The NY Jets have seen a number of players mocked to them over the course of the past few weeks and months. But in recent days, it seems as though one player has emerged as the clear-cut favorite.
BYU quarterback Zach Wilson.
Wilson has been perhaps the player most frequently mocked to the Jets in recent weeks. And that has remained true in the latest mock draft by a very notable analyst.
NFL.com’s Daniel Jeremiah released his mock draft 2.0 on Tuesday and he had the Jets taking Wilson second overall. That’s the same player he mocked to the Jets in his first mock draft nearly a month ago.
This follows a recent trend that has seen outlets such as Sports Illustrated, Pro Football Focus, CBS Sports, and various others projecting Wilson to go second overall to the Jets.
Jeremiah then had the Jets selecting Oklahoma edge rusher Ronnie Perkins with their No. 23 overall selection. Unlike Wilson, Perkins is likely an unfamiliar name to many Jets fans and has only recently started to garner first-round buzz.
The NY Jets will consider taking Zach Wilson with the No. 2 overall pick
While a decision likely has not been made just yet, the Jets are clearly exploring the quarterback market this offseason. That’s been made evident by their interest in Matthew Stafford and the fact that they’ve been fielding calls for Sam Darnold.
This doesn’t guarantee that Darnold will be shipped away, but it’s clearly something the Jets are heavily considering.
If they do opt to move on, Wilson could be at the top of their list of potential replacements. In fact, a recent report suggests that at least one NFL team views Wilson as the top signal-caller in this class — even ahead of Trevor Lawrence.
A breakout 2020 season saw Wilson emerge as one of the best quarterbacks in the country and solidified himself as a possible early-round pick. Now, there’s a very good chance that he’s the second player taken come April’s draft.
As for Perkins, the Oklahoma product fits the mold of a five-technique defensive end that the Jets are looking for. While he’s in need of additional development, his raw power and brute strength give him a high upside as a potential long-term starter.
He’s someone who could contribute from day one, but projecting him as a first-round pick might be a bit rich for some. Nonetheless, he’s another player to keep an eye on.
But for the Jets, the predominant conversation remains centered around what the team will do at the quarterback position. And Zach Wilson remains right at the top of their list of potential options.