TOJ Pick Six: NFL Draft Offensive Sleepers for the New York Jets

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.

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Author: Dalbin Osorio

Dalbin Osorio is a Case Planner for Graham-Windham, New York's oldest child welfare agency. He is, also, a student at the Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College. Dalbin graduated from Monroe College with a degree in Business Administration. A 3 sport utility man in high school (think a mix of Jerome WIlliams, Brad Smith, and Jayson Nix), he joined TOJ in 2013.

TOJ Pick Six: NFL Draft Pass Catchers for the New York Jets

Dalbin Osorio gives his top 5 pass catchers in the 2021 NFL Draft.

With 10 days until the NFL Draft, we continue my pick six with the pass catchers of this class. We went through RBs yesterday: today it’s wide receivers and tight ends, with guards, tackles, centers, interior defensive linemen, edge, linebackers, cornerbacks, and safeties following. If you’re new to our draft coverage, the way these rankings work is I will give you:

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TOJ Pick Six: Quarterbacks In The NFL Draft

DA provides his QB rankings for the 2021 NFL Draft.

With 12 days until the NFL Draft, now feels like the best time to drop my pick six for each position in the draft. We will go through quarterbacks, running backs, wide receivers, guards, tackles, centers, interior defensive linemen, edge, linebackers, cornerbacks, and safeties. Today, we begin with the signal callers, where there has been a lot of discussion considering the Jets currently hold the second overall pick in a draft with multiple quality QB prospects. The way these rankings work is I will give you my top 6 at each position, with stats, my grade, and their overall ranking on my big board, and something that wows and worries me about each prospect.

Let’s dig right in, shall we?

1. Clemson QB Trevor Lawrence
Overall Ranking: 1
Round Grade: First
Stats: 69.2%, 3153 yards, 24 TDs, 5 INTs
Wow: when Vince Vaughn says in Wedding Crashers that he can put the ball wherever he wants and he can make it rain out there, he was talking about Trevor Lawrence. There isn’t a throw Lawrence can’t make, as he displays elite ball placement ability at every level.
Worry: shoulder surgery a month ago, despite it being his non-throwing arm, could be worrisome if he takes too many hits behind a suspect offensive line.

2. Ohio State QB Justin Fields
Overall Ranking: 2
Round Grade: First
Stats: 70.2%, 2100 yards, 22 TDs, 6 INTs, 383 rushing yards, 5 rushing TDs
Wow: Justin Fields is the amalgamation of Michael Vick and Lamar Jackson in terms of athleticism, with the quarterbacking of Donovan McNabb mixed in. His ability to throw on the run to every level, and to put the ball where only his receiver can get it, are evidence of a confident QB.
Worry: he is almost too patient with the ball and, while some of that is because of the lengthy routes his receivers ran, he’s going to have to become more decisive with the ball.

3. North Dakota State QB Trey Lance
Overall Ranking: 7
Round Grade: First
Stats: 66.9%, 2786 yards, 28 TDs, 0 INTs, 1100 rushing yards, 14 rushing TDs (2019)
Wow: Trey Lance already has developed a knack for not panicking under pressure, which is something you hope young QBs developed. He went almost 300 attempts without throwing an interception and displayed good accuracy in the short game.
Worry: showed a tendency to lock on to his first read, and he has to become more accurate downfield.

4. BYU QB Zach Wilson
Overall Ranking: 11
Round Grade: First
Stats: 73.5%, 3692 yards, 33 TDs, 3 INTs, 10 rushing TDs
Wow: Wilson has more Matt Stafford than Sam Darnold in his game, especially when it comes to the arm angles and unreal deep-ball ability. He displays a quick internal clock already, and is decisive about where he wants to go with the ball.
Worry: a torn labrum and thumb injury on his throwing arm is worrying, but even more worrisome is his inability to anticipate the pass rush: in a few games I watched, he’d turn into pressure at an alarming rate.

5. Georgia QB Jamie Newman
Overall Ranking: 51
Round Grade: Mid-2nd
Stats: 60.9%, 2868 yards, 26 TDs, 11 INTs, 6 rushing TDs (2019)
Wow: 2019 showed a QB that stands tall in the pocket and does not rattle easily when pressure is around him. Newman gets the ball out quickly, and he throws darts out there. A much stronger arm than some of the guys that will go ahead of him.
Worry: Newman’s footwork could stand to improve, and he has to learn to use more touch on his throws.

