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My Two Cents on the Jets Offseason

Brilliant Analysis by an Expert

Football Player Mark Gastineau

The Jets just finished the 2020 NFL Draft. Football scholars are bestowing us their wisdoms about their proficiency. These articulations are foolish because no one has seen any of these players take a single snap in the NFL. Media outlets race to put a grade on a pick as soon as it is announced, like a teacher with plans for later in the day. These grades are inane. Some players will exceed, and some players will lag behind their supposed values in the coming years. Some will start out great only to fade. Some will start out slow only to become skillful. How would we judge these writers directly out of college?

Yet the Draft is a reflection of the offseason as a whole. Teams gain and lose players after every season. They are replaced through free agency and the Draft. If a team loses only a few players in a year then the urgency is lessened. Free agency and the Draft are more about upgrading rather than retooling. If a team has a high turnover in personnel then the offseason becomes more important. Player evaluations are critical. Money must be allocated efficiently. Some teams go through near total overhauls. The New York Jets fall into that category.


Of the men on the final roster, the 53 men plus players on injured reserve and suspension, the Jets declined to bring back or terminated the contracts of 19 players.

The Trumaine Johnson contract should serve as a stark reminder of absurdly frivolous spending of the Maccagnan Era as he doled out a 5 year $72,500,000 contract with a $20,000,000 signing bonus and $45,000,000 guaranteed at signing It is uncertain whether Maccagnan ever met Johnson before signing him. When the Jets do release Johnson they will incur an eventual $12,000,000 hit in dead money for this contract over the next few years. The Jets will save $11,000,000 on this year’s salary cap which can be rolled over to next year if left unused. This contract not an outlier for Maccagnan as he gave out equally head scratching contracts to Darrelle Revis along with CJ Mosley. Contracts like these can cripple teams unless they get extraordinary production. Team building was not a Maccagnan strong suit, really nothing was.

Free Agency

New GM Joe Douglas did re-sign 6 Jets free agents for a total of $10,375,000. The majority went to Jordan Jenkins ($5 million) and Neville Hewitt ($2 million). These were all one year contracts which means the Jets will look to upgrade from these players in the future or bring some back at costs relative to their performances.

The Jets started slow in free agency then finally signed an offensive tackle from Seattle in George Fant. Fant (28 years old in July) was signed by the Seattle Seahawks as an undrafted free agent in 2016. Fant was a basketball player at Western Kentucky from 2011 through 2015 and was named all conference 3 seasons in a row. When his eligibility in basketball was up he used his 5th year eligibility to play football. He had a family to support, and the only offers for his basketball skills were from a team in Poland. As a TE he appeared in two games making a single catch for 7 yards.

Fant was signed by the Seahawks as a UDFA because he was listed as an offensive lineman at Western Kentucky’s pro day (he weighed 296 lbs), and Seattle co-director of personnel Trent Kirchner liked his athleticism. He ran a 4.84/40, with a 4.54 shuttle, 7.20 sec 3-cone, 37” vert, 119” broad and 22 reps on the bench.The Seahawks kept him on the roster because of the athleticism and his long arms. Fant started 10 games in 2016 (because of injury to the starting LT) but missed the 2017 with a torn ACL that occurred in preseason. After that he was a reserve lineman in 2018 and 2019.

Fant’s career PFF grades (which are subjective at best) had him ranked 76th of 76 tackles in 2016, 27th of 80 in 2018 and 57th of 81 in 2019. The Jets believed in his athleticism and gave Fant a Mike Maccagnan like contract. It is a 3 year deal worth $27,300,000 contract with $13,700,000 guaranteed. This was a seriously huge contract to a player who has never excelled at his position. The Jets were enamored with the athleticism (just like the Seahawks) with little results to show for it. Fant could continue to get better, but he is nearly 28 years old. I just don’t see the upside in Fant as a player.

