A round up of who recent NFL mock drafts have the New York Jets selecting…
- 2/1 Chris Trapasso: Quinnen Williams, DT (Alabama)
- 2/5 Ryan Wilson: Rashan Gary, DE (Michigan)
- 2/6 Will Brinson: Quinnen Williams, DT (Alabama)
- 2/5 Chad Reuter: Josh Allen, DE (Kentucky)
- 1/29 Lance Zierlein: Nick Bosa, DE (Ohio State)
- 1/25 Bucky Brooks: Quinnen Williams, DT (Alabama)
- 1/23 Daniel Jeremiah: Josh Allen, DE (Alabama)
My Two Cents
With Brady and Belichick claiming their 6th Super Bowl ring this last week, the New York Jets fan base has officially woken up from its NFL playoff nightmare. That means we can transition into mock draft season and free agency speculation.
In my opinion, we can’t really begin to take NFL mock drafts too seriously until the scouting combine has passed, but there is still an indication from the mocks as to what needs a particular team may have. The Jets have far too many needs to address with one pick, but it seems as though most analysts have the Jets targeting one pivotal position with this 3rd overall pick… a front four defender.
Yes, I said front four, because with the signing of new defensive coordinator Gregg Williams, the Jets will be abandoning their former 3-4 base defense led by Todd Bowles to a 4-3 base under the fiery new DC. As far as potential picks, the pundits seem to believe in four names.
Nick Bosa, DE (Ohio State): Prior to the CFB season, this was the consensus #1 player on almost every big board. However, with the spectacular year by Kentucky’s Josh Allen, this #1 selection may be up in the air. As far as fit with the Jets, I think Bosa is a slam dunk, as he seems to be the highest “floor” of any prospect in this year’s draft.
Rashan Gary, DE (Michigan): Perhaps the most intriguing mocked prospect for the Jets at 3, not necessarily because of fit, but because of Gary’s college career. Touted as the #1 overall player in his high school class, Gary seemed to be a cornerstone piece for a particularly nasty brand of Jim Harbaugh defense. But his lack of production in his junior season is concerning, only racking up 3.5 sacks on the year. This is a player that at his peak could follow the career path of a Ziggy Ansah, who also struggled with output in college before blossoming at the pros, but could also become another Quinton Coples experience for Jets fans everywhere.
Josh Allen, DE (Kentucky): An absolute monster in Lexington. With 17.0 sacks in his final campaign, this is your prototypical edge rusher. He is becoming more and more attractive a prospect with each day, as NFL executives can’t seem to ignore his combination of talent and production. He is sneaking up on Bosa as the potential #1 overall pick. If the Jets got their hands on him, they may have found the pass rusher they have been looking for since John Abraham.
Quinnen Williams, DT (Alabama). I know what you’re thinking Jets fans. Not another Wilkerson, Richardson, L. Williams. We have already spent 3 first round picks on a position of relatively low-impact in the last 8-10 years. However, where this could potentially get interesting is if the Jets plan on drafting Alabama’s Williams with the idea of shopping Leonard Williams for more picks. In fact, Quinnen is currently the most-picked in the aggregate of mock-draft experts above. If this upsets you, prepare yourself for disappointment.
My humble opinion is that the Jets should trade down from the #3 pick to acquire more draft capital and help build an offensive line for Sam Darnold. I know the pass rush presence in this draft is tempting, but I would caution the Jets before pulling the trigger there.
Nonetheless, since most mock drafts don’t account for trades, my favorite pick out of the bunch above is Josh Allen from Kentucky, as he not only fills a need at edge, but also has the tools to become a star. In addition, an effective rusher may help bring out the best in guys like Trumaine Johnson, Marcus Maye, Parry Nickerson, and the rest of the secondary with opposing quarterbacks rushing throws. Another personal preference of mine is for a guy at #3 to show great production in college. The “combine stars” with all the tools, such as a Rashan Gary, seem to scare me much more than a guy like Allen who has shown to be an incredible disruptor.