The Jets are out of the playoff race and I simply could not stop myself from dipping my pen into the mock draft game. This is done through Fanspeaks model and remember, it’s only November. Also remember, the Fanspeak model makes the picks for the CPU teams.
Round 1, 5th Overall: Josh Allen, Edge, Kentucky
I’ve been battling with myself for weeks whether I want to take Allen or Floridas Jachai Polite for the Jets. While Polite may have the higher ceiling compared to Allen, the Jets can’t afford to miss on an edge rusher with this high of a pick. The reason I’m taking Allen is his versatility. Hand in the dirt, stand up or even dropping back coverage. Allen has a great first step and uses his hands well getting to the passer. While he needs to add more to his pass rush moves, his versatility outside of being the edge the Jets need has him over Polite for me.
Round 3, 68th Overall: Andre Dillard, OT, Washington State
When you have a franchise quarterback, your main objective is to protect him at all costs. The Jets offensive line as it currently stands should not be around for 2019 and 2020. Andre Dillard gives you a tackle option that can play in any zone scheme and is very efficient in the run game. This OL free agency class isn’t shaping up to be a great one. You have to hit on your draft picks.
Round 3, 95th Overall: Trayvon Mullen, CB, Clemson
There’s no reason why Mullen should be available this late in the draft but he was and he would be a great get for the Jets. Trumaine Johnson hasn’t been what the Jets thought they were going to get after signing him to a 5 year $72.5 million contract. Mullen is a physical press corner who can start outside from day one. He’s great in man coverage and rarely gets caught out of position. He can help solidify the Jets secondary.
Round 4, Pick 106: Deebo Samuel, WR, South Carolina
Sam Darnold needs weapons. The Jets have a real drop off in production after Quincy Enunwa and Robby Anderson. Enter Deebo Samuel. Samuel broke his fibula in 2017 and hasn’t gotten back to his pre injury self this season. He’s shown flashes but hasn’t quite put it all together. He is a great route runner and could be a cheaper replacement for Andre Roberts in the return game. Get Samuel in space and good things will happen.
Round 5, Pick 144: Tyler Petite, TE, USC
Continuing to bolster Darnolds weapons, Petite needs some work on his game but with the right coaching and development could be a viable passing threat. He’s 6-4, 250 pounds and played with Darnold in college. Petite has the size you want but needs a good amount of work. Pairing him with an offensive minded staff would be ideal.
Round 7, Pick 221: Terry Godwin, WR, Georgia
Godwin is a very good blocker for a receiver despite his smaller frame. He’s not going to be a guy that will win many jump balls but is a guy that can win in the short area. He’ll need to develop his route tree but as a seventh round pick, could emerge as a viable special teamer for the Jets with his physicality and willingness to contribute in the blocking game.