This strategy takes a leap of faith. I don't know about you but I just have a feeling Henry Ruggs is WR1 in this draft. Jeudy has the much higher floor but Henry Ruggs has done enough to prove that he can be the rich man's Tyreek Hill dropping only 1 ball in all of 2019. I just have feelings this is a perennial all pro receiver that we need. With the chance to be the fastest player in the NFL, putting him across from Perrimen can give defenses without much speed not much of a fighting chance. Some people consider a reach but it seems like every team has their eye on Ruggs. The Eagles, Chiefs and 49ers to name a few. Seems to be the receiver that would fit perfectly into Gase's style of offense (even though I'm not theoretically sold on Gase yet). He should definitely be there for us, unless Jacksonville grabs him.
The only prospects it'd be hard to pass up for Ruggs is his teammate, Jedrick Wills who now that Becton has been flagged will assuredly be gone by 11 and Chase Young who won't pass pick 4.
Let's say at pick 11 Andrew Thomas, Mekhi Becton and all 3 receivers are on the board. I say we pick Ruggs at 11 instead of jumping on our 2nd or 3rd choice OT, that's our cake. Sam has 2 of the fastest receivers in the NFL on the outsides causing defenses to back up a bit plus reliable tight ends and slot receivers on the inside in Herndon, Griffin, Crowder, Enunwa. Is it too big of a risk to pass on day 1 OT though? Not necessarily. This is the season for aggressive moves.
The real question is now, how far will Becton fall?
If Becton makes it all the way to the Saints at pick 24, and Patrick Queen is off the board could the Jets trade back into the first round with a team desperate for some help at ILB?
What if the Jets offer the Saints Avery Williamson to swap their 2nd rounder up for Pick 24.
Now the Jets can have Mekhi Becton AND Henry Ruggs with essentially just their round 1 and 2 picks and still have a better linebacker room than they fielded most of last year, plus the Saints can bolster theirs with a proven playmaker.
Here's this dream scenario mock draft goes:
Round 1 Pick 11 - Henry Ruggs, WR, Alabama - see above
Jets TRADE their 2nd round pick, Avery Williamson to New Orleans for pick 24 for - Mekhi Becton, OT, Louisville - The Jets make an aggressive move to lock in the player who gave them pause in taking Ruggs at 11. Now the Jets can have their cake and eat it to, relax and draft the best players that fall to them with the rest of the draft
Round 3 Pick 4 - Lloyd Cushenberry, G/C, LSU - The Jets add one of the best interior linemen in the draft here, he can compete and either start at guard or center and completes the OL rebuild here.
Round 3 Pick 15 - Darrell Taylor, EDGE, Tennessee - Their is quite a few edge rushers in this draft that grade around 2-3 round picks, the Jets take the opportunity to take advantage of that by taking a high ceiling player and letting Gregg Williams work his magic. (Jon Greenard or Alton Robinson also work here)
Round 4 PIck 14 - AJ Dillon, RB, Boston College - Now that we have the OL rebuilt, it's time we invest in a running back with a mid round pick to spell Bell. The last RB the Jets drafted above round 5 was Bilal Powell, it's time for that to change
Round 5 Pick 12 - Javaris Davis, CB, Auburn - The Jets are happy to see Davis still on the board. A player whose been compared to Jonathan Jones, the Jets are happy to give Gregg Williams some additional clay at the CB position to mold.
Round 6 Pick 12 - Van Jefferson, WR, Florida - Van Jefferson is a receiver who falls deep into day 3 because of injury concerns and depth of the class, the Jets who have inside info from his dad, who is the receiver coach, on his health are happy to get a bargain for him with an early 6th rounder. He starts out as a special teamer and our backup Z receiver.
Round 6 Pick 32 - Kyle Murphy, OG/OT, Rhode Island - The Jets add another piece to help fire up the competition for the backup positions on the line. Only the dedicated stay. Brian Winters is immediately cut after the draft.