Round 1, 10th Overall, NY Jets: Jordan Davis, DT, Georgia
Remember all that talk about finding a clear identity? How about that bit about the Georgia defensive line being historically dominant?
The Jets have myriad needs. However, their biggest need is to establish a unit that opposing teams fear. If New York truly hopes to compete against a top-tier Buffalo Bills team, an always dangerous New England Patriots squad, and an up-and-coming Miami Dolphins roster, they need a group of playmakers that can take over a game and lead their young roster to wins.
Full disclosure, Jordan Davis is one of my favorite players in this draft. It's unique to see a player of his stature 6-foot-6, 341lbs, move with such grace and speed.
Davis wowed at the annual NFL Combine when he posted a ridiculous 40-yard-dash time of 4.78 seconds. He also recorded a 32" vertical jump and a broad jump of 123".
The Bulldogs star has drawn pre-draft comparisons to former No. 9 overall pick and multi-time Pro-Bowler defensive tackle John Henderson. He has the dual ability to produce a pass rush up the middle, while drawing double-teams and disrupting the run game.
While it should not be overemphasized, the notion of pairing Davis with former colligate teammate Travon Walker could prove valuable.
The duo is already comfortable playing alongside one another, they are aware of each other's strengths and weaknesses, and they know how to dominate from two different positions.
Pairing these two former UGA stars at the professional level would immediately give the Jets one of the most interesting and dangerous defensive lines in football. What better way to build the franchise around Saleh's identity?