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The NY Jets completely revamped their offense in this 7-round 2021 NFL Mock Draft.
The NY Jets fell to 0-13 in Week 14 after a one-sided thrashing at the hands of the Seattle Seahawks. And in doing so, they maintained their one-game lead in the race for the No. 1 overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft.
All eyes are on Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence as, with just three games remaining in the season, the Jets are closer than ever to securing the opportunity to select one of the greatest quarterback prospects in NFL history.
We’ve been doing mock drafts every Monday since Week 2 of this season. Given the state of the Jets this year, it’s been one of the only things keeping us sane.
However, given the sheer frequency at which we’ve been running these mock drafts, we decided to shake things up this week. Instead of a usual seven-round mock draft, we decided to impose some restrictions this time around.
This will be an all-offense mock draft.
The Jets need offensive help in the worst way and with the help of The Draft Network’s “Mock Machine,” we sought out to use all nine selections to provide them with that help.
Is this a little ridiculous? Of course, but it was a fun exercise nonetheless. Here are our results.
Next: 1. Two offensive cornerstones
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Round 1, 1st Overall, NY Jets: Trevor Lawrence, QB, Clemson
Fortunately, this pick won’t be changing even with our restrictions.
The Jets will hire a new head coach in the offseason and will pair that head coach with a brand new young quarterback to develop. As of right now, that quarterback will be Trevor Lawrence.
You’ve heard it all before. Lawrence is one of the greatest quarterback prospects the NFL has ever seen and he will be the No. 1 overall pick this April. That’s a belief that has been shared by many for pretty much the last two years.
Possessing elite arm talent, intelligence, touch, athleticism, and pretty much everything that makes a franchise quarterback, Lawrence is the complete package and should develop into one of the best quarterbacks in the league before long.
The 21-year-old will either be the quarterback of the Jets or Jacksonville Jaguars next season. For the Jets’ sake, they’ll be hoping that they manage to land this truly generational prospect.
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Round 1, 25th Overall, NY Jets: Wyatt Davis, iOL, Ohio State
The board fell in our favor as the Jets were able to snag one of the best interior offensive lineman prospects with their second first-round pick.
Ohio State’s Wyatt Davis is an absolute mauler of a guard who asserts his dominance with his physical play style and raw power. Davis is a fluid athlete and technically-sound blocker who has all the tools needed to be an All-Pro at the next level.
Football stardom runs in his family as his grandfather is NFL Hall of Famer Willie Davis. No wonder why it all seems to come so naturally to him.
Positional value could drop him in the draft, but it seems unlikely that he manages to fall all the way to pick No. 26, at least at this stage. But we don’t choose the picks in front of us, we just react.
In this offense-only mock draft, it was a dream to see Davis fall to the Jets at this pick.
Next: 2. Two young pass-catchers
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Round 2, 33rd Overall, NY Jets: Terrace Marshall Jr., WR, LSU
Just like we were excited to see Davis fall to No. 26, we were pleasantly surprised to see LSU wide receiver Terrace Marshall still on the board at the very beginning of the second round.
Marshall may be a step below the top-three receivers in this class, but there’s still a very good chance that he goes on Day 1 of the draft. The LSU star was overshadowed by Ja’Marr Chase and Justin Jefferson last year, but he found a groove as the Tigers’ top target in 2020.
Prior to his decision to opt-out at the end of last month, Marshall had recorded 731 receiving yards and 10 receiving touchdowns in just seven games.
At 6-foot-3, 200 pounds, Marshall has great size for the position that he blends with excellent speed and athleticism. And with the ability to play both outside and in the slot, Marshall will be an asset to any NFL offense he lands in.
The Jets need receiver help and Marshall is a perfect target here at the beginning of Round 2.
Round 3, 65th Overall, NY Jets: Brevin Jordan, TE, Miami
Here’s where things get a little interesting. It’s unlikely that the Jets will target a tight end as early as the 65th overall pick, but in this all-offense mock, Miami’s Brevin Jordan was an easy selection.
Jordan is an exceptional athlete and a matchup-nightmare for any defensive coordinator. At 6-foot-3, 245 pounds, Jordan runs a swift 4.78 40-yard dash and combines that with superb after-the-catch abilities.
The son of former NFL draft pick Darrell Jordan is explosive after the catch and hard to bring down with the ball in his hands. He’s not a dominant blocker by any means, but he’s shown a willingness to improve even if he’ll never be George Kittle.
Jordan’s biggest red flag is his injury history that has cost him time in each of the last three seasons. But there’s no denying his talent when on the field.
Adding Jordan to a struggling tight end group would be a wise move for the Jets to make.