6. Alabama QB Mac Jones
Overall Ranking: 63
Round Grade: Third
Stats: 77.4%, 4500 yards, 41 TDs, 4 INTs
Wow: Big Mac Jones’s accuracy is his best trait, in my opinion, as he very rarely misses wide receivers. He’s a smart QB, which helps him make up for some of his limited physical traits. Jones does a decent job of moving in and around pressure and rarely panics when the pass rush is barreling down on him.
Worry: his lack of mobility is concerning, as there won’t be many instances of him winning off-platform, and him being limited to only winning in structure makes him very different from the five QBs I have ranked ahead of him. He, also, doesn’t have a strong arm.

Author: Dalbin Osorio

Dalbin Osorio is a Case Planner for Graham-Windham, New York's oldest child welfare agency. He is, also, a student at the Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College. Dalbin graduated from Monroe College with a degree in Business Administration. A 3 sport utility man in high school (think a mix of Jerome WIlliams, Brad Smith, and Jayson Nix), he joined TOJ in 2013.

Draft SZN: Top 5 OL and EDGEs

The guys present a very special episode of Draft SZN that you won’t want to miss!

On this action-packed episode of Draft SZN, DA Osorio, James Kuntz, Joe Belic, and Michael Meegan address the two biggest positions of emphasis for the New York Jets–Offensive Line and EDGE–and chat with one of the best draft analysts in the game: Jon Ledyard. More specifically, we discuss…

-Our thoughts on the possibility of taking Zaven Collins at pick 23 (3:20)
-Michael Meegan’s prospect of the week (6:10)
-Interview with Jon Ledyard of Pewter Report about the EDGE class. We discuss Jon’s 4 pillars of athleticism, his thoughts on Gregory Rousseau, EDGE rusher superlatives, and Jon’s thoughts on Zach Wilson (7:15)
-Top 5 Offensive Lineman Rankings (36:00)
-Top 5 EDGE Rushers (54:00)

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Meegan’s Top 10 WR Big Board

Chris Hogan started games for the Jets at wide receiver  in 2020.  Yes the same Chris Hogan who recently declared his candidacy for  the Premier Lacrosse League Draft.  Outside of Denzel Mims this position group needs a massive overhaul and the Jets should be aggressive in free agency as well as the draft.  After “Grinding” the film here are my top 10 WR’s for the 2021 draft.

#1: Devonta Smith – WR, Alabama | Age 22 | Pro Comparison: Marvin Harrison

Smith is 6″1 175 lbs. He is not a burner with 4.3 speed but he all he does is get open.  Smith has the best hands in the class can play both in the slot and outside and he can run every route.  When the famous Alabama Four all played together in 2019 Smith outproduced Jeudy and Ruggs with 1256 yards and 14 TD’s went back to school and finished with 1856 yards 23 TD’s in 2020.  I do not think Smith has the highest ceiling of the top WR’s in this class but I am confident 15 years from now when his career is over he is just going to be a guy who racks up 10,000 plus career yards and 50+ TDs.

#2: Ja’Marr Chase – WR, LSU | Age 21 | Pro Comparison: AJ Brown

Chase dominated college football in 2019 during LSU’s going for 1780 yards and 20 TD’s.  He is so physical as a WR constantly bullying opposing corners and dominating at the catch point.  He is great after the catch and constantly breaks tackles like a power RB would.  Chase is a bona fide WR1 at the next level and is going to be really good for a really long time.

#3: Jaylen Waddle – WR, Alabama | Age 22 | Pro Comparison: Santanna Moss

Waddle is a dynamic WR.  He has real 4.2 speed and his shiftiness and ability to change direction made him impossible to cover in college.   He is the most dangerous WR in this class with the ball in his hands consistently eliminating angles on defenders and leaving them in the dust.  If Waddle can put together a full route tree there is no one with a higher ceiling in this class.

 

#4: Rashod Bateman WR, Minnesota | Age 21 | Pro Comparison: Allen Robinson

Bateman has the most extensive route tree and the best releases off the line of any WR in this class.  He has got ideal size at 6’2 210 lbs. and can consistently win on the outside as well as in the slot.   Bateman has more juice after the catch then he gets credit for.  Bateman is going to be a high level X WR at the next level and should hit the ground running from day 1.

 

#5: Elijah Moore – WR, Ole Miss | Age 21 | Pro Comparison: Brandin Cooks

Moore exploded this year with Lane Kiffins arrival in Oxford going for 1193 yards and 8 TDs in just 8 games.  Moore can consistently win at all 3 levels, is amazing after the catch, and is really good at contested catch situations especially for a smaller WR at 5″9 185.  I love Moore  and will be tweeting non stop for the Jets to take him on Day 2 as he is perfect for this offense and would pair excellently with Denzel Mims.

