I think the Jets are in a very unique position. They have a very good young core of young players with guys like Breece Hall, Sauce Gardner and Garrett Wilson. The team is steadily improving in both wins and quality of an NFL roster since Joe Douglas and Robert Saleh have been here. Yet, we still seem like a team with some major wholes at some very important positions. For this exercise I’ll be using OvertheCap and SportTrac for the free agent values and a combination of reputable mock draft sites to try and determine a value of draft prospects. So here is how I’d approach this off-season if I were Joe Douglas.
Starting Salary Cap: -$2 mil
Cuts (Cap Savings):
Carl Lawson ($15 mil)
Braxton Berrios ($5 mil)
Ashtyn Davis ($2.7 mil)
Corey Davis ($10.5 mi)
Braden Mann ($2.7 mil)
Justin Hardee ($2.3 mil)
Duane Brown ($5 mil)
Quinnen Williams 6 years, $107 mil, $12 mil cap hit ($2.5 mil extra)
Kwon Alexander, LB, 2 years, $5 mil, $2.5 cap hit
Connor McGovern 3 years, $30 mil, $8 mil cap hit
Nate Herbig 1 year, $2 mil
Trade: CJ Mosely Post June 1st to the LA Rams for a 2024 3rd ($17 mil cap savings)
New Cap: $43.2 Mil
Derek Carr, QB, 4 years, $135 mil, $20 mil cap hit- I think this is pretty simple. Carr offers the highest level of play, without having to give up a ton of capital. He’s shown the ability to play at a high level. The big question with Carr is can be develop into a winning QB in the roughest market in sports.
Cody Ford, OG, 1 year, $1.5 mil- I think the Jets need to improve line play, but without throwing money at the unit. Ford had a very good draft grade, but hasn’t really developed in the pros. He gets a new system in a more power run style that he fits better in.
Andre Dillard, OT, 2 years, $4 mil, $2 cap hit- another high potential guy that hasn’t lived up to the draft position. He’s versatile enough to play several spots, and a good depth piece.
Mack Hollins, WR 2 years, $6 mil, $3 mil cap hit- Hollins follows Carr to New York and provides a big bodied target we don’t currently have right now.
Darryl Johnson, DE, 1 year, 1.5 mil- a really lightning fast defensive end/Outside linebacker. At 6’6" he provides a big body to help the defensive line rotation.
Tashuan Gipson, FS- 3 years, $17 mil, $5 mil cap hit- The Jets have been plagued by terrible safety play for a while. Gipson is quietly having a good year in San Francisco.
Corliss Waitman, P- 1 year, $1.5 mil- an accurate punter with a decent leg.
New Cap: $8.7 mil
Round 1, Pick 13: Broderick Jones, OT, Georgia- it’s very hard to mock anyone else into this spot. Jones checks all of the boxes. He’s big, strong, fast and has great footwork. Even if Becton manages to stay healthy and Max Mitchell develops into a good player, the Jets shouldn’t hesitate to draft an elite Tackle in this spot.
Trade: Jets send pick 43 to Chicago for 54 and 102
Pick 54: Jordan Battle, S, Alabama- after filling a need on offense the Jets hit the sweet spot for Safeties. We get a big, physical, smart Safety to bolster the back end of the defense.
Pick 74: Jack Campbell, MLB, Iowa- this will be an easy pick. Campbell would be a legitimate first round candidate, if he had freakish athletic traits. Campbell is a very smart player that’s a lynch pin of an Iowa defense. He plays the run and pass well, and is an incredible leader in the locker room.
Pick 102: Rakim Garret, WR, Maryland- Regardless of which system the Jets run, we really lack players that are good with the ball in their hands. Garrett is well built and doesn’t shy away from contact. He plays very similar to Steve Smith.
Pick 111: Nolan Smith, LB, Georgia- The Jets add their athletic linebacker to the group. Smith has hurt for some of the 2022 season, but showed a good ability to get after the QB as well as drop into coverage. In a complete overhaul of a terrible LB room, we’ve added to special players.
Pick 143: Tyson Bagent, QB, Sheperd- Don’t be surprised if you start to hear some buzz surrounding this kid. If you want a cool story, just look into this guy a bit. He’s got elite physical traits. He processes the field well. He seems to be a very good leader. So is he just a small school guy that peaks in college, or could he be the next Brock Purdy? Regardless the Jets need to get in the business of continuing to draft and develop QBs.
Trade: Pick 177 to Washington for 191 and 214
Pick 191: Nick Herbig, OLB, Wisconsin- when I’m doing, take a Herbig. Nate is Nicks little brother and an absolute monster on the field.
Pick 214: Zacch Pickens, DT, South Carolina- The Jets will need to get a little creative with the defensive line this year. Quinnen Williams is great. Clemons looks like he’s developing well. Jermaine Johnson showed some flashes. Now I think it’s about finding a few late round prospects. Pickens is very athletically gifted, but does struggle when double teamed. I think this is the perfect spot for him.
QB: Carr, Wilson, Bagent
RB: Hall, Knight, Carter, Robinson
WR: Wilson, Moore, Hollins, Mims, Garret
TE: Ozumah, Conklin, Ruckert
LT: Jones, Dillard
LG: Tomlinson, Herbig
RG: AVT, Herbig, Ford
RT, Becton, Mitchell
DT: Williams, Pickens, Smart
DE: Clemons, JFM, Johnson, D. Johnson
MLB: Campbell, Smith
OLB: Alexander, Herbig, Nasirldeen
S: Whitehead, Battle, Gipson, Parks
CB: Gardner, Reed, Carter II, Echols, Hall
Alright fellas this is my attempt at an early mock. Let me know your thoughts and opinions.