Next: 3. Two more offensive skill players
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Round 3, 88th Overall, NY Jets: Zamir White, RB, Georgia
The Jets might not target a running back in the draft this year, but they will likely have to reshape the position in the offseason. If they opt to go the draft route, someone who could be on their radar is Georgia’s Zamir White.
Only a redshirt sophomore, there has been talk of White entering the draft early and he’ll likely be one of the top mid-round running backs if he chooses to do so.
A former five-star recruit, White tore his ACL as a true freshman — the second ACL tear of his short career. But now that he’s established as Georgia’s top running back, he’s shown the college football world what he’s capable of.
White is a balanced runner with good speed that allows him to make plays in space. He blends his speed and balance with a powerful running style that makes him a triple-threat runner.
Throw in his soft hands and above-average route-running and you have a player who could develop into a true three-down running back at the next level.
There will be concerns about his injury history and lack of collegiate experience, but just look at a player like Josh Jacobs for proof that running backs don’t need a ton of carries in college to become excellent pro players.
White is the real deal and he would be an excellent mid-round pickup for the Jets.
Round 4, 102nd Overall, NY Jets: Elijah Moore, WR, Ole Miss
Elijah Moore’s college career will forever be defined by one play. If you know, you know. If you don’t know, just look up what happened at the end of the 2019 Egg Bowl between Ole Miss and Mississippi State.
Unforgettable blunder aside, Moore has done everything in his power to put that mistake in the past and his success this season has certainly helped matters. In eight games, Moore leads his team with 86 catches for 1,193 yards and eight touchdowns.
At just 5-foot-9, 184 pounds, Moore will be overlooked by many due to his small stature. He’ll likely be confined to a slot role in the pros, but that’s where he’ll be able to take full advantage of his crafty route-running and overall explosiveness.
He’s tough as nails and not afraid to make catches over the middle of the field in traffic. And while he shines in the short-passing games, he’s shown on multiple occasions that he’s more than capable of stretching the field.
Next: 4. Late-round projects
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Round 5, 141st Overall, NY Jets: David Moore, iOL, Grambling State
We already drafted a guard in this class, but with the offensive restrictions in place, it made sense to double up at the position and select an intriguing developmental prospect in Grambling State’s David Moore.
One of the few small-school prospects already invited to the Senior Bowl, Moore opted out of the 2020 season to prepare for the draft. That means his draft stock will be largely dependent on how he performs in Mobile.
A powerful blocker in space, Moore is an ideal fit in a power/zone-blocking scheme where he can put his aggressive blocking style to use. He’s also shown to be a capable athlete when asked to pull or block on screens.
Moore could still use some development and needs to improve his balance and overall anchor, but he could be a solid depth piece early on with the tools to develop into a starter down the line.
Round 5, 150th Overall, NY Jets: Justyn Ross, WR, Clemson
If there ever was a worthy late-round flier, this is it. Justyn Ross was, at one point, considered one of the best receivers in college football and a possible future first-round pick.
However, that all changed when doctors discovered that he had congenital fusion on his spine, an abnormality that is present at birth. Not only was he declared out for the entire 2020 season, but it remains unknown if he’ll ever play football again.
Recent reports seem to indicate that Ross is preparing to give it another go, but who knows where his draft stock could be come April. But with Ross on the board here in the fifth round, it seemed like as good of a time as any to pick him up.
A physical receiver who stands at 6-foot-3, 205 pounds, Ross is dominant in 50/50 situations and is one of the best pure possession receivers in this class. His ball skills are impressive and he’s had few issues with drops throughout his career.
There are concerns about his ability to separate in the pros, but undoubtedly the biggest concerns come with his health.
Justyn Ross was once a dominant receiver at Clemson, and if he decides to play football, he would be a very intriguing prospect in this draft class.
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Round 6, 193rd Overall, NY Jets: Obinna Eze, OT, Memphis
We finish up this offense-only mock with our third offensive lineman taken and first offensive tackle. Memphis’ Obinna Eze is your prototypical late-round developmental project.
At 6-foot-8, 315 pounds, Eze has the size you look for in an offensive tackle. He’s long, athletic, and a natural mover who has experience playing both left and right tackle.
But while he has all the physical tools to be successful, Eze is as raw as they come. A native of Nigeria, Eze didn’t play varsity football until his senior year of high school and he remains technically unrefined.
On top of that, he may be tall, but he often gets bullied at the point of attack due to his slight frame and lanky stature. Eze is an ideal long-term developmental project who could become a starter if he fills out his frame and cleans up his technique.
From a purely physical standpoint, you aren’t going to do much better than him here in Round 6 — especially with only offensive players to choose from.