The Jets won a game! While winning at this point of the season is pointless because of draft position, seeing Sam Darnold lead a fourth quarter comeback like that is much better than gaining the one or two draft positions with a loss. The Jets dropped to fifth (previously third) in the draft order which opens up a whole bunch of possibilities. Here’s my fourth version of a Jets seven round mock done on Fanspeak.
Round 1, Pick 5: Josh Allen, Edge, Kentucky
With Clelin Ferrel and Jonah Williams off the board, the Jets fill their desperate need for an edge rusher by taking Allen. Outside of Nick Bosa, Josh Allen is my favorite edge rusher in this class. He went back to Kentucky for his senior year and improved his draft stock substantially, something that doesn’t happen all too often. He doubled his sack total from his junior year (14.0 in ’18 to 7.0 in ’17) and had 18.5 tackles for loss.
Allen has crazy speed off the edge and combining that with his flexibility, allows him to win regularly. My favorite thing about Allens game however, is not only his willingness to drop into coverage but his ability to hold his own in coverage. I don’t think Allen has the highest ceiling but his floor is one of the highest in this years edge class.
Round 3, Pick 71: Michael Jordan, OL, Ohio State
The Jets need to revamp their offensive line to protect their key asset in Sam Darnold. Instead of reaching for an OL in the first with Jonah Williams off the board, they take Michael Jordan out of Ohio State. Jordan followed in Billy Price’s footsteps in moving from guard to center and was just named as a First Team All-American.
Matt Miller had Jordan as his most NFL ready guard in addition to having the most potential out of his group. He’s a much better run blocker than he is a pass blocker and his footwork needs some work. However with his versatility to play two interior positions and success in college, it makes him an appealing prospect to bolster the Jets offensive line.
Round 3, Pick 94: David Sills V, WR, West Virginia
This wide receiver free agent class isn’t all that special and the Jets can’t keep avoiding offensive weapons especially with the franchise quarterback now in place. Sills is a vertical threat that is great at high pointing and catching the ball in traffic. His fit isn’t so much as a guy who will make guys miss over the middle but more as a guy you can line on the outside and let him work against man coverage.
Round 4, Pick 102: Jawaan Taylor, OT, Florida
Kelvin Beachum is a replacement level starter and won’t be around for the long run. You’re not going to find a Jonah Williams or Yodney Cajuste (despite what Fanspeaks models put out) like tackle in the later rounds but you can find viable pieces. Jawaan Taylor has ideal size at 6’5″, 334 pounds and is better in pass pro than he is at run blocking. Taylor isn’t an explosive tackle but is a smooth operator. He won’t be a starter day one but given time to sit behind Beachum or a free agent acquisition, could be a long term piece.
Round 5, Pick 133: Andy Isabella, WR, UMass
A guy that TOJs own Clayton Smarslok mentioned in his cheat sheet a few weeks back, Isabella isn’t garnering the national buzz that some of the receivers in this class are getting but that’s not from his own wrong doing.
Isabella is a smart receiver who excels in short spaces. He won’t necessarily burn you down the field but his ability to make the first defender miss is exciting. Isabella caught 101 passes for over 1600 yards and 13 touchdowns. The production is there, even if it wasn’t against top level teams. Isabella should climb up boards depending on his pre draft workouts.
Round 7, Pick 199: Isaac Nauta, TE, Georgia
Nauta is more of a developmental tight end. There’s no reason Eric Tomlinson should be on this Jets roster passed this season and Nauta can not only fill his role as a blocker, but actually offers something as a receiver. His best game this past season came against Alabama in the SEC Championship game with four receptions for 81 yards and a touchdown. Nauta is a tough tackle and while his blocking technique isn’t polished, his tenacity makes up for some of that inefficiency.