Another glorious weekend for Jets fans! Sam Darnold went toe to toe with another top tier quarterback, Chris Herndon continued to show out and the Jets improved their draft position. Here’s my second to last seven round Jets mock for the regular season.
Round 1, Pick 3: Clelin Ferrell, Edge, Clemson
We’re going to be talking about edge rushers ad nauseam until the draft finally gets here and rightfully so, this class is loaded with them. Ferrell not only showcases an explosive quick step and his array of pro ready pass moves but he also shows his impressive defense against the run. Having an edge you can keep on the field all three downs is an immense help for a defense that needs all the help it can get.
Round 3, Pick 68: Garrett Bradbury, Center, NC State
Outside of getting an elite edge prospect, the Jets need to make their focus of this draft on surrounding Sam Darnold with as much talent as possible. That starts with the big boys up front. Bradbury’s lateral quickness allows him to pick up on blitzes quickly and his flexibility allows him to hold his own against power rushers. He’s not a Nick Mangold type of center but is a quality interior lineman to start the rebuild of the line.
Round 3, Pick 96: Antoine Wesley, WR, Texas Tech
It’s time the Jets draft an actual legitimate receiver threat in the later rounds. Wesley’s 6’5″, 200 pound frame is impressive on its own but it’s what he does with the frame that’s even more impressive. He tracks and attacks the ball very well in the air and is a tough tackle after the catch. This past season was the first real time we saw him produce but with his frame (and the potential to fill out his frame) and traits, the return on spending a third round pick on him could be substantial.
Round 4, Pick 99: Darrell Henderson, RB, Memphis
I don’t think Henderson falls this far but he was available and I wasn’t passing him up. Whether or not the Jets end up signing Le’Veon Bell, the fact is that the Jets need depth at running back. Eli McGuire has shown he can be a good complementary back but Trenton Cannon hasn’t, Isaiah Crowell might not even be here and we don’t know if Bilal Powell will ever play football again.
Henderson ran for almost 2,000 yards this past season with 22 touchdowns. He has great vision and his cuts have the ability to break your ankles from sitting on the couch. He’s not great in pass pro and as a pass catcher doesn’t have the most reliable hands but if you get him in space, he will make you look silly. One of my favorite backs and a definite riser as we get closer to the draft.
Round 5, Pick 130: Dax Raymond, TE, Utah State
Chris Herndon has emerged as the lead tight end but Eric Tomlinson and Jordan Leggett don’t look like long term pieces. Dax Raymond and his 6’5″, 250 pound frame allow him to outman smaller defenders and while the production isn’t there, his size and ability to block offer a nice fifth round TE2.
Round 7, Pick 195: Davante Davis, CB, Texas
It’s clearly evident that the Jets need cornerback depth. You’re not going to find a polished corner this deep in the draft but Davis is worth a look. He shows good skills at breaking passes up at the point of attack and his motor and toughness allow him to blow up smaller blockers in the run game. Davis’ best fit is in a zone scheme, as he doesn’t thrive at press man. He won’t start immediately but could potentially be a CB4 or CB5 for the new head coach.