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Twenty-two year after a pivotal draft which included four of 27 first picks, most notably Chad Pennington as quarterback, the Jets have four options in the top 38 to change the course for the franchise.
Based on trade-value chartThis year's top four picks are actually more valuable that the four first-rounders of 2000 (4,170 points to 3,930). This is because they have the fourth and 10th picks making it potentially historic. They've never had two top-10 picks within the same draft.
“There’s pressure every offseason, but obviously this year, having four picks in the top 38, if we do this the right way, it could really be special,” general manager Joe Douglas said.
Quarterback Zach WilsonThe most important, which was drafted second last year, is Pickof the Douglas-Robert Saleh Era. This is the most important draft,The one that can bring the franchise back to relevance and validate a system that has been 13-36 years since Douglas became the GM in June 2019.
“It’s everything. It’s huge,” NFL Network draft analyst Daniel Jeremiah said. “He’s got to hit it in this draft, and he’s got the resources to do it.”
Let's take a look at the most important stories.
Dilemma No. 4:Douglas and Saleh joked that they would have a “bare-knuckle fighting match” to see if Douglas is the offensive or defensive lineman. It's a common saying that jokes can tell the truth. However, this is not to suggest that a brawl will be imminent. It could actually be an offensive lineman against a defensive back.
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Tackle Ikem Ekwonu(North Carolina State) Cornerback Ahmad “Sauce” GardnerThey are considered to be the best candidates for edge rushers, Aidan HutchinsonAnd Travon Walker(Georgia), have been removed from the board.
Sources say that Douglas is obsessed with Ekwonu. But they have more needs in the secondary and on the defensive line. Gardner has been gaining momentum in recent days. Gardner is a great talent, and some talent evaluators consider him to be the No. 2. The Jets consider Gardner to be the No. 2 draft prospect — and they believe he can become a lockdown corner. He could be the guy regardless of Ekwonu being available.
Saleh's attack scheme places more importance on the top corner than the top edge rusher. Kayvon ThibodeauxOregon Jermaine Johnson IIThe Florida State are popular choices with fans. Johnson is the Jets' favorite pass-rusher, although Johnson is also a favourite. He is not allowed to play at No. 4. He’d be a strong consideration at No. 10.
Thibodeaux has a higher ceiling and Johnson has a lower floor. According to scouting resources, Johnson has an improved motor than Thibodeaux. This is a key difference in Saleh's world.
Mt. Becton looms large:There are a lot speculations surrounding tackle Mekhi BectonHis standing with the team could impact whether they choose a tackle. Becton, who is recovering from a knee injury and has been overweight (he was 400-plus last season), has received all the praises from the Jets. But there are concerns within the Jets. There seems to be tension within the organization and Becton’s camp as well.
If the Jets draft Ekwonu, or Alabama tackle Evan Neal, for that matter) over the top available defensive player, it will raise questions about Becton’s future. Saleh has already made it clear that Becton is on his mind. George FantTo get his starting job back. It means that one of them will start the season as a bench coach, which is not ideal. Fant is a favorite of the coaching staff as he enters the last year of his contract ($10.7million cap hit).
Douglas loves to have a veteran swing-tackle, so it is possible that he could draft Ekwonu while keeping Fant and Becton. Although they would have great depth, it wouldn't make the most of salary-cap money.
Could Becton be traded in the draft? In the NFL, you never know when something might happen. It would be a shame for the Jets to trade a player who was drafted 11th in the NFL draft two years ago. A player with obvious talent. However, this feeling could change if Ekwonu and Neal are drafted. The Jets have already traded every first-round selection from 2014-2018.
The sleeper: Northern Iowa left tackle Trevor PenningThis is a name you should be watching, but only if they trade down below 10. Douglas was able to spend time with Penning at the Senior Bowl and enjoyed his upside. They can play defense at No. 4 It wouldn't shock me if they took Penning at Number. 10.
If they choose Gardner or Ekwonu for No. 4 – Johnson or their highest-rated receiver at the No. 10. If they don’t take Gardner, cornerback Derek Stingley Jr.(LSU) would also be involved in the conversation.
Deebo vs. draft:Late Tuesday saw the Jets still be interested in disgruntled San Francisco 49ersStar Deebo Samuel. The 49ers seemed more open to trading him than they were a few days ago, if they can get their price. The Jets may be able to find their highly-coveted receiver if they fail to trade him with the 10th round.
There are many signals that indicate which receiver they prefer. Garrett Wilson (Ohio State), Drake London(USC). Jameson Williams (Alabama). Williams appears to have the best upside, according to most evaluations. However, Williams is still recovering from ACL surgery and could not play until late autumn. It sounds like Wilson could be the preference, but there’s sentiment for London as well.
The Jets may also target a receiver during the second round. This is considered a sweet spot for this position. Jahan Dotson (Penn State), George Pickens(Georgia). Treylon Burks(Arkansas), might be appealing options.