The NY Jets have a variety of needs to address in the upcoming 2020 NFL Draft. Here are the top three positions that they must target in the draft.
While we continue to trek towards the beginning of the 2020 NFL season, the NY Jets need to fill holes around their roster to make themselves true competitors in the AFC.
With that in mind, specific positions in the roster need more aid than others and a way to start rebuilding those positions with strong, young, and potential-filled players, is through the draft.
The Jets are playing with eight picks in the 2020 NFL Draft and with many craters to fill in the roster, we must use those picks as wisely as possible.
Although we may not be able to see these young kids go on that stage and put on a Jets hat given to them by commissioner Roger Goodell in April due to COVID-19, we still will get to see them impacting the outcome of the Jets season and seasons to come on the field.
With that being said, these are three positions the NY Jets need to target during the 2020 NFL Draft.
Next: 3. Cornerback
Through the 2019 season, the Jets gave a multitude of different guys chances to step up and become a true starter at the cornerback position. But the Jets couldn’t find what they were looking for.
However, they were able to catch glimpses of potential from young guys such as Blessuan Austin and Arthur Maulet. But, with the cap space wasted on Trumaine Johnson over his disappointing two years in green, it would be a much wiser decision to take a young guy with one of the mid-round picks.
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This draft class is not secondary heavy but has players who seem to have a lot of untapped potential that will be found once they come to the league.
One of the talented young guys to watch for in the mid-rounds of the draft is Jaylon Johnson out of Utah who is a guy who is able to stick to a receiver like glue on the long ball due to rapid footwork and great mirroring skills.
He is a great third-round target for the Jets if he falls that far in the draft.
Next: 2. Wide Receiver
2. Wide Receiver
Throughout the 2019 season, the Jets receiving core needed help and the loss of Robby Anderson just makes it more urgent to pick up a young stud in the draft.
That being said, the Jets goal this draft at the receiver position should be to find a guy who has lots of potential and get him to stay in New York throughout his career.
With receivers coming into and leaving New York, Joe Douglas needs to find Sam Darnold, a guy who he can develop a connection with and have him by his side through the rest of his career.
The Jets were able to acquire Breshad Perriman who will be a great addition to the wide receiver core. But with Jamison Crowder and Perriman both being 26 going on 27, the Jets must find Darnold, someone who is young and is going to be in the league just as long as Darnold.
A guy that the Jets could be looking at with their second-round pick is Michael Pittman Jr. out of USC. If the physical receiver is able to fall to the 48th pick it would be a steal for the Jets.
With a stacked draft class for receivers, at any time in the draft, the Jets will have the possibility to grab a guy (or two) who can produce on the field even if it is with their later picks in the draft.
Next: 1. Offensive Line
1. Offensive Line
This comes as no surprise as it was quite evident that the line was the biggest hole in the Jets offense through the entire 2019 season. With the Jets ranked dead last in yards per game (YPG) we need to bring in young guys to start to build a strong core upfront.
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Last season, the Jets were ranked fourth sacks allowed with 52 total which averages out to 3.25 sacks a game. Not only was Darnold beat up behind the line of scrimmage but the line allowed 106 QB hits which were the fifth most in the league.
With the Jets’ offensive line being the top in many of the wrong kind of statistics that you don’t want to be leading in, it is essential that we rebuild upfront. Luckily for us, it is perfect timing as this draft class is packed with highly skilled big guys.
Wirfs stands at 6-foot-5 and Becton stands at 6-foot-7 — both giants on the field and could make giant contributions to picking up the slack at offensive line for the Jets.