The Jets have a solid starting running back right now in Chris Ivory. Ivory is entering his third season with the Jets, and in his first two has shown power and heart on every run. Ivory ran for 821 yards and 6 touchdowns last season. The team chose to resign Bilal Powell and not go after any big free agent running backs. Powell is a useful player to have, as he can receive, block, and make plays on the ground. Both Ivory and Bilal Powell are free agents after this upcoming season. While it does not mean that both will be gone, it does mean the Jets need to find a long-term answer. Ivory is 27 and has had injury concerns in the past, while Powell is never going to be a feature back in the NFL. All of these factors lead me to wanting a running back in round two.
In the second round, 37th overall, a number of running backs could still be around. At that point I expect Gurley and Gordon to 100% be off the board, while maybe one of Telvin Coleman, Ameer Abdullah, or Jay Ajayi is also. The running back the Jets should make their top priority is Jay Ajayi from Boise State. Ajayi is a complete back and has good size at 6'0, 221 pounds. He is quick, shows power, and is a great receiving back. If the Jets take Ajayi in round two, he can become the starter year two and beyond. The comparisons to Marshawn Lynch may be too much, but I really think he can become a good running back in this league.
A draft of Dante Fowler/Vic Beasley and Jay Ajayi in rounds one and two would be perfect. It fills a whole at outside linebacker, and adds a running back who can make an impact from day one. This would set the Jets up perfectly to add a speedy receiver in round three or add some offensive line depth.