Everything that is done on a roster has far reaching effects on a team. NFL teams have limited space for players. They usually only dress 3 offensive tackles on game day so Fant is guaranteed to be one of those players (protecting Sam Darnold’s blindside) no matter how he plays.

The Jets then signed Connor McGovern a center from Denver to a 3 year/$27,000,000 contract with $18,000,000 guaranteed. McGovern is a 27 year old player who has developed well over the last 3 years. Last year his PFF grade was 11th out of 37 players at the center position. McGovern seems to be an ascending player who can be a stabilizing force in the middle of the offensive line. Nothing is guaranteed but McGovern seems to be a good gamble considering what the Jets have had at the center position the last few years.

When you are a team like the Jets who have not been to the Playoffs in a decade you sometimes have to play a little (or a lot) more for talent than contending teams. Joe Douglas realized he needs a building block player as the center of his line so he paid McGovern accordingly. This salary is in line with other quality interior line players.

With a dearth of receivers on the roster Joe Douglas gave WR Breshad Perriman a $6,500,000 one year contract. Perriman is a player who was drafted in the 1st round by the Ravens the year after Joe Douglas went to the Chicago Bears. Perriman had a multitude of injury problems as well as dropped passes when he did play throughout his career. He has played 4 years with on 96 career receptions for 1,561 yards and 11 TDs.

Perriman does have great speed, posting 40 times of 4.24 and 4.27 at his pro day. He excelled when needed late last season. In his last 5 games he had 37 receptions for 506 yards and 5 TDs. Perriman is still shy of his 27th birthday so would be a guess to say that he has turned the corner in his career, and he can be counted on as a playmaker. It is an expensive one year prove it deal, but we shall find out after the season if it was worth it or not. The fact it is only a one year deal makes the contract acceptable.

From there Joe Douglas handed out lower level contracts to OG Greg Van Roten $10.5 million over 3 years with only $3 million guaranteed, CB Pierre Desir 1 year $3.75 million, ILB Patrick Onwuasor 1 year $2 million, OG Josh Andrews 1 year $1,047,500 contract.

These were the contracts handed out to non-New York Jet players. Fant is the one head scratcher. The other contracts seem to be fairly reasonable. The reason for this type of contract will be explained shortly.

The NFL Draft

The Jets went into this Draft with specific needs but had to be careful not to pick for only today while leaving the future to chance. They had the 11th pick so they could have moved up, but they resisted that temptation and stayed at 11. In a stacked class like this it is best to trade down if possible to gain more selections. You trade up in Drafts with limited talent, not in years where the pool of talent is deep.

Pick 11- Mekhi Becton OT Louisville 6’ 7 3/8” 364 lbs

Becton is a massive human with equally massive upside as a player. He is still raw in his sets. He may need to lose 15 lbs to increase his quickness. He has elite length 35 5/8” arms and a wingspan of almost 7 feet. He is absurdly strong. He did only 23 reps on the bench, but that is quite a bit when you have near 36” arms. Short armed guys all do the 35-40 rep bench sets which mean almost nothing.

He has not faced the type of speed he will see in the NFL, and Louisville had a quick passing offense that limited the time Becton needed to keep edge rushers away. He should improve with NFL coaching. Once Becton does gets his hands on you the play is done. He is not really a drive blocker in the run game, but he is so powerful in his upper body he can push away huge men out of the play with ease. Becton is a unique talent.

Becton’s tape is quite amazing. He moves people with such ease when he gets position. No player I can remember has the ability to just annihilate one side of the line like Becton routinely does.I can see how Joe Douglas became enamored with Becton. He can do things few other humans can. He is a young kid (only turned 21 a few weeks ago) so if he works on his athleticism, sculpting his body through training, he has an upside unrivaled by any prospect in recent memory.

His former coach at Louisville Bobby Petrino said, “The most impressive thing about him is he can reverse-dunk.” The remarkable thing about that is when Bobby Petrino was at Louisville (He was fired during the 2018 season.) Becton was heavier than he is now.

