TapRm Badlands 12 Pack…Jets First Round Targets

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Back with another edition of the TapRm 12 Pack, where today we are giving a list (IT IS A LIST, NOT RANKED IN ANY SPECIAL ORDER) of draft target names to watch for the New York Jets in the first round…

 

1 – Ikem Ekwonu

If I had to make a bet at who the number one player on Joe Douglas’ draft board is, I would bet Ekwonu, who is a home run prospect that is better than the first round tackle crop in 2020 coming out. It seems relatively unlikely he will be there at #4 and there is certainly a scenario where he is there and the Jets go edge rusher instead, due to positional need…but do not write off the Jets taking him, followed by a corresponding Mekhi Becton trade. I wouldn’t bet that happens but there is a higher than non-zero chance than most seem to appreciate.

2 – Kayvon Thibodeaux

A player Jets fans were furious they lost the opportunity at picking when they beat Jacksonville, except now it seems fairly likely he will be there for the taking at #4…mostly because he’s been in the spotlight too long as a top prospect. He is being overanalyzed and would be a terrific match of value and need for the Jets. If I had to bet today, I’d bet he is the pick at #4.

3 – Jermaine Johnson

Another prospective edge target for the Jets, most likely at #4 because I don’t think he lasts until #10. If Ekwonu and KT are off the board, Johnson is the next most likely pick in my opinion, although it wouldn’t be *shocking* if they look Johnson over KT.

4 – Travon Walker

He will keep getting mentioned and mocked to the Jets at #4. I am personally not a fan of the value/risk of taking him there or even at #10 (where he won’t last until anyway). The late surge feels a bit concerning to me and I’d go Johnson or KT before taking him.

5 – Sauce Gardner

The top cornerback in the class but not a prospect who merits the 4th overall pick, particularly with the Jets defensive scheme. I could better stomach going cornerback at #10 but I have hard time seeing the Jets not take a player in the trenches 4th overall.

6 – Drake London

One of the prospective wide receiver targets at #10, who has a style of play the Jets badly need on the outside. He is a strong physical complement to Elijah Moore and will bank on his ability to win on contested catches at the next level. As of today, my best bet for the Jets 10th overall pick if they don’t trade it for DK Metcalf.

7 – Garrett Wilson

Personally, my #1 receiver in the draft and someone who very well may go before #10. Wilson will win with his ability to separate and route running at the next level and even though he isn’t as big as London, he has the flexibility to move all over the formation and still complement Moore and Corey Davis well.

8 – Jameson Williams

A burner, who may miss the early part of the season due to an injury. It seems his stock is still rising and he is not out of play at #10, although I can understand the hesitancy of the front office taking a player who may not suit up week one. If he is available in the 15-20 range, I could see the Jets trading up from #35 to get him, if neither of their first two picks are not a receiver.

9 – Charles Cross

Joe Douglas loves offensive linemen and while I don’t see him as an option at #4, I could see them taking a long look at him at #10 if available (the same goes for Evan Neal). Cross recently said the Jets are among the teams he has spoken with the most in the pre-draft process.

10 – Kyle Hamilton

Not a consideration at #4…shouldn’t be a consideration at #10, but you can’t fully write off the possibility. Hamilton is a very good prospect but I don’t buy the unicorn talk with a 4.7 forty yard dash.

11 – Tyler Linderbaum

Not at #10 but a trade up target from #35 if he starts to fall. Linderbaum would be home run value in the 25-35 range and should be a decade plus starter at an immensely critical offensive line position.

12 –  Treylon Burks

A receiver option at #10 or in a slight trade back scenario (or trade up scenario from #35). I like the fit of London, Wilson or Williams better but you can’t fully write off Burks ending up on the Jets.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Back with another edition of the TapRm 12 Pack, where today we are giving a list (IT IS A LIST, NOT RANKED IN ANY SPECIAL ORDER) of draft target names to watch for the New York Jets in the first round…

1 – Ikem Ekwonu

If I had to make a bet at who the number one player on Joe Douglas’ draft board is, I would bet Ekwonu, who is a home run prospect that is better than the first round tackle crop in 2020 coming out. It seems relatively unlikely he will be there at #4 and there is certainly a scenario where he is there and the Jets go edge rusher instead, due to positional need…but do not write off the Jets taking him, followed by a corresponding Mekhi Becton trade. I wouldn’t bet that happens but there is a higher than non-zero chance than most seem to appreciate.

2 – Kayvon Thibodeaux

A player Jets fans were furious they lost the opportunity at picking when they beat Jacksonville, except now it seems fairly likely he will be there for the taking at #4…mostly because he’s been in the spotlight too long as a top prospect. He is being overanalyzed and would be a terrific match of value and need for the Jets. If I had to bet today, I’d bet he is the pick at #4.

3 – Jermaine Johnson

Another prospective edge target for the Jets, most likely at #4 because I don’t think he lasts until #10. If Ekwonu and KT are off the board, Johnson is the next most likely pick in my opinion, although it wouldn’t be *shocking* if they look Johnson over KT.

4 – Travon Walker

He will keep getting mentioned and mocked to the Jets at #4. I am personally not a fan of the value/risk of taking him there or even at #10 (where he won’t last until anyway). The late surge feels a bit concerning to me and I’d go Johnson or KT before taking him.

5 – Sauce Gardner

The top cornerback in the class but not a prospect who merits the 4th overall pick, particularly with the Jets defensive scheme. I could better stomach going cornerback at #10 but I have hard time seeing the Jets not take a player in the trenches 4th overall.

6 – Drake London

One of the prospective wide receiver targets at #10, who has a style of play the Jets badly need on the outside. He is a strong physical complement to Elijah Moore and will bank on his ability to win on contested catches at the next level. As of today, my best bet for the Jets 10th overall pick if they don’t trade it for DK Metcalf.

7 – Garrett Wilson

Personally, my #1 receiver in the draft and someone who very well may go before #10. Wilson will win with his ability to separate and route running at the next level and even though he isn’t as big as London, he has the flexibility to move all over the formation and still complement Moore and Corey Davis well.

8 – Jameson Williams

A burner, who may miss the early part of the season due to an injury. It seems his stock is still rising and he is not out of play at #10, although I can understand the hesitancy of the front office taking a player who may not suit up week one. If he is available in the 15-20 range, I could see the Jets trading up from #35 to get him, if neither of their first two picks are not a receiver.

9 – Charles Cross

Joe Douglas loves offensive linemen and while I don’t see him as an option at #4, I could see them taking a long look at him at #10 if available (the same goes for Evan Neal). Cross recently said the Jets are among the teams he has spoken with the most in the pre-draft process.

10 – Kyle Hamilton

Not a consideration at #4…shouldn’t be a consideration at #10, but you can’t fully write off the possibility. Hamilton is a very good prospect but I don’t buy the unicorn talk with a 4.7 forty yard dash.

11 – Tyler Linderbaum

Not at #10 but a trade up target from #35 if he starts to fall. Linderbaum would be home run value in the 25-35 range and should be a decade plus starter at an immensely critical offensive line position.

12 –  Treylon Burks

A receiver option at #10 or in a slight trade back scenario (or trade up scenario from #35). I like the fit of London, Wilson or Williams better but you can’t fully write off Burks ending up on the Jets.

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