These are some of the players I was targeting in the NFL draft but the trades screwed up my order I had also targeted Jalen Wydermyer, TE, Texas AM, David Toms, Center, Kentucky and Kevin Austin WR Notre Dame. Wydermyer and Austin were available as UDFA so I would have drafted them Zach Tom’s was an outstanding prospect IMO and a great mid round pick but I fixed the whole offensive line in my previous mocks, link below, so I included both of my developmental CBs instead because you can never have enough I put their backgrounds at the bottom. Previously I focused on finding Day One starters in all of my draft since the roster was such a disaster so some of these later picks are a departure, may take a year or two to develop but potential stars IMO and everyone hates my picks because historically they embarass the Jets GM picks so have a laugh and hopefully I’m wrong because I actually want the Jets to stop screwing up. I post my thoughts on the Jets draft and DOUGLAS the weekend
- Round 1:
- (4) Jordan Davis, NT, Georgia.
- As I said in my post on Davis. I’m not drafting him to be a two down rotational tackle and anyone who does this high is a fool I think he’s a game changing talent if used properly and at worst a low floor all pro NT regardless of who drafts him and they have longest expected careers of any position. Davis was the difference maker who enabled Georgia to finally dethrone Bama. He’s a defensive player who forces opposing teams to revise and account for him in their game plans. Same as a shutdown CB. He’s a potential game changing impact player who can continue to evolve future NFL defensive strategies. The only thing stopping him from achieving his potential is bad coaching and/or a front office. Not a guy you want to play against.
- (10). Daxton Hill, Safety, Michigan
- Hill is listed as a safety but I see him as much more than that. He’s a QB for the defense and unique talent who can play any position in the back end, including CB, blitz and excellent in run support. I love Sauce but he wasn’t great against the run. I envision him as being capable os moving around and locking down the other teams best players at key times a better Jamal Adams, team player and not a diva. That why I over-drafted him which as you’ll see in my past mocks I do often and will again. Davis’s impact increases with strong DB play. IMO pairing him with Hill’s unique skillset was the best potential match of the first round DB’s.
- (26). David Bell, WR, Purdue
- I crashed and heard about trade next day. Hill was one of my second rounders and I threw Lloyd in next day when I heard but hadn’t done much work on him and I was high on Bell so just moved him into first to get the 5th year option and be honest with my intentions going in. Bell’s production made his combine numbers insignificant in my projection. They have their place but I prioritize production. Bell killed it in the Big 10 from the first game as a true freshman. He is also a stabilizing presence and leader. I build my receiving core like a basketball team. With a mix of player and athletic traits. If he winds up with the wrong coach who is biased against sure handed receivers who don’t break 4.6, nothing I can do. Don’t know where the players are going before I pick ‘em.
- Round 2:
- (36) Erik Ezukanma, WR, Texas Tech
- Big receiver 6’2/3, 220lbs 4.53/5 40, excellent YAC, RAC, contested catches, red zone etc and led Texas Tech in receiving the 3 years he was there. Also ran jet sweeps, screens, some snaps at QB to run etc. unique talent. As luck would have it the Dolphins drafted him with an already stacked receiver room, Tyreek, Waddle etc. Barring injury he will have limited opportunities to make an impact as a rookie unless he’s McDaniels, former Niners HC, New Deebo". Doesn’t sound like that was case. After draft supposedly Wes Welker, Fins, WR coach was one pounding table for him and as a TT alum he may be biased. At TT he went thru a coaching staff change and lost his QB after 3 games into his last season so his number weren’t as good. I think he is a unique talent and vastly underrated. I also believe there’s no shortage of receiving talent outside first round.
- Round 3:
- (101). Isaiah Likely, TE, Coastal Carolina
- During his four-year career at Coastal Carolina, the 6-foot-4, 238-pound Likely had 133 catches for 2,050 yards and 27 touchdowns. He is the highest-graded tight end in Pro Football Focus history with a 95.1 career grade. Of course he wound up on the Ravens who also drafted Kolar before him and already have Andrew’s. Likely didn’t score great at combine, needs to improve his blocking and benefit with more time in weight room but IMO he’s a potential weapon who has skills like Ezukanma, jet sweeps, etc his TD production/receptions is outstanding. With the Ravens he’ll be competing for reps and playing time so not the team I necessarily wanted him to land with but I look for players with skills strong enough to compete in the NFL not any particular team.