From where Joe Douglas was sitting he has the choice of Becton or Tristan Wirfs who is also a great prospect and a high quality kid. Joe chose the player with the higher ceiling but also the lower floor. I personally like that approach, and time will tell if he was correct in his assumption.Bottom line is it is tough to win in the NFL, and you rarely get anywhere playing it safe. Ultimately Joe went with his assessment then made his choice. As long as that is the way he made his choice I am good with it.

I would have made the same selection of Becton if I was choosing.

Pick 48- Trade

This was the highlight of the Draft for me. Joe traded down 11 spots then picked up another late 3rd round choice (#101) because of the move. This is not done haphazardly. This is a belief in your board and your scouting acumen. John B and I talked before the draft about this exact type situation. It would take too long to go into all the details, but Joe knew the odds were on his side that he could trade down and get his player. He is a better man than I at this point because I had Denzel Mims much higher than #59. Yet Joe knows how many other scouts view players so he gambled (and won) that his guy would still be there. Joe showed the coolness and composure of a serious poker player with this move. I wasn’t totally happy with the entire Draft outcome, but this move was above an A++ for me.

I for one would not have had the stones to trade that far down; great job Joe.

Pick 59- Denzel Mims WR 6’ 3” 207 lbs

Mims is a special player who dominated the Combine with a 4.38/40 39” vert and a 6.66 3- cone drill (best at the Combine). He is an ascending player who doesn’t get the respect as he should because he played in the Big XII. He is a big, strong receiver who can fly and out jump any CB for a ball. He has strong hands to keep the ball once he snags it out of the air. He was said to have poor hands, but he dropped only 5 balls in all of 2019 (66 receptions). By the way he played the entire year with a broken hand. He is one tough kid.

In high school he won the Texas state 200 meter race by 20 meters. Through hard work he will become an even better receiver. The Jets’ receivers coach is great at teaching technique. Mims posted all of his stats 186 receptions, 2,925 yards, 28 TDs without great technique. Once he learns to drop his hips and explode out of breaks he will get fantastic separation. In two or three years I believe he will be considered the steal of this Draft. He will also have a huge chip on his shoulder ( I like that he is going to make everyone pay for skipping him. I was very happy to get Mims and would have selected him myself.

Pick #68- Ashtyn Davis S 6’ 1” 202 lbs

This is where I think the Jets went off the rails a little bit. Safety is not a priority position with Marcus Maye and Jamal Adams in place. I also had Ashtyn much lower of a prospect. He is said to be a elite athlete, but I watched 5 games and did not see that. He is fast, but he doesn’t have great hips. He is not super strong, and he doesn’t wrap tackle. He doesn’t read route combinations like he should plus he doesn’t track the ball very well in coverage. He is smart but not instinctive. Those are two completely different traits. I think Joe was mesmerized by his elite character. When scouts talk about Ashtyn that is the first thing they mention, not his football abilities. He profiles as a nickel corner and a standout special teams player. I could have gotten that later in the Draft. I was actually hoping for another trade down as I had a group of players I liked just below this level starting around pick #75.

I know some people wanted the Jets to pick Josh Jones who I think will develop into a great tackle. He wasn’t an option for two reasons. First Jones has skills but needs serious work on his kick slide. There are no OTAs and minicamps this year that the Jets could have used to work on that skill. A kick slide is not hard to teach, but it does take time to develop the technique and muscle memory. So Jones might have to take a “redshirt season” in 2020 due to the lack of practice.

Second the Jets had already selected Mekhi Becton in the 1st round. That means there are Becton, Fant and Edoga as tackles on the roster. You only have so much space on a roster, and 3 is usually the max for tackles. You can have a guard that can play tackle in an emergency so on game day you have 3 with a OT/OG option. If you draft a developmental tackle later (say round 4, 5, 6 or 7) you can hide him on a practice squad with the knowledge that most teams will not keep a fourth tackle like that on the roster. Even if you do lose him the Draft capital loss is fairly minimal.

