Well…we’re here now. The long talked about nightmare of the Jets winning a game and falling out of the Trevor Lawrence driver seat has finally happened. The sky might be falling for a lot of Jets fans with the reality of missing out on Lawrence setting in but don’t fret! This is still a really good QB class. Let’s start diving into draft scenarios that don’t involve Trevor Lawrence with my mock draft 2.o.
R1, P2: Zach Wilson, QB, BYU
The Jets are still in the market for a QB in the draft even without getting the first overall pick and Wilson makes a lot of sense for them at two. Wilson just feels like a Joe Douglas pick, similar to Mekhi Becton; the ultra high ceiling player with a lower floor than some of the other players at his position. He has a cannon for an arm and he gives you some shades of Patrick Mahomes with some of the throws he makes outside of the pocket. Douglas is going to go down with his guy and this feels like the type of swing that he would make at a position that’s incredibly hard to get right.R1, P26: Wyatt Davis, iOL, Ohio State
Douglas is a guy who wants to build his team from the inside out. You already have your franchise left tackle in Mekhi Becton. The guard position has been a no mans land for the Jets this season. Cam Clark hasn’t seen the field yet and nobody has stepped up with the revolving door of players at the guard position. Son of a Pro Football HOFer, Davis is nasty dude in the trenches and isn’t necessarily scheme dependent for how good he can be. Pairing Davis with Becton gives Wilson an imposing group of blockers in front of him.
R2, P34: Najee Harris, RB, Alabama
Frank Gore (fingers crossed) won’t be in a Jets uniform next season and while Ty Johnson has flashed when he touches the ball, he’s not a guy you’re going to feel confident in as a three down back moving forward. Harris is such a fun player who is almost impossible to bring down on initial contact. Harris is a three down back who, while he won’t beat with you his speed, will make opposing defenders lives a living hell if they don’t come correct when trying to make a tackle. His ability to catch and run out of the backfield all but solidifies him as the premiere back for this football team.R3, P66: Quincy Roche, EDGE, Miami
Jordan Jenkins has most likely seen his last game as a Jet and while John Franklin-Myers & Bryce Huff have a provided a surprise pass rush, the need still remains for a true pass rusher. Edge needs to be addressed and while it’s fun to go all offense with these earlier picks, the Jets still need to build out their defense. Roche has the traits to be a really good edge rusher: good speed to power, bend and hand usage. Can play with his hand in the dirt or standing up and is effective in run defense. Douglas should take a swing on Roche and see if the new staff can bring out the best version of his traits to give the Jets the edge rusher they’ve been coveting for eons.
R3, P89: Sage Surratt, WR, Wake Forest
I fully expect Joe Douglas and whoever the new coaching staff is to try put as much help around their new QB as possible, whether it’s through free agency or the draft or a combination of both. Mims could quickly develop into WR1 for this offense depending on the moves they make but Surratt would be a fun player to have for your new QB. Can pluck the ball out of the air and hold on through contact. Surratt is also a willing run blocker, similar to Mims, and does a good job of tracking the ball. A 6’2″, 215 LB wide receiver with those traits certainly can’t hurt your new QB.R4, P103: David Moore, iOL, Grambling
Getting Davis in R1 to pair with Becton is a great start to rebuilding the OL to give Wilson protection up front. I have no clue what the deal is with Cam Clark but regardless, the guard position could serve to be upgraded. Moore is an aggressive guard (you see the theme here?) who wants to create action rather than let it come to him. His aggressiveness does get him in trouble sometimes, but it’s a lot easier to dial that back on a guy than it is to bring it out of him. Rebuild the offensive line with nasty, aggressive young guys and this has the makings of a set in stone lineup for years to come.