The Jets made their plans for their first pick in this year’s draft clear, but there’s a lot of mystery after that.
This is our first shot at a seven-round mock draft this year. With the help of the Pro Football Focus draft simulator, we ran the exercise of what GM Joe Douglas could do in three weeks. Here is our draft:
* Picks acquired in forecasted trade
Round 1 (No. 2 overall) – QB Zach Wilson, BYU
When the Jets traded Sam Darnold on Monday, their plans here became even clearer. The truth is, they have leaned toward Wilson for months. There are questions about his level of competition in college and why he had a better 2020 than 2019. The Jets must feel they have the answers and believe that Wilson can be the franchise quarterback they need.
Round 1 (No. 23) – Forecasted trade with Jaguars
Sending the No. 23 overall pick to Jacksonville in exchange for a first-round pick (No. 25 overall) and two runners-up (No. 33, 45) The Jets are in a good spot at No. 23 overall, The pick I acquired from Seattle at the Jamal Adams trade. They have so many needs that they can fill one here or look to go back and get more selections, which is what I chose.
Round 1 (No. 25) * – DL / OLB Jayson Oweh, Penn State
This is one of the most interesting perspectives in this year’s draft. Oweh is a physical phenomenon. The 6-foot-5, 257-pound player ran a 4.39-second, 40-yard dash on Penn State’s pro day. The problem is its production. He had no sacks last season for the Nittany Lions. If you’re drafting a pass rusher, that’s something that needs to be investigated closely.
Round 2 (No. 33) * – WR Elijah Moore, Mississippi
The Jets signed Corey Davis in free agency, but they may still need help as a wide receiver, especially with Jamison Crowder entering the final year of his contract. Moore set school records with 86 receptions for 1,193 yards and eight touchdowns in 2020. He led FBS with 10.8 receptions and 149.1 receiving yards per game.
Round 2 (No. 34) – CB Asante Samuel Jr., Florida State
Thanks to my trade, the Jets have the top two picks from the second round. After taking a pass receiver with the first pick, they grab someone to stop the opposing team’s receivers below. The cornerback may be the Jets’ greatest need when entering the draft. Samuel gives the Jets a possible solution at the position.
Round 2 (No. 45) * – RB Travis Etienne, Clemson
At the moment, the Jets’ best running back is La’Mical Perine, the second-year player from Florida. You will need help. Etienne is a possible first-round pick. I think the Jets would rather wait until day 2 of the draft to take his back, and if Etienne is sitting here, they would have to grab him.
Round 3 (No. 66) – OL Quinn Meinerz, Wisconsin-Whitewater
One of the stars of Senior Bowl week for both his game and his exposed belly, Meinerz is a Division III star who could fill a great need for the Jets. Douglas did little to tackle the offensive line in free agency. Meinerz is a possible answer as a guard where the Jets are weak.
Round 3 (No. 86) – LB Jamin Davis, Kentucky
Davis’ draft stocks are on the rise, and I doubt he’ll really get that far. If he does, he would be a perfect fit for Robert Saleh’s defense. The Jets need linebackers to go from a 3-4 defense to a 4-3 defense.
Round 4 (No. 107) – S Jamar Johnson, Indiana
Marcus Maye’s future is uncertain with the Jets and they need some depth at the position.
Round 5 (No. 146) – DL Milton Williams, Louisiana Tech
We are in the part of the program with the best player available, and there are never enough defensive linemen.
Round 5 (No. 154) – CB Benjamin St-Juste, Minnesota
The Jets added a potential starting corner in the second round. Now, I’m just looking for in-depth help and special equipment.
Round 6 (No. 186) – RB Chris Evans, Michigan
There were some academic problems in Michigan that should be analyzed before writing it.
Round 6 (No. 226) – DL / OLB Chauncey Golston, Iowa
Saleh had a solid defensive line in San Francisco. You need to add some depth here.