My ideal mock draft for the Jets has a heavy focus on adding to our offense however I also try to target our biggest needs on defense at outside linebacker and corner back. I’d be ecstatic with this draft as I truly believe each player has the potential to become a starter. And so we begin with…
Pick #11: Andrew Thomas OT, Georgia
At 6’ 5", 315 pounds, Thomas fits the mold of an NFL starting tackle and has been one of the top tackles in football with experience playing on the left or right. My number 2 OT behind Jedrick Wills, Andrew Thomas is viewed as one of the safest tackle in the draft but also has been speculated to have a lower ceiling than the other top 4 tackles. In his college career he was a Freshman All-American (2017), First-Team All-American (2018), Unanimous All-American and the winner of the Jacobs Blocking Trophy (2019). According to PFF Andrew Thomas is the top tackle in college football in the draft with a 93.1 overall grade. PFF also has Andrew Thomas in the top 3 as a pass protector in win rate and pressure rate allowed as well as grading in the top 4 as a run blocker. After a non-spectacular combine, Thomas has slid and has been one of the last tackles off the board in many mocks I’ve seen. I believe Thomas is one of the best tackles in the class and will immediately upgrade our pass protection and run game.
Pick #48: Michael Pittman Jr WR, USC
I have officially fallen head over heels for Michael Pittman and believe he will be a game changer for the Jets bottom 5 offense. His combination of size, 6’ 4", and quickness, top 4 in the 3-cone drill and 20 yard shuttle, project well to the NFL and will be a red zone threat on day 1. With only 5 drops in 176 catchable targets he has incredibly sure hands and consistently won 50/50 balls throughout his college career. Pittman also displays high intelligence having the highest wonderlic score among wide receivers. Would give the Jets a big bodied wide receiver we haven’t had since Brandon Marshall.
Pick #68: Bryce Hall CB, Virginia
Going defense for the 1st time the Jets pickup a wide receiver converted cornerback who brought his ball tracking over to the defensive side of the ball. Had an insane 21 passes defended and 2 interceptions which made him PFF’s top corner in 2018 grading at an elite 91.2. However an ankle injury cost him most of his senior year and resulted in him sliding to the 3rd round. Over the past 3 seasons he has the second-best forced incompletion percentage of 24.8%. Would provide more young talent to our secondary to hopefully for a duo the Bless Austin on the outside.
Pick #79: Bryan Edwards WR, South Carolina
Edwards brings a blend of athleticism and size that will help him create mismatches in the NFL as he can play both in the slot and out wide. He’s a physical wide receiver with good hands and will power through tackles but is also quick enough to create separation and get open. A late season injury cost him the end of his senior year and the combine making him hard to project. He’s an average route runner but significantly improved his senior year. Interesting to note that he had at least one catch every game in his 4 year career.
Pick #120: Alex Highsmith OLB, Charlotte
Addressing arguably our thinnest position, Highsmith is a twitchy outside line backer that usually wins with finesse instead of power. A walk on in 2015 Highsmith would go on to be an impact player generating 35% of his teams QB’s pressures and finishing with his 21.5 tackles for loss and 14 sacks in 2019. As a result, he received first-team All-Conference USA and third-team All-American by the associated. He needs to add strength but there is no question about his explosiveness and agility. Highsmith also brings a variety of pass rush moves and counters allowing him to overwhelm opposing lineman. Highsmith has improved over his 4 year career at Charlotte going from a 60.9 pass rushing grad to 91.4 this past season. Questions about arm length have hurt his stock but I believe they’re overstated and easily worth the risk in the 4th round.
Pick #158: Devin Duvernay WR, Texas
FAST. The 2015 Texas State Champ in the 100 m showed off his speed at the combine running a 4.39s 40 yard dash and was consistently among the top wide receivers in agility drills. At 5’ 10", 200 pounds he is a dense player and shows it after the catch powering through tackles and fighting for extra yards. Across the nation he had the 2nd most screen receptions (42) and converted that into 17 1st downs and 14 broken tackles. He has good hands and is solid at tracking the ball but has limited catch radius due to his size. He projects as a slot corner but needs to work on his route running and loosening his hips on breaks. If he makes that change he can be a dangerous weapon with his blazing speed and physical running style. "Runs like he hates humanity as he blasts through tacklers" (NFL.com)
Pick #191: Yasir Durant OL, Missouri
Was a top junior college guard before transferring to Missouri where he moved to left tackle. Positional flexibility is huge at this point in the draft and at 6’ 6" 331 pounds he can play tackle in the NFL. A better pass blocker than run blocker but there are questions if he has the speed to keep up with some speed rushers. I see him as a quality backup who can play across the line and potentially develop into a starter. 2018 gives a glimpse of his upside where he only allowed 8 pressures and 0 sacks all year.
Pick #210: Trey Adams OT, Notre Dame
Was once an ascending young tackle before an ACL injury cost him half his sophomore year and a herniated disk cost most of his junior year. However, in 2019 he returned to play all 12 games and was All-Pac-12 honors. At 6’ 8" he has tantalizing size but also brings major injury concerns and poor movement skills.
This would add much needed talent to the Jets wide receiver core with two big targets in Michael Pittman and Bryan Edwards, and speed with Devin Duvernay. All the wide receivers I added have sure hands and are physical players which we lacked with Robby and Crowder. Andrew Thomas gives the Jets a day 1 starter on the left side which allows Edoga and Fant to compete on the right side. Yasir Durant and Trey Adams provide much needed offensive line depth with and I believe have the potential to become a starters. We add to our cornerback room with Bryce Hall who is a ball hawking corner that slid due to an injury and Highsmith who has a high motor and variety of tools.. In total with this draft I hope the Jets can get 2/4 immediate impact players with the 1st 4 picks and special team contributors and backups with the potential to become starters in a few years.