We are now six days away from the NFL Draft and the New York Jets are wrapping up their pre-draft virtual visits and have probably identified their “get by any means” prospects and their “run the hell away” prospects. Before I transition to giving you my top 6 rankings for the defensive side of the ball, I wanted to give you my top 6 sleepers on the offensive side of the ball.
A note: the way I define a sleeper is anybody outside of my top 100 who does not have a first, second, or third round grade on them who I haven’t seen get much attention. I’ll give you a RB, WR, TE, OT, OG, and C since I believe the Jets should take a swing at each position in the later rounds (not saying they shouldn’t take a swing earlier at some of these).Lets dig right in.
1. Louisville RB Javian Hawkins
Overall Ranking: 126th
Positional Ranking: 10th
Grade: Late 4th
Stats: 399 carries, 2355 yards, 5.9 YPC, 16 TDs,
Wow: really good vision, quick, and decisive with the ball, and is a legitimate home run threat from the backfield. While Louisville foolishly didn’t use him as a pass catcher often, Hawkins has good hands and is dangerous in space. He’d be the most dangerous running back on the Jets roster.
2. Stanford WR Simi Fehoko
Overall Ranking: 155th
Positional Ranking: 22nd
Grade: Late 5th
Stats: 62 REC, 1146 yards, 18.5 YPC, 9 TDs
Wow: really good job of tracking deep balls and has strong hands and is a crafty route runner. The Jets offense needs a deep threat, and Fehoko could be a developmental option for them on day 3. He has good quickness for a man his size, and has excellent deep speed.
3. SMU TE Kylen Granson
Overall Ranking: 128th
Positional Ranking: 4th
Stats: 129 REC, 1879 yards, 16 TDs
Wow: really good hands and shows good timing on his routes and is decisive with the ball. Granson has experience all over the formation, and could be used as a move TE for the Jets. He would be a better depth option than Wesco or Brown.
Overall Ranking: 177th
Grade: Mid 6th
Wow: seems to relish going one on one with edge rushers, and has excellent lateral mobility that makes him an ideal target for a zone scheme. Moore is an athletic tackle who uses that athleticism to win consistently, and i’d take a swing at him as a guy to develop for a year behind George Fant at RT before seeing if he can take over next year.
5. Kentucky C Drake Jackson
Overall Ranking: 117th
Grade: Late 4th
Wow: just does not allow himself to be pushed back even when he’s moving space. It seems to be all lower body strength, as he doesn’t have that raw power other prospects have, but even with the anchor he plays with he’s still able to move really well. One of the failures of past Jets GMs is their inability to plan for the future: if last year wasn’t a fluke for Connor McGovern, the Jets would be smart to start planning for who the long-term Center for Zach Wilson will be and Jackson can provide that.
6. Notre Dame OG Tommy Kraemer
Overall Ranking: 197th
Wow: just an absolute mauler when matched up one on one, and a blocker who is relentless with very good hands. He is not the most athletic prospect and a zone scheme generally requires the guards to be able to move, but Kraemer’s strengths could be coached up to where he is a functional guard in the Jets system.