With a too defensive heavy approach the past decade for the New York Jets, this mock is offensive heavy to try to help Sam Darnold as much as possible…
Round 1, Pick 11 – Andrew Thomas – OT – GeorgiaThe first piece in the get Sam Darnold some help plan: Thomas was a three-year starter at Georgia with his first season spent at RT and the previous two at LT. Thomas has begun to fall down a few draft boards and I do not really know why as he is a rock solid player who is strong in the run game as well as pass protection. A high floor pick who has drawn favorable comparisons to D’Brickashaw Ferguson.
Round 2, Pick 48 – Donovan Peoples-Jones – WR – Michigan
An intriguing prospect, as he suffered from horrid QB play that hampered his production. Jones is a physical specimen who at 6’2, 210 has 4.4 speed and a projected vertical of around 45 inches. Jones is a better route runner then most give him credit for, as he makes plays at all three levels.
Round 3, Pick 68 – Lloyd Cushenberry – C – LSUCushenberry anchored the offensive line that helped Joe Burrow produce the best QB season we have seen from a college QB in a few years. A big athletic center with experience calling out signals in a spread offense, who performed well at the Senior Bowl holding his own against Javon Kinlaw. Cushenberry could be a massive upgrade at center for the Jets.
Round 3, Pick 79 – Damon Arnette – Ohio State – CB
Often overshadowed by the outstanding Jeff Okudah and likely 2021 first pick Shaun Wade, Arnette is a solid player in his own right. He is at his best in press and man coverage and possesses very good ball skills. Arnette is a perfect fit for Gregg Williams scheme and if Bless Austin can continue his rookie form from the second half of 2019, the Jets will have two very solid young corners.
Round 4, Pick 110 – Cam Akers – RB – Florida StateAkers is often the forgotten man in this RB class. He is blessed with excellent hips and a second gear that is a nightmare for defenses to deal with. His only main flaw is pass protection which is why having Le’Veon Bell, who excels in it with him and can help him learn is vital. A 200ish carry, 85 catch season from Bell paired with Akers taking up the rest of load gives the Jets a hell of a one-two punch in 2020.
Round 5, Pick 140 – Trey Adams – OT- Washington
Adams is a day two talent who will likely fall to round five due to medicals as he has had injury problems while in college. A high risk, high reward player as he has the physical tools to be an NFL starting tackle. I am not sold on Chuma Edoga and Adams is worth the swing on in the 5th as he will not need to start right away and could be a late round find for a premium position.
Round 6, Pick 171 – Tipa Galea’I – Edge – Utah State
Galea’I is a speed rusher with a very good burst that can pin his ears back and get after the QB. He has some off field issues, as he was dismissed from TCU for assault which is why he falls so far to the 6th. For Gregg Williams he could be a situational pass rusher who could make some impact plays immediately.
Round 6, Pick 191 – Tyler Huntley – QB – Utah
No, I am not trying to replace Sam Darnold, as I do not believe Huntley is an NFL QB. However, Huntley is an excellent athlete with physical tools that can help an offense. Could he be a new Brad Smith type weapon?