With Key Pieces of Last Year’s Team Gone, Jets Begin Laying a New Foundation

He did not explain why the Jets had not disclosed the injury before. It was revealed only as Maccagnan answered a question about why the Jets had used a fourth-round pick (141st over all) on Saturday to take Chad Hansen, a wide receiver from California.

That was the second straight pick the Jets had used on a receiver. They selected ArDarius Stewart, a wide receiver from Alabama, in the third round (No. 79) on Friday.

“We actually think we have a good group of young receivers, plus Eric,” Maccagnan said, calling Smith’s injury “unfortunate” and “a setback.” “I think going into it, we thought, ‘Hey, let’s make this thing more competitive.’”

The injury puts into question the future of Smith, a prospect whom the Jets heralded as having big-play ability coming out of Ohio State. Smith has torn the same ligament before, during a game in December 2015.

The Jets did a lot of bargaining during the three days of the draft, making five trades to amass a total of nine picks after entering the draft with seven. They also gained a fifth-round pick in next year’s draft from the Dallas Cowboys.

After Hansen, the Jets used one fifth-round pick on Jordan Leggett (No. 150), a tight end from Clemson with excellent hands, and another on Dylan Donahue (No. 181), a linebacker from West Georgia. Donahue’s father, Mitch Donahue, played in the N.F.L. as a defensive end from 1991 to 1994.

In the sixth round, the Jets picked Elijah McGuire (No. 188), a running back from Louisiana-Lafayette. With their final two picks, they took cornerbacks who could fill the hole left by Revis’s departure. Jeremy Clark, from Michigan, was taken 197th over all. Seven slots later, the Jets took Derrick Jones from Mississippi.

For the first time in five years, the Jets did not draft a quarterback. They appear set to enter…

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