 6-foot-3, 247-pounder recorded seven sacks last season.

  • T.J. Clemmings, right tackle, Pitt – He’s a local kid from Paterson Catholic High in New Jersey. He’s a nasty, road-grading blocker with some athleticism, but he needs a lot of technique work. A stress fracture in his foot needs to be checked out.

  • Devin Smith, wide receiver, Ohio State – If the Jets want a home-run threat, they’d have to consider Smith, who produced 931 yards and 10 touchdowns on only 33 catches.

  • Jaelen Strong, wide receiver, Arizona State – At 6-2, 217 pounds, he’s a big, strong possession receiver. He may need wrist surgery.

  • Duke Johnson, running back, Miami – The Jets need speed in the backfield. Johnson ran only 4.54 at the combine, but he plays faster than that. He rushed for 1,652 yards last season.

  • Hau'Oli Kikaha, outside linebacker, Washington – All he did was sack the quarterback in college – 19 sacks last season, including at least one in each of his team’s 14 games.