I’m channelling my inner Kevin Costner. VONTAE MACK NO MATTER WHAT. In a mini series i’m going to run the mock draft simulator, and make the selections of the team in question fr the first THREE rounds of the draft. No trades, we’ll see how the cards fall, and make selections accordingly. If you are a New York Jets fan, I want you to head over to twitter right here… yes there, no go back, click on the blue shiny word, and I want you to call me a bum, to call me a genius, and everything in between. This is a bit of fun, of course without trades it’s not quite true to life but I’ll walk you through my theories and share the experience with you!
Round 1 – Pick 2
This one, unsurprisingly, has gone exactly as we thought up until this point. I’m sitting pretty in the Jets board room, comfy as it gets, with the entire board barring T Law at my disposal. Now there are potential rumours of a trade out, but then Sam Darnold went whoopsadaisie off to Carolina, and my Quarterback options are now James Morgan and Mike White(?!). So if I don’t draft a QB here I’ll be out on the curb.
Selection: Zach Wilson – QB BYU
Zach Wilson is going to make New York Jets football exciting to watch at the very minimum. I love his skillset, I love his upside. It’s a gamble. The fact that he hasn’t played at a power 5 top end program does worry me slightly. But that being said, with the arm talent, mobility, and that face of the franchise type vibe about him, the Jets fans are going to love it, the jerseys are going to fly off the shelves, and I’ll be loved for the next 20 years if he does turn out to be the second coming of Patrick Mahomes. This is an easy pick.
Round 1 – Pick 23
Back on the board at 23 in the first round, I have a decision to make. Now Najee Harris changes the offence entirely. I love La’Mical Perine. I’m a Gator fan, I love La’Mical, but i’m not convinced that he’s an every down back at the next level. He’d be a great two back compliment to Najee Harris. HOWEVER, I just got a shiny new QB, the fans are elated, but what we can’t have is him spending 50% of his snaps flat on his back draped in defensive linemen.
Selection: Landon Dickerson – IOL Alabama
So as nice as it would be to pick up Najee here, I’m happy to wait until the early second round and add some weapons there maybe. I’ve got more picks in the next couple of rounds. So this is a sensible pick and a solid offensive lineman. Dickerson has experience across the line and will likely be a great fit at guard at the next level. Besides Mekhi Becton there’s most definitely room for improvement, so taking a versatile talent here is perfect, and we’ll figure out his exact position in training camp. Weapons for the trenches!
Round 2 – Pick 34
Our almighty Jets are up again at 34, only 11 picks later. I debated this one for ages. Offensive line, corner help, a running back… The Jets need help in the secondary, but i’m not sure there’s anything here I would take. Honestly this might be a trade back spot. But there’s also a good couple of options here. What’s causing me some grief is the idea that Robert Saleh is a defensive minded coach, and it would almost be odd to me to go offence with the first three picks.
The Jets front seven could use another outside linebacker to rush the passer, but a couple of off season additions in Jarrad Davis and Carl Lawson certainly improve the defence. So the debate is offence or secondary?
Selection: Javonte Williams – RB North Carolina
Javonte Williams being available here could well be a dream come true for the Jets, and a young backfield of Williams and Perine to support Zach Wilson makes for a healthy run game. Williams is a three down back with all the tools to become a Todd Gurley type running back at the next level. So why not bring him in here to work alongside Wilson, and allow them to blossom a relationship for years to come. Plus, stealing Williams from the Dolphins wouldn’t be so bad either…
Round 3 – Pick 66
It’s a bit of a kick in the face that Jalen Mayfield was selected the pick before to be honest. That being said, Brady Christensen is still available and of course protected Zach Wilson at BYU. You could slide him across to right tackle, or play him at guard. I’m not convinced he’d do well in isolation in the NFL, so putting him at guard might be an option.
That being said, I’m looking at the cornerback room and thinking we need some help. So looking at those available, Ifeatu Melifonwu is a good option, Elijah Molden is too slot corner focused…
Selection: Tyson Campbell – CB Georgia
Tyson Campbell has great length and size at the NFL level. He’s got ability to line up outside, but also shows potential in the slot. He could transition very well and finally adds some defensive support for Robert Saleh. Campbell would be a day one starter based on the current roster, and would be thrown in the deep end a little. However, at 6″2, and with his length and speed, this is a very good value pick early in the third.
Round 3 – Pick 86
To be honest as the GM of this incredible franchise I’m pretty happy with this draft so far. Wouldn’t it be great to top it off with some edge rush support though? Saleh built his defence on a very solid pass rush, and I can’t help but feel some fresh rookie talent to support off the edge would be perfect with the pick.
Selection: Quincy Roche – Edge Miami
This is a steal at this spot. Based on the pro day Roche had, as well as his upside, the Jets could be getting a good one here. He’s a scheme fit as a 3-4 outside linebacker, and with only one season under his belt at Miami, after a very successful couple of years at Temple, winning ACC defensive player of the year, Roche could very well become a great 3-4 edge in the NFL. There’s no better spot for a young pass rusher than with a coach like Robert Saleh either.
So how about it Jets fans… your franchise quarterback, with offensive line support and a stud running back to accompany. Plus a young, talented cornerback, and a pass rusher/outside backer with great potential… let me know what you think! Here’s the final card…