DA’s New York Jets Post-Week One Free Agency Mock Draft

DA Osorio provides his post-week 1 of Free Agency mock draft!

Free agency’s first week is just about finished, and the New York Jets have added some really nice pieces at areas of need. EDGE Carl Lawson is the big prize of the offseason, with WR Corey Davis coming in second for his ability to give the Jets a high-upside Wide Receiver on a team that really needed more young playmakers. They still have no starting-worthy players at corner or OLB, and that’s before we get to an offense that can lay claim to the same distinction at guard, running back, and arguably tight end. Before we jump into the mock draft, there are six free agents still available that I think the Jets should add so they don’t have to try and fill every hole in the draft:

OG Trai Turner: 5 Pro Bowls before the age of 27, had a down-year last year due to injury but could be a good value add up front.

EDGE Jadeveon Clowney: scored pressures on 10.9% of his pass rush, would be a good swing at OLB as he is still a very good run stopper and could generate pressure when the Jets go to a 5-2-4 look.


WR Ty Hilton: still a capable veteran with crafty route running and solid hands who could allow for the Jets to move on from an expensive Jamison Crowder


DT Sheldon Rankins: With Williams most likely playing the 3-technique DT role and the newly-acquired Lawson playing the Wide 9 DE role, the 4-3 NT role is up for grabs given my belief that John Franklyn Myers and Foley Fatukasi will compete for the other DE position in the base defense. Rankins would be a nice addition to fill that role.


CB Mackenzie Alexander: The 27 year old has played in the slot and outside, and would give Saleh a starting-caliber corner on a roster that currently has none.


CB Adoree Jackson: An athletically gifted corner who can thrive in predomininatly zone scheme, Jackson is a much needed addition in this CB room.

For the purpose of this, lets say the Jets sign the six above before entering the NFL Draft. The depth chart would look as follows:

QB: Sam Darnold, James Morgan
RB: Lamical Perine, Ty Johnson, Josh Adams
WR: Corey Davis, Denzel Mims, TY Hilton, Jamison Crowder, Keelan Cole, Braxton Berrios, Vyncent Smith
TE: Chris Herndon, Ryan Griffin, Trevon Wesco
OT: Mehki Becton, George Fant
OG: Greg Van Roten, Alex Lewis
C: Connor McGovern
DE: Carl Lawson, John Franklyn Myers, Foley Fatukasi
DT: Quinnen Williams, Sheldon Rankins, Nathan Shepherd
ILB: CJ Mosley, Jarrad Davis, Blake Cashman
OLB: Jadeveon Clowney, Bryce Huff
CB: Adoree Jackson, Mackenzie Alexander, Bryce Hall, Javelin Guidry
S: Marcus Maye, Lamarcus Joyner, Ashtyn Davis

Very clearly, the defense is FURTHER ahead than the offense on talent and difference makers. Lets see if I can fix that in the draft. I start the draft with two overdue trades:

Trade WR Jamison Crowder to the Green Bay Packers for a 2021 3rd Rounder
Trade QB Sam Darnold to the Las Vegas Raiders for a 2021 3rd Rounder and a 2022 4th Rounder

Picks Entering the NFL Draft:
R1: 2nd, 23rd
R2: 2nd
R3: 2nd, 16th, 22nd, 28th
R4: 2nd
R5: 2nd, 10th
R6: 2nd
R7: 23rd

Draft:

2nd Pick: Ohio State QB Justin Fields
QB2 on my board, Fields would be the most talented QB the Jets have drafted and would also be the best QB the Jets have drafted him WHEN they drafted him. High upside, good character, and the potential to be a bigger and better Dak Prescott.

23rd Pick: Ohio State OG Wyatt Davis
In the simulator, Florida TE Kyle Pitts was available but because of Joe Douglas’s refusal/inability to improve the IOL on the roster in free agency, I opt for the monster from Ohio State up front. Davis slots in right next to Mehki Becton to give the Jets two young building blocks on the OL.

Trade: The New York Jets trade the 34th pick overall to the Carolina Panthers for the 7th pick in round two and the 9th pick in round 3

39th Pick: Oklahoma C Creed Humphrey
Humphrey is a top 30 player in this class, for me, so getting him at 39 is a steal. He slots right into the starting Center position and Connor McGovern slides over next to George Fant.

