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Mel Kiper and Todd McShay mock drafts tell us how the Jets can get an A grade

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ESPN’s dynamic duo of Mel Kiper and Todd McShay are out with new three round mock drafts. In these mocks they offer what it would take for each team to get an A grade for their Draft haul.

Here is what Kiper has in mind.

Round 1 (3): Josh Allen, OLB, Kentucky

Round 3 (68): Michael Deiter, OL, Wisconsin

Round 3 (93): Amani Oruwariye, CB, Penn State

This comes down to Allen or Quinnen Williams for the Jets, and both are going to be impact contributors as rookies. New York’s biggest need is on the edge, however, so I lean toward Allen, the SEC Defensive Player of the Year who had 17 sacks last season.

The Jets are in a good spot here, and after trading up for Sam Darnold a year go, they don’t have a second-round pick in this draft. They do have an extra third-rounder from the preseason trade of Teddy Bridgewater (remember when he was a Jet?). Deiter is my second-ranked center, but he has some versatility as he played guard, center and tackle over 54 college starts. Oruwariye is a big, 6-foot-2 corner who had seven interceptions over the past two seasons. You can’t count on third-rounders as immediate starters, but Deiter and Oruwariye could compete for spots.

If you are in a believer in drafting for need, this certainly hits the mark. Edge rusher, offensive line, and cornerback are among the Jets’ biggest needs, and Kiper’s mock hits them in the team’s first three picks.

McShay offered this alternative.

Round 1 (3): Quinnen Williams, DT, Alabama

Round 3 (68): Zach Allen, DE, Boston College

Round 3 (93): Kelvin Harmon, WR, NC State

Williams is ferocious in the middle, and I see him as a top-two talent in the draft class. Between Williams and Allen, the Jets take a solid step forward on the defensive line. Williams has a great first step, and Allen transitions from speed to power very quickly. By taking Harmon late in the third, the Jets get Sam Darnold a hands catcher with size.

If the Jets do not trade out of the third pick, Quinnen Williams vs. Josh Allen is likely to be the debate that defines the pick. Unlike Kiper, McShay gives the Jets Williams.

One aspect I really like about McShay’s mock is dipping into this year’s deep receiver class in the third round. I think Harmon would be an outstanding value at 93.