The tampering period of NFL free agency has officially begun as of noon EST today. The New York Jets have the most cap space in the NFL to use to fill their biggest needs. The team has a lot of holes, and not much depth at the positions of strength. The Jets currently have one of the worst rosters in the league, making this offseason with a high pick, and a boatload of cash, integral to the future of the organization. Before the Jets filling their needs, or make any trades, here is a mock draft based on the current roster. This mock draft assumes the Jets do not sign Kirk Cousins to fill the massive need for a franchise QB.
Round 1, Pick 6:
QB Josh Rosen, UCLA
Over the last couple of months, Rosen seems to have slid down draft boards behind Sam Darnold of USC and Josh Allen of Wyoming. Rosen is the best quarterback in this draft right now, and that is something no one questions. He has the best mechanics, and is an incredibly accurate thrower. Rosen is ready for the NFL game. The reason he may fall to the sixth pick is twofold. First off, there are questions about his durability. Rosen has a small frame, and has already suffered a major shoulder injury, and two concussions over the past three years. Secondly, there are concerns about how he will fit into locker rooms due to his brash, and seemingly pompous personality. Nevertheless, Rosen would be a steal at six for the QB needy Jets. Rosen loves the spotlight and would thrive in New York. Come April, the Jets may have to move up in order to draft him.
Round 2, Pick 37:
RB Sony Michel, Georgia
With their pick in the second round, the Jets give Josh Rosen a nice toy out of the backfield. Bilal Powell and Elijah McGuire are solid players, but the Jets could use a star in the backfield, and Michel has the potential to be just that. He is being compared to last year’s rookie sensation Alvin Kamara. Michel has game-breaking ability, with a knack for breaking off runs on the outside. Adding a high impact running back in the draft would be a wise move to help out a young QB.
Round 2, Pick 49:
CB Carlton Davis, Auburn
The Jets have a massive need at cornerback, and it happens to be a relatively deep corner group this year. Davis has the build and ability to be a shutdown number one corner, however, he is a little raw. If it were not for the deep class, there would be no chance he is available at this pick. The Jets should be able to get a high quality cornerback in round two.
Round 3, Pick 72:
DE Arden Key, LSU
Arden Key was projected to be a first round pick a couple of years ago. Off the field issues, and a lack of production have dropped his stock a ton. Key will likely go somewhere in the late-second or early-third round. The Jets have a huge need for an elite pass rusher, as they haven’t had one since John Abraham in the early 2000s. Key has the potential to be an elite pass rusher if he can keep his head on straight in the pros.
Round 4, Pick 107:
TE Dallas Goedert, South Dakota State
The Jets need a Tight End with Austin Seferian-Jenkins hitting free agency. Jordan Leggett has shown nothing so far to suggest he will be a solid player, so the Jets should look to add a Tight End in the draft. Dallas Goedert has been a great receiving threat for South Dakota the past two years, racking up 164 receptions for 2,404 yards and 18 touchdowns.
Round 5, Pick 157:
OT Brett Toth, Army
Toth was very impressive at the East-West Shrine game, and has NFL OT tackle size. He comes from an offense that barely throws the ball, but he looked relatively good in pass production nonetheless. Toth would be a good addition for a team that is in desperate need of offensive line depth.
Round 6, Pick 179:
ILB Azeem Victor, Washington
Victor had a very disappointing year this past season, plagued with injuries and a suspension. He had only 30 tackles, and didn’t show the speed he had in previous years. Victor had a great year in his redshirt sophomore year making him an intriguing prospect. In the 6th round he is worth taking a swing on, as the Jets need depth at linebacker.
Round 7, Pick 235:
CB Holton Hill, Texas
Hill is an extremely talented player who is a nightmare off the field. He was kicked off of Texas’ team, which is a big deal. Hill could go anywhere from the second round to being undrafted. The team selecting him will need to be comfortable with his off the field issues to make this selection. However, in the seventh round, I think he would be too good of a value for the Jets to pass up.
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