Round 1, 2nd Overall, NY Jets: Justin Fields, QB, Ohio State
There’s a new man atop the mock and it’s none other than Ohio State’s Justin Fields. If the Jets do end up with the second overall pick and miss out on Lawrence, there will be plenty of discussion about what the Jets should do with the selection.
From trading down to selecting a quarterback to selecting a non-quarterback and rolling with Sam Darnold, all options will be on the table. But as we sit here in late December, there is one clear cut option.
And that revolves around former Heisman finalist, Justin Fields.
Darnold will be entering the fourth year of his rookie contract and the Jets will already need to make a decision on his NFL future. And given what we’ve seen this year — poor situation or not — it’s hard to be optimistic about said future.
Fields would be QB1 in a normal year with the athleticism and arm talent to be a franchise quarterback. Some of his concerns have been overstated to this point, although it’s safe to say he’s not Trevor Lawrence.
He may not be Lawrence, but Fields on a five-year contract is better than Darnold on a two-year deal any day of the week. That’s just how the NFL operates.
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Round 1, 26th Overall, NY Jets: Christian Darrisaw, OT, Virginia Tech
After landing a new franchise QB with their first first-round pick, the Jets were pleasantly surprised to see one of the best offensive tackle prospects still on the board here at the end of the round.
Virginia Tech’s Christian Darrisaw is a fantastic left tackle prospect who projects as a high-ceiling player in the pros. With the length and athleticism to be a legitimate All-Pro at the next level, the Jets land a steal here at pick No. 26.
Now, with Mekhi Becton manning the blindside, Darrisaw would have to slide over to right tackle. In fact, we were more looking to address either the interior offensive line or other positions here, but Darrisaw was too much to pass up on.
The No. 2 offensive tackle on Mel Kiper’s big board officially declared for the draft this past week opting to forgo his senior season. But after three standout years as a starter, he has little to prove.
He could probably use a little more refinement in pass protection, particularly when it comes to his footwork. But he’s a Day 1 starter who would give the Jets a pair of rising star offensive tackles to build around.
Not a bad first-round haul at all.