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BBL and a Mid-Season Mock

To say the Jets playoff hopes are dwindling would probably be an optimistic way of looking at the 2023 season in the best light. Realistically this year has sucked. I truly wanted to see a legendary QB make his final few runs with us before sailing off into the sunset. I wanted to see this young roster improve under his leadership. Unfortunately several injuries to several key players have really dampened expectations. In fact it’s sent the offense into a complete tail spin. Zach Wilson is awful, and I doubt Tim Boyle is the savior of this team. However, I think there is some hope moving forward so this is how I would navigate the offseason:

Fire Nathaniel Hackett, OC- it’s just not clicking.

Hire- Will Stien current Oregon OC and QBs coach. I really like the work he’s done with Bo Nix and developing players throughout his tenure. His offensive game plan seems to be above what anyone else can do at the college level right now.

Resignings (Cap Hit): $30 mil current cap space

Bryce Huff, Edge, 4 years, $70 mil ($11 mil)- Huff is as good as any rusher in the league right now. He’s a homegrown talent that’s steadily improved every year.

CJ Mosley, MLB, 3 year, $35 mil ($6 mil)- Mosley is good but not great. He just really needs a contract restructuring to bring his cap down. An extension seems like the most likely scenario saving us $15 mil against the cap.

Tim Boyle, QB 1 year $2 mil- he seems to be a guy teams want as a backup.

Cuts (Cap Savings)

CJ Ozumah, TE ($5.3)

Trades: John Franklin Meyers to the Cardinals for picks 86 and a 2025 4th round pick. Cap savings of $7.3 mil

Remaining Cap $45.6 mil

Signings:

Tyler Boyd, WR, 3 years, $27 mil ($6 mil)- The Jets need a solid slot WR capable of moving the chains. Boyd is just that, a solid WR3.

George Fant, OT, 2 years, $22 mil ($8 mil)- a reunion tour. Let’s face it the Jets line is a joke. Fant is a formidable tackle with experience at both spots. We can’t go into next season with the status quo or just addressing the line in the draft.

Al Woods, DT, 1 year, $2.5 mil ($2.5 mil)- Al Woods is a solid run stuffer. He seemed to really help when he was healthy.

Tyler Biadasz, C, 2 years, $7 mil ($3.5 mil)- this is a guy I really liked coming out of college. He’s been buried on the depth chart in Dallas. I think he provides very good depth along our line.

Armon Watts, DL, 1 year, $3 mil ($3 mil)- the Jets have a star studded Defense. We need role players. Watts is a good lineman that can play inside and outside. He’s also a good run defender.

Geno Stone, S, 4 years, $31 mil ($9 mil)- Stone is another guy I really liked coming out of college. He’s really earned himself a nice pay day with 6 ints and another 8 passes deflected. He and Tony Adams would really help solidify a plagued Safety position.

Tommy Moorestead and Greg Zuerlein 1 year, $1.5 mil each- two good special teamers.

Remaining Cap: $12.6 mil

Draft:

Trades:

Pick 10 to the Bengals for 17, 49, and a 2025 4th

Pick 17- Taliese Fuaga, OT, Oregon State- There are several really good tackles in this class. Fuaga is as solid as they come, so why the slip? Well the other tackles have a shot at being franchise LT, while I think Fuaga is limited to to right side. He’s also not going to test as well as some of the others. However, I think he will be an All Pro very soon.

Pick 49- Bo Nix, QB, Oregon- Nix processes the game faster than any prospect in college. He’s confident and a pretty mobile QB. He’s not asked to air it out all day, but what he does well translates very well to the pros.

Pick 73- Ja’Lynn Polk, WR, Washington- Polk is a big fast WR that has excellent body control. He high points very well and is an elite athlete. He will develop into an excellent WR2 alongside Garrett Wilson.

Pick 86- Luke Lachey, TE, Iowa- a running joke I have is you should always draft an Iowa Tight End. Lachey is no exception. He runs very fluid routes. He has strong has. He’s a very willing and above average blocker. I’d place him somewhere just below Hockenson and Laporta as prospects. The problem is we won’t see this in college games due to the inept Iowa offense.

Pic 104- Zack Zitner, OG, Michigan- when you think of a mauler Zitner is an ideal guy. He’s a little raw and needs to work on technique, but he’s very well built for a Guard, and he’s excellent in the run game.

Pick 112- Blake Corum, RB, Michigan- Corum is a smaller back at only 5’8", but he is a home run hitter. He’s a perfect complement to Breece Hall. He’s good in pass protection and great at catching the ball.

Pick 172- Johnny Dixon, DB, Penn State- Dixon processes the game was and has faired well as a press corner. I don’t think he’s got the speed or ability to do that at the next level. I think he will transition to Safety, and be an immediate contributor on special teams.

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