The New York Jets finished the 2nd half of the season with a record of 6-2. There is optimism and high hopes for “Gang-Green” to make a playoff push in 2020. It all starts with the draft.
First Round (No. 11):
Andrew Thomas, Georgia.
Thomas is 6’5, 320 lbs. He plays with aggressiveness and loves to finish off blocks. He has very good technique when protecting the quarterback and uses his hands and feet very well. This is not a sexy draft pick or one that will make the headlines but if the Jets draft Thomas, he will be a pro-bowl lineman for the next 5-7 years. New York was ranked 32nd in total yards and 31st in rushing yards. LeVeon Bell, and the Jets only averaged 78.6 rushing yards per game. Offensive line help should be their number one priority.
Second Round (No. 48):
Justin Jefferson, LSU.
Against Georgia, Oklahoma and Clemson, Jefferson had 29 catches and 5 touchdowns. He played his best games of the season, against the best competition. He doesn’t have game breaking speed, but has good size. He is 6’2, 205 lbs. He has drawn comparisons to Devante Adams of the Green Bay Packers. The Jets need more weapons around Sam Darnold and Jefferson could make an impact immediately.
Third Round (No. 68):
Malik Harrison, Ohio State.
Over the past two seasons, Harrison has compiled 136 tackles and 7 sacks. He is a physical presence at 6’3, 240 lbs. He would be a big help in the Jets run defense. He can fight off offensive lineman and finish tackles. Harrison would be a perfect apprentice for C.J Mosley. He could average 7-10 tackles per game for the next 7 years.
Third Round (No. 79):
Calvin Throckmorton, Oregon.
Throckmorton is 6-5, 320 lbs. He showed tremendous versatility in Oregon with six starts at right tackle, five at left tackle, One at center and one at right guard. I would draft any offensive lineman to come out of Mario Cristobal’s system. Throckmorton is another player who could start right away, protect Darnold and help the running game.
Late round steals in the draft:
Antonio Gandy-Golden, Liberty.
Most NFL fans never even heard of Gandy-Golden but he could be a number two wide receiver for a bunch of teams. In 32 career games, he caught 161 passes, accumulated 2,418 yards with 23 touchdowns and averaged 15 yards per catch. He is 6’4, 225 lbs. and has the size and strength to be another big-bodied WR, for Darnold. We have seen a ton of wide receivers over the years come from small schools and have long-term success in the NFL.
Jacob Breeland, Oregon.
In just six games, Breeland set new career-highs in receptions (26), receiving yards (405), and touchdowns (6). Breeland is coming off a season ending leg injury but should be ready to go if the Jets draft him. Darnold needs a “check-down”TE and Breeland could fit that mold.
Jordan Mack, Virginia.
Mack played 4 years at the University of Virginia. He is 6’3, 230 lbs. The Senior had 69 total tackles, 7.5 sacks and 2 forced fumbles last season.
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