The NY Jets have officially met with a host of prospects ahead of the 2020 NFL Draft. We did our best to compile a list of everyone they’ve met with so far.
The NY Jets are under two weeks away from what is expected to be a very important 2020 NFL Draft. Following a relatively uneventful free agency period, the Jets are clearly relying on the draft to address their pressing needs more so than in recent years.
Typically, the pre-draft process consists of scouts and front office members flying around to attend various pro days, workouts, and everything in between as they get a feel for the draft class as a whole.
But this year, things haven’t been that simple.
The ongoing situation regarding COVID-19 has forced NFL franchises to get creative when it comes to visiting with prospects. FaceTime calls have become the norm and have replaced in-person meetings.
It remains to be seen exactly how this will impact the outcome of the draft, but it certainly is a unique situation. Still, this hasn’t stopped teams from doing their due diligence with pre-draft visits — the Jets included.
Reports have surfaced for months about which players the Jets have individually met with and we thought it would be a good idea to compile a list of every prospect the Jets have reportedly met with so far.
These reports stretch back all the way from the East-West Shrine Bowl and Senior Bowl to recent FaceTime visits reported over the past few days. Of course, not all visits will be reported — especially in the current climate — so the list is likely incomplete.
But here are the 42 players that the Jets are confirmed to have visited with so far.
- QB (1): James Morgan (FIU)
- RB (2): Dre Brown (Illinois), James Robinson (Illinois State)
- WR (7): Lawrence Cager (Georgia), Van Jefferson (Florida), Jerry Jeudy (Alabama), CeeDee Lamb (Oklahoma), Denzel Mims (Baylor), Darrell Stewart (Michigan State), Binjimen Victor (Ohio State)
- TE (1): Giovanni Ricci (Western Michigan)
- OT (8): Mekhi Becton (Louisville), Brandon Bowen (Ohio State), Cameron Clark (Charlotte), Austin Jackson (USC), Josh Jones (Houston), Andrew Thomas (Georgia), Jedrick Wills (Alabama), Tristan Wirfs (Iowa)
- OG (4): Robert Hunt (Louisiana-Lafayette), Damien Lewis (LSU), Kyle Murphy (Rhode Island), Michael Onwenu (Michigan)
- C (4): Nick Harris (Washington), Frederick Mauigoa (Washington State), Cesar Ruiz (Michigan), Darryl Williams (Mississippi State)
- EDGE (6): K’Lavon Chaisson (LSU), Jonathan Greenard (Florida), Azur Kamara (Kansas), Julian Okwara (Notre Dame), James Smith-Williams (NC State), Jonah Williams (Weber State)
- DL (2): Kameron Cline (South Dakota), Larrell Murchison (NC State)
- CB (7): Cameron Dantzler (Mississippi State), Javaris Davis (Auburn), Trevon Diggs (Alabama), Kristian Fulton (LSU), Jeff Gladney (TCU), Amik Robertson (Louisiana Tech), Keith Washington (West Virginia)
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A few things are immediately evident when looking at that list of players. For starters, it’s clear where the Jets’ priorities lie in regards to certain positions.
The Jets have met with eight offensive tackles, seven wide receivers, seven cornerbacks, and six edge rushers. Those just so happen to be the team’s four most pressing needs and it’s apparent that Joe Douglas and company are looking to gain as much information on players at those positions as possible.
Only two positions, outside of specialists aren’t listed at all — off-ball linebacker and safety. The Jets are highly unlikely to use a draft pick on a linebacker given their incredible depth at the position.
Meanwhile, the team could probably use some depth at safety but clearly feels comfortable with the players they have and/or the options on the free-agent market.
In terms of individual players, most of their feasible first-round targets are there. All four top offensive tackles are there as well as fallback options like Josh Jones and Austin Jackson.
Meanwhile, both Jerry Jeudy and CeeDee Lamb have officially met with the Jets in some capacity. One noticeable omission, however, is Alabama speedster Henry Ruggs III.
The Jets reportedly “had their eye on him” back in late February but I could not find a single trace of a formal meeting taking place between the two. That doesn’t mean it hasn’t happened, but it hasn’t been reported to this point.
Out of all 42 prospects, the Jets have reportedly met with five of them multiple times, per Walter Football’s database. Those five players are Andrew Thomas, Mekhi Becton, Jonathan Greenard, Javaris Davis, and Larell Murchison.
Of those five, Thomas and Becton are certainly the most notable as they represent very likely first-round targets. Greenard is another player to keep an eye on as a mid-round target at edge rusher.
With over a week still remaining until the start of the 2020 NFL Draft, we’re sure to get reports of more visit incoming.
But for now, this list should give fans a good idea of the direction the team might take.