It’s Friday! Here’s my second 7 round offseason Jets mock with some trades down. As always, this was done with the Fanspeak mock draft simulator so some of the available players didn’t quite fit the rounds they are ultimately going to be taken in but I tried to make it as realistic as possible. If you have any issues, you can direct your hate to me on Twitter.
Trades: 3rd Pick to Jax for 7,38, R2 2020
Leonard Williams to Indy for 34th pick
7th Pick to Washington for 15, 46
R1, P15: Byron Murphy, CB, Washington
The Jets’ need for a cornerback grew even higher with the hire of Gregg Williams. Williams loves to send a bunch of exotic blitzes and leave his corners on islands. With a couple of trades down, the Jets sit at 15 and take Byron Murphy. Murphy has a wiry frame but still excels in man coverage. He’s a smart corner who knows exactly what the receiver is doing and likes to take chances with that knowledge.
Despite his thin frame, he’s a thumper who hits much harder than you’d expect. Murphy also has the ball skills to force the kind turnovers and PBU’s that’ll make Greggggg happy. Take the highest upside corner in the draft and fill a major need.
R2, P34 (From Colts): Cody Ford, OT, Oklahoma
Now begins the “help Sam Darnold” portion of the draft. Watching the playoffs this year really hammers this point home: great offensive lines are necessary and essential. CJ Anderson, a guy who was out of the league before the end of December, is running rampant behind that Rams OL. Sony Michel is averaging 4.6 YPC on 54 carries behind the Patriots OL.
Ford is a good start to protecting Darnold. 6’4″, 330 pound offensive tackle ready to send the defender to the pearly gates every chance that he gets. He’s nasty and has the ability to be an anchor on the outside of the offensive line. Kelvin Beachum is replaceable and Brandon Shell is coming off a big injury. Now’s the time to bolster this line.
R2, P38: Dalton Risner, OT, Kansas State
Anddddd another offensive lineman! It’s tough to overhaul an entire offensive line in one offseason but the Jets main focus outside of an edge rusher is the guys up front protecting Sam Darnold. Risner is another nasty OL who treats every play like it’s his last. Highly skilled in both the passing game and running game, he’s played at right tackle for most of his career but most people think he can flip inside to guard. The more versatility on the line, the better.
R2, P46: Hollywood Brown, WR, Oklahoma
Getting Antonio Brown might seem like a pipe dream but getting his cousin is not. Hollywood Brown is only 5’10”, 168 pounds but he’s a vertical nightmare for defenses and dangerous in the open field. Sam Darnold needs as many weapons as possible. If Brown can take on the trajectory that Robby Anderson has in developing his game, the Jets could have quite the tandem.
R3, P68: Kaden Smith, TE, Stanford
Kaden Smith is 6’5″, around 250 pounds at tight end. For comparison, Rob Gronkowski is listed at 6’6″, 268. Are you intrigued? Now he’s certainly not Gronk but a big threat like that is never a bad thing for a second year QB. He’s fine with taking the hits across the middle and has strong hands when the ball gets to him. He’s not refined technically as a blocker but you would hope with his frame, that can be improved with coaching.
R3, P96: Christian Miller, Edge, Alabama
Miller is a huge gamble at a high position of need but if you want to be great, you have to take these type of gambles. Miller hasn’t had the production of the elite edge rush prospects and has a torn biceps on his resume that caused him to miss his entire junior season. But there are some traits that make taking him in the third round intriguing. His effort is relentless, he’s got a long frame and he’s smart in reading where he wants to attack. Miller needs to develop as a pure pass rusher but the mold is there. If you’re confident in your guys as organization to develop, take him and develop him.
R4, P99: Beau Benzschawel, G, Wisconsin
I like my offensive lineman with long last names that play at Big 10 schools. Oh look! Benzschawel fits that description. He’s a work in progress but not a bad gamble as the Jets look to not only revamp the offensive line but also provide some much needed depth. He’s a guy that likes to move enormous people with his power but needs to develop more of his traits to become a starter. A fine gamble in the fourth.
R5, P130: Elijah Holyfield, RB, Georgia
When you’re the son of Evander Holyfield, you’re going to be one powerful player on the field. Holyfield didn’t see quite the high level production that some of the other notable Georgia RBs of recent have but he’s physical and a very well rounded back for guy who I’m guessing could actually run through brick walls. The Jets need running back depth and a guy who can get some tough yards. Holyfield can also be an enforcer if things get chippy.
R7, P195: Terry Godwin, WR, Georgia
There’s little to no chance Godwin is available this late but hey, it’s still January and stranger things have happened. The Offensive MVP of the Shrine Game (4 receptions for 80 yards & 2 TDs on 4 targets) can be a slot threat if the Jets wisen up and start playing Quincy Enunwa on the outside more. Georgia was full of playmakers so his production wasn’t quite up there but as a former 5 star recruit and coming off of a very productive Shrine Game, Godwin could round out into the slot receiver the Jets need who’s not 24 years old (he’s 22).