With the No. 20 pick in the 2016 NFL Draft the New York Jets select… we are five days away from hearing Roger Goodell announcing the newest Jet. The Jets still have plenty of holes to fill on their roster as their still without a starting quarterback, a consistent edge rusher and depth for the offensive line. Mike Maccagnan and company are ready to enter their second draft in which they had success last season. In his first year he drafted Leonard Williams, Lorenzo Mauldin, Devin Smith, and Bryce Petty. This year he has the opportunity to do the same thing as he can use Muhammad Wilkerson as a trade piece to acquire another first round pick.
This three round mock draft is the final one before the real thing happens on Thursday. The Jets failed to acquire the first and second pick in the draft and will remain at 20. In this mock draft the team finds a trade partner for Wilkerson in which they will have two first round picks in this years draft.
Pick 15 (from Tennessee)- OLB Leonard Floyd (Georgia)
The Jets finally find a trade partner as they trade Muhammad Wilkerson and a 2016 4th round pick to the Tennessee Titans for the number 15 pick in this years draft along with multiple picks for the 2017 season. With this pick the Jets take Leonard Floyd which helps them with their edge rushing problems. Floyd would fit right into Todd Bowles defense as he’s a run stopper, edge rusher and can drop back into coverage. Other possibilities at 15- Darron Lee (OLB/ Ohio State), Taylor Decker (OT/ Ohio State), Reggie Ragland (LB/ Alabama).
Pick 20- OT Germain Ifedi (Texas A&M)
The Jets lost one of their best tackles in D’brickashaw Ferguson (retirement), but were able to find a replacement quick as they acquired Ryan Clady from the Denver Broncos. The Jets would take Ifedi as he would provide depth for the offensive line and can see playing time with Clady being injury prone. He also fits Chan Gaileys spread offense. Other possibilities at 20- Eli Apple (CB/ Ohio State), Noah Spence (OLB/ Eastern Kentucky), Paxton Lynch (QB/ Memphis).
Pick 51- CB Kendall Fuller (Virginia Tech)
In the second round the Jets get a steal in the draft as they take Kendall Fuller out of Virginia Tech. Already stacked at the corner position Fuller has the potential to be a number two corner. Fuller only played three games this season as he tore his meniscus in pre-season. Fuller won’t be a starter right away, but he has a great coach in Bowles and a teammate in Darrelle Revis in which he can learn from both of them and become a starter next season.
Pick 83- TE Hunter Henry (Arkansas)
One of the problems with the Jets last season was the lack of production coming from the tight end position. As they already have Jace Amaro and Kellen Davis, Hunter can become the starter as he is a great run blocker in which Gailey looks for in tight ends. He also had 51 catches and no drop passes last season. If the Jets take Henry he can be another option in the offense and can take the pressure off of Brandon Marshall and Eric Decker.