The NFL season is almost upon us, and that means the league is in the midst of its second full offseason.
And while the top of the depth chart has been set for the New York Jets, the team’s backfield is filled with question marks.
Is rookie Jamal Adams a franchise quarterback?
Is he a No. 2 overall pick?
The question mark in the backfield could be the Jets’ best player, though.
Who will the Jets draft in this year’s draft?
And if the Jets are to select a running back in the first round, who is the best candidate to fill the void?
We’ve put together our best mock draft from last year, and the Jets have a solid team in place to do just that.
The biggest question mark heading into the draft is whether or not the Jets will select a quarterback in the top 10.
That could open up a spot for one of the teams that drafted quarterback Geno Smith, who could wind up being the pick that the Jets select.
But that doesn’t mean the team will go for the best player on the board, which is the quarterback position.
We put together a top 10 list for every team in the league, and it was based on a combination of player evaluations and statistical analysis to determine the best running back candidate available in the draft.
So, which team should the Jets target?
Here’s how we ranked the top running backs in the NFL in 2015.
Adrian Peterson, Minnesota Vikings, 6-foot-2, 210 pounds The Vikings have an exciting young core on offense.
But the team has also been hampered by injuries in the secondary and the running back position, and they have the potential to struggle down the stretch if they are unable to upgrade.
This year, they could use a big body with the power and quickness to carry the load and win with the ball in his hands.
While Peterson is an elite athlete, he isn’t quite as good a runner as he was a year ago.
While he was at the same age as the NFL’s best running backs, he wasn’t a complete back, and he didn’t have the same level of explosion as some of his peers.
He was also more of a pass catcher and didn’t necessarily do a lot of blocking.
His numbers were down a bit in 2016, but they were still pretty good.
He also finished with more carries than any other running back and was second in yards per carry.
But he was still one of Minnesota’s best players at his position.
His 2016 was the first year he averaged more than 4.0 yards per rush, which was a career high.
His career average is 3.9.
Peterson ran for 3,632 yards and 23 touchdowns last season.
LeSean McCoy, Buffalo Bills, 6 (5th round), 220 pounds The Bills have a talented core on defense.
But they have to improve their running game if they hope to win consistently.
McCoy has shown glimpses of his potential last season, but the running game struggled to get him the yardage needed to be a true No. 1 back.
McCoy rushed for 749 yards and 14 touchdowns last year.
He has a good chance to be the Bills’ most valuable running back this year, but he is still a work in progress.
McCoy is an excellent athlete with good vision and the ability to make big plays in space.
He is more of an inside runner and can win with a big hit.
He needs to get bigger, but his athleticism and ball skills will make him a force for the Bills in the future.
LeGarrette Blount, New England Patriots, 6 foot-2 and 225 pounds The Patriots are the favorites to win the AFC East, but a lot will hinge on the performance of the running backs.
Blount has some work to do in the offseason to become a full-time back, but if he can improve his running game, the Patriots could have a capable option to pair with Rob Gronkowski.
Blown by the injury bug last year and hampered by a torn ACL, Blount was not able to put up similar numbers last season and is coming off a down year.
But there are some similarities between Blount and Gronkowski in terms of his size and speed.
Gronkowski had over 3,000 yards receiving, and Blount had over 1,000.
But Blount’s numbers dropped last season because he ran behind a weak offensive line, and Gronk missed time with a broken leg.
Blowing off the rust will be a big part of what the Patriots do. 4.
Marshawn Lynch, Seattle Seahawks, 6 feet-2 (5rd round), 210 pounds Lynch was one of many Seahawks who were forced to move on from Percy Harvin.
His production was disappointing last season with 1,003 yards and 11 touchdowns.
But Lynch has been a very good player for the Seahawks.
He’s a good athlete who has good vision, but lacks the burst to be an every down back.
His best asset is his quickness and