The day is finally here, Jets fans: it is Draft Day! *turns up Drake’s underrated single that shouted out Johnny Manziel*
After months of debate and discussion, we are now at the most important part of the Joe Douglas and Robert Saleh era just 3 months into it: getting the QB right at the top of the draft and then surrounding said Quarterback (presumably BYU’s Zach Wilson) with as much help as possible. A LOT of Jets fans rightfully believe that just moving on from Adam Gase will lead to some internal improvement, but I do think folks are understating the lack of talent that was on this team as is. An influx of talent in combination with improved coaching should have this team not mathematically eliminated by Halloween. This mock draft, unlike most of the ones I’ve done, is more what I think Joe Douglas does: i’ve said repeatedly that I think he makes four trades total (not counting one of them being a Jamison Crowder trade for more ammo to use this year or next). I’m really excited for this weekend to see who is added to the team, and the hope is that Douglas does a better job in the middle rounds than he did last year.Lets dive right in.
2. BYU QB Zach Wilson
The 4th ranked QB in this draft, for me, goes 2nd overall. This pick has been etched in stone since the 49ers traded up to 3. The Jets draft a QB that matches their head coach’s aggressive nature, who is an accurate passer, and an incredibly decisive thrower.
The New York Jets trade the 23rd pick to the Green Bay Packers for the 29th, 135th, and 256th picks in the NFL Draft
With the board breaking the way it did in this mock, I think Joe Douglas opts to move back 6 spots and pick up two additional picks.
The New York Jets trade the 29th pick to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for the 32nd and 137th pick in the NFL Draft
This trade nets Joe Douglas another 4th rounder while staying in the first round to only drop 3 spots.
32. Oklahoma IOL Creed Humphrey
The 32nd player on my big board goes in round one, and the Jets are able to shore up one of the interior OL spots for their rookie QB. Humphrey slots into one of the starting guard spots or the starting Center spot while Connor McGovern slides over.
34. Notre Dame OT Liam EichenbergBack to back OL for Joe Douglas who, despite offers to trade back, stands pat here and takes the Notre Dame prospect. Eichenberg can slide right into RT while the Jets either move on from George Fant or can sit behind Fant for a year. With two swings, Douglas has added two long-term starters to the OL to go with franchise LT Mehki Becton.
The Jets trade the 66th and 86th picks to the LAs Vegas Raiders for the 79th, 80th, and 167th picks in the draft
Picking back to back in the third, plus adding a 5th rounder, makes this an easier trade to make for Joe Douglas. This is tradeback number three.
79. Washington CB Elijah Molden
The Jets cornerback room has one current starter in Bryce Hall, who flashed last year. Douglas opts for the playmaking corner from Washington in Molden, who folks are seriously overthinking: he is a player, and can play as a safety or slot corner at the next level.
80. Western Michigan WR D’Wayne Eskridge
The Jamison Crowder replacement and long-term slot weapon for Zach Wilson, the Jets continue the remaking of their WR corp by adding a prospect with a very advanced route tree, strong hands, and the ability to beat press. The Jets have not had a weapon like this from the slot ever, and he has experience playing outside as well so the Jets can move him over the formation.
107. Ohio State RB Trey Sermon
There isn’t a starting RB on this roster, and Trey Sermon gives the Jets exactly that. After a monster game versus Clemson, he helped his stock tremendously this offseason and can come in and produce right away for the Jets.
The Jets trade the 135th and 226th picks in the NFL Draft to the Detroit Lions for the 112th pick in the draft
112. Illinois OG Kendrick Green
Joe Douglas trades up in the 4th round to get more help on the offensive line for Zach Wilson, as Green can play guard or center long-term. He is still developing, but there is no reason why he can’t come in and compete for one of the guard positions. With three picks this year, Douglas is also 4/5ths of the way done with an OL rebuild that can be completed in 2022.
137. Pittsburgh EDGE Patrick Jones
More DL? Yes, yes, yes, because the Jets are clearly focused on causing havoc up front and Patrick Jones does that in spades. 17.5 sacks over his last two years at Pitt, Jones can be the long-term starter opposite Carl Lawson.
146. Georgia ILB Monty Rice
The Jets have nothing behind a returning CJ Mosley, so the athletic Rice can develop behind him while also contributing in sub packages and as a special teamer. He has good speed and displays good pop on ball carriers.
154. SMU TE Kylen Granson
The Jets are in need of a move TE in this offense, and Granson possesses the skill-set to fill that role while pushing Chris Herndon more than Dan Brown or Ryan Griffin could. A decent blocker with good hands and experience playing that role, Granson represents good value this late.
167. Cincinnati S James Wiggins
With Marcus Maye on the franchise tag and not signed past this year, I think Joe Douglas opts to draft his replacement here. Ashtyn Davis and James Wiggins could be the Jets safety duo going forward, and they compliment each other really well. Wiggins is a physical playmaker who has experience playing single high safety and in the slot.
186. West Virginia IDL Darius Stills
Sheldon Rankins is coming off injury and the Jets need insurance in case he gets hurt again as well as depth on the interior. Enter the Monster from Best Virginia, who gets off the snap quickly and could spell Rankins or play next to him in Robert Saleh’s 4-3 alignment.
256. Miami K Jose Borregales
Last year they added Braden Mann, and this year they shore up the Kicker position with the kicker from Coral Gables.
Depth Chart Post-Draft:
QB: Zach Wilson, James Morgan
RB: Trey Sermon, Tevin Coleman, Ty Johnson, Josh Adams, Lamical Perine
FB: Kylen Granson
WR: Corey Davis, Denzel Mims, D’Wayne Eskridge, Keelan Cole, Jamison Crowder (I think he gets traded)
TE: Chris Herndon, Tyler Kroft
OT: Mehki Becton, Liam Eichenberg, George Fant
OG: Creed Humphrey, Kendrick Green, Greg Van Roten, Alex Lewis
C: Connor McGovern
DE: Carl Lawson, Patrick Jones, Vinny Curry, John Franklyn-Myers
DT: Quinnen Williams, Sheldon Rankins, Darius Stills, Foley Fatukasi, Nathan Spepherd
OLB: Blake Cashman, Jabari Zuniga
ILB: CJ Mosley, Jarrad Davis, Monty Rice
CB: Bryce Hall, Elijah Molden, Javelin Guidry
S: Marcus Maye, Lamarcus Joyner, Ashtyn Davis, James Wiggins