New York Jets: Joe Douglas can fix trenches on Day 2 of 2020 NFL Draft
By Paul A. Esden Jr.
New York Jets general manager Joe Douglas can fix the trenches on Day 2 of the 2020 NFL Draft. Here are all the details and the top options to consider.
There is a great fear among New York Jets fans heading into the 2020 NFL Draft.
According to experts across the football world, there are three offensive tackles that have separated themselves from the rest of the pack in this year’s draft.
Andrew Thomas out of Georgia, Tristan Wirfs out of Iowa, and Jedrick Wills Jr out of Alabama. Each of those players is expected to be among the top-10 picks of the 2020 NFL Draft (in no particular order).
To make matters worse, NFL Network’s Daniel Jeremiah has thrown another name into the mix: Mekhi Becton out of Louisville.
In DJ’s first mock draft for NFL.com, he mocked Becton to the New York Giants with the fourth overall pick, resulting in Mekhi being the first offensive lineman off the board. In his simulation, the top four offensive tackles were off the board before the New York Jets were officially on the clock with the 11th overall pick.
The fear that is building among fans of Gang Green is they’ll be the loser in the offensive line draft day sweepstakes.
Well it’s time to put that fear in the rearview mirror says Matt Miller of Bleacher Report.
On Thursday morning Miller tweeted out that, “the tight end and offensive tackle class are so deep in the 2020 NFL Draft that there’ll be good starters at both spots after round one.”
That should be music to New York Jets fan’s ears. After round one of the 2020 NFL Draft, the Jets have three “day two” (a second-rounder and two 3rd round picks) picks that could be the lottery tickets the team needs to fill some big voids on the roster.
Outside of the big four offensive linemen listed earlier, Benjamin Solak of The Draft Network has 11 additional offensive linemen in his top-100 big board:
32. Netane Muti, IOL, Fresno State
37. Prince Tega Wanogho, OT, Auburn
41. Nick Harris, IOL, Washington
52. Trey Adams, OT, Washington
60. Tyler Biadasz, IOL, Wisconsin
67. Jack Driscoll, OT, Auburn
75. Robert Hunt, IOL, Louisiana
79. Austin Jackson, OT, USC
84. Cesar Ruiz, IOL, Michigan
85. Saahdiq Charles, OT, LSU
94. Darryl Williams, IOL, Mississippi State
In other words here’s the plan for Joe Douglas, as things currently stand prior to free agency, if one of the top three (maybe four depending on where they have Mekhi Becton ranked) offensive tackles is on the board with the 11th overall pick, you run-up to the podium.
If one of those big dudes isn’t there you’re left in an interesting pickle: attempt to trade back or maximize value and snag the best receiver on the board (either Jerry Jeudy or CeeDee Lamb).
Considering the current buzz around the premier offensive linemen, the Jets must be prepared to maximize the offensive tackle depth in rounds two and three, which per Matt Miller is littered with potential starters.