With the draft now essentially upon us, we have time for one final mock draft. I can’t wait to go 0-for-NUMBER, but that’s the fun of mock drafts! Especially this year, where outside of Joe Burrow going No. 1, no one knows what’s going to happen. Even for the Jets, who I have taking — spoiler alert — an offensive tackle in the first round, there is no clear consensus on which order the top-four will go.
Let’s get into it.
Round 1, Pick 11: OT Jedrick Wills Jr., Alabama
As I’ve said before, the Jets absolutely NEED to take an offensive tackle early in the draft. If not first round, at the very least second, but in this case, they take care of it with No. 11. In this mock, Wills was the second offensive tackle off the board following Tristan Wirfs going No. 8 to the Cardinals, and that’s just fine to me because Wills is my No. 1 tackle in this draft anyway. Now, I have seen a growing sense that the Jets will be going with Mekhi Becton out of Louisville, who was still on the board when I took Wills and ended up going No. 14 to the Buccaneers. His enormous size and surprising athleticism is certainly enticing, but the way I look at is while he might have the highest ceiling of the top four tackles in this draft, he also has the lowest floor. The Jets need security. This pick can’t be a bust. Take Wills, who was a stud in his three years at Bama. Play him at right tackle and Fant at left, with Edoga being able to sub in for either if the need arises.
Round 2, Pick 48: WR Tee Higgins, Clemson
Not only do the Jets need an offensive tackle, they also need someone for Sam Darnold to throw to. Specifically, they need an outside receiver, as they’ve already got Jamison Crowder in the slot and Ryan Griffin and Chris Herndon at tight end. Tee Higgins fills that need. A big, 6-foot-4, 215-pound receiver, he is coming off a season where he had 1,167 receiving yards and snagged 13 touchdowns for the Clemson Tigers. He even had one rush attempt – that he took 36 yards to the house. There is a decent chance he gets taken in the first round. I even did a first-round mock-draft for my college paper where I took him No. 24 for the Saints, but in this case, he was available so it was a no brainer. A contested-catch god, he would be a perfect threat for Darnold to utilize. I mean, just look at some of these catches.
— Tee Higgins⁵ (@teehiggins5) April 20, 2020
Round 3, Pick 68: EDGE Joshua Uche, Michigan
One noticeable missing piece from overall very solid Jets defense in 2019 was the lack of a true top-tier pass rusher. Jordan Jenkins led the team with eight, followed by safety Jamal Adams with six. Jenkins is back on a team-friendly deal, but the Jets are certainly going to need more than just him unless they want to turn Jamal into a full-time pass-rusher, which I would not recommend (if he’s still on the team but let’s not think about that right now). Uche would fill that need, as he led the Wolverines with 7.5 sacks in 2019 en route to a 9-4 season.
Round 3, Pick 79: CB Bryce Hall, Virginia
The Jets also need help at cornerback. Defensive coordinator Greg Williams did an admirable job with the pieces he was given and 2019 sixth-round pick Bless Austin exceeded all expectations when he was on the field, but there is still a clear lack of talent. Signing Pierre Desir was nice, but that should by no means be considered a fix. Bryce Hall would provide some help in that department. The 6-foot, 200-pound corner is best known for his physicality, something that would fit in well with the Jets and Williams.
Round 4, Pick 120: IOL Tyler Biadasz, Wisconson
This might be the most unrealistically optimistic pick out there, seeing as I don’t think Biadasz will, in reality, make it out of Day 2, but he was here in the mock so I had to take him. A really big and physically strong center who should also be able to play offensive guard, Biadasz (6-foot-3, 321-pounds) could give the Jets a multitude of options for the interior of their offensive line. One of the more intriguing of which would be to start Biadasz at center and move offseason signing Connor McGovern to guard. Or they could use him as depth in case (when) one or more of the interior guards go down. Remember, last year the Jets started off with Brian Winters, Kelechi Osemele and Ryan Kalil starting on the interior, and by the end of the year all three of them were out of the lineup, some sooner than others. Either way, adding a quality player like Biadasz to the mix and creating more competition between the group they already have in house can only be a good thing.
Round 5, Pick 158: EDGE Anfernee Jennings, Alabama
Once we get into these later rounds of the draft, one of the things is being done is searching for depth, and Jennings would provide just that as a pass rusher to a group that as I have already noted struggled mightily in 2019. With eight sacks last year for the crimson tide, Jennings would be really good to rotate in with Jenkins and third-round pick in this mock Joshua Uche. He’s proven he has the ability to get to the quarterback and has even recorded 16 passes defended in the last two seasons. Jennings would be a nice addition and rotational piece to this defense.
Round 6, Pick 191: WR Binjimen Victor, Ohio State
Not only are the late rounds for depth, but they’re also for taking risks. Last year the Jets took a risk when they selected Bless Austin, a cornerback from Rutgers who played one game in 2018 and four in 2017 due to two ACL tears and it paid off. Binjimen Victor doesn’t have staggering numbers — 573 receiving yards and six touchdowns — but he’s shown flashes of something special. A 6-foot-4, 199-pound receiver, Victor is a really long receiver with great hands, profiling as a big-play threat in the NFL. The Jets let Robby Anderson walk to Carolina in the offseason, so adding Victor would help offset some of what they lost. He can also make the contested catch, so getting him and Higgins in the same draft would be a dream come true.
Binjimen Victor puts his big-play ability on display in the Shrine Bowl. pic.twitter.com/xRbnxlfbCt
— Eleven Warriors (@11W) January 18, 2020
Round 7, Pick 211: CB Kamren Curl, Arkansas
Just like I’ve had the Jets take two EDGE rushers and wide receivers, I’ve got them picking up a second cornerback as well. I’ve already noted that they need a lot of help out here, and Curl is yet another bigger corner who can be really effective in the NFL if used rotationally. He would really thrive stopping the run, and can also be a really solid special teams player thanks to his good tackling ability.