- Round 4
- (111). Zion McCollum, CB, Sam Houston State
- McCollum, a 6-2 corner who ran a blazing 4.33-second 40-yard dash at the NFL Scouting Combine. 54 pass break ups including 13 ints, ball skills. McCollum scored a 10/10 RAS. #1 RAS score for a CB in history from 1987 to 2022 He’s coming from FCS was drafted by Tampa Bay who didn’t have a need at CB but hopefully a good place to learn. I like big corners and think he’s good enough to see reps beyond special teams as a rookie regardless of where he lands.
- (117). Tariq Wollen, CB, USTA
- 6’4 205 lb converted receiver who scored the second 10/10 RAS ever at the combine for a CB ever. 4.26 40 and 42 in vertical. He’s raw and I typically don’t draft players not solely on traits but need to be open minded and I like big CBs. He’s also a converted WR with only two years at CB but showed some skills. Strong DBs make the whole defense better and like Daxton Hill I always want to build up strong Oline and DBs. This gives me two risky but hopefully high upside Developmental CBs and last year I took Eric Stokes who started almost his entire rookie season last year so along with Hill already have two solid DBs.
Other players I had targeted but could not draft because of the trade ups.
Jalen Wydermyer TE Texas AM
Wydermyer was considered the best TE in the draft before the season but tumbled down draft boards after the combine when he said his back tightened up or something He also had a freakish hand injury in Spring practice that may have caused more drops his last season. But he was still voted second team All SEC in all of his 3 years at AM and good in red zone. TE is a hard position to get right and my low floor solution should deliver as a rookie. Surprisingly undrafted but signed as an UDFA by Buffalo Bills. I always seem to wind up over drafting a player or two who doesn’t get drafted but I would rather over draft than miss a player I’m high on
Zach Tom, Center Wake Forest
Tom was quietly one of the best pass-protectors in college football last season. The Wake Forest Demon Deacon led all FBS tackles in pass-block grade for the season, allowing just 13 pressures in 14 starts, including zero to Jermaine Johnson in their Week 3 showdown. In the NFL Tom will likely end up on the interior, he played Center in 2019 and was ALL ACC until moving to left tackle in 2020. In 2021 he was again all ACC, second team All American and Tatum award to top ACC senior student athlete. He scored 99 on Next Gen Athleticism stat, 9.59 RAS. I drafted him to play center for Jets because he’s an accomplished player across the line and smart. We need a QB for off line to make the calls. He lacks ideal size and strength, more of a technician but IMO at worst a great swing and excellent addition to the off line group. He was drafted by Packers. He has a similar profile to Patriots surprising first round pick. What interesting is I went back and checked the RAS of Creed Humphrey and Trey Smith who I over drafted last year Creed had highest RAS of any center from 1987 to 2022 perfect 10/10 I believe Trey Smith had highest RAS of any OG ever recorded over same period 9.91 I really liked Tom and Strange but not in first round. Be interesting to see how they do.
Kevin Austin WR Notre Dame.
6’2.5 hit, 200 LBs 33 in arms Strong HS career who chose ND over many offers. Redshirt, then suspended for violation team policies as Sophmore, academically fine so stayed in school, next season limited by injuries, 2021 season showed the same skillset from HS. Undrafted and signed with Jaguars. RAS score 9.93/10. Time will tell
John Fitzpatrick TE Georgia
6’7 265lb Accomplished blocking TE who didn’t see many targets in a loaded TE room Started all 13 games in 2021 even thought he had broken bones in both feet during season which required surgery after the season. Proven blocker for running and passing game vs the SEC best and a national champ He completes my overhaul of the TE room. I was expecting him to be 7th round or UDFA but he went in 6th
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