It is officially draft week and this upcoming weekend can shape the future of the New York Jets for the next decade. The Jets are loaded with draft capital and Joe Douglas has repeatedly stated he plans to build through the draft. Let’s hope he can back up his promise with a strong second draft class. The following mock draft was generated through the PFF simulator with the settings geared heavier towards positional value. This also includes zero trades although I believe JD will be active on day 2 and 3 in the trade market.
R1 Pick 2: Zach Wilson (Quarterback BYU 6’2 214lbs) – No surprises here. It seems the Jets have been locked in on Wilson for months now. A new era begins in Florham ParkR1 Pick 23: Alijah Vera-Tucker (Offensive Line USC 6’4 308lbs) – This would be a dream scenario for myself and a lot of Jet fans. AVT seems to be a top 20 lock based on reports, but the board had him falling here. AVT has positional versatility with experience at both guard and tackle. The Jets would almost certainly slot him in a guard to help solidify the interior. CB will certainly be another position to keep an eye on at 23.
R2 Pick 34: Elijah Moore (Wide Receiver Ole Miss 5’9 178lbs) – The Jets made some moves in FA to help improve their dreadful receiving core from 2020. The one thing that group is lacking is a dynamic playmaker who can stretch the field with burner speed. Moore fits the bill here with 4.35 speed at his pro day. He also would make Jamison Crowder expendable given his potential to man the slot. The Jets could also use Berrios in the slot to allow more time on the outside for Moore.
R3 Pick 66: Aaron Robinson (Cornerback UCF 5’11 194lbs) – Corner is one of the biggest needs on the Jets roster. Rolling with Bless Austin and Bryce Hall as your outside corners next year is asking for trouble. Robinson is a player that has been slept on because of where he played. He transferred from Alabama and became the starting nickel corner at UCF. He plays a physical style of ball and gets on receivers at the LOS. I expect 1-2 CBs drafted as well as a veteran signed after the draft.
R3 Pick 86: Jamin Davis (Linebacker Kentucky 6’3 234lbs) – The Jets have no idea what to expect from CJ Mosley as he essentially hasn’t played football in 2 years. Davis could be a potential future starter at LB and be his heir apparent. Davis is strong against the run and can drop back in coverage. Given the AFC East is filled with solid tight ends, Davis could be their solution to help mitigate TEs burning the Jets defense.R4 Pick 107: Thomas Graham Jr. (Cornerback Oregon 5’11 197lbs) – Graham was a 3-year starter before opting out in 2020. My guess is that him not playing last year will cause him to slip in the draft. He flashed the ability to be a shutdown corner against his competition. One knock against him is that he is a bit slower than traditional NFL corners (4.52 40). This has allowed him to get burned in college by speedy receivers. He fits a strong zone system which could mitigate his speed deficiencies.
R5 Pick 146: Khalil Herbert (Running Back Virginia Tech 5’9 204lbs) – The Jets do not have bell cow back on their current roster. Herbert doesn’t project as that guy, but the Jets cannot afford to ignore the position. Perrine doesn’t seem like anything special and Herbert could be someone who eats into his role in 2021. I like the potential 3-headed monster of Coleman, Johnson, and Herbert to fit that zone running scheme Mike LaFleur plans to deploy. Herbert also is strong in pass protection which is an asset to a rookie QB like Zach Wilson.
R5 Pick 154: Kendrick Green (Guard Illinois 6’2 305lbs) – This is more of a developmental OL pick as the Jets still need upgrades at both guard positions. Green is a bit shorter than the ideal NFL OL but has positional versatility. He has history playing both guard and center which is something that will appeal to Joe Douglas. This pick is 2021 version of Cameron Clark.
R6 Pick 186: Malcolm Koonce (Edge Buffalo 6’3 250lbs) – Another late round dart throw with the hope of getting some edge help. Koonce has 2 years as a starter under his belt at Buffalo. He plays with fluidity and the ability to quickly locate the ball. One knock is that he has been outplayed by bigger linemen throughout his college career.R6 Pick 226: Ben Mason (Fullback Michigan 6’2 245lbs) – There has been some buzz surrounding the Jets having interest in Ben Mason. It makes sense as the offense Mike LaFleur plans to deploy involves a fullback for that zone running scheme. LaFleur may envision Mason as his Kyle Juszczyk. Since this is the Jets’ last pick, I can also see them taking a kicker since currently Chase McLaughlin is penciled in to start.
*All scouting information was taken from Pro Football Network