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Without further ado, I bring to you, Gang Green Nation’s Highlight Reel for the past week:
Username97 mocks the draft.
Stand Up Guy mocks the draft.
UnderCoverScout mocks the first round of the draft.
On Sam Darnold’s career play:
It’s a hot and heavy topic.
1) there has been some inspiring play from Darnold, but certainly not to everyone’s liking. 2) he’s missed 6 games, which effects the overall opinion on him to some degree. If you carry out his averages over the 26 games it would translate to 7,200 yds, 44 TD’s and 34 INT’s for 32 games played. And it should be considered that even some of the games he played last year may’ve been affected by his illness. For comparison, the greatest QB prospect to come out of college the last 20+ years threw for 7,800 yds, 52 TD’s and 43 INT’s in his first 32 games played. People still believed he would be great. It helps they went 13-3 his second year, but that’s besides the point. He was 16-16. Darnold is 11-15. There is a difference, but I wouldn’t call it extreme or alarming. 3) Let’s hope he plays a full 16 games this year. If he does I’m sure you’ll see enough to believe he has taken ‘the next step’. But even if he does, and the Jets still have a subpar season, I suspect most will still want Gase fired. And maybe rightly so. Maybe not, and who knows right now. But it’d be nice if both QB and coach could have a winning season this year, for more reasons than one.
On trading down with the Falcons:
Moving down to #16 would be terrible.
The 16th spot in the draft seems like no mans land for the Jets. At that spot the top 4 OT’s and Lamb/Jeudy/Ruggs will most likely have all just went off the board. So what are you supposed to do? Reach for a 2nd tier OL prospect at 16 or draft a receiver like Justin Jefferson? All for what, an extra 3rd rounder? Hard pass on that. They’d actually be better off trading further down into like the early/mid 20’s. More picks accumulated and less of a reach for someone like Jefferson/Mims/Josh Jones. But the best thing to do is just stay at 11 and pick the best WR (my preference) or OL available.
On Jamal Adams:
You pay premium talent
End of story. If you have an All-Pro on a hall of fame trajectory at 24 years old you don’t trade them. I don’t care they’re a kicker you don’t move them. Jamal Adams is guaranteed elite player for as long as you have him. You hope and you pray that a player you pick becomes Adams. The Seahawks didn’t trade Thomas or Chancellor, the Ravens didn’t trade Reed, the Steelers didn’t trade Polamalu. All of those teams won multiple Super Bowls. Elite talent wins games, not talent at specific positions because of an arbitrary idea of positional value. An average CB/EDGE/OT is not worth more than an All-Pro at any position end of story.
On the moves made on the O-line:
Got to say I’m really interested to see how this unit does this season. Douglas has expressed many times that the O-line is a key unit and said he’s going to address it. I mean we’ll have to wait but think he brought in some nice guys with McGovern at Center and Van Roten at Guard. It will be interesting to see what he does in the draft as well and if he goes O-linemen in the 1st round. If he does it seems he will be hoping his pick along with the two signings he’s done (both for three years) can help create a good unit for this team. If by some chance say these three guys end up working out then your set at Center, Guard, and Tackle but then still need two other guys another Guard and Tackle. Does Douglas try to address this even more the next off-season or through a trade or hope someone else can step up? I mean there really isn’t much to get excited about. Got bums like Harrison and a bunch of no names, Winters is likely out sooner or later, and then Lewis who was meh as well. Only guy left is Chumbawamba who also had a very iffy season. Only hope is that he was a rookie and will get better with more playing time.
On why Andrew Thomas is jumping back up the mock draft boards:
I’ve made this point before. When push comes to shove the majority of GMs aren’t willing to take perceived risks in the top half of the first round for the sake of their own job security. Like when Gettleman, a new GM, took Saquon over Sam. The basic football logic dictated that even if Sam had a 50/50 shot of being a franchise caliber QB, that means there’s a 50% chance Gettleman’s losing his job (at least that’s the perception) whereas Saquon realistically had like a >75% chance of being a top-10 RB in the league. Saquon is great and the Giants still stink which forced them to reach for Jones the following year which even then they took because of his similarities to Eli and the Cutcliffe-Manning ties. Teams will opt Thomas because he’s a multi-year starter at LT that produced at a high level on winning SEC team. The only other OT at the top of this class to start multiple years at LT is Josh Jones and his level of competition at Houston was significantly lower than Georgia’s.
On the OT’s in the draft:
Wills, Becton, Thomas, Wirfs, Jones
Wills is a great combo of high upside, high floor. Only issue is that he’s only played RT, but I see no reason why he can’t play LT. Becton is an athletic freak, and already an excellent run blocker. His pass blocking technique needs work, but he’s steadily improved through his career, and the ceiling is just too high to pass up. Thomas has the high-level LT experience, and is already a very good run blocker. Pass blocking technique needs work, and his athleticism is only solid, which increases his risk and decreases his upside, respectively. Still a good prospect, and not far behind Becton. Wirfs is also an athletic freak, but I’ve seen too many reports saying he may end up at guard to be comfortable taking him over the other three. Jones (and Jackson) are solid prospects, but both are raw as hell technique-wise, and probably need time before they’re even ready to start at RT. (Personal favorite among the second tier is Niang, who I think is a plug-and-play starter at RT, and is a reasonably safe bet to be a good long-term starter at RT.)
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