#6: Rondale Moore – WR, Purdue | Age 20 | Pro Comparison: Steve Smith

Moore might be the biggest wildcard in this whole class.  He exploded as a true freshmen in 2018 going for 1471 yards from scrimmage and 14 TDs but soft tissue injuries limited him to only 7 games the following 2 years.  Moore is a freak athlete with 4.3 speed and incredible play strength inside a 5″9 185 pound body.   He was used in a mostly gadget role at Purdue with a majority of his targets coming within 5 yards of the line of scrimmage.  He is dynamic after the catch with tremendous burst and agility making him a threat to score every time he touches the ball.  The injuries are concerning and Moore needs to diversify his route tree a little more but he can a really exciting skill player at the next level for any team.

 

#7: Dyami Brown – WR, UNC | Age 21 | Pro Comparison: Michael Gallup

Brown is a pure vertical threat in every sense of the world.  He ran an almost exclusive vertical route tree at UNC averaging 20 yards a catch and going for over 1000 yards in 2019 and 2020.  Brown does not have the typical top end speed deep threats have but he does a fantastic job tracking the ball and winning at the catch point for a smaller WR at 6 FT 185 lbs.  I think Brown was unfairly put in a box at UNC as he is a really willing blocker in the run game and showed some real juice after the catch when given the opportunity.  At the next level his ability to win vertically is always going to be a threat and I think that is going to make it easier for him to snap off intermediate routes and Brown will be a really good WR who can win at all 3 levels.

 

#8: Terrace Marshall Jr – WR, LSU | Age 21 | Pro Comparison: DJ Chark

Terrance Marshall is your carbon copy height, weight, speed WR.  At 6″3 200 lbs. Marshall can fly and really blossomed as a number one option in 2020 after being a secondary player on the 2019 LSU championship team.  Marshall is a real position less  WR as he can play X, Z, or in the slot at the next level.  Marshall has a real nose for the end zone as he reeled in 23 TDs the past 2 seasons where 24 percent of his total receptions were TDs.   Marshall is just a rock solid WR prospect whose versatility is going to be very attractive to a lot of NFL teams.

#9: Kadarius Toney – WR, Florida | Age 22 | Pro Comparison: Santonio Holmes

Toney finally broke out as a senior at Florida going for 1145 yards from scrimmage.  Toney is a human joystick his acceleration and shiftiness make him an absolute nightmare to deal with when he has got the ball in his hands.    Toney was used in a gadget role at Florida and he is going to have to expand his route tree to be impactful at the next level.  Toney needs some polish to his game but if he straighten that out he is going to be a fun one to watch for a long time.

 

#10: Tylan Wallace – WR, Oklahoma State | Age 21 | Pro Comparison: Jarvis Landry

Wallace rebounded nicely from his 2019 knee injury and showed everyone that he had not lost anything in 2020.  Wallace is explosive off the line of scrimmage creating separation early and often.  He is really good at contested catches especially being only 5’11 190 lbs. which just exemplifies the toughens he plays with at every snap.  Wallace needs to be more dynamic with the ball in his hands in his hands  as he is going to be a guy who works primarily in the short/ intermediate game but if he can improve on that he is going to be a really nice WR2-WR3 at the next level.

TOJ Pod f/t Marcus Spears of NFL Live & ESPN

On this episode of TOJ Pod, Will Parkinson chats with Marcus Spears of ESPN and NFL Live about the New York Jets.

On this episode of the Turn on the Jets podcast Will Parkinson is joined by Marcus Spears of NFL Live, Get Up, and First Take as they discuss topics such as:

– Jets moves in Free Agency
– LSU Stories
– Best Trash Talker on the Cowboys
– Lebron vs MJ
– Transitioning to TV

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Jets Free Agency Reaction – One Week Later

Stephen Zantz offers his thoughts on Week 1 of Jets Free Agency.

The first week of free agency is officially in the books.  The Jets were active but not overly aggressive for some of the higher priced free agents. Some needs were filled but there are plenty of holes that remain on the current roster. I know this isn’t a finished product, but I wanted to provide my initial thoughts to the moves one week in.

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DA’s New York Jets Post-Week One Free Agency Mock Draft

DA Osorio provides his post-week 1 of Free Agency mock draft!

