NY Jets: 3 players to target on Day 2 of the 2020 NFL Draft
By James Barone
The NY Jets saw plenty of great players go off the board on Day 1 of the 2020 NFL Draft, but these three players are ideal targets on Day 2.
It is obvious that if your team has a high pick in the draft — as the NY Jets did — they are able to select any of the big-name collegiate players they would like. However, those big names aren’t always the ones who end up creating a legacy for themselves in the league.
Lots of the best athletes to ever play were chosen later in the draft with less hype around their name. Some of the greatest players of all time went into the league without having any expectations to do big things from anyone.
After all, Tom Brady was infamously drafted in the sixth round and turned out to be the greatest quarterback of all time.
Let’s take a look at three prospects who can make an impact on the Jets season if they roll the dice by picking these players on Day 2 the 2020 NFL Draft.
Laviska Shenault Jr., WR, Colorado
After setting up Sam Darnold with a brick wall at left tackle with the selection of Mekhi Becton, today would be the perfect day to set up Darnold with some young weapons.
While at Colorado State, Laviska Shenault Jr. showed that he is very versatile and can line up at any receiver position. At 6-foot-1, Shenault has a great combination of speed and size that makes him a threat at all levels of the field.
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Shenault has great hand speed and is able to reel in those high pointed fastballs when running short out routes or slants.
Due to injuries, he has missed time over the past two seasons which is an immediate red flag. We could see the Jets take him with the 48th overall pick tonight in Round 2 if they don’t have to trade up to grab him.
Ezra Cleveland, OT, Boise State
Out of Boise State, this guy is a tackle who is elusive, has quick hands, and was a lockdown lineman in college. Ezra Cleveland ran a 4.93-second 40-yard dash and proved to everyone he is able to be an athletic lineman on the field.
However, lots of teams are worried about drafting him because he is weak and struggles to show strength in his play. If Cleveland puts in the time hitting the weight room and continues to perfect his craft, his potential will shoot through the roof.
If the Jets are looking to find young guys to start to build a line around, this could be a guy in the second round they take a chance on.
Netane Muti, OG, Fresno State
This guy is a monster at guard and showed it at the NFL Combine. Netane Muti benched 44 repetitions of 225 pounds and based on that statistic right there, he is perhaps the strongest player in the draft.
Lining up at guard, Muti has the ability to become a starting-caliber lineman with a decent frame standing at 6-foot-3 and possessing extraordinary upper body strength. Out of Fresno State, Muti would be a very risky pick if the Jets drafted him tonight, however, given his injury history.
But, if they do roll the dice and take a chance on Muti, it could become an extremely smart decision and could continue to put Darnold in an even better position to have a great season in 2020 and into the future.