The New York Jets have a range of directions that they can go with their sixth overall pick, but what’s the right direction? General Manager Mike Maccagnan and Head Coach Todd Bowles are going to have to continue revamping a depleted offense. I break down their five most viable options below.
After inconsistent play at Quarterback for the past several seasons, the Jets are going to have to address this early in the draft. Even though it’s possible that we see three QB’s off the board before the Jets pick at 6, there are still some viable options for them. Sam Darnold, Josh Rosen, Baker Mayfield, or Josh Allen will likely find themselves on the board when New York is at the podium. Neither of these prospects are slam dunks, but they each come with their own strengths and can each contribute in their own right.
Much like the Quarterback position, the Jets have struggled to find consistency in their running game. They could find themselves in position to pickup Barkley, arguably the best option at RB in this draft class. While I don’t have him on the same level as Leonard Fournette was on last year, I still believe that Saquon Barkley can make a heck of an impact in the right situation, and the Jets are a great fit.
This is without question the most pressing need for the Jets this offseason. New York found some success with Kelvin Beachum at Left Tackle, but adding another tackle would go a long ways in opening up the offense. Connor Williams was a mauler at Left Tackle for the Longhorns this season and could fit nicely with the Jets long-term.
It’s not sexy, but this might be their best available option. New York is potentially out of position draft a franchise Quarterback and could, if the cards fall a certain way, find themselves out of the running to draft Barkley or Williams. While they could move up to draft one of those guys, they could also move back to 10-15 and acquire an additional pick or two for the future.
I recently broke down Calvin Ridley here. He’s on top of my Wide Receiver board and is undoubtedly one of the cleanest route runners in this class. The Jets will be able to move him all over the field and let him make plays. His hands are phenomenal and he’ll be a terrific safety net for the Jets QB, whomever that ends up being.