Free agency’s first week is just about finished, and the New York Jets have added some really nice pieces at areas of need. EDGE Carl Lawson is the big prize of the offseason, with WR Corey Davis coming in second for his ability to give the Jets a high-upside Wide Receiver on a team that really needed more young playmakers. They still have no starting-worthy players at corner or OLB, and that’s before we get to an offense that can lay claim to the same distinction at guard, running back, and arguably tight end. Before we jump into the mock draft, there are six free agents still available that I think the Jets should add so they don’t have to try and fill every hole in the draft:

OG Trai Turner: 5 Pro Bowls before the age of 27, had a down-year last year due to injury but could be a good value add up front.

EDGE Jadeveon Clowney: scored pressures on 10.9% of his pass rush, would be a good swing at OLB as he is still a very good run stopper and could generate pressure when the Jets go to a 5-2-4 look.


WR Ty Hilton: still a capable veteran with crafty route running and solid hands who could allow for the Jets to move on from an expensive Jamison Crowder


DT Sheldon Rankins: With Williams most likely playing the 3-technique DT role and the newly-acquired Lawson playing the Wide 9 DE role, the 4-3 NT role is up for grabs given my belief that John Franklyn Myers and Foley Fatukasi will compete for the other DE position in the base defense. Rankins would be a nice addition to fill that role.


CB Mackenzie Alexander: The 27 year old has played in the slot and outside, and would give Saleh a starting-caliber corner on a roster that currently has none.


CB Adoree Jackson: An athletically gifted corner who can thrive in predomininatly zone scheme, Jackson is a much needed addition in this CB room.

For the purpose of this, lets say the Jets sign the six above before entering the NFL Draft. The depth chart would look as follows:

QB: Sam Darnold, James Morgan
RB: Lamical Perine, Ty Johnson, Josh Adams
WR: Corey Davis, Denzel Mims, TY Hilton, Jamison Crowder, Keelan Cole, Braxton Berrios, Vyncent Smith
TE: Chris Herndon, Ryan Griffin, Trevon Wesco
OT: Mehki Becton, George Fant
OG: Greg Van Roten, Alex Lewis
C: Connor McGovern
DE: Carl Lawson, John Franklyn Myers, Foley Fatukasi
DT: Quinnen Williams, Sheldon Rankins, Nathan Shepherd
ILB: CJ Mosley, Jarrad Davis, Blake Cashman
OLB: Jadeveon Clowney, Bryce Huff
CB: Adoree Jackson, Mackenzie Alexander, Bryce Hall, Javelin Guidry
S: Marcus Maye, Lamarcus Joyner, Ashtyn Davis

Very clearly, the defense is FURTHER ahead than the offense on talent and difference makers. Lets see if I can fix that in the draft. I start the draft with two overdue trades:

Trade WR Jamison Crowder to the Green Bay Packers for a 2021 3rd Rounder
Trade QB Sam Darnold to the Las Vegas Raiders for a 2021 3rd Rounder and a 2022 4th Rounder

Picks Entering the NFL Draft:
R1: 2nd, 23rd
R2: 2nd
R3: 2nd, 16th, 22nd, 28th
R4: 2nd
R5: 2nd, 10th
R6: 2nd
R7: 23rd

Draft:

2nd Pick: Ohio State QB Justin Fields
QB2 on my board, Fields would be the most talented QB the Jets have drafted and would also be the best QB the Jets have drafted him WHEN they drafted him. High upside, good character, and the potential to be a bigger and better Dak Prescott.

23rd Pick: Ohio State OG Wyatt Davis
In the simulator, Florida TE Kyle Pitts was available but because of Joe Douglas’s refusal/inability to improve the IOL on the roster in free agency, I opt for the monster from Ohio State up front. Davis slots in right next to Mehki Becton to give the Jets two young building blocks on the OL.

Trade: The New York Jets trade the 34th pick overall to the Carolina Panthers for the 7th pick in round two and the 9th pick in round 3

39th Pick: Oklahoma C Creed Humphrey
Humphrey is a top 30 player in this class, for me, so getting him at 39 is a steal. He slots right into the starting Center position and Connor McGovern slides over next to George Fant.

66th Pick: Georgia CB Eric Stokes
I’m not as high on Stokes as others, but he is too much value here at 66 to pass up. He is a little grabby in coverage, but getting him here lets him compete for playing time from the beginning of training camp.

