It has long been Draft SZN in the land of the New York Jets as it has felt like everyone has been looking forward to the offseason since the 2020 New York Jets got ran off the field by the 49ers backups in Week 2. Since then the Jets have hired Robert Saleh and him and Joe Douglas are now tasked with building this roster for the foreseeable future. I tried my best to get in the minds of this beautiful, bald Duo with the 1.0 Version of my Jets 4 Round Mock Draft.
Round 1, Pick 2: Justin Fields, QB, Ohio State – While trading for Deshaun Watson is at the top of my wish list if the Jets cannot pull that off Fields should be the pick at 2. Fields ticks every box for me as he can make every throw, posted a ridiculous 67:9 TD to INT Ratio in 22 Games at Ohio State and I think he can get so much better. Fields is not perfect his mechanics need polishing and I wish he would pull the trigger quicker on some of his throws. He has so much raw talent and if cultivated correctly the Fields
can be as talented a QB as Deshaun Watson is now.
Round 1, Pick 23: Gregory Rousseau, EDGE, Miami– Rousseau is a player with one year of tape as he opted out of the 2020 season but his 2019 season was dominant as he racked up 15.5 sacks and 19.5 TFL’s. Rousseau is a very raw player and some of his best reps came inside instead of at Edge. While some have questions about this I love it. I watch Ze’Darius Smith being moved around like a chess piece rushing inside and out and wreaking havoc and I think Rousseau can be an even better version of that. This team needs massive pass rush help and Rousseau brings that in spades.
Round 2, Pick 34: Alex Leatherwood, OT, Alabama– Leatherwood has been a 3-year starter at Alabama which has seen him split time LT, RT, and RG. Leatherwood is smooth and powerful in both pass pro and run blocking and I love how consistent he has been through his time at Alabama. I think he would be the plug and play for the Jets at RG and when they likely choose to move off George Fant’s contract in 2022 Leatherwood can kick outside to RT.
Round 3, Pick 66: Amon-Ra St. Brown ,WR, USC – St. Brown is a really solid WR prospect who consistently wins at every level. He has been productive every year at USC and while used exclusively in the slot his first 2 years he really shined playing outside in his final year of school hauling in 41 passes for 478 yards at 7 TDs in the 6 game Pac 12 schedule. St Brown is not elite at one thing but he’s very solid at everything and I think that gives him a really high floor for the NFL and the perfect complement for Denzel Mims. He is really good after the catch and while he’s not a super-fast guy he’s very elusive which bodes well for LaFleur’s offense as well as being beneficial for a rookie QB.
Round 3, Pick 86: Elijah Moore, WR, Ole Miss– Elijah Moore was born to play in the Shannahan offense. Moore exploded this year going for 84 catches 1193 yards and TD’s in only 8 games. Moore does his best work from the slot and is a polished route runner who consistently gets open and is so explosive with the ball in his hands. I encourage anyone to watch what Moore did to the Alabama secondary and projected first round pick South Carolina’s Jayce Horn it was downright mean. Moore, St. Brown, and Mims gives the Jets a fun versatile WR group who can all line up at X, Z, and in the slot and be a massive headache to opposing defenses.
Round 4: Trey Sermon, RB, Ohio State– while it is cliché to try to pair college teammates together in the pros I could not pass on pairing Justin Fields with Trey Sermon in round 4. Sermon is a violent runner with strong contact balance and agility who really came on strong at the end of the season racking up over 500 rushing yards combined in the Big Ten Championship and CFB Playoff Semifinal games. While Sermon I do not think is tailor made for outside zone system I do think it’s one he can find success in.
We have seen bigger more physical runners have success in the Kubiak/Shanhan offense such as Arian Foster, Jamal Williams, and Alfred Morris. I really thought Ty Johnson flashed this past year and a combo of him and Sermon would be a good one in 2021.