We are only 18 days away from the NFL Draft and mock draft season is in full swing. Make sure you check out all of our draft season content here at TOJ from the podcasts, mock drafts and other draft related content as we inch closer to April 26th. Here is my seven round New York Jets mock draft, done using Fanspeak.com.
Round 1, Pick 3: Baker Mayfield, QB, Oklahoma
The way this board broke was Sam Darnold going to the Browns at one and Josh Rosen going to the Giants at 2. If that same scenario happens on draft night the pick has to be Mayfield.
I have Mayfield as my QB1 with Rosen not far behind. He has a great ability to improvise when the pocket breaks down and has a good enough arm to make the downfield throws. In my opinion his biggest strength is his accuracy. I don’t care if you can throw a ball a mile, if you’re not accurate then you won’t last in the NFL. It does help if you can throw a mile and be accurate like we see from Mayfield here against Texas:
His attitude fits perfectly with where this Jets team is headed. Jamal Adams has become the leader of this team with his never back down demeanor and the rest of the team follows suit. Mayfield brings a swagger and a fire to this Jets offense that I don’t think we’ve seen from a Jets quarterback.
Round 3, Pick 72: Da’Shawn Hand, DE, Alabama
Hand has the physical build and attributes of an NFL defensive lineman. If we were basing this off of his attributes he’s probably a second rounder. He can play end and you can cycle him inside if needed. He doesn’t get bullied at the line often and his lateral quickness allow him to make plays on the perimeter.
Hands production at Alabama didn’t match his profile. He struggled to find snaps among the talented lines he played with at Alabama. I don’t see a lot of explosiveness off the edge as a pass rusher either. With his build however, it would be worth taking him in the third to beef up the defensive line depth and try to get the production to match the body type.
Round 4, Pick 107: Mason Cole, C, Michigan
Cole is listed as a center but played his freshman, sophomore and senior seasons as Michigans left tackle. Cole is the definition of durable. He’s started every single game since his freshman year of high school. Cole is a great athlete with a high motor, something the Jets offensive line needs.
The Jets have addressed their offensive line woes this offseason by bringing in two centers in Spencer Long and Travis Swanson. Adding Cole to the mix as a versatile guy who can play two positions with a fourth round pick is a no brainer.
Round 5, Pick 157: Jack Cichy, LB, Wisconsin
Bringing in Avery Williamson was a great way of improving the linebacker position but there’s still work that needs to be done. Cichy missed his last 20 games at Wisconsin with a torn pectoral and a knee injury. On tape, he’s a rangy linebacker with good instincts in diagnosing plays before they happen. He’s fast but not too fast to the point where he gets caught over pursuing.
Cichy is a tough kid (former walk on who earned a scholarship) and his medicals will be the ultimate factor on where he falls. If he’s healthy, and that’s a big if, he would be a great addition to this linebacker unit.
Round 6, Pick 179: Joe Ostman, Edge, Central Michigan
As Connor Rogers puts it, you don’t find game breaking edge rushers outside of the first round. However, that doesn’t mean the Jets shouldn’t at least take a flier. As we all know, edge has been a position of need since the John Abraham days. Ostman is a productive tackler (21.0 sacks in his last two seasons at Central Michigan) who has good not great moves as an edge rusher. He rarely, if ever, seems to take a play off. He has good, violent hands which you can see here:
As you can see though, he gets too far up the field. He doesn’t take great angles when rushing and his agility needs to improve. His high motor is appealing and he can make the team as a special teams player.
Round 7, Pick 235: Antonio Callaway, WR, Florida
If he is available at this pick, you absolutely take him. His off the field issues drop him from a first round pick to potentially being undrafted. Callaway has ridiculous speed and it sometimes looks like he’s playing a different game than his defenders.
If you press this guy, he will beat you. If you play outside coverage, he will kill you on slants. He is a phenomenal athlete who can catch the ball wherever it’s thrown. Callaway has also shown the ability to be an impact returner in the punt and kick game. Take the flier.
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