Twelve prospective targets for the New York Jets in the first round of the 2019 NFL Draft if they trade back from #3. For the purposes of this article, let’s assume their pick ends up in the #5 – #20 range as a result of whatever trade down they are able to execute…
1 – Brian Burns, Edge – You can make the case he is the best pure pass rusher in the class. He is starting to more regularly be projected as a top ten pick and would fill a major current need for the Jets on the outside.
2 – Jonah Williams, OL – His stock seems to have fell over the past few months but Williams is still likely the best overall offensive line prospect in this class and in the right scheme, should be fine at tackle. If the Jets took him, it would be interesting to see where/how they utilized him in year one with Kelvin Beachum and a recovering Brandon Shell on the roster but long term, he could be either their left or right tackle.
3 – Noah Fant, TE – The Jets turned some heads by bringing Fant in for a visit, a player who plays a projected position of strength for their offense with Chris Herndon already on the roster but he would provide needed depth and more offensive versatility for the team’s passing game. Weapons for Sam Darnold is a good thing and this is a much better tight end class than wide receiver class.
4 – Jawaan Taylor. OL – Occasionally ranked as the best offensive lineman available, Taylor would push for playing time immediately at tackle and brings more athleticism and a potentially higher upside than Williams.
5 – Garrett Bradbury, C – The top center in the class, a position that is the Jets largest remaining need on offense. He is unlikely to be a top 15 pick so the Jets would be moving back 15ish picks if this is someone they wanted to target on night one. Bradbury would be plug and play from day one and leads a class of centers that will likely be heavily picked over by the time the Jets third round picks come around.
6 – Greedy Williams, CB – Arguably the top corner available, Williams has the build for a prototypical outside corner and is only 21 years old. This is a weak corner class overall but Williams will provide reasonable value in the middle of the first round.
7 – TJ Hockenson, TE – A coin flip for many on if Fant or Hockenson is the top tight end in this year’s class, I give a slight edge to Fant but Hockenson is also strong value in the middle of the first round. He would be a massive target for Sam Darnold in the middle of the field and allow the Jets to move Chris Herndon around the formation more.
8 – Byron Murphy, CB – The other headliner at the top of a weak cornerback class. Murphy would be a surprise in any trade back scenario but has a higher floor than Williams and may have a style of play that fits Gregg Williams’ defense better than him.
9 – Montez Sweat, Edge – Similar to Burns, a second tier edge option after Bosa/Allen, who are likely to be gone in the first 4/5 picks at the latest. Sweat hasn’t been generating the same buzz among Jets fans as Burns but they are very comparable level of prospects.
10 – Ed Oliver, DT – If they are considering Quinnen Williams at #3, they could absolutely consider Oliver in a trade down scenario, despite his position likely making him an unpopular pick with fans. Oliver is a unique athlete with a unique amount of positional versatility.
11 – Clelin Ferrell, Edge – Can he work in a 3-4 or are the Jets going to be multiple enough on defense, where his ability in a 4-3 compared a 3-4 isn’t a detriment to selecting him?
12 – Andre Dillard, OL – An alternative to Taylor or Williams if they are want to attack the tackle market after is Dillard, who will likely going later than the two others.