Okay Jets fans, I have a confession to make.
I’m a life-long fan of the New England Patriots. Before you minimize the screen, hear me out for a minute.
I prefer when the Jets are competitive. Patriots against Jets games that are always close and feel like sibling rivalry makes the regular season more entertaining. Besides, I’m tired of hearing about how weak the AFC East is.
I tried my damnedest to help the Jets out with this 7-Round mock draft. Let’s get you guys a wild card bid next year.
Round 1, Pick 3: Quinnen Williams, IDL, Alabama
As I’ve detailed with this selection, the Jets should be targeting the best player in the NFL Draft. With their expected franchise quarterback in place, accumulating talent and impact players need to become a priority. Quinnen Williams gives the Jets defensive line versatility, depth and a much needed pass rush presence to collapse pockets on the interior.
Round 3, Pick 68: Michael Deiter, OL, Wisconsin
New York needs to commit to protecting Sam Darnold, and that likely means multiple bodies along the offensive line. Ideally, they could trade back from the 3rd overall pick and accumulate additional selections to be used on extra lineman. If they stay pat and their second selection does come at pick 68, they’ll need to jump fast on the weaker offensive lineman class. Michael Deiter played tackle last season, but is the superior projection to their interior. At the very least, he offers potential starter-quality versatility and the treasured Wisconsin offensive lineman pedigree.
Round 3, Pick 93: Oshane Ximines, EDGE, Old Dominion
The Jets thought they had their pass rushing woes solved with the free agent signing of Anthony Barr, but Barr decided to head back to Minnesota. If the Jets haven’t addressed their edge rushing by the time pick 93 rolls around, expect them to target that role. Oshane Ximines is only an average overall athlete for EDGE in the NFL, but produced because of his technique and power. He projects well as a situational and complimentary pass rusher in the NFL.
Round 4, Pick 105: Mark Fields, CB, Clemson
While the Jets are set at safety, they could use more depth with their cornerback. Mark Fields projects best as a nickel corner because of his quick change of direction, and adds some versatility to the Jets back-end. Outside of the top 100, finding a defensive back that should be able to contribute in year 1 would provide good value.
Round 6, Pick 196: Donald Parham, TE/WR, Stetson
Second-year tight end Chris Herndon IV looks like the Jets future starter, but they lack depth behind him. Additionally, their pass catcher group could stand to improve. The presence of a player such as Donald Parham, who is listed at tight end but takes the majority of reps in the slot, could add a boost to multiple positional groups.
Round 7, Pick 217: Paul Adams, OT, Missouri
All the way down in the 7th round, NFL teams are trying to find players who can fill specific complementary roles. With three years of starting experience at Missouri, Paul Adams could carve out a role as the Jets swing or depth tackle. Competition will help them improve along the offensive line.