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New York Jets: Matt Miller reveals 2020 NFL Mock Draft (top 3 rounds)

By Paul A. Esden Jr.
AUBURN, ALABAMA - NOVEMBER 30: Mac Jones #10 of the Alabama Crimson Tide reacts after passing for a touchdown reception to Jaylen Waddle #17 in the first half against the Auburn Tigers at Jordan Hare Stadium on November 30, 2019 in Auburn, Alabama. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
AUBURN, ALABAMA - NOVEMBER 30: Mac Jones #10 of the Alabama Crimson Tide reacts after passing for a touchdown reception to Jaylen Waddle #17 in the first half against the Auburn Tigers at Jordan Hare Stadium on November 30, 2019 in Auburn, Alabama. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images) /
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Bleacher Report’s Matt Miller revealed his 2020 NFL Mock Draft. Here are his selections for the New York Jets and what it all means.

With the 2019 New York Jets season officially in the books, it’s finally time to shift our focus to the 2020 NFL Draft.

In that spirit, Bleacher Report’s Matt Miller revealed his 2020 updated NFL Mock Draft (featuring the first 3 rounds of the draft).

The New York Jets have four selections in the first three rounds thanks to a trade with the New York Giants for their third-round selection (Leonard Williams). Here are the full results and analysis.

Jedrick Wills Jr.. 829. Pick Analysis. OT. Alabama. 11. Scouting Report

With the 11th overall pick, the New York Jets select an offensive lineman for the first time since 2006 (when they drafted both D’Brickashaw Ferguson and Nick Mangold).

In this projection, the Jets get the second-best available offensive linemen on the board (Jedrick Wills Jr.) with Andrew Thomas getting selected by the Cleveland Browns with the 10th overall pick.

Wills is Matt Miller’s top-rated offensive tackle on the board and said, “the should be smiling all the way up to the podium on draft day” with this selection.

The only issue worth a conversation is Jedrick Wills Jr played right tackle at Alabama (which technically was Tua Tagovailoa’s blind side) but in the NFL he’s projected to hop over to the left side.

Next: New York Jets (Day 2 picks)

48. Pick Analysis. WR. Gabriel Davis. 886. Scouting Report. UCF

The strength of the 2020 NFL Draft is the wide receiver group. On the surface, it appears to be the deepest receiver class in a long time. This means the Jets can still get a very good receiver in the second round and that’s what they do in Matt Miller’s projection.

Davis has very nice size (6-foot-3, 212 pounds) and his college production increased exponentially each season:

  • 2017: 27 receptions for 391 yards and four touchdowns.
  • 2018: 53 catches for 815 yards and seven touchdowns.
  • 2019: 72 receptions for 1,241 yards and 12 scores.

Gabriel has a ton of college experience (34 games) and here are some of his strengths via The Draft Network:

“Davis has reliable hands and a good catch radius. Vertically, he is very tough to defend — just ask Stanford’s Paulson Adebo, who likely underestimated Davis and got torched multiple times.”

Scouting Report. Pick Analysis. EDGE. Bradlee Anae. Utah. 68. 843

Edge has been a need for the New York Jets for much of the 21st century. They need a guy who can be a double-digit sack threat and someone opponents need to gameplan for.

Bradlee Anae out of Utah is another guy who got better and better each year in college:

  • 2016: 2 sacks, 2 TFLs
  • 2017: 7 sacks, 10 TFLs
  • 2018: 7.5 sacks, 14 TFLs
  • 2019: 12.5 sacks, 13.5 TFLs

The thing that really is intriguing about his game is his ability to get to the quarterback in a lot of different ways. The folks over at The Draft Network provided some more information:

“Has multiple tools in his pass-rushing toolbox. Can explode upfield and has enough ankle flexion to corner to peak of pocket when he wins outside shoulder. Accordingly hits inside spin move with almost over-reliant frequency.”

804. Scouting Report. Pick Analysis. RB. Cam Akers. FSU. 79

While finally the New York Jets have their own third-round pick to use and in this scenario, they get a very talented running back out of the ACC.

With Le’Veon Bell’s future up in the air, the team should add a reliable mauler who has the potential to be a three-down back at the next level.

Cam is just a powerful stocky dude at 5-foot-11, 212 pounds. He’s got a lot of Mark Ingram in his game and has only scratched the surface of his potential.

Florida State has had some awful offensive line play during his tenure with the Seminoles which has developed some bad habits. Although the Jets are investing in the traits and that should provide Sam Darnold with just another weapon for his offense in 2020.

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Of course, his college production was absolutely phenomenal. In three years he accumulated 2,875 yards rushing with a 4.9 average per clip. On top of that, he found the endzone early and often scoring 34 touchdowns from scrimmage.

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