Creating mock drafts are always tough, but they are especially difficult when it’s only January. At this point it isn’t full blown “draft season” just yet, but it will be as soon as the Super Bowl is over – come February 2nd. Most importantly we still have the free agency period right around the corner which will most likely alter the way any team attacks their draft, not just the Jets.
In my Jets only mock draft for this January I focus on the obvious positions of need – wide receiver, offensive line, edge rushers and I throw in a late round running back. A position of great need that I left out was cornerback, but non of the corners in this mock were of value when the Jets were picking. In this mock we would have to hope the Jets bring in multiple bodies for the secondary through free agency, two names that I would love the Jets to pursue would be Jalen Mills (Eagles) and James Bradberry (Panthers). Neither of these guys are number ones per say who can lock down a single side of the field but they are solid players at their positions who can contribute with Bless Austin, Arthur Maulet and Maurice Canady.
Now I am not one of those Twitter handles or websites that breakdown prospect film and is dedicated to draft analysis, but I do have an idea of what the Jets need at given positions and the types of players they should specifically look to bring in
RD1: CeeDee Lamb, WR, Oklahoma
All of the top tackles were off the board at this point, for what it’s worth if one of them was there (Wirfs, Thomas or Wills) that would be my pick. But the play-making receiver out of Oklahoma was sitting there, it would be hard for me as a Jets fan to see them pass up on a player of his talent if he is still on the board at 11. Pairing him with Sam Darnold who desperately needs a true #1 receiver would be very beneficial for this offense for years to come.
RD2: Mekhi Becton, OT, Louisville
Grabbing the mammoth tackle out of Louisville in the second would be an steal for the Jets who can plug him at left or right tackle for the 2020 season. The combination of Bectons size and athleticism leads me to believe that he will sneak into the first round or will be plucked at the beginning of round two. But stranger things have happened in the draft .
RD3: Jonathan Greenard, EDGE, Florida
A strong, rangy and fast edge presence has been missing from the Jets defense since Aaron Maybin had a solid 4 games for us back in 2011, yeah it’s been THAT bad. Greenard had 53 tackles this past season, 16 for loss and 10 sacks. Impressive numbers that shouldn’t be ignored when he’s on the board in the third round. The Jets get a guy here who can hopefully develop into an edge threat to further round out Greg Williams defense.
RD3: Zack Baun, EDGE, Wisconsin
In round three the Jets nab two edge defenders who posted double digit sacks in their 2019 seasons. With their second third round selection they take senior edge rusher Zack Baun out of Wisconsin. Baun posted 53 tackles and 12 sacks in his 2019 senior season. Bringing in two legitimate edge players to play, rotate and develop in this defense alongside Jordan Jenkins (If resigned) will hopefully reshape the position moving forward.
RD: 4 Isaiah Wilson, OT, Georgia
The Georgia Bulldogs had two absolute studs at both tackle positions this past year. The Jets unfortunately miss out on one of them in the first round in Andrew Thomas. But with some luck they select his teammate Isaiah Wilson who stands at 6’7. Wilson, the Brooklyn native, will come to the Jets as depth if they resign Beachum and either plug Becton in at the other starting spot or sign another veteran tackle in free agency. But if Wilson can develop in 2020 he could find himself in the starting lineup towards the end of the season or going into 2021.
RD: 5 John Simpson, IOL, Clemson
RD:6 Lamical Perine, RB, Florida
RD: 7 Kalija Lipscomb, WR, Vanderbilt
The beauty about the Jets needs at this point is these are positions that play-makers and starters are easier to find then the previous need the Jets have been searching for in years, quarterback. If the Jets select and hit on a decent amount of players at the positions of need listed at the top, they could be in line to turn this roster around faster than many think.