The New York Jets draft started hot with the selection of Mekhi Becton (LT, Louisville) on Day 1. I think the selection was the right one over Tristan Wirfs who I have some questions on his ability to play OT. They stayed put and got away with a blue chip tackle for years to come.
The Jets now have picks No. 48, 68 and 79 and I think we could see some trades here on Day 2.
With big question marks at WR, outside CB and EDGE, I think that should be the focus on Rounds 2 and 3. Jets need to get starters with potential.
For pick No. 48 I have a list of nine potential targets the Jets should take if available. Given that there are 15 picks between the Bengals (No. 33) and the Jets, there is a chance none of them are there when New York picks. In that case, I think the Jets should trade down into Round 3 and amass picks. Here’s the Trade Value Chart. I don’t think IOL nor OT should be a target for No. 48.
Jets Draft Targets – No. 48
I will list them in order of my personal preference.
If none of the nine are available then given the rush on WR the Jets can choose to reach a little bit on a tremendous prospect like Edwards (who most project round 3-4) or just simply trade down.
- Michael Pittman Jr, WR, USC
- Tee Higgins, WR, Clemson
- Kristian Fulton, CB, LSU
- Denzel Mims, WR, Baylor
- Laviska Shenault, WR, Colorado
- Trevon Diggs, CB, Alabama
- Bryce Hall, CB, Virginia
- Jaylon Johnson, CB, Utah
- Zach Baun, EDGE, Wisconsin
- (Bryan Edwards, WR, SCAR)
- (Trade down)
Trade #1: (with Ravens):
- Jets receive (67, 85)= 420 pts
- Lions receive (48)= 420 pts
Trade #2: (with Titans)
- Jets receive (61, 93)=420 pts
- Titans receive (48)= 420 pts
Trade #3: (with Packers)
- Jets receive (62, 94, 192)= 421.4 pts
- Packers receive (48)= 420 pts
Trade #4: (with Ravens)
- Jets receive (60, 92)=432 pts
- Ravens receive (48, 191)=433.8 pts
Jets Draft Targets – No. 68
It gets harder to project here since there are 36 unknowns before the Jets pick at No. 68. It all depends on if they go WR, CB or EDGE in Round 2. It goes without saying that if a player fell from the prior list then they should be a priority here.
The focus here remains the same minus whatever position it was addressed in Round 2. I would consider IOL here only if viable options elsewhere are gone.
- Cameron Dantzler, CB, Miss St
- Bryan Edwards, WR, SCAR
- Amik Robertson, CB, LA Tech
- KJ Hamler, WR, Penn St
- Josh Uche, EDGE, Michigan
- Bradlee Anae, EDGE, Utah
- Lloyd Cushenberry, IOL, LSU
- Matt Hennessy, IOL, Temple
- (Trade down)
Trade#1: (with Broncos)
- Jets Receives:(83, 118, 181)=250.8 pts
- Broncos Receive: (68)=250 pts
Trade#2: (with Falcons)
- Jets Receive: (78, 119)=256 pts
- Falcons Receive: (68, 210)=255.8 pts
Trade #3: (with Rams)
- Jets Receive (84, 104)=256 pts
- Rams Receive: (68, 210)=255.8 pts
The Targets for #79
Because the Jets don’t pick again until No. 120 (unless a trade happens), they might need to “reach” on high upside players who might not get to them. This pick is probably the hardest to predict and also the players who might be available.
I think this is the right moment to attack, IOL and EDGE, this is where the value lies in this class. EDGE guys like Darell Taylor (Tennessee) and Jonathan Greenard (Florida), WRs like Donovan Peoples-Jones (Michigan) or Antonio Gandy-Golden (Liberty). As for the interior linemen Damien Lewis (LSU), Tyler Biadasz (Wisconsin) and Nick Harris could be early impact players too and probably available here.
So those are my thoughts on the landscape for the Jets on day 2 of the 2020 NFL Draft, I hope you enjoyed the read!