While the NFL Draft order is constantly changing, this much is certain, the Jets will have four picks within the top 75 picks, thanks to their poor on field performance and Joe Douglas fleecing the Giants for a 3rd round pick in exchange for Leonard Williams.
1st Round – Tristan Whirfs OT Iowa
Tristan Whirfs is the franchise offensive tackle the Jets have been looking for. While having the traits to play left tackle, Whirfs played on the right side this year due to his team’s roster situation. A mauler in the run game, Whirs is a perfect right tackle for the Jets while they stick with Kelvin Beachum at left tackle for one more year. Whirs able to play both can fill in at RT, while potentially having a long term future at LT.
2nd Round – Creed Humprhey, C Oklahoma
Kevin Mawae and Nick Mangold have long filled the center position as franchise cornerstones. Since Mangold’s retirement the Jets have struggled to fill the center position. Creed could fill the longtime absence of Mangold and be impactful in the run game while also being sturdy in the pass game and be a rock for Sam Darnold for the next decade.
3rd Round – Michael Pittman Jr, WR USC
A physical receiver and Bernadik finalist, Pittman can take over the Demaryius Thomas Role as a guy who gets off the line of scrimmage and uses his body to get open and create yards after the catch. Pittman would immediately be a red zone target to utilize.
3rd Round – Jaylon Johnson, CB Utah
Bless Austin has been a revelation in the second half of the season and Jaylon Johnson would be the perfect compliment. A physical corner whose ball skills will give the Jets opportunistic defense a way to force turnovers and help Gregg Williams be aggressive at the line of scrimmage and be able to tackle in the open field.