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NY Jets: Mock Draft Monday Madness, full results from Draft Network

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NY Jets, Mock Draft Monday
NY Jets, Mock Draft Monday

Here are the full results for the NY Jets from the Mock Draft Monday Madness created by the folks over at The Draft Network!

On April 6 the folks over at The Draft Network took the term “Mock Draft Monday” to another level. Instead of releasing just one mock draft, the site released eight full first-round mock drafts from eight different NFL Draft analysts from TDN!

If that wasn’t enough the mocks will be pitted against each other in a March Madness like bracket where you can vote on your favorite mock draft among The Draft Network panel of analysts!

We decided to grab the full results for the NY Jets from the eight different mock drafts! They’re organized into three separate distinct categories:

  • Offensive tackle
  • Wide receiver
  • Trade

Not only will you get to enjoy the full results for Gang Green in each mock draft, but we’ll also provide grades for each mock. Some of the things we’ll be considering during the grading process include: need, value, and who was still on the board at the time of the selection.

Next: 3. Wide receivers

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Three of the eight analysts decided to go wide receiver for the NY Jets with the 11th overall pick. Here are the full results and grades for each scenario.

Trevor Sikkema

Wide receiver. Jerry Jeudy. 11. 829.

Top players still on the board:

  • CeeDee Lamb, wide receiver, Oklahoma
  • Mekhi Becton, offensive tackle, Louisville
  • Andrew Thomas, offensive tackle, Georgia

Grade: B

If you would’ve told me last year that the Jets would’ve ended up with Alabama’s Jerry Jeudy I likely would’ve broken out into an immediate celebration jig. Although knowing what we know now about the depth of this class and the gaping hole at left tackle, my tune has changed slightly.

In this simulation, the team passed on two of the top four offensive tackles. One has the highest ceiling (Becton) and the other has the highest floor (Thomas). It’s harder to find good offensive tackles vs finding good receivers.

The only way the NY Jets can royally screw up the 11th overall pick is by going with any other position not named wide receiver or offensive tackle. Jeudy would provide Sam Darnold with a No. 1 wide receiver and we can’t be mad at that.

Carter Donnick

815. . Wide receiver. CeeDee Lamb. 11

Top players still on the board:

  • Henry Ruggs III, wide receiver, Alabama
  • Jerry Jeudy, wide receiver, Alabama
  • Mekhi Becton, offensive tackle, Louisville

“Sam Darnold needs help and CeeDee Lamb can help alleviate the massive load currently on his shoulders.”

Grade: A-

Now, this is a slightly different scenario the NY Jets are dealing with. Three of the top four offensive tackles are off the board leaving the polarizing Mekhi Becton on the board for the taking.

The size (6-foot-7, 370 pounds) and the nimble feet are hard to ignore. But the lack of true pass sets and the incredibly low floor is super scary. The 11th overall pick is going to be general manager Joe Douglas’ first selection as the lead dog for the NY Jets. He can’t miss or else it could put the team in a hole for years.

Becton is too scary of a prospect for me to risk it to get the biscuit. So in this simulation, the Jets pass on on the temptation and instead fill the No. 1 wide receiver void on offense. CeeDee Lamb is reportedly the No. 1 WR on the team’s board, per Matt Miller (full details here).

Kyle Crabbs

. Wide receiver. Henry Ruggs III. 11. 829

“The New York Jets need offensive line help but losing Robby Anderson hurts more. Henry Ruggs III has plenty of speed to burn.”

Top players still on the board:

  • Jeudy and Lamb were still on the board
  • Jedrick Wills Jr, offensive tackle, Alabama

Grade: A+

  • Henry Ruggs III is perceived as the No. 3 wide receiver among all the top guys and this analyst passed on all of the other options for Henry Ruggs III.
  • Secondly, the team passes on a talented offensive tackle in Jedrick Wills Jr who could play right or left tackle for the NY Jets for the next decade.

Henry Ruggs III does bring speed to the table and he’s more than just a one-trick pony. To reiterate the NY Jets can’t go wrong if they go wide receiver or offensive tackle in round one.

***UPDATE***

Also in Kyle’s mock draft he has the NY Jets jumping back into round No. 1 to secure their offensive tackle of the future in Austin Jackson.

“The Jets skipped on an offensive tackle for the value of the speedy Ruggs, so they decide not to wait around for their crack at OT.”

Next: 2. Offensive tackles

Two of the eight analysts decided to go offensive tackle for the NY Jets with the 11th overall pick. Here are the full results and grades for each scenario.

Joe Marino

. Offensive tackle. Jedrick Wills Jr. 11. 829

“Let’s give Sam Darnold a real chance to succeed and give him an elite talent like Jedrick Wills to lock down a tackle spot.”

Top players still on the board:

  • Mekhi Becton, offensive tackle, Louisville
  • All of the top wide receivers were still on the board

Grade: A-

The NY Jets in this scenario select an offensive lineman and simultaneously end a 14-year drought in the NFL Draft. There’s been far too much neglect and it’s time to correct the wrongs of the past and provide Sam Darnold the best chance to win.

