The New York Jets 2020 NFL Draft Grade Sheet

Joe Caporoso with a grade sheet for the New York Jets 2020 NFL Draft Class

The New York Jets drafted nine players in the 2020 NFL Draft. Let’s run through all of the picks, throw out some reckless NFL comparisons and assign a ceiling/floor to each…maybe even include some grades, even though day after draft grades are quite stupid.

Round 1 – Mekhi Becton, Offensive Tackle, Louisville 

Outside of the surprise of Tristan Wirfs being on the board at #11, this was a chalk pick for the Jets. Becton has a higher ceiling than Wirfs and projects better to a left tackle in the NFL, despite having a lower floor. A massive human being who may have some early struggles in pass protection but should be a long term cornerstone on offense.

NFL Comparison: Bryant McKinnie

Jets Comparison: Bigger D’Brickashaw Ferguson

Ceiling: Franchise left tackle for next decade plus

Floor: Average starting NFL tackle who struggles substantially early in career

Grade: Love it

Round 2 – Denzel Mims, Wide Receiver, Baylor

The second round receiver the Jets had to take, Mims ended up going a little lower than most expected. He has all the physical traits and production you look for when taking a receiver this high. Similar to Becton, has a bit of a boom/bust to his game but at a minimum should be a very good deep threat in the NFL with potential to be more with further development.

NFL Comparison: Kenny Golladay

Jets Comparison: New Age Robby Anderson

Ceiling: A lead receiver who passes 1,000 yards multiple times in his career

Floor: Specialized deep threat who only plays situationally

Grade: Really like it

Round 3 – Ashtyn Davis, Safety, California

A mildly surprising pick but the Jets are probably not paying Marcus Maye after this year and there are still Jamal Adams trade rumors out there. You can’t doubt the athleticism but Davis’ game is still very raw despite being an older prospect. He has very good potential versatility at this level.

NFL Comparison: Tyvon Branch

Jets Comparison: Poor Man’s Kerry Rhodes

Ceiling: Starting free safety in 2021 and beyond

Floor: Special teamer

Grade: Meh

Round 3 – Jabari Zuniga, Edge, Florida

The Jets yearly round three swing at an edge rusher. Zuniga struggled with injuries last year and it remains to be seen if he will be a better stand up rusher or interior rusher at the next level. He should get opportunities this year as a situational pass rusher with how thin the Jets current group is.

NFL Comparison: Poor Man’s Robert Quinn

Jets Comparison: Henry Anderson

Ceiling: Cal Pace

Floor: Rotatonal backup who can’t stay healthy

Grade: Meh

Round 4 – La’Mica Perine, Running Back, Florida

The Jets had to take a running back at some point with no backup on the roster and Le’Veon Bell likely leaving after 2021. Unlike the first four picks, Perine is not noted for his athleticism or explosiveness but rather is a well, rounded, jack of all trades back with the perfect profile to be a long term backup.

NFL Comparison: TJ Yeldon

Jets Comparison: Slightly slower Bilal Powell

Ceiling: Bilal Powell type long term backup for Jets

Floor: Fades off roster post 2021 after running back room is rebuilt

Grade: OK!

Round 4 – James Morgan, Quarterback, FIU

An early, likely misguided swing at Sam Darnold’s long term backup. Morgan has erratic accuracy and probably not the physical traits to be a long term NFL player. If the Jets are smart, he will be the third stringer this year behind a more proven NFL veteran like Matt Moore.

NFL Comparison: Tom Savage

Jets Comparison: Bryce Petty

Ceiling: A competent long term backup for Sam

Floor: Cut when a new coaching staff is hired

Grade: Hate it

Round 4 – Cameron Clark, Offensive Line, Charlotte

A mauler to hopefully slide inside next to Becton long term. Clark’s tape against Clemson is enough to get you more than excited for a day three guard. Good to see Joe Douglas double up on offensive line picks in this class.

NFL Comparison: Stefan Wisniewski

Jets Comparison: Randy Thomas

Ceiling: Starting guard in 2021 and beyond.

Floor: Swing backup.

Grade: Love it

Round 5 – Bryce Hall, Cornerback, Virginia

It was surprising to see Hall this far but there was clearly concerns around his medicals, which the quarantine situation certainly didn’t help. The Jets can run the Bless Austin playbook with him in 2020 but long term, Hall has starting potential on the outside.

NFL Comparison: James Bradberry

Jets Comparison: Bless Austin

Ceiling: Starting outside CB in 2021 and beyond.

Floor: Can’t stay healthy and settles into Juston Burris type career

Grade: Love it

Round 6 – Braden Mann, Punter, Texas A&M 

Yes, a punter…although one who should be very good. The Jets needed one, although I’m not crazy about using draft capital on this position.

NFL Comparison: Pat McAfee

Jets Comparison: Tom Tupa without the arm

Ceiling: The punter for the next decade

Floor: Cut in a few years

Grade: Sure

Author: Joe Caporoso

Joe Caporoso is the Owner and EIC of Turn On The Jets. His writing has been featured in the New York Times, Huffington Post, MMQB and AdWeek. Caporoso played football his entire life, including four years at Muhlenberg as a wide receiver, where he was arguably the slowest receiver to ever start in school history. He is the EVP of Content at Whistle Sports