With the expanded roster size 55 player instead of 53, you could hide a player on your roster who you might never play. By doing so during the Draft you are limiting your options for your roster in April without the benefit of training camp or any practices. Also Jones is a left tackle prospect so you would be using two of your first three picks on the same position.

It is not absurd to have 4 tackles on a roster, but it does mean you have to shave a player off another area of your team. Many teams prefer to keep an extra DB because the attrition in that group is usually the highest on the team.

I really liked Jones as a prospect, but his skill set is much more suited to playing a left tackle position rather than the right side. Once the Jets had selected Becton the urgency switched to other areas of the team.

Last year when Avert Williamson went down in the preseason followed by CJ Mosley in the first game the two starting ILBs were done pretty much before the season started. The Jets needed to sign linebackers for depth. By holding on to a prospect who may not be able to play you are inviting problems and limiting roster flexibility.

Now the Jets were stuck between a rock and a hard place when it came to the offensive tackles thanks to Mike Maccagnan. Joe Douglas had to overpay a player like Fant because if he didn’t he would be going into the Draft needing a left tackle. What if he couldn’t get one? Joe himself said that he envisioned a Draft where the top four tackles may be gone before he picked. Also even if he got Becton, was he going to be ready to start on day one?

To hedge his bets, Joe signed Fant. This in turn prevented the Jets from doubling up on tackles. Many might think that Edoga could slide over to guard, but we currently have 7 guards on the roster with roster room for maybe 3 or 4. Edoga also doesn’t have a great skill set to play guard right now.

A trade down would have netted us more pick,s and the players I was looking at in that range were Devin Duvernay, Damien Lewis, Jonah Jackson, Matt Hennessy, Lloyd Cushenberry, or Tyre Phillips. If you wanted a safety there was Terrell Burgess in the same region of the Draft who I had rated much higher than Davis. All in all I think the Davis selection was a misstep ,but that is just my take on this. Informed minds can disagree.

Ultimately I had WR Devin Duvernay in this spot who had over 100 receptions this year for Texas. He is lightning fast (love more speed) and would be a great compliment to Jamison Crowder. As a slot player he is more of a vertical threat so you could have two slot guys with diverse skill sets. The Jets could move on from Crowder’s big contract after the year if they so desired. Additionally Duvernay has played every receiver spot so he has versatility.

I would have taken Devin Duvernay if I could not trade down.

Pick # 79- Jabari Zuniga Edge 6’ 3” 264 lbs 33” arms

Zuniga is one of those players who will jump off the screen when you watch his games then disappear for long stretches. He is a difficult player to scout because you have no idea why he can’t continue to be a force when he is going up against the same players he just beat. I never like players like this because you never know who you are going to get. I actually had his teammate Jonathan Greenard a couple spots above him.

This is a spot that I wanted ILB Malik Harrison who I believe will be a top 10 ILB in two or three years. He would replace Williamson and be a better player for much less money. You could trade Williamson for a late round pick. Also I loved DB Bryce Hall. Hall had a terrible ankle injury, but I had no medical info on him. The Jets took him later with this information I didn’t have that.

I don’t know what Zuniga will bring to the Jets, and I don’t think Joe Douglas knows either. He is a definite talent but a question mark. I would have rode with the players I felt much more confidence in.I would have taken Bryce Hall with the pick hoping Malik Harrison would fall, which he didn’t. If I had some of the medical reports that other teams had I would have known that Hall was slotted lower. If I did have this information I would have selected Malik Harrison and picked Hall later.

Pick #101- Traded This was the pick that the Jets received in the trade down earlier. The Jets received #125 and #129 along with a 2021 6th round pick from the Patriots.

I had numerous players I was looking at with this pick, but this was a severe overpay for the pick that there is no way the Jets could turn down. If the Jets were title contenders I may say no, but the truth is the Jets need as much help as they can get so this was a win. This is another coup for Joe Douglas. He added to his draft capital in 2020 and 2021. Mike Maccagnan should be taking notes.

