Draft month is officially here as we enter the first week of April. The Jets are going to be one of the more fascinating teams when the process kicks off on 4/29. The Jets have two 1st and 3rd round picks because of the Jamal Adams trade. This could allow Joe Douglas to wheel and deal to accumulate more capital depending on how the board falls. This mock draft is based on the Jets standing completely pat at each selection they currently own. It was created based on The Draft Network’s simulator and predictive big board.
R1 Pick 2: Zach Wilson (Quarterback BYU 6’2 214lbs) – Behind Trevor Lawrence going #1 to Jacksonville, Zach Wilson to the Jets is the 2nd worst kept secret around the NFL. Nothing is set and stone but I’m 98% sure Wilson will be the selection as a result of the Darnold to CAR trade. Wilson’s skill set is ideal for the modern NFL and will be a strong fit this Mike LaFleur offense. His athleticism and arm talent seem like too appealing for the Jets to pass up. I am also vocal about my support for Justin Fields being the pick but am content with Wilson. Besides the wow throws, Wilson is mechanically sound and has a such a quick release which hasn’t been the case with Darnold through 3 seasons. Wilson is a combination of both Baker Mayfield and Russell Wilson.
R1 Pick 23: Azeez Ojulari (Edge Georgia 6’2 249lbs) – This is where the fun begins. The Jets could in 3 directions at this pick. Edge, IOL, and CB are all in play. Based on how the board fell, I went with Azeez over Caleb Farley. Farley could end up being a strong NFL player, but his medical history is troubling. If the Jets were to take a corner here, the expectation is to be a day 1 starter on the outside and Farley may not be ready for that. A little background on Ojulari from Tony Pauline of the PFN “Gifted pass rusher who is rounding into a complete defender. Fires off the snap with an explosive first step, plays with excellent balance as well as body control, and effectively uses his hands.“ It’s no secret the Jets are looking to improve the edge in this new Saleh defense. Azeez could ultimately form a dynamic 1-2 punch with Carl Lawson.
R2 Pick 34: Wyatt Davis (Guard Ohio State 6’4 315lbs) – The Jets essentially ignored the interior of the OL in free agency by only signing Dan Feeney of the Chargers. If someone like Vera-Tucker doesn’t slip to 23, the Jets must consider IOL at this spot. Davis is technically sound and has monster strength. Danny Kelly of the Ringer compares Davis to Trai Turner who is still available on the market. He also had this to say regarding Davis “Davis is a big, powerfully built interior lineman with keg-sized legs and long arms. The Buckeyes standout earned first-team All-American honors in 2019, surrendering zero sacks on the quarterback in 400-plus pass-pro reps, then followed that campaign with another sterling performance in 2020, giving up just one sack.” The big issue with Davis is medical history. He has had multiple knee injuries through his career which could be alarming. Alex Leatherwood is also an intriguing name at pick 34.
R3 Pick 66: D’Wayne Eskridge (WR Western Michigan 5’9 190lbs) – The Jets had a massive need at WR heading into FA and addressed it with signings like Corey Davis and Keelan Cole. These signings should not stop them from adding another receiver. Eskridge is a lesser known name for people who aren’t big college football fans. That said, the man can fly down the field with 4.3 speed. He won’t ultimately be an X or Z receiver in the NFL but could become a productive slot/return specialist. Jamison Crowder will have an $11.3MM cap hit in 2021. For someone who isn’t a 1,000-yard receiver, that is a lot of money to be paying. The Jets should look Crowder on draft day to get younger and cheaper at the slot position. Eskridge could be the solution and can learn from Berrios in year 1 if he’s a little raw.R3 Pick 86: Paulson Adebo (CB Stanford 6’1 190lbs) – This is a lot later than the Jets should be first addressing the CB position, but I was going based on the board. Paulson Adebo was a 3-year starter at Stanford before opting out in 2020 due to Covid-19. He led the nation with 24 PBUs as a redshirt freshman. He has the ideal size Saleh is looking for in a corner and plays a physical style of football. Tony Pauline had this to say about the CB “Adebo was a highly-considered prospect after his brilliant redshirt freshman season, but he played somewhat erratic football the next two years. He’s a level-headed personality with a large upside who needs to get his game back on track and consistently play at a high level.” This selection would be a match made in heaven if the Jets ultimately sign Richard Sherman. He could be the perfect mentor to help Adebo reach his full potential.