This is my first official mock draft after the New York Jets made their blockbuster move to go up and get their presumptive franchise QB. There will be no trades and I will be reacting to Chad Reuter’s five round mock draft published today on NFL.com. Let’s dive right into it…
First Round, Pick 3
Who They Took: Josh Allen, QB, Wyoming
Who I Take: Baker Mayfield, QB, Oklahoma
Why? Spoiler alert, Josh Allen isn’t even on my top 100 board at this point (which means he has a lower draft grade for me than Christian Hackenberg did. If Darnold and Rosen go one and two (I do not think the Giants will take a QB), then the pick needs to be Baker Mayfield. Mayfield is one of the more electrifying players in this draft, with superb ball placement and one of the prettier deep balls you will see. He is a playmaker who plays with a chip on his shoulder, and he has the maturity and personality to navigate New York. Point blank, he is a better player today than Josh Allen, and he would be the pick for me.
Third Round, Pick 72:
Who They Took: Daniel Carlson, K, Auburn
Who I Take: Rashaad Penny, RB, San Diego State
Why? The Jets signed Cairo Santos, so taking a kicker in the third round (already a risky proposition) is not the move right here. Instead, I take a RB that allows the Jets to trade Bilal Powell during draft weekend for an extra pick or two. Penny is a downhill runner who fits the zone blocking scheme the Jets are likely to run. He has good hands and will not have to come off the field. Getting Penny, a potential starting RB, in round 3 is too good a value to pass up.
Fourth Round, Pick 107:
Who They Took: Trenton Thompson, DT, Georgia
Who I Take: Jeff Holland, EDGE, Auburn
Why? Earlier today, @DrewFromJersey and I were jokingly pointing out on Twitter that Eric Mangini and Mike Tannenbaum are the last GM/HC duo to actually try and address the edge rusher issue with legitimate resources. Well, this needs to change this year because the Jets have the potential to have a very good secondary. That secondary can reach its potential easier if they add a legitimate edge rusher. Holland gets off the ball quickly and is able to use his hands to engage blockers and then beat them back. He needs to continue to develop as a pass rusher, but should contribute from year one as a situational pass rusher. At bare minimum, he is an upgrade from Dylan Donahue and potentially Lorenzo Mauldin.
Fifth Round, Pick 157:
Who They Took: Scott Quessenberry, C, UCLA
Who I Take: Mason Cole, C, Michigan
Why? This is the one place where Chad and I clearly felt that the team could improve their depth at the same position. The difference? I went with the better prospect in Mason Cole from the Wolverines. Cole can play center and guard and has played left tackle before, and he gives the Jets insurance in case Spencer Long is banged up, in case they choose to move on from James Carpenter this year, or if they elect to move on from Kelvin Beachum next year. Cole is quick off the snap, displays good hand positioning when engaging defensive linemen, and he moves very well in space. The good teams prepare for their good players to leave or become ineffective, so this would be a move in preparation of that.
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