Wills Jr is a super athletic tackle that primarily played on the right side in college, but has the talent to seamlessly shift over to the blindside. This would allow George Fant and Chuma Edoga to slug it out for the right tackle spot.

While the wide receivers will be tempting for Gang Green on draft day, it would behoove them to add an integral piece upfront.

Drae Harris

. Offensive tackle. Andrew Thomas. 11. 814

“The New York Jets resist the urge to take Jerry Jeudy here because their offensive line is so depleted.”

Top players still on the board:

  • All of the top wide receivers were still on the board

Grade: A+

The first draft analyst to receive an A+ is Drae Harris who snags the final offensive tackle of the big four and the one who is most pro-ready. Thomas for whatever reason in the court of public opinion has slipped down boards, but no games have been played.

Andrew Thomas was a stalwart for the Bulldogs offensive line and would immediately plug and play at left tackle. While Wills Jr projects to play left tackle, there’s no projecting with Thomas we know he can protect the blindside.

Next: 1. Trades

Three of the eight analysts decided the NY Jets should trade up from the 11th overall pick. Here are the full results and grades for each scenario.

Benjamin Solak

Offensive tackle. Jedrick Wills Jr. 7. 829.

Top players still on the board:

  • Mekhi Becton, offensive tackle, Louisville
  • Tristan Wirfs, offensive tackle, Iowa
  • Andrew Thomas, offensive tackle, Georgia
  • All of the top wide receivers were still on the board

“The New York Jets push into the top 10 to get the tackle of their choice. Jedrick Wills can fight for starting jobs at both tackle and guard in Year 1 as the Jets reimagine their offensive line.”

Grade: C+

In all of these scenarios, the NY Jets decide to trade up in the 2020 NFL Draft. On the surface, I’m vehemently against it. The team only has eight selections in this draft, the Jets can’t afford to blow assets moving up for any one guy.

That’s especially true when you consider who was still on the board at the time of this selection: all the top offensive tackles and all of the top wide receivers.

Now the only reason this pick didn’t receive an F is that the cost wasn’t exorbitant. Gang Green only gave up a fourth-round pick to jump up four spots to have their pick of the litter at offensive tackle. If this is all it would take, the team has to consider pulling the trigger.

Jordan Reid

. Offensive tackle. Mekhi Becton. 7. 849

“The Jets move up to start the run on offensive tackles, but wanting to secure their top choice they exchange a third (No. 68) and a sixth-round pick (No. 211) to secure Becton. In need of a culture changer up-front. Already making several signings to bolster the interior, it’s now time to fortify the outside and the former Louisville star fully satisfies that need.”

Top players still on the board:

  • Tristan Wirfs, offensive tackle, Iowa
  • Andrew Thomas, offensive tackle, Georgia
  • Jedrick Wills Jr, offensive tackle, Alabama
  • Jeudy and Lamb were still on the board

Grade: D

Again not to beat a dead horse but most of these trades seem unnecessary. It would be one thing if there was a massive offensive tackle run earlier in the top-10 than we were expecting so the Jets have to scramble (although that doesn’t seem like Joe Douglas’ style) but that isn’t what has transpired here in these simulations.

Also just in general not a big fan of Mekhi Becton because there’s a big chance he can bust. One NFL Draft media personality recently told me this and I haven’t been able to forget it:

“It wouldn’t surprise me if Becton was out of the league in three years and it wouldn’t surprise me if he was one of the best offensive tackles in the league in three years.”

That’s too risky of a pick for the NY Jets who can’t afford to make a mistake.

Rob Judin

This trade is so big that it won’t fit in our graphic, that should give you a hint on how we feel about it:

  • Carolina Panthers receive 2020 1st round pick (11th overall), 2020 3rd round pick (79th overall), 2021 3rd round pick, 2021 conditional late-round pick (unspecified)
  • NY Jets receive 2020 1st round pick (7th overall)

. Offensive tackle. Jedrick Wills Jr. 7. 829

Top players still on the board:

  • Tristan Wirfs, offensive tackle, Iowa
  • Andrew Thomas, offensive tackle, Georgia
  • Mekhi Becton, offensive tackle, Louisville
  • All of the top wide receivers were still on the board

Grade: F

Do you know how we said there is no way the NY Jets can screw up the 11th overall pick as long as they go with a wide receiver or offensive tackle? We were wrong.

Somehow Rob Judin of The Draft Network found a way to screw it all up. In his simulation he has the NY Jets moving up to the seventh overall pick to grab their offensive tackle of the future. On the surface, you have to respect the aggression, but when you dive deeper you realize how big of a mistake it is.

In this scenario, the Jets give up FOUR SELECTIONS to move up four spots in the first round. They give up a precious third-round pick, another future third, and if that wasn’t bad enough throw in a future conditional late rounder.

General manager Joe Douglas needs to acquire more picks, not get rid of the ones he has. Secondly, why trade up and give up all of those assets when all of the top four offensive tackles were still available at seventh overall and all the top wide receivers were on the board?

Do the math.

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At least one of the top offensive tackles likely would’ve been on the board and one of the top wide receivers would’ve still been on the board. Just say screw it and wait your turn then pick the best player available at wide receiver or offensive tackle.

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