With April 1st here, we are deep in Mock Draft SZN. For yours truly, I am going to do a 1.0 and 2.0 version for all of the New York Jets picks and a full first round mock. The 2.0 version of this mock and the full first round mock will both drop shortly before the big night. I will also do a 1.0 version of my predictions for what I believe the Jets front office will do, which will differ from this mock draft (which is my personal preference). Finally, we’ll have our annual round one guide the day of the NFL Draft. Send your complaints to the moon (or to Twitter).
Round 1 – Pick #3: Josh Allen, Edge, Kentucky
I wrote at length about Josh Allen vs. Quinnen Williams here, as that seems to be the conventional wisdom on what the Jets choice will come down to with Kyler Murray expected to go first and Nick Bosa expected to go second. If Bosa was available, I don’t doubt the Jets would take him in a nanosecond. Without him available, they will work to find a trade down partner, a process that is easier hypothesized by fans than actually executed.
The Jets have not traded down in the first round this century, instead moving up multiple times for Dewayne Robertson, Darrelle Revis, Mark Sanchez and most recently Sam Darnold. If they stay at #3, Allen fits an athletic profile and skill set the Jets desperately need (and have already shown serious interest in, hello Anthony Barr comparison). There is no reason that Allen can’t become the long searched for answer at edge, while being well rounded enough to be a productive three down player in any scheme.
Round 3 – Pick #68 – Chuma Edoga, Tackle, USC
A former five star recruit and Sam Darnold’s starting right tackle in 2017, Edoga’s stock has been climbing since the Senior Bowl. At only 21 years old, he is still growing into his body/optimal weight and has notably long arms which should help keep him on the outside in the NFL. He is a good developmental swing to spend a year behind Kelvin Beachum and Brandon Shell (or potentially push Shell this year) and then take over as a starter in 2020.
Round 3 – Pick #93 – Josh Oliver, Tight End, San Jose State
An athletic weapon in the middle of the field for Sam Darnold to complement Chris Herndon. Yes, it is okay for the Jets to build out their tight end depth behind a promising year two player like Herndon, especially when both have the athleticism to line up all over the formation (along with Quincy Enunwa). The goal is to create mismatches and a strong second tight end is just as valuable as a quality third or fourth receiver. Oliver came on strong last season and at 6’5, 250 pounds while still maintaining a 4.6 forty, can flourish in the right spread offense that isolates him to favorable matchups with linebackers and safeties.
Round 4 – Pick #105 – Lamont Galliard, Center, Georgia
Unless the Jets trade back and compile more picks, they are unlikely to get a swing at the top two or three center prospects in this class. Galliard would be a solid day three value add and ideally a player who would compete with Jonotthan Harrison and another low cost veteran addition for 2019 reps, while also giving them another long term developmental lineman. He plays with a nasty streak and held up well in college football’s toughest conference, including against Alabama’s defensive front. The Jets need multiple offensive line additions draft weekend and paired with Edoga, this is a good haul for them.
Round 6 – Pick #196 – Jamal Peters, Cornerback, Mississippi State
Intriguing size (6’2, 218 pounds) and length for an outside corner. The Jets have repeatedly missed with day three picks at this position. Peters has the measurables you want at corner for a dart throw this late and at a minimum should be useful on special teams and better roster filler than players like Rashard Robinson or Jeremy Clark.
Round 7 – Pick #217 – Qadree Ollison, Running Back, Pittsburgh
An inside runner who could potentially complement and spell Le’Veon Bell in certain early down situations. Elijah McGuire is best used as a situational pass catcher out of the backfield and doesn’t offer much between the tackles while Trenton Cannon is a borderline roster player. Ollison probably isn’t enough at running back as the Jets should still consider a player like TJ Yeldon in free agency but he has more upside as a runner than either McGuire or Cannon.