Pick # 120- La’Mical Perine RB Florida 5’ 11 218

I had Perine about a round lower than this, but he is a decent RB. He is not real fast but not slow. He has some good tape, but he is the dime a dozen runner you can get anytime. I wanted Patrick Taylor from Memphis who is bigger than Perine and faster. He was a late 6th round/early 7th on my board. He went undrafted. I also wanted Darrynton Evans, but he was gone.

Still Joe may be looking back, wondering why he choose Perine right here and not a little later. He had three picks in nine spots. This theory will be explained with the next pick.

I was looking here at WR Gabriel Davis, OG Cameron Clark, or TE Brycen Hopkins. I can live with the pick and can see why he chose Perine. It was a guy he liked. Perine more than doubled his receptions in 2019 so he has receiving skills other backs don’t have. Joe saw RBs starting to disappear. He got what he could when he could. A number of running backs went earlier than I thought they would. Maybe Joe felt the same way. I would have taken TE prospect Brycen Hopkins with the pick myself. He is another offensive threat to add to the arsenal, and with Herndon playing so little he would be a nice hedge against injury at the position. Plus I think he can develop into a very good offensive player.

Pick #125- James Morgan QB FIU 6’ 4” 215 lbs

This is the pick many Jet fans disliked because they felt that Joe had reached for Morgan who had a poor 2019 campaign and is not a great athlete. I would have to concur with all those assumptions. think I know why Joe selected Morgan when he did.

First many scouts or well versed football people have a type of QB they like. He could be a solid guy like Bart Starr, a shrewd calm player like Joe Montana, or a strong arm guy like Joe Namath. You like who you like. People tend to stay with what they like.

Who does Joe like as a QB? Well we know he was the guy banging the table for Joe Flacco from Delaware when he was a scout with the Ravens. Flacco was a low level QB who couldn’t beat out Tyler Palko at Pitt so he transferred to Delaware. Flacco had one good season (out of two) he spent at Delaware, kind of like Morgan.

What type of QB was Joe Flacco? Joe Flacco is a small school QB who was big (6’6 3/8”), a tough guy with a strong arm.

What type of QB is James Morgan? James Morgan is a small school QB who is big (6’ 4”), a tough guy with a strong arm.

I think Joe might have been kicking himself a little because he drafted Perine at pick 120 and only had five picks before his next selection. The QB who was selected between those two picks is Jacob Eason who is big (6’ 6”) and a tough guy with a big arm. I had Eason well above Morgan on my board and was mildly surprised he wasn’t selected before this (he went with pick #122 to Indy).

I had heard the Jets would select a QB in this draft to backup Darnold since the two players who backed him up in 2019 were not real tough guys and lacked big arms as Joe likes. Morgan was the only QB left who fit the bill and may have been Joe’s fallback option if he missed out on Eason. Still I think Eason going three spot earlier had to hurt.

I liked Eason as a developmental QB and would have taken him here if he was available. I was not sold on Morgan, but I might have taken him later or another QB like Jake Fromm or Tyler Huntley. I am not so hung up on type when looking for a backup QB.

Eason was different, a player I thought who could actually compete with Darnold in a few years if Darnold doesn’t progress. He has starter type traits but lacks the football acuity to challenge now. He is fixable with coaching.

Coach Gase actually stated that he and Joe Douglas loved his skill set, his ability to learn systems, his love of football, and his competitive nature. He stated that at that time he was the highest rated player on their board. He liked him quite a bit.

Also there was talk that the Patriots really liked Morgan. They were rumored to take him in the Draft so he was probably in their plans. The Hoodie didn’t have a pick for a while, but he likes to jump around the board so maybe he was an option. I don’t know. I know I had Eason far ahead of Morgan as a prospect, and I might have taken him at the next pick #129 if he was still on the board which he wasn’t.

