I feel like the New York Jets are in a rut, and have been for a few years now with no clear direction on where the franchise is headed. Is Sam Darnold good? Do they enjoy keeping superstar players like Jamal Adams happy and with the team? Will Leveon Bell ever return to his All-Pro form from his days in Pittsburgh? I think the answer to all these questions, unfortunately, is a resounding no.
In the previous year’s draft, the Jets finally addressed some “Big” needs by grabbing offensive tackle Mehki Becton with their 1st pick, and having 6’3” WR Denzel Mims fall to them in the 2nd round. Two huge players that fill two huge needs, something the Jets need to build upon. It’s still not enough though, and New York still needs to get better.
I took a shot at doing a 4-Round mock draft for the Jets that addresses some glaring holes, and grabs some players of value to round out this team. Where they are slotted, at 8, it's obvious that the Jets didn't have a great year. Rather than chalk it up to bad play, I’m going to say that something outside of their control, like an injury to a star player, caused their demise. The team showed promise to start the season and freefalled to end it. That’s my story, and I’m sticking to it! Anyway, let’s get started.
Boy oh boy, if Wade is here at 8 for the Jets, you gotta take him. Along with Alabama’s Patrick Surtain, I think this is a 1A/1B situation. You really can’t go wrong with either, and I feel that one or the other will be available to the Jets here in this spot.
Following the “Big” theme for the Jets, Wade stands at 6’1” tall and was a mainstay in the Buckeyes defense, having started all 14 games in 2019. This 3rd team All-Big Ten player had 26 tackles (4 for loss) with 1 interception, 8 pass breakups, and 2 forced fumbles.
The Jets have a handful of young unproven players who will be competing for the 2 starting jobs. I think Wade is a no brainer here, especially without a player to have separated themselves yet. Shaun Wade immediately slots in at one of the corner spots and becomes the next Darrelle Revis for the New York Jets.
Here at 40, I debated between grabbing Deonte Brown or Clemson OT Jackson Carman. I personally felt that the offensive tackle depth was stronger and that I would be able to get one in the 3rd or 4th, so I went with Brown from Alabama. A slight reach based on the Big Board, but when it comes to interior offensive lineman, they always tend to be a reach.
The Crimson Tide’s right guard for the 2019 season, Brown started 8 of the final 9 games for the Tide. Brown comes with great size too for a guard, at 6’4” 338 lbs. Currently, he’s our 5th rated interior offensive lineman, so the Jets re glab to get him in the 2nd.
Starting G Brian Winters’ contract will be up going into this draft, so this pick will be determined on if the Jets bring him back or not. Most of the OL is set and under contract except for that 1 guard position. We expect the Jets move on, and draft a guy like Deonte Brown to fill the hole.
In the 3rd round, New York takes Iowa tackle Alaric Jackson. Currently our 8th best offensive tackle, this class is absolutely loaded. For this reason, I passed on a tackle in the 2nd, and grabbed one in the 3rd with Jackson.
Jackson is huge, at 6’6” 320 lbs, and could hold his own in the Big Ten conference. The 2nd team All-Big Ten player started in all 10 games he played in, but did miss 3 games due to injury. I fully expect this player to be in the Outland Trophy discussion.
So the Jets don’t really need a tackle, but depth is depth. Like I mentioned above, most everyone is under contract through 2023, and that's without including the addition of Mekhi Bection from last year’s draft. This pick is simply quality falling into your lap and giving yourself flexibility with contract negotiations.
This was entirely a “best available” pickup and what a great one it was. Wallace fell into the Jets laps in the 4th round, when some felt that he had a 2nd round grade on him. Wallace is probably made from a financial standpoint, but this is going to be great for his career. The Jets are thrilled that they didn't need to invest a high pick in a WR.
The former 1st team All-American in 2018, Wallace has excelled for the Cowboys. He had a slight drop off from his 2018 campaign in 2019 due to injury, but still ended with 2nd team All-Big 12 honors. In only 8 games, he was able to produce 903 yards receiving and 8 touchdowns.
The Jets WR room is kind of sad. Yea they have a good slot receiver in Jamison Crowder, and now they drafted Mims, but that's about it. This is especially the case heading into the draft in 2021. Quincy Enunwa’s career might be over so it’s time to address the position, and by drafting Wallace here in the 4th, it definitely helps.