The New York Jets trajectory for the rest of the 2019 season isn’t great. Here’s why Gang Green is destined for a top-5 pick in the 2020 NFL Draft.
Things haven’t gone exactly according to plan through the first three weeks of the season for the New York Jets.
The team hasn’t won a game, things look bleaker than expected on the injury front coming out of the bye week, and the schedule is still looking pretty intense.
Despite owning the easiest remaining schedule in the NFL, the Jets don’t look like a team that’s on the verge of a run.
Quite frankly it’s exactly the opposite, “the Jets have lost 12 of their past 13 games, the lone victory coming on the road vs Buffalo on December 9. The squad has been outscored by almost a 2-to-1 margin, 372-201. In case you’re wondering, 1-12 stands alone as the worst record in the league over that span,” per Rich Cimini of ESPN.
In the final 13 games of the 2019 season, the Jets are only favored in four of those contests, per the ESPN FPI Analytics.
For those counting at home, the Jets are favored in both matchups vs the Miami Dolphins, vs the New York Giants, and vs the Oakland Raiders. That’s it.
Which means if this holds to form, the Jets will finish 4-12 for the eighth time in franchise history and for the fifth time in the last 15 years.
That projection means the green and white hold the sixth overall pick currently ahead of the 2020 NFL Draft. Here are all the details via ESPN:
6. New York Jets (0-3)Average draft position: 7.6FPI chance to earn No. 1 pick: 1.7%FPI chance to earn top-five pick: 39.1%
Right now the Jets sit outside the top-five, barely. The five teams currently in front of them are the aforementioned Dolphins, Washington Redskins, Arizona Cardinals, and the Cincinnati Bengals.
Interestingly enough, this season the Jets will play all of these teams except the Cardinals. It could be an underlying storyline to pay attention to.
Since 1977, the New York Jets have selected in the top-5 of the NFL Draft 12 times. It seems like lucky No. 13 could be on its way this April if this season doesn’t turn around sooner rather than later.