73rd Pick: North Carolina RB Javonte Williams
There’s not a RB that could start in the XFL on this roster, so you nab RB3 in Round Three and watch him run behind Becton and Davis for 100+ consistently. Williams does not mess around behind the LOS, and would bring a home run threat to the Jets backfield.

80th Pick: Miami EDGE Quincy Roche
This defense needs more juice off the edge, and the former Hurricane provides that in spades. Roche has good technique, athleticism, and strength. He’s lean, but with this front 4 he and Clowney could bring serious pressure.

86th Pick: North Texas WR Jaelon Darden
Yes, we added Keelan Cole and TY Hilton and Corey Davis to go with Denzel Mims, but the Jets should also add some depth and Darden would absolutely represent the kind of high-upside swing at the position that Douglas should’ve taken in the 4th round last year. Darden can make cornerbacks miss, is deadly in space, and could be developed before taking over in the slot full-time.

92nd Pick: Alabama OG Deonte Brown
A 6’3” 364 pound monster who can sit for a year and then replace McGovern the following year. Now a position of weakness becomes a position of strength as your interior offensive line is Brown, Davis, and Humphrey for the next 10 years.

Trade:
The New York Jets trade the 2nd pick in the 4th round to the Denver Broncos for the 9th pick in the 4th round and a 2022 5th rounder.

Trade:
The New York Jets trade the 9th pick in the 4th round to the Detroit Lions for a 2022 4th Rounder

146th Pick: Georgia LB Monty Rice
A bit undersized for a LB, but with the Jets missing out on Keanu Neal the former Bulldog could fill the role the Jets envisioned for Neal. He has speed, reads the play well, and can go sideline to sideline. He can, also, provide insurance for the returning Mosley while learning under him.

154th Pick: Iowa OT Alaric Jackson
The next Hawkeye in the long line of good Iowa tackles, Jackson is good value for me here because I think he can develop into a starting RT in the league. With Fant coming back for at least one year, Jackson can sit for a year like Deonte Brown before taking over for a released veteran in 2022.

185th Pick: Miami K Jose Borregales
Need a Kicker. Get a Kicker.

249th Pick: Michigan TE Nick Eubanks
Better than Griffin and better than Wesco, Eubanks projects as a move TE/H-Back, and I am very excited about the possibility of the Jets using him as Other LaFleur used Delanie Walker. You need somebody to push the disappointing Herndon, and this accomplishes that.

Depth Chart Post-Draft:

QB: Justin Fields, James Morgan
RB: Javonte Williams, Ty Johnson, Josh Adams, Lamical Perine
WR: Corey Davis, Denzel Mims, TY Hilton, Keelan Cole, Jaelon Darden, Braxton Berrios, Vyncet Smith
TE: Chris Herndon, Nick Eubanks, Ryan Griffin, Trevon Wesco
OT: Mehki Becton, George Fant, Alaric Jackson
OG: Connor McGovern, Wyatt Davis, Deonte Brown, Dan Feeney
C: Creed Humphrey
DE: Carl Lawson, John Franklyn Myers, Foley Fatukasi
DT: Quinnen Williams, Sheldon Rankins, Nathan Shepherd
ILB: CJ Mosley, Monty Rice, Jarrad Davis, Blake Cashman
OLB: Jadeveon Clowney, Quincy Roche, Bryce Huff
CB: Adoree Jackson, Mackenzie Alexander, Eric Stokes, Bryce Hall, Javelin Guidry
S: Marcus Maye, Lamarcus Joyner, Ashtyn Davis

This is what I’d do if I were the Jets if I want a shot at improving the roster to the point where they are playing meaningful games come December. Adding three more picks in 2024, also, gives you the chance to add even more talent to a team that now has key young contributors that can help your team take that next step in 2022.

Author: Dalbin Osorio

Dalbin Osorio is a Case Planner for Graham-Windham, New York's oldest child welfare agency. He is, also, a student at the Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College. Dalbin graduated from Monroe College with a degree in Business Administration. A 3 sport utility man in high school (think a mix of Jerome WIlliams, Brad Smith, and Jayson Nix), he joined TOJ in 2013.

Dan Feeney: Is he a fit and what should Jets fans expect?

After losing out on Joe Thuney and apparently—for whatever reason—not being interested in Corey Linsley, Joe Douglas added some competition to the OL room this free agency season with the acquisition of Dan Feeney on a one-year deal worth up to $4.25 million. Feeney, a former third-round pick from Indiana University, has experience at both guard and center, fitting Douglas’ versatility profile.

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