This week’s Jets 7-Round Mock Draft 3.0 see’s the Jets second first-round pick move back one spot after the Seahawks win over the Lions. As always we will use The Draft Network’s simulator.
Round 1 Pick 4:
Ikem Ekwonu OT, NC State
Sort of like the Evan Neal pick at this spot two weeks ago Ikem Ekwonu would be a similar pick. Ekwonu is a big guy but also very athletic. He is a devastating run blocker and has the power and mindset you want as an offensive lineman. Ekwonu has versatility as he has played both left guard and left tackle during his time at NC State. He should be able to offer that versatility to the Jets by adding insurance for Mekhi Becton and George Fant at offensive tackle or he could even move inside to guard.
Round 1 Pick 7:
Jameson Williams WR, Alabama
Every year now one or even two Alabama receivers emerge and wind up being first-round picks. This year that guy is Jameson Williams. Williams would be a great addition to the Jets receiver group. Adding him to what we have seen from Elijah Moore and Braxton Berrios this year would be something to see. Williams is tall but lean, quick, fast, and great after the catch. He is a big-play machine and would add a new element to the Jets offense that has improved so much over the year.
Round 2 Pick 35:
Daxton Hill S, Michigan
The Jets only using one of their first four picks on defense does seem kind of hard to see with how they have played this year. However, this is how the board fell and it might be easier to pay for defense than offense. Hill is a really good scheme fit in the back end. He would be a free safety with some versatility to play slot corner and maybe even outside corner. Hill has great range and can make some plays when the ball is in the air which the Jets need.
Round 2 Pick 39:
Trey McBride TE, Colorado State
Tight end has been a question mark for years now and having a reliable one would open up a lot for the Jets offense. McBride is a well-rounded tight end that gives you a little bit of everything. He is a good and willing pass blocker and run blocker. McBride is a good receiver as well, route runner, catching, and even after the catch. Adding Ekwonu, Williams, and now McBride would help out Zach Wilson significantly heading into his second season.
Round 3 Pick 69:
Henry To’oto’o LB, Alabama
Henry To’oto’o would be a great fit at linebacker next to probable starters CJ Mosley and Quincy Williams. He is a perfect scheme fit and is both athletic and versatile. To’oto’o is physical in the run game and good in coverage as well. Adding Daxton Hill to the back end and Henry To’oto’o to the linebacker group would give the Jets two young versatile pieces of their defense for years to come.
Round 4 Pick 108:
Tyler Davis IDL, Clemson
Interior defensive line does not seem like a need for the Jets but Folorunso Fatukasi is a free agent and Robert Saleh likes to have a rotation of guys at the position. Tyler Davis is a smaller guy but does a lot of the things we have seen been asked of the defensive line by Robert Saleh. He plays hard, he moves well, and he plays the run well. He can play multiple spots up front and does a good job getting pressure despite his size.
Round 4 Pick 115:
Alec Lindstrom IOL, Boston College
Current center Connor McGovern has had a great year in the new scheme but only has one more year on his deal. Drafting someone like Alec Lindstrom at this spot would make a lot of sense. Lindstrom is a tough but athletic center. He does well in the pass and run game and has the kind of mentality you want in an offensive lineman. At this point, Lindstrom is a guy the Jets could develop to be the future center of the team. Due to his size, it might be more difficult to move to guard.
Round 5 Pick 144:
DeAngelo Malone EDGE, Western Kentucky
It seems like the Jets will invest more into EDGE than just a fifth-round pick but this is how this simulation went. Getting someone like DeAngelo Malone could make a lot of sense in a similar scenario. Malone is more lean and light but we saw someone with a similar build like Bryce Huff have some success in the scheme before. He has a lot of production over his five years at Western Kentucky with 32.5 sacks and 59 tackles for loss.
Round 5 Pick 158:
Rachaad White RB, Arizona State
Michael Carter was a great draft pick last year but besides that, the running back room is a question mark. Tevin Coleman is a free agent, Ty Johnson has had a disappointing second year, and La’Mical Perine can barely even get on the field. One thing that the Jets have struggled with is finding a third-down back with Ty Johnson having some drop problems late in the year. Rachaad White might be able to come right in and take that role. He is a great receiving back from the backfield or slot. His size and speed gives him a mismatch against whoever is covering him.
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