The 2020 NFL Draft class has not produced the same results for the NY Jets
However, the disappointing returns on the Jets 2020 class have the team looking at a potential alternate route toward upgrading the roster.
Jets fans don't like to contemplate this, but the jury is still out on one of their most promising players, left tackle Mekhi Becton. He might never live up to his billing. Becton needs to get healthy and perform at an elite level to match the high investment that the team made in drafting him two years ago.
If he doesn't, and he hasn't to this point, it will set the franchise back. Becton was supposed to be a cornerstone player to build an entire offensive line and weekly game plan around, similar to that of Trent Williams in San Francisco. The truth is that he hasn't been.
Notwithstanding the uncertainty attached to Becton, the vast majority of the Jets' 2020 class leaves a lot to be desired, and it has short and potential long-term effects on the franchise. Douglas and the personnel department needed to hit on their 2020 class, and they haven't to this point.
The most disappointing player on New York's roster is 2020 second-round wide receiver Denzel Mims. You could argue that he wouldn't have been on the team in 2021 if not for his draft status. And there's significant doubt as to whether he will be when the regular season starts in 2022.
Except for Bryce Hall, who has turned into one of the league's best young cornerbacks, and perhaps punter Braden Mann, the rest of the 2020 Jets draft class is filled with players who are barely roster-worthy in safety Ashtyn Davis, defensive end Jabari Zuniga, and running back La'Mical Perine.
Quarterback James Morgan, taken in the fourth round, is no longer on the team. Unfortunately, fourth-round offensive lineman Cameron Clark is coming off a severe injury last summer. But before that, Clark was struggling to make his way up the bottom of the depth chart.
If you are looking to build a contending team through the draft, you can't miss the way the Jets and Joe Douglas appear to have at this point with their first group of hand-picked players.
If it wasn't for the poor returns from the 2020 class, the Jets would undoubtedly feel more secure about their chances of contending in 2022. Hence, Joe Douglas entertaining a potential philosophy shift as the franchise seeks a way out of prolonged darkness.