Round 1, 7th Overall, NY Jets: Evan Neal, OT, Alabama
Once again, this is a DREAM scenario for Gang Green. Some mocks have Alabama offensive tackle Evan Neal going as high as the top-three, but we managed to snag him here with the seventh overall selection.
Neal is a behemoth of a human being measuring in at 6-foot-7, 360 pounds. He has experience playing both tackle spots as well as guard and could realistically start for the Jets at all three offensive line positions.
Mekhi Becton's injury concerns should force the Jets to stack up on offensive tackle depth this offseason. And even if one or both of George Fant and Morgan Moses return, Neal should still be the pick.
Neal could step in as a day-one starter at right tackle or even right guard if the Jets want to go in that direction. As an added bonus, he's extra insurance for Becton at left tackle. He and Thibodeaux give the Jets a home-run duo at the top of Round 1.
Round 2, 35th Overall, NY Jets: Ahmad Gardner, CB, Cincinnati
Three picks, three players who I don't expect to be available at their selected spots. But hey, I wasn't going to pass on another top prospect here at the beginning of Round 2.
Cincinnati's Ahmad Gardner is one of the best cornerbacks in an absolutely loaded cornerback class. At 6-foot-2, 188 pounds, Gardner combines excellent size with stellar athleticism to give him perhaps the best athletic profile in this draft class.
Nicknamed "Sauce," Gardner thrives in zone coverage and could be a perfect fit in Robert Saleh's zone-heavy defense. The Jets could go into the 2022 season with a pair of legitimate young talents at the cornerback position in Gardner and Bryce Hall.
The Jets manage to draft three first-round talents for the second year in a row.