In the first round Kiper has the Jets going with an offensive lineman.
11. New York Jets Jedrick Wills Jr., OT, Alabama
I thought about CeeDee Lamb here, but ultimately this class is much deeper with wide receivers than it is with offensive tackles. And if the Jets can get a starting tackle with Wills and address the receiver position in Round 2 (No. 48), that’s better than the inverse. They could get two immediate starters in the top 50 picks. According to my friends at ESPN Stats & Info, the Crimson Tide averaged 7.7 yards per rush outside the right tackle in 2019, which ranked third in the FBS. Wills would help get Le’Veon Bell going.
The ten players off the board when the Jets pick are Joe Burrow, Chase Young, Jeff Okudah, Isaiah Simmons, Justin Herbert, Tua Tagovailoa, Derrick Brown, Tristan Wirfs, Jerry Jeudy, and Mekhi Becton.
In the second round Kiper gives the Jets a wide receiver.
48. New York Jets Chase Claypool, WR, Notre Dame
Robby Anderson is gone, and Breshad Perriman and Jamison Crowder sit atop the Jets’ wide receiver depth chart. Let’s give Sam Darnold more weapons so Adam Gase can fully evaluate the third-year quarterback. The 6-foot-4, 238- pound Claypool lit up the combine with a 4.42 40 and 40.5-inch vertical, and he has a high ceiling if he can get in the right situation. He’d get early reps in New York.
Personally I like what Kiper is thinking, but I have one adjustment. Wills at 11 would please me. I also like the idea of going wide receiver in Round 2, but Jalen Reagor is still on the board on this mock. A Wills-Reagor combo would be something close to a dream scenario for me in the first two rounds. I also would prefer KJ Hamler and Michael Pittman to Claypool if I’m being honest.
What do you think?