We have finally reached the week of the 2019 NFL Draft. For the 1.0 version of my seven round New York Jets mock draft click here.
For the below article, we are going to have TWO mock drafts, first my final mock of what I’d *like* for the Jets to do and second what I predict Mike Maccagnan will do.
JC 2.0 Mock Draft
Round 1 – Pick #3: Josh Allen, Edge, Kentucky
The same pick as my 1.0 mock for third overall. I wrote at length about Allen vs. Quinnen Williams right here but today’s article from Dan Essien does an even better job of framing where I am coming from with this selection. The Jets need variety in their front seven with how they can attack a quarterback and opposing offenses. Allen is not a perfect pass rushing prospect but he is only 21 years old and is alarmingly well rounded as a player already, particularly when it comes to his ability in coverage (an area the Jets are likely to struggle with at the second level with Avery Williamson and CJ Mosley). Allen is a high floor pick. The only question is can he find his ceiling as a player who consistently gets double digit sacks at this level?
Round 3 – Pick #68 – Jachai Polite, Edge, Florida
Polite has failed the pre-draft process, stringing together a collection of bad workouts and interviews that is overriding the tape of a prospect who should be a borderline first round player. The Jets need to take some risks to improve a roster filled with holes at critical areas and they are long overdue to go over the top when it comes to fixing their edge pass rush. Polite has a natural collection of pass rush moves and racked up 11 sacks, 6 forced fumbles and 17.5 tackles for a loss against top tier competition last year. He is also only 21 years old. I don’t love going defense with the first two selections but this is a unique opportunity to fix the pass rush for the few years, at least.
Round 3 – Pick #93 – Elgton Jenkins, Center, Mississippi State
I am not sure if Jenkins is going to last this long but if he does get anywhere near pick #93, the Jets need to be proactive to get him (if Polite’s fall is that steep they may even be able to switch the order of these two third round picks). I had them taking Lamont Galliard in the fourth round of my previous mock but Jenkins is a superior prospect who has a much better chance of being plug and play as a rookie. Could Darron Lee be utilized to move up 15-20 picks in this round?
Round 4 – Pick #105 – Michael Deiter, Guard, Wisconsin
A versatile interior offensive lineman who played three different positions for Wisconsin (left tackle, left guard, center). The Jets need a long term replacement for Brian Winters and Kelechi Osemele is not under contract after this season. More importantly, they need to get in the habit of taking day three swings on developmental offensive linemen so their depth is not perpetually so shaky.
Round 6 – Pick #196 – Caleb Wilson, Tight End, UCLA
A highly productive collegiate player who pulled in 60 receptions for nearly 1,000 yards last season and has ideal size to be a capable middle of the field target (6’4, 240 pounds), while clocking in a decent 4.56 forty yard dash. Wilson was also first in yards per route run among all tight end prospects. This is a worthwhile day three shot on an apparently undervalued prospect to add needed depth at the tight end position.
Round 7 – Pick #217 – Jazz Ferguson, Wide Receiver, Northwestern State
A massive target at 6’5, 227 pounds, Ferguson is a former LSU transfer who dominated against lesser competition last season with 13 touchdowns and over 1,110 total yards. He is far from polished as a route runner but has the physicality to immediately become a factor in the red zone and a worthwhile developmental swing behind Robby Anderson and Quincy Enunwa.
Mike Maccagnan Prediction Mock Draft
Round 1 – Pick #3 – Ed Oliver, Defensive Tackle, Houston
If you asked me to give percentages today, I’d say an equal 25% of chance of Allen, Quinnen Williams and Ed Oliver with a 15% chance of trading back and a 10% chance of Nick Bosa. I am leaning into the latest surge of rumors and that the Jets envision Oliver as a player who can line up all over their front seven, providing both an interior and edge rush. It is a bigger risk than either Williams or Allen but if this is the move, I’d guess Gregg Williams was loudly in Maccagnan’s ear.
Round 3 – Pick #68 – Cornerback, Sean Bunting, Central Michigan
A day two attempt to begin rebuilding a thin cornerback position. Bunting has good size and ball skills for an outside corner and would provide solid value at this stage of the draft. He is the type of prospect who could theoretically push current projected starter, Daryl Roberts, at some point during his first year.
Round 3 – Pick #93 – Bobby Evans, Tackle, Oklahoma
A highly experienced, big program developmental tackle to learn behind Kelvin Beachum and Brandon Shell. Evans was a three year starter who played on both sides of the line at Oklahoma and has the frame/strength to potentially start at this level.
Round 4 – Pick #105 – Issac Nauta, Tight End, Georgia
I do think the Jets are going to dip into this tight end class at some point. Nauta has potential as a two way tight end that will allow the team more flexibility with how they utilize Chris Herndon as a pass catcher.
Round 6 – Pick #196 – Ugo Amadi, Cornerback, Oregon
The Jets double dip at cornerback with Amadi who has the potential versatility to move between slot corner and safety in certain looks. He also offers prospective punt return value and should immediately become a contributor on the special teams coverage units. It would not surprise me if this coaching staff was quick to move on from Parry Nickerson as a depth slot corner.
Round 7 – Pick #217 – Alex Barnes, Running Back, Kansas State
No team in the NFL visited with more running backs in the pre-draft process than the Jets so despite the signing of Ty Montgomery, it does seem like they are going to draft one at some point. This day three swing could be Barnes or a player like Qadree Ollison, who I discussed in the 1.0 version of my own mock.