James Kuntz with a deep dive on New York Jets third round pick, Jabari Zuniga
Perhaps the most unpopular Jets Draft Pick of Day 2 is Florida Defensive Lineman Jabari Zuniga. Zuniga is simultaneously an intriguing and confusing prospect: despite being listed as an EDGE Rusher, Zuniga is far more effective on the interior. Adding even more complexity to his evaluation is the fact that, when lined up as a 4-3 end, Zuniga’s above-average explosiveness is often nullified by his inability to consistently react to the snap on time.
Finally, although Zuniga possesses the strength to consistently cave the pocket with his bull rush, he rarely sacks the Quarterback. The question is inevitable: how should we view a player with such anomalous versatility and evident physical talent, who consistently fails to show up on the stat sheet.
First, it’s worth examining how he performs in the two most important phases of play for defensive linemen: pass rush and run defense.
James Kuntz with a deep dive on New York Jets 3rd round pick, defensive back Ashtyn Davis
One of the most surprising picks of Joe Douglas’ inaugural draft class is California Safety Ashtyn Davis, who was selected with the Jets’ first 3rd round pick. Judging from Jets twitter, Davis has quickly become a fan favorite among the 2020 draft class. This article provides a closer look at Davis’ strengths and weaknesses as a player in the form of a scouting report.
New TOJ Podcast: Joe Caporoso and Connor Rogers talk the Mekhi Becton pick and James Kuntz interviews two members of Becton’s coaching staff from Louisville…
Joe Caporoso and Connor Rogers grade out the Mekhi Becton pick and talk about his future in a special Badlands preview, then James Kuntz interviews Coach Dwayne Ledford, Offensive Coordinator and Offensive Line Coach at Louisville, and Coach Mike Sirignano, Head Strength and Conditioning Coach at Louisville about Becton’s time in college….
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James Kuntz with ten targets for the New York Jets on day three of the NFL Draft
It’s been a roller coaster of a draft so far for the NY Jets. After an eventful Day 2 in which the Jets traded down from the 48th overall pick, the Jets wound up with Baylor WR Denzel Mims, Cal DB Ashtyn Davis and Florida DE Jabari Zuniga, in addition to first round pick Mekhi Becton (OT, Louisville). Perhaps the most impressive Joe Douglas feat was turning the 48th overall pick into a talented receiver (Mims), two fourth round picks and a 2021 sixth round pick. Day 3 will be a busy one for the Jets, who are slated to pick six times tomorrow: three times in the fourth round, once in the fifth, and twice in the sixth.
James Kuntz with a deep dive on this year’s edge class and where/when the New York Jets can finally boost the position…
For the last installment in my series on the most important NFL Combine tests for each position, I analyze a positional need that has plagued the Jets for the last two decades: EDGE rusher. This week’s NFL Draft serves as an opportunity for the Jets organization to reconstitute itself to the mission of investing in the most impactful positions in football, such as EDGE. As a result, it’s worth examining what testing metrics the Jets can use in order to find value at this position.
James Kuntz breaks down prospective cornerback targets for the New York Jets in the NFL Draft and the best metics to evaluate potential success at the position
A month ago I wrote an article in which I examined the importance of Combine testing for offensive skill position players. I concluded that the metric that is most strongly correlated with success for Running backs and Wide Receivers is speed score, while, for Tight Ends, above-average testing in virtually every event besides the bench press is correlated with success. I thought it would be interesting to apply this concept to a position that the Jets will target in the Draft: cornerback.
James Kuntz makes the case on the New York Jets trading up in the NFL Draft
One of the least mentioned, but most important, takeaways from free agency is the Jets’ perilous position in the 2020 Draft. There are currently five teams picking above the Jets that could potentially take an Offensive Tackle:
James Kuntz with initial reaction to the New York Jets losing Robby Anderson to the Carolina Panthers
On Tuesday, March 24, wide receiver Robby Anderson signed a 2 year, $20 million contract with the Carolina Panthers. As a result, there is widespread consternation among Jets fans regarding the current state of the wide receiver group. I believe this anxiety is warranted and that the decision to allow Robby to leave was a grave mistake because, in addition to being a premier deep threat who draws attention away from his teammates, Robby Anderson is a well-rounded receiver with strong hands and an irreplaceable rapport with Sam Darnold.
James Kuntz on three players the New York Jets could target from the XFL
Monday, March 31st is the first day when XFL players can sign with NFL teams. The New York Jets have previously stated their intention to scout XFL players and Jets’ scouts have been spotted at multiple XFL games. As a result, it’s worth examining several XFL prospects who the Jets might be interested in.
James Kuntz aggregates everything important Joe Douglas has said about how he will handle the 2020 NFL Draft
Given the widespread speculation about the Jets’ intentions entering the Draft, I thought it would be useful to review every one of Joe Douglas’ press conferences since becoming GM of the Jets to see what his intentions are for the Draft. Below you’ll find quotations culled from four of Joe Douglas’ press conferences over the last year that indicate how he will draft. It is worth noting that while Douglas held more than four press conferences since becoming GM, he only spoke about the Draft in these four.