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5 players Jets could take in first round of NFL Draft

It's the moment of truth for Jets general manager Mike Maccagnan. His flurry of free-agency moves proved he's not afraid to make a splash by spending money. But now Maccagnan must show he can identify young talent to be the foundation of the franchise for years to come. Here are five players the Jets could snag with the No. 6 overall pick -- or via a trade down.

Amari Cooper, Alabama

Amari Cooper, Alabama Wide receiver If the Jets
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Amari Cooper, Alabama
Wide receiver
If the Jets stay at No. 6, Cooper could be their man. Sure, they already have Eric Decker, Brandon Marshall and Jeremy Kerley. But ask yourself: When have the Jets ever had too many weapons?

Shane Ray

Shane Ray, Missouri Defensive end/outside linebacker Questions about
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Shane Ray, Missouri
Defensive end/outside linebacker
Questions about Ray’s character were raised when Missouri State Highway Patrol cited him for misdemeanor marijuana possession after he was stopped for speeding on Monday. But he’s an athletic edge rusher who terrorizes quarterbacks. If the Jets draft him, he’ll reunite with his former Mizzou teammate and good friend Sheldon Richardson.

Bud Dupree, Kentucky

Bud Dupree, Kentucky Outside linebacker He’s athletic and
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Bud Dupree, Kentucky
Outside linebacker
He’s athletic and explosive but was inconsistent in college. If the Jets pick Dupree, it’ll be based on his NFL potential and his presumed high ceiling. At 6-4, 269, he’s got the size to be a true 3-4 outside linebacker.

Todd Gurley, Georgia

Todd Gurley, Georgia Running back If there ever
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Todd Gurley, Georgia
Running back
If there ever was a time to draft a running back in the first round, it’s now. Gurley, who is coming off ACL surgery, is big, strong, physical and explosive — all traits the Jets would love to add to their running game. Maccagnan could trade down to acquire more picks and land the No. 1 back in the process.

Brandon Scherff, Iowa

Brandon Scherff, Iowa Offensive lineman It’s a safe
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Brandon Scherff, Iowa
Offensive lineman
It’s a safe pick but also a very smart one. Draft experts agree that Scherff is the best option among this year’s class of linemen. And the Jets need to start thinking about the future of their aging offensive line.

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