What will the NY Jets do when they are on the clock at pick No. 4?
Mock draft season is in full effect and will pick up even more steam now that the first wave of free agency has passed, but it's not only the pundits and fans going through mock drafts to try and predict what will transpire at the top of the NFL Draft.
NFL teams are going through the same exercise right now. Internally, every NFL franchise does opposition scouting during the draft process. They attempt to pinpoint what other teams will do around them. It's a pivotal part of the process.
With a month to go until the draft, the consensus first pick for Jacksonville at one is Michigan pass rusher Aidan Hutchinson, especially since the Jaguars have franchised left tackle Cam Robinson for the second year in a row.
The feeling is that Jacksonville is locked in on pairing Hutchinson with Josh Allen as their pass-rushing duo in Duval. The selection makes a ton of sense for the Jaguars, and Hutchinson is probably the safest bet in the draft. He was a superstar at the collegiate level, and that's the expectation level for him in the NFL.
With Jacksonville seemingly decided on who they will select, that brings us to Detroit at two and Houston at three, assuming both teams stay at their respective spots, which is not a lock. Earmarking who they will draft has become quite challenging, especially because both rebuilding teams could go in different directions.
It's also difficult to project what they will do because the next two top-ranked players on most experts' boards are offensive linemen Ikem Ekwonu and Evan Neal — two players who are not precisely clear-cut fits for either team.
Although both the Lions and Texans have several glaring holes, they do, however, have elite left tackles in Penei Sewell and Laremy Tunsil. The likelihood of either team prioritizing a right tackle this high in the draft doesn't seem realistic, especially since Houston recently restructured Tunsil's contract.
It's also worth noting that Houston, like Detroit, now has two first-round picks, thanks to the recent blockbuster Deshaun Watson trade. So even if the offensive line spot is on their respective radars, they could wait until later in the draft to address that area.
Presuming that Detroit and Houston pass on selecting an offensive lineman at two and three and opt to select the top-ranked defensive players remaining on their board, that could leave the Jets with an interesting conundrum at pick four.