With the recent arrival of rumors regarding Lorenzo Mauldin being cut, it’s time to look back at arguably the worst three days of New York Jets GM Mike Maccagnan’s career: the 2015 NFL Draft.
The Jets will likely cut Mauldin by the end of the preseason, according to multiple reports. The most credible report being his very own.
— Dennis Waszak Jr. (@DWAZ73) August 20, 2018
Assuming Mauldin is cut, the last men standing from the 2015 draft class are Deon Simon and Leonard Williams. If it weren’t for Williams, it could be argued as one of the worst Jets draft classes ever. The practice squad has been Simon’s home for most of his career. There is a good chance it stays that way.
After the Jets took Williams with the sixth pick in the draft, things went terribly downhill. Devin Smith was the Jets selection with the 37th pick in the second round. Injuries wound up killing Smith. He only played in 14 games during his three year tenure with the Jets, which included zero games in 2017. The Jets cut Smith earlier this summer and never found a new home.
Following Smith came Lorenzo Mauldin. Mauldin was one of several disappointments from the 2015 Draft Class. He never hit his stride with New York. Injuries played a big role in his career. He never played a 16 game season, and was sidelined for all of 2017 with a back injury. His recent hamstring injury appears to be the final strike for Mauldin.
After drafting Mauldin, the Jets selected Bryce Petty. Petty never worked out in the green and white. He’s arguably one of the worst quarterbacks Jets fans have watched in recent years. He was 1-6 when starting, throwing 4 touchdowns and 10 interceptions. He never successfully learned the Jets offense, and it showed. The Jets released Petty in the spring and signed with the Miami Dolphins.
Unfortunately, things never got better for the Jets. They selected Jarvis Harrison in the sixth round. He never played a snap with the Jets, and got cut just one season after being drafted. Deon Simon went his entire rookie season on the practice squad, and was on the Jets roster for all 16 games in 2016. He totaled 23 tackles and 1.5 sacks during that season, and fell right back onto the practice squad in 2017. Simon’s time as a Jet may come to an end sooner rather than later.
Mike Maccagnan’s late-round woes were worse than ever during the 2015 draft class. He aced the first round by drafting Pro Bowler Leonard Williams. After that, nothing went the Jets way. Absolutely nothing.