In this week’s edition of #PickSix, Dalbin Osorio is going to make projections for all of the New York Jets draft picks. As always, thank you for reading and be sure to check out yesterday’s No Huddle from @TheJetReport and the Deion Barnes breakdown from @Malfa98…
1. Leonard Williams
Projections: 55 tackles, 6.5 sacks, 2 forced fumbles, 1 fumble recovery
Analysis: Leonard Williams is a better prospect than Sheldon Richardson was when he entered the draft. Many people forget that because of how good Sheldon is right now. With that said, Williams will get opportunities, and you cannot block him one on one. He will be the beneficiary of the single blocking he gets as teams game-plan for Wilkerson and Richardson. I think he surpasses Sheldon’s rookie year.
Projections: 45 receptions, 665 yards, 6 TDs, 14.7 yards per reception
Analysis: Devin Smith (read the breakdown by Joe right here) is going to become a fan favorite very quickly, as the Jets have not had a vertical threat like him in a long time. Smith is going to eat into Jeremy Kerley’s reps eventually and you could see a scenario where he learns under Brandon Marshall this year before taking over full time on the outside in 2016.
3. Lorenzo Mauldin
Projections: 50 tackles, 6.5 sacks, 1 forced fumble
Analysis: Mauldin, unlike Smith, will start Week 1 at OLB and he will flourish. Calvin Pace got 10 sacks in this defense, and there is no doubt in my mind that Mauldin will approach those numbers if healthy. With my expectation that Bowles will utilize more four man defensive fronts, Mauldin will be the beneficiary here and will make the Jets defense that much better.
4. Bryce Petty
Projections/Analysis: See article from last week detailing why Petty won’t play this year.
5. Jarvis Harrison
Projections: 6 starts
Analysis: Harrison will eventually start at guard for this team. His natural ability will be too much to ignore. He slipped to the 5th round because people questioned his desire but joining an offensive line with Nick Mangold and D’Brickashaw Ferguson, he will connect with the elder statesmen and learn to carry himself as a pro. I think with this, he ends up starting around mid-season.
Projections: Will not suit up this year
Analysis: The battle to make the final 53 as a defensive lineman with the Jets is well documented, but Simon is likely headed for a practice squad role. I don’t think he suits up at all this year, barring injury.
If This Happens
Mike Maccagnan would’ve found 4 first year contributors out of 6 picks, and that is not counting Zac Stacy and Brandon Marshall. Devin Smith and Lorenzo Mauldin won’t get as much notoriety as Leonard Williams, but they are just as important because one of the reasons Idzik is no longer the General Manager is because of quiet middle rounds. Maccagnan will prove to find production from his middle round picks.