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Two-Round NY Jets Mock Draft: Ideal picks on offense and defense

Brian Newsome
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(Offense) Round 1, 10th Overall, NY Jets: Garrett Wilson, WR, Ohio State

The team’s attempt to trade for Tyreek Hill is evidence that the Jets are in the market for an electric playmaker on the outside. However, with about three weeks remaining between now and the draft, Douglas still has time to swing a trade for any star receiver if they become available.

Until then, we will be operating under the impression that no trade is imminent. Under these circumstances, the Jets MUST target a wide receiver here.

While there isn’t a consensus order amongst this year’s wide receiver prospects, there is a trio of receivers (Garrett Wilson, Drake London, Jameson Williams), in my opinion, that can make a realistic claim as WR1. 

Wilson is just a personal preference. At just a shade under 6-foot, Wilson's game plays much bigger than his physical size. With verified long speed (4.38-second forty-yard dash) and the athleticism to play above the rim and win on 50/50 balls, the Ohio State product gives the Jets a skill set they don’t have on the roster. 

The Jets' rebuild is contingent on Zach Wilson’s success. Adding (Garrett) Wilson to a receiver corps that already features Elijah Moore and Corey Davis will go a long way in helping (Zach) Wilson develop into a difference-maker at the quarterback position.

Scouting Report: The latest highly touted Ohio State receiver (along with fellow prospect Chris Olave), Wilson has the elite body control and athleticism to be a dangerous weapon in the NFL from day one. Further refinement of his route-running technique is necessary, but he will still be an impact player while that part still develops due to his electric skillset.

(Defense) Round 1, 10th Overall, NY Jets: Jermaine Johnson, EDGE, Florida State

If the Jets do not select a pass rusher with the fourth pick, they will likely target one with the tenth pick. With Aidan Hutchinson, Thibodeaux, and possibly Travon Walker all likely off the board, Johnson could fall to the Jets’ second selection.

Despite being on the older side for a prospect (he turned 23 in January), Johnson is a fierce predator on the edge. Equipped with a combination of elite size (6-foot-5 254 pounds) and length (34-inch arms), the Florida State product would complement Carl Lawson on the edge for Saleh’s defensive front. 

Safety Kyle Hamilton is another possible option here, given his abilities and the team’s need at the position. However, Saleh’s comments at the Senior Bowl didn’t inspire confidence that the Jets would target Hamilton with either of their first-round selections.

Scouting Report: After beginning his college career in Athens, Johnson transferred to Florida State, leading the ACC in sacks this past season. Teams could see age (23) as a potential negative compared to his peers, but his tape speaks for itself. Johnson is a ferocious athlete who offers an ideal combination of floor and ceiling.

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