Since my backup QB plan was not available I had a backup offensive tackle plan. I felt that Prince Tega Wanogho has starter type traits but needs a ton of technical work to actually play in the NFL. I thought he was worth a chance so I was looking to choose him and stash him on the practice squad until he was proficient enough to become a swing tackle. Heck George Fant had nearly no practice as a tackle before he was brought in so let’s try with the Prince. He could have been a home run for a fourth round pick.I was astonished that he wasn’t selected until pick #210 by Philly.

My Pick here would have been OT prince Tega Wanogho

Pick #129- Cameron Clark OT/OG UNC Charlotte 6’ 4” 308 lbs

Clark is a big man who supplies versatility on the offensive line. He was an All State center in high school. He played some guard and was a three year starter at left tackle in college. He was also voted the offensive MVP of the team as a sophomore and a team captain the last two years. Clark has great length and superior upper body strength. He has a nasty play demeanor with huge strong hands.

I had written an article on Clark just a few days before the draft and really like his skill set and his position versatility. He needs some technical work but he has the tools to become a solid starter. He also has the quick feet that could work in the Jets scheme.

I actually liked a player better who was also a left tackle in Tyre Phillips. Phillips is much bigger (6’ 5” 331 lbs) with great power, but he doesn’t have the movement skills to work in the Jets system. The only other player I liked and had ranked before here was Amik Robertson a slot corner. With all things equal I wanted the offensive line help instead of an extra slot corner. If we had traded down before this might have been different, but I would have taken Cameron Clark here.

Pick #158 Bryce Hall CB Virginia 6’ 1 1/4” 202 lbs 32 1/4” arms

Hall was a player who I really liked coming into the Draft. (I picked him at #79 after all.) Obviously there must have been some medical issues that could not be resolved due to the lack of medical checks because of the pandemic. Hall was checked by doctors at the Combine, but the lack of further rechecks may have scared off some GMs.

Hall is not that fast to begin with, and he did have a gruesome injury in Week 6 of the season so there wasn’t ample time to completely heal.

He is a smart kid with great length, a high character person and a very competitive player. He was a team leader and had great anticipation. He is more of a zone corner who is great with the play in front of him. He is solid in his ability to click and close on the play so he should fit well in our system. He is a tough kid, a good tackler with great ball skills.

Since I had selected him earlier I was looking for value in a player. Some of the players I was looking at were WR Tyler Johnson, CB’s Harrison Hand, Kindle Vildor, or Dane Jackson or edge rusher Bradlee Anae.

I had not taken an edge player, and Anae was my top rated edge player left. I think he is more of a pass rush specialist who could also work on special teams so I wasn’t real high on him. Yet this late in the draft he was worth the shot.

I would have taken Bradlee Anae.

Pick #191 Braden Mann P Texas A&M 5’ 11 3/8” 198 lbs

Mann is a fine punter and seems like a nice choice. I regularly expound that many teams foolishly like to “cheap out” on the kicking game which to me is idiotic. I have repeatedly preached the narrative on how important special teams are. It seems that a great special team can be the difference in one or two more wins for a team a year. In a league where many games each week are decided by a touchdown or less it would behoove you to have great special teams.

You then could make the case that a kicker is maybe more important than a punter so Rodrigo Blankenship might be the way to go. Blankenship was the Lou Groza Award winner as the best kicker in college as a even better choice than Mann. Many teams have driven down the field in the waning seconds of a game only to have a kicker shank the kick for a heartbreaking loss. Rodrigo went undrafted but was picked up by Colts.

You could then could come to a conclusion that these positions are too important for a rookie. The vital role they play is so important that you can’t trust them to a kid who has never played a down in the NFL.

It might cost you a couple more dollars, but I would rather have a recently released Dustin Colquitt as my punter than a rookie Every year a kicker like Greg Zuerlein or Matt Prater comes available. Some of the better kickers in the league, Harrison Butker, Will Lutz and Josh Lambo were available at one time and pleading teams to take them.

