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Round 1, 2nd Overall, NY Jets: Zach Wilson, QB, BYU
Barring any unforeseen, unprecedented turn of events, the Jets will select BYU quarterback Zach Wilson with the second overall pick come Thursday. And thus, the team will usher in a new era of football.
That will include a new coaching staff, a new quarterback, and a new supporting cast. A formula that will hopefully allow the Jets to find more success than they did in the Adam Gase/Sam Darnold era.
Wilson has all the tools to develop into a franchise quarterback in the NFL. His arm talent is superb. His timing and placement are top-tier. And he has the mobility needed to extend plays with his legs.
Some will prefer Ohio State’s Justin Fields with this pick. Others could even consider Trey Lance of North Dakota State. Either way, the futures of all five top quarterbacks in this class will forever be tied together.
This is the 2018 NFL Draft class 2.0. Let’s just hope the Jets get it right this time around.
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Round 1, 19th Overall, NY Jets: Teven Jenkins, OT/OG, Oklahoma State
We have a trade! In this scenario, the Jets send picks 23, 107 (early fourth round), and 146 (early fifth round) to the Washington Football Team in exchange for the 19th overall selection.
Using the Draft Tek trade value chart, the Jets come out on top by only a few points. It’s a slight win for New York, and they also manage to land one of their top targets in the entire draft in Teven Jenkins.
Jenkins has seen his draft stock soar over the last month or so and at this point, it seems unlikely that he makes it to 23. With teams like Washington, Chicago, and Tennessee looking for interior offensive line help, the Jets leapfrog them all and grab Jenkins.
The Oklahoma State product is a mean, nasty mauler with nimble feet that should allow him to excel in a zone-blocking scheme. Ideally, he could take over one of the two starting guard spots before potentially being George Fant’s long-term replacement at right tackle.
Jenkins is a home-run pick and the Jets don’t have to give up too much to get him.
Next: 2. More OL and EDGE help