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Round 2, 34th Overall, NY Jets: Creed Humphrey, iOL, Oklahoma
Creed Humphrey has become a fan-favorite among Jets fans, and it seems as though the Jets themselves have mutual interest. The Jets are reportedly very high on Humphrey and if he’s still on the board at 34, it’s hard to see them passing.
Humphrey is a three-time All-American, two-time first-team All-Big 12 honoree, and two-time Big 12 Offensive Lineman of the Year. A three-year starter at Oklahoma, few offensive linemen in this class are as decorated as Humphrey.
With 37 starts over three years, he’s an experienced blocker and it shows in his game. Humphrey is one of the most technically sound linemen in this draft class with the hand quickness and intangibles to be a day-one starter.
The Jets seem comfortable with Connor McGovern at center, but they could opt to move Humphrey oper to guard if that’s the case. Either way, the Jets need to upgrade their interior offensive line.
And Humphrey would do just that.
Round 3, 66th Overall, NY Jets: Ifeatu Melifonwu, CB, Syracuse
We’ve mocked Ifeatu Melifonwu to the Jets multiple times over the course of the last few months. In fact, in last week’s mock, we mocked him to the Jets with this same selection.
He was on the board again, and we just couldn’t pass on the opportunity.
After missing out on cornerback with our first few picks, we addressed the position in a big way at the top of Round 3 landing this uber-talented Syracuse defensive back.
Melifonwu stands at 6-foot-2, 205 pounds, and combines his outstanding size with impressive athleticism. The 21-year-old ran a blazing 4.48 40-yard dash at his pro day which, at his size, is downright unheard of.
His rare traits give him incredible upside, but he must iron out some of the kinks in his game to reach his ceiling. Melifonwu is a little too reactionary and has a tendency to get overly physical in coverage, leading to flags.
He has all the physical traits to become a future All-Pro at his position, but it will take some time for him to properly develop. Nonetheless, Meilfonwu could compete for starting reps early in his career and fits well in Saleh’s Cover-3-inspired defense.
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