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- EDGE Chase Young, Ohio State: Ohio State has really mastered the art of developing top-tier pass rushers, huh? Chase Young is the best player in the entire draft, and is set to terrorize Carson Wentz, Dak Prescott, and Daniel Jones for the next decade.
- CB Jeffrey Okudah, Ohio State: the best cornerback I have scouted since Marcus Peters, who can play zone or man, and is one of two defensive players i’d be happy with the Jets taking (Young being the other one). Pairing Okudah with the newly-signed Desmond Trufant gives the Lions great chance to improve that 32nd ranked pass defense.
- LB Isaiah Simmons, Clemson
- WR Jerry Jeudy, Aabama: best Wide Receiver in a really great class who reminds me of a faster Santonio Holmes, and who is just downright filthy with the ball in his hands. If I had to bet on the Jets taking one Wide Receiver today, i’d say the pick is Jeudy.
- QB Joe Burrow, LSU
- WR CeeDee Lamb, Oklahoma
- OT Andrew Thomas, Georgia: sometimes, when we enter DraftSZN, folks overthink prospects, and Andrew Thomas is a prime example of that in my opinion. He’s the best OT in the draft, and has the lowest bust-potential, and he excels in both the run game and in pass protection. He’s who I think the Jets will take at 11, barring a trade down.
- ILB Patrick Queen, LSU
- OT Tristan Wirfs, Iowa
- IDL Javon Kinlaw, South Carolina: best interior defensive lineman in the class, with an explosive first step and incredible agility for a man his size. Could land in San Francisco to replace All-Pro DeForest Buckner, as he fits in nicely in that San Francisco front seven.
- CB Kristian Fulton, LSU
- S Xavier McKinney, Alabama
- WR Justin Jefferson, LSU
- C Cesar Ruiz, Michigan
- QB Tua Tagovailoa, Alabama: I do not believe the Dolphins need to trade up to get Tua, and could stand pat at 5 to draft their presumptive franchise QB without giving up the multiple draft assets they’ve acquired. Tua has a quick release, but his throwing motion does have a little hitch that Chan Gailey will have to work to fix.
- OT Jedrick Wills, Alabama
- IDL Derrick Brown, Auburn
- S Grant Delpit, LSU
- CB Jeff Gladney, TCU
- EDGE Yetur Gross-Matos, Penn State
- EDGE K’Lavon Chaisson, LSU: if the Jets do trade back to try and take an edge rusher (a mistake, in my opinion), then Chaisson could be a target in that 15/16 range. Chaisson could be the draft’s best defensive player in three years, as he has improved every year as a pass rusher and in pass coverage, but with a still developing skill set and the Jets needing day one impact from their first round pick I wouldn’t take Chaisson at 11.
- LB Kenneth Murray, Oklahoma
- IOL Lloyd Cushenberry, LSU
- CB Trevon Diggs, Alabama
- WR Tee Higgins, Clemson
- QB Justin Herbert, Oregon
- EDGE AJ Epenesa, Iowa
- OT Lucas Niang, TCU
- IDL Ross Blacklock, TCU
- RB D’Andre Swift, Georgia
- S Ashtyn Davis, California
- WR Henry Ruggs III
New York Jets What I’d Do 7 Round Mock Draft (using Fanspeak’s simulator and Matt Miller’s Big Board)
11th Pick: WR Jerry Jeudy, Alabama
Getting the best WR in the class at 11 was too good to pass up, despite having received two trade offers to trade back. Adding Jeudy to Perriman, Crowder, Herndon, Griffin, and LeVeon Bell gives the Jets a potentially potent offense.
48th Pick: CB Noah Igbinoghene, Auburn
A top 5 corner in this class who, despite only playing corner for two years, showed he can hang in the SEC. The signing of Desir and the re-signing of Poole don’t complete the makeup of this corner unit, but having Austin and adding Igbinoghene gives Gregg Williams two young corners to groom.
Trade: the New York Jets trade the 4th pick in the 3rd round to the Denver Broncos for the 13th and 19th picks in the 3rd round
77th Pick: RB JK Dobbins, Ohio State
Exceptional vision consistently displayed by the former Buckeye, and nabbing an extra 3rd while being able to add in LeVeon Bell’s long-term replacement feels like a win for Joe Douglas. His ability as a three down back will bode well for Sam Darnold’s development.
79th Pick: IOL Lloyd Cushenberry, LSU
The Jets’s best offensive signing was Connor McGovern, who will be 27 years old when the season starts, to be Sam Darnold’s Center. They, also, re-signed Alex Lewis and brought in Greg Van Roten from the Panthers. However, adding the guy that can push and then take over for either Van Roten (who was not that great last year) or Lewis is too easy a pick to make. Cushenberry can be a decade-long starter for the Jets on the offensive line.
83rd Pick: EDGE Alton Robinson, Syracuse
Robinson is a bigger edge, but that does seem to be how Gregg Williams prefers them. Robinson is still raw, but he could be molded into the Jets edge rusher the team has needed for years. He has the strength and ability to shed blockers, and taking him here in round three feels like a worthwhile gamble for a team that has nothing off the edge.
Trade: the New York Jets trade the 14th pick in the 4th round to Washington for the 36th pick in the 4th round and the 16th pick in the 5th round
132nd Pick: C Tylor Biadasz, Wisconsin
That’s right: another interior offensive lineman, and arguably the second or third best Center in this class. One of the mistakes of years past is that the Jets have not invested in the middle class of their roster, and with Cushenberry and Biadasz they would now haev two capable plug and play guys in the middle of their offensive line. With both Lewis and Van Roten only signed for a year, this gives them their own guys to develop behind them before taking over.
158th Pick: S Geno Stone, Iowa
More depth for the defense, and with Gregg Williams getting the best year of his professional career out of Marcus Maye I like the idea of adding another young safety for Gregg and his staff to mold. Stone cannot play the deep middle like Maye, but his physicality closer to the line of scrimmage is legit, and could give an additional blitzing option from the safety position for the Jets defense.
162nd Pick: OT Charlie Heck, North Carolina
The THIRD OL I take in this draft is the three year starter at North Carolina and the son of former All-American and long-time NFL Starter Andy Heck. Heck is good enough to beat out George Fant at LT: while he’s not the name that the Big Four OT in this class are, nor is he Austin Jackson or Josh Jones, but Heck was a consistent player for the Tar Heels and is a solid pass protector.
191st Pick: OT Jack Driscoll, Auburn
That’s right: a FOURTH OL in this draft, and its another tackle in the 6’5″ 294 pound Auburn Tiger Jack Driscoll. Where as previous pick Charlie Heck has maxed out his ceiling somewhat, Driscoll is absolutely developmental. He is a bit leaner than Heck, but if he bulks up Driscoll could be a starter for a long time in the NFL at either tackle or guard. He fits a zone run scheme well, and if the Jets hit on these four OL picks, then that is the nucleus you put around McGovern who grows with Sam Darnold.
211th Pick: WR Dezmon Patmon, Washington State
With the last Jets pick, I add another Wide Receiver to a room that doesn’t have much developmental talent. Patmon is 6’4″ and 225 pounds and is your prototypical jumpball receiver size wise, but he seems to lack the inner dog that we talk about when we see bigger receivers. His route running is crisp and he utilizes his long arms to secure the ball. If the Jets can bring that dog out of him, he becomes an intriguing option to fill out the roster at WR.