Justin Tucker was a kicker that Baltimore wanted in his Draft year. They loved him but never took him in the Draft not wanting to waste a pick. Instead they told him to hang tight and we will bring you in as a UDFA. He is still there.

If you have a glut of picks like the Vikings had this year then you could see using a selection on one. Yet the Vikings didn’t Draft Blankenship or punter Michael Turk (he of the 25 bench press reps at the combine). Turk actually had the greatest punting game in college history in 2019 by averaging 63.0 yards a punt on his 5 punts. He is still a UDFA who has not yet signed. So if the Jets didn’t draft Mann they possibly could have brought him in as a UDFA. Michael Turk is still out there today, and you would have another Draft choice.

This also a place that my strategy of asking for a 7th round pick in trades would also work. Many team GMs (Maccagnan hated 7th round picks.) would rather foolishly trade away these picks. These picks could be used to bring in kickers or special team mavens you might like to add to your team at a low price.

At this selection I was looking to bring in another receiver (I selected two already.) as I want to have a well rounded ground. I also looked at S Anione Brooks (3rd safety and special teams), WR James Proche, WR Kalija Lipscomb, WR Isaiah Hodgins, RB Eno Benjamin, and CB Dane Jackson.

I would have selected Kalija Lipscomb WR Vanderbilt, an under the radar talent who is a great technical route runner. He is a possession receiver who works well in underneath routes and would complement the skills of Breshad Perriman, Denzel Mims, Jamison Crowder, Devin Duvernay and Vyncint Smith. He fits perfectly in this receiver grouping. You want a diverse skill set in your receiving corp.

Pick 211 was traded away to the Indianapolis Colts for DB Quincy Wilson

Wilson is a tall, long corner who was drafted back in 2017 along with his teammate Teez Tabor. I was not a fan of either player. 2017 was a good year for prospects (not great), and I had both players in the mid 3rd round area with Wilson 9 spots ahead of Tabor. They both have done worse than I expected with Tabor almost out of the league (futures contract). Wilson has started 10 games in 3 years.

Health has been an issue for Wilson as he has played in only 29 of a possible 48 games. Maybe a fresh start is what he needs, but his ceiling is very low as a player. The Colts play a very zone heavy defense so his move to the Jets doesn’t bode well as he will be playing in many of the same schemes he didn’t excel at previously.

There are pros and cons to this trade:

The Pros

You get a NFL player who has been in pro defenses the last 3 years in schemes like the Jets run. He will need little training in the defense itself, and Jets coaching could light a fire under him that was not there before. He has quality size which would have been tough to find at this point in the Draft.

The Cons

Wilson has been uninspiring the first three years in the league. He has durability issues plus he lacks true corner speed that coaches covet. He is coming into his fourth year which means if the Jets want to keep him he will need to be re-signed. He also has a low floor and ceiling as a player which kind of goes against the philosophy the Jets have been using this Draft year.

I was looking at a mix of players here (including Rodrigo Blankenship) with CB Dane Jackson, RB Patrick Taylor, LB Markus Bailey, RB Eno Benjamin, LD/DE Casey Toohill, RB Raymond Calais, or ILB Chris Orr who would be a special teams hero.

I also would have called the Vikings to see if they wanted to lose 2 or 3 late picks. (They had 13 day 3 picks). I would have used these picks to selected some of the players above.

I would have taken Dane Jackson here and picked up Patrick Taylor as a UDFA because I didn’t believe he would be drafted. Jackson is a smallish corner who tackles exceedingly well and is schooled in zone and off man schemes. I thought he would have been a perfect fit for the Jets system.

As the Jets move on from here there will be many roster moves with UDFA’s coming in and bottom of the roster players going out. There are still some intriguing free agents available if Joe Douglas wishes to spend some capital.

That is a recap of the off season so far; which begs the question:

Are the Jets better off today than they were at the beginning of 2019?

I guess time will tell

That is what I think.

What do you think?