I didn’t sleep well last night. Draft night eve has taken the place of Christmas when it comes to tossing and turning in bed from childlike anticipation. In mere hours we will be adding a valuable piece, or possibly even pieces, to our rebuilding puzzle. A great draft class can turn a franchise around rather quickly. Before the real thing gets on its way, I want to throw out one last mock. I will also be making live picks right before JD makes his choices. You can follow along live on Twitter @ZazzyJets. At the end I will be comparing my picks to his.
Jedrick Wills, OT, Alabama
It is anyone’s guess which tackle will make it to 11 if any. I will go with my favorite Jedrick Wills. It’s a pick your flavor class for the tackles this year. It’s really all about preference. To me, Wills is the cleanest of the tackle prospects. When it comes to being explosive and athletic, he checks both boxes in bold font. He is scheme diverse, so there aren’t any issues of him not fitting in with any future schemes if there is a regime change. I fell in love with Wills watching the LSU game. I was actually watching Leatherwood at the time, but Wills stole the show. Chaisson was having 0 luck against Wills, so he switched to the other side and started beating up against Leatherwood. Wills is the kind of brute we need nailing down Sam’s blindside for years to come.
Jalen Reagor, WR, TCU
It’s about time we get some offensive playmakers to get this offense humming. It will be a recurring theme in this mock draft, and hopefully also in our real draft. Reagor is an explosive playmaker that can win at all levels of the field. Don’t be turned off by his diminutive presence. He plays a lot bigger. He can highpoint and contourt his body with the best of them. He has all the tools to be #1 WR. I chalk up his less than spectacular 2019 to a poor QB showing.
Jonah Jackson, IOL, Ohio State
With our first pick we took possibly our future LT. Next we should turn to our interior. The more the better. Jackson is the ideal fit because he is scheme diverse. He has the mobility to work it in zone, and the hands and base to hold up in gap. He can move in and end up starting in place of Winters sooner rather than later.
Isaiah Hodgins, WR, Oregon St.
If my first 3 picks haven’t said that I want to give Sam a fighting chance, here is one more pick to help him out. This WR class is as deep as they come. If we don’t at least double dip in this pond, I will be disappointed. Reagor is the speed, home run threat. Hodgins wins differently, and adds a little variety. Isaiah has some of the best hands in the class. In addition, he is a sneaky good route runner. He won’t blow anyone away with speed, but he has enough to get separation. The cherry on top is that he is 6’4” and a huge red zone threat.
Anfernee Jennings, EDGE, Alabama
I have ignored defense long enough. I don’t really like this EDGE class that much, but there are a few prospects that I can see playing roles in the future. I have liked Jennings since last year. He isn’t crazy athletic, but he does a lot well. He is solid in setting the edge, and has a great motor. I love his length which helps keep him clean. I can see him replacing Jenkins in the near future.
Parnell Motley, CB, Oklahoma
Despite the emergence of Bless Austin and the signing of Pierre Desir, we need secondary depth. Motley is my top sleeper CB. Motley has a little island potential in him. He faced a lot of very good receivers, and for the most part, took them all down. He is at his best in press man on the outside. Motley has been widely overlooked, and didn’t even get a Combine invite. I think passing on his potential would be a mistake.
JJ Taylor, RB, Arizona
I don’t see Bell staying after this year. It is time for the Jets to find some depth and maybe someone to replace him. Taylor is diminutive at a whopping 5’5”. He plays like he is much bigger though. He is not afraid to run through people to pick up the tough yards. He is also pretty elusive with quick feet and fluid cuts. He is also a weapon as a receiver. I only wish he had a 2nd gear to be a homerun threat. With that said, he can still develop into a difference maker.
Quez Watkins, WR, So. Miss
I was debating what to do with this pick. I was tossing between a kicker or another weapon for Sam to thrive with. I went with the latter. There is no such thing as bringing in too many weapons. Enter Quez Watkins of Southern Mississippi. Watkins at full speed is hard to deal with. On-top of that, he can go up and get it. It doesn’t hurt to have another burner who can win 50/50 balls constantly. He would make a dynamic receiving core, even more well rounded.