66th Pick: Georgia CB Eric Stokes
I’m not as high on Stokes as others, but he is too much value here at 66 to pass up. He is a little grabby in coverage, but getting him here lets him compete for playing time from the beginning of training camp.

73rd Pick: North Carolina RB Javonte Williams
There’s not a RB that could start in the XFL on this roster, so you nab RB3 in Round Three and watch him run behind Becton and Davis for 100+ consistently. Williams does not mess around behind the LOS, and would bring a home run threat to the Jets backfield.

80th Pick: Miami EDGE Quincy Roche
This defense needs more juice off the edge, and the former Hurricane provides that in spades. Roche has good technique, athleticism, and strength. He’s lean, but with this front 4 he and Clowney could bring serious pressure.

86th Pick: North Texas WR Jaelon Darden
Yes, we added Keelan Cole and TY Hilton and Corey Davis to go with Denzel Mims, but the Jets should also add some depth and Darden would absolutely represent the kind of high-upside swing at the position that Douglas should’ve taken in the 4th round last year. Darden can make cornerbacks miss, is deadly in space, and could be developed before taking over in the slot full-time.

92nd Pick: Alabama OG Deonte Brown
A 6’3” 364 pound monster who can sit for a year and then replace McGovern the following year. Now a position of weakness becomes a position of strength as your interior offensive line is Brown, Davis, and Humphrey for the next 10 years.

Trade:
The New York Jets trade the 2nd pick in the 4th round to the Denver Broncos for the 9th pick in the 4th round and a 2022 5th rounder.

Trade:
The New York Jets trade the 9th pick in the 4th round to the Detroit Lions for a 2022 4th Rounder

146th Pick: Georgia LB Monty Rice
A bit undersized for a LB, but with the Jets missing out on Keanu Neal the former Bulldog could fill the role the Jets envisioned for Neal. He has speed, reads the play well, and can go sideline to sideline. He can, also, provide insurance for the returning Mosley while learning under him.

154th Pick: Iowa OT Alaric Jackson
The next Hawkeye in the long line of good Iowa tackles, Jackson is good value for me here because I think he can develop into a starting RT in the league. With Fant coming back for at least one year, Jackson can sit for a year like Deonte Brown before taking over for a released veteran in 2022.

185th Pick: Miami K Jose Borregales
Need a Kicker. Get a Kicker.

249th Pick: Michigan TE Nick Eubanks
Better than Griffin and better than Wesco, Eubanks projects as a move TE/H-Back, and I am very excited about the possibility of the Jets using him as Other LaFleur used Delanie Walker. You need somebody to push the disappointing Herndon, and this accomplishes that.

Depth Chart Post-Draft:

QB: Justin Fields, James Morgan
RB: Javonte Williams, Ty Johnson, Josh Adams, Lamical Perine
WR: Corey Davis, Denzel Mims, TY Hilton, Keelan Cole, Jaelon Darden, Braxton Berrios, Vyncet Smith
TE: Chris Herndon, Nick Eubanks, Ryan Griffin, Trevon Wesco
OT: Mehki Becton, George Fant, Alaric Jackson
OG: Connor McGovern, Wyatt Davis, Deonte Brown, Dan Feeney
C: Creed Humphrey
DE: Carl Lawson, John Franklyn Myers, Foley Fatukasi
DT: Quinnen Williams, Sheldon Rankins, Nathan Shepherd
ILB: CJ Mosley, Monty Rice, Jarrad Davis, Blake Cashman
OLB: Jadeveon Clowney, Quincy Roche, Bryce Huff
CB: Adoree Jackson, Mackenzie Alexander, Eric Stokes, Bryce Hall, Javelin Guidry
S: Marcus Maye, Lamarcus Joyner, Ashtyn Davis

This is what I’d do if I were the Jets if I want a shot at improving the roster to the point where they are playing meaningful games come December. Adding three more picks in 2024, also, gives you the chance to add even more talent to a team that now has key young contributors that can help your team take that next step in 2022.

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