This mock draft is based on the premise of the Jets officially locking the second pick in the draft. They now have a plethora of options, but rather than unpatch every scenario, here is a route the Jets could go with the lone caveat being they had to trade down at #2.
Pick #2 to San Francisco for Picks #14, 45, 2022 1st, 2022 2nd and a 2022 3rd
This is a massive haul for the Jets. If the Jets decide to trade the second pick in the draft and move forward with Sam Darnold at QB, this is the best case scenario. The Jets add a third first rounder and second second rounder in this year’s class. Then they add THREE premium picks in the 2022 draft. That gives them an insane amount of draft capital and flexibility heading into a full scale rebuild and by doing this it also gives them a large amount of flexibility for this and next year’s draft.
Pick #66 to Cincinnati for Picks #69 & 97
This was a trade that made too much sense. To trade back three slots and still grab the guy I wanted at #69 and then select a prospect with ANOTHER top 100 pick is a big win.
Picks #161 & 217 to Los Angeles Chargers for 2022 5th
Lastly, the Jets filled a bunch of holes and there weren’t necessarily any prospects left to spend a pick on, so this trade gives the team another mid round pick in 2022, and we know how much Douglas loves those picks.
Pick #14: Wyatt Davis G Ohio State
This pick was tough to make. I had two of the most dynamic playmakers in the country staring me in the face in Devonta Smith and Kyle Pitts. Ultimately, Davis is the kind of physical specimen and mean streak lineman that Joe Douglas would covet. He can immediately slot in on the left side next to Becton and give the Jets a left side to run behind for the next decade.
Pick #27: Derion Kendrick CB Clemson
Kendrick was someone I nearly mocked to the Jets just a month ago. Some things have changed, but the Jets still need a top tier corner. Kendrick has playmaking capabilities that a rebuilding team like the Jets should look for. He knows how to force turnovers and is coming along really well in coverage. This is a guy who is still learning the position and is already a 1st round caliber corner. He can only get better and this would be a great pick for the Jets.
Pick #34: Chris Olave WR Ohio State
The Jets dip back into the Ohio State well again with this selection. The Jets need more playmakers for the future, no matter the Quarterback. Ideally, the team will slot Denzel Mims in as one of their top receivers for the future and getting him a running mate is essential. Olave has lit up the stat sheet in the five games he has played for OSU this season with 36 receptions for 526 yards and 5 scores. Olave has a very bright future and in this case that would be in the green and white.
Pick #45: Carlos Basham Jr. EDGE Wake Forest
Basham is the only consistent pick from the last mock to this one. As I said then, Basham is a consistently productive edge rusher and adding him into the mix would be big for the Jets defense going forward. If the defensive line can continue to play at the high standard they set this season, adding Basham to the mix would be a welcomed addition.
Pick #69: Dillon Radunz OL North Dakota
Radunz has displayed some moldable characteristics at the collegiate level. Radunz is a mostly unproven prospect though, based on the fact he played for a school that didn’t pit him against some of the top edge rushers. Radunz has the size and technique, but with the proper coaching he could be a potential starter at the next level.
Pick #90: Desmond Ridder QB Cincinnati
Here’s the first somewhat eye opening pick. Desmond Ridder has quarterbacked the Bearcats do a decent amount of success this season. Including an undefeated campaign this season, a conference title, two bowl wins and an opportunity to show what Cincinnati can do in the Peach Bowl against one of the best SEC teams in the country, Georgia. Ridder himself has thrown for 6,699 yards, 55 TDs and 20 INTs in his collegiate career. He has also rushed for 22 touchdowns and 1,842 yards in that span as well. Adding Ridder is not adding a future starter. It’s adding a winner like a Jalen Hurts, who can go in and compete with Darnold if they don’t select a quarterback.
Pick #97: Terrace Marshall Jr. WR LSU
Marshall was not the most highly regarded receiver at LSU. In fact, while guys like Ja’Marr Chase and Justin Jefferson have drawn the eyes of scouts, Marshall has slid under the radar. Marshall has put up a total of 106 receptions for 1,594 yards and 23 TDs in his time at LSU. With numbers like that, he will surely be a top 100 selection. In this draft simulator he slipped all the way to pick 97 and I was able to grab him here. Marshall adds talent and depth to the receiver room. This season, the Jets saw how imperative receiver depth is, and adding Marshall insures that they have another capable receiver.