The NY Jets landed Carson Wentz and other stars in ESPN’s four-round re-draft of the NFL.
The NY Jets arguably have one of the least talented rosters in the NFL at the moment and are likely at least a year away from truly competing for a playoff spot.
Of course, anything is possible, but it’s difficult to take a look around the league and declare that the Jets have anything other than a bottom-10 roster.
But what if that weren’t the case? What if they were given a fresh start to reshape the state of their roster with a complete NFL re-draft?
Many of us have likely taken part in a so-called “fantasy draft” in Madden before. But ESPN decided to take it a step further and asked each of the team’s beat reporters to take part in a four-round re-draft of the entire NFL.
That meant that Rich Cimini was selected to pick for the Jets.
There were a few rules to start. Each team was required to select a quarterback, a non-QB offensive player, and a defensive player with their fourth pick being a wild card. The remainder of the roster would be comprised of league-average players.
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And each reporter was asked to build a team that could win a Super Bowl in five years. Some built teams that would compete this year while others focused more on the future.
Cimini seemed to do a great job of both. Let’s take a look at the results.
NY Jets hypothetical re-draft
- Round 1 (11th overall): Carson Wentz, QB
- Round 2 (54th overall): Odell Beckham Jr., WR
- Round 3 (75th overall): Bradley Chubb, OLB
- Round 4 (118th overall): Zack Martin, OG
Six quarterbacks were taken before Carson Wentz including the obvious top-four of Patrick Mahomes, Russell Wilson, Lamar Jackson, and Deshaun Watson and the duo of Drew Bress and Dak Prescott.
That arguably left Wentz as the best long-term option. The durability concerns are obvious, but Wentz has shown that he’s a true franchise quarterback when healthy and someone who could undoubtedly lead his team to a Super Bowl.
On top of that, he played in all 16 games last season and seems to be turning a corner when it comes to health. No issues with that pick at No. 11.
And from there, it’s difficult to have any problems with the Odell Beckham pick at No. 54 either. Beckham was the best receiver available with the likes of Chris Godwin, JuJu Smith-Schuster, and A.J. Green being the next three wideouts taken.
Beckham would give the Jets a true No. 1 receiver and provide Wentz with an instant-impact offensive playmaker. The third-round pick of Bradley Chubb does seem a little early, but it’s easy to forget just how good he was in his rookie season.
Chubb missed all but four games in 2019, but amassed 12 sacks in his rookie season back in 2018. And immediately, Chubb would be the team’s most accomplished edge rusher since the days of John Abraham.
Finally, Cimini landed an absolute steal in Zack Martin with his fourth-round pick. Martin is arguably the best offensive guard in football and helps fill a crucial need to build the offensive line.
He doesn’t play the premium position of offensive tackle which is why he fell so far, but solidifying an interior is arguably just as important.
ESPN analyst Mike Clay ranked this draft in the third out of four tiers which honestly seems quite low considering the caliber of players that the Jets landed. His only complaint was that Chubb went too early, but that seems like a bit much to drop this draft so far.
Ultimately, all four of these players would be the best the Jets have had at each position in years. Perhaps that says a lot about the state of the franchise as a whole, but it still is representative of fine re-draft.
With his one shot at re-drafting the Jets, Cimini knocked it out of the park.