The NY Jets have arrived at a potential crossroad. Armed with four of the draft’s first 38 picks, including two in the top-10, the Jets have the ammunition to add premium, cost-effective talent to a roster that has been among the league’s worst for much of the last decade.
A part of me doesn’t want to acknowledge the importance of this year’s draft and its impact on the present and future of the Jets’ organization. However, we can’t escape the reality of what next month’s draft means to this team.
General manager Joe Douglas is under immense pressure to turn this team around. For him, two scenarios will arise from this draft.
In one scenario, he hits on most, if not all, of their selections, and the Jets will have a team capable of contending in a loaded AFC for years to come. However, if the fourth-year general manager fails to find difference-makers with their selections, the Jets will be doomed for another half-decade.
The free agency signings of D.J. Reed, Laken Tomlinson, and Jordan Whitehead, among others, have filled many of the team’s holes on both sides of the ball. The Jets must not get complacent, though.
With pressing needs at edge rusher, wide receiver, safety, and interior defensive line positions (and a need for more depth elsewhere), the Jets must take advantage of their early picks to add playmakers on both sides of the ball.
Now, let’s look at what a two-round Jets mock draft might look like with potential options on both offense and defense for each pick.