The NFL draft is only three weeks away.
The Jets are still hoping that someone makes them an offer they can’t refuse for the No. 3 pick, but if not there are plenty of good options for them. With the help of FanSpeak’s mock draft simulator, I took a stab at what the Jets draft could look like. If it falls this way, the Jets will have a heavy SEC feel with four of the six picks coming from the conference.
Here is the mock:
Round 1 (pick 3 overall): DT Quinnen Williams, Alabama
In this simulation, Nick Bosa and Josh Allen were drafted 1 and 2, respectively. If this happens, I think the choice is easy for the Jets. Williams is a beast who can give Gregg Williams another toy on the defense. The Jets don’t necessarily need an interior lineman, but I think Williams is too good to pass up on in this spot. If Allen or Bosa were still on the board, then things might get more interesting. Williams is a dominant force who the Jets would be thrilled to get.
Round 3 (pick 68 overall): C Elgton Jenkins, Mississippi State
This would fill a major need for the Jets. At the moment, Jonotthan Harrison is penciled in as the Jets starting center. They did nothing in free agency to address the position other than bringing Harrison back. Jenkins is a potential Day 1 starter. Jenkins is considered to be an elite pass protector and could stabilize a position for the Jets that has been a revolving door since Nick Mangold left the team.
Round 3 (pick 93 overall from the Saints): Edge D’Andre Walker, Georgia
Edge rusher is another position the Jets did not address in free agency other than bringing back Brandon Copeland. Walker is not an elite rusher, which is why he is available in the third round, but he had 7 ½ sacks last year for the Bulldogs and is good against the run. The Jets already have one Georgia outside linebacker in Jordan Jenkins. Could they add another?
Round 4 (pick 105 overall): LB Tre Lamar, Clemson
A raw linebacker from one of the best programs in the country would provide some depth at linebacker for the Jets. There is debate about whether Lamar is best on the outside or as an off-the-ball linebacker. The Jets could get some value here and work on developing him while hoping to get some special teams play from him early.
Round 6 (pick 196 overall from the Bears through the Raiders): RB Benny Snell, Kentucky
This is a value pick. Snell was extremely productive at Kentucky (289 rushes, 1,449 yards and 16 touchdowns in 2018) and could be a nice complementary back for the Jets, who could use a short-yardage back.
Round 7 (pick 217 overall): WR Keelan Doss, UC Davis
Doss is the best player on the board, so he’s the pick. He had 118 catches for 1,334 yards last year for UC Davis.