After months of anticipation and speculation, we are only days away from seeing the New York Jets add the most important pieces to their offseason puzzle.
The NFL Draft begins Thursday night, and with the Jets expected to make four of the top 38 picks, we won’t have to wait long to see general manager Joe Douglas’ offseason plan come into full focus.
But with days to go until the draft, there’s still plenty of time for speculation.. And it’s still hard to predict what the Jets will do because they have so many needs and a cloudy scoreboard ahead of them.
Douglas continues to say he is committed to picking the best player available, regardless of the team’s needs. And Douglas may have to do just that, because it will be much harder to move from No. 4 or No. 10 without a quarterback leaving early.
So how do we think this will go for the Jets? Here is our final model:
Fifth round: Bo Melton, WR, Rutgers
Melton impressed at the Senior Bowl and kept it up at the NFL Combine, where he ran a 4.34-second sprint for 40 yards. The 5-foot-11, 189-pound speedster has big-play potential, adding depth to an important position, and he should be able to make an immediate impact on special teams – what more could you ask for on Day 3 ?
Fifth round: JT Woods, S, Baylor
Safety depth remains a concern for the Jets even after tackling the position in free agency, and they could write one much sooner than that — it just didn’t play out that way in our simulation. But Woods would be a good addition late in the round. He’s got good size and length at 6-2, and ridiculous speed — he ran a 4.36-second 40-yard sprint at the NFL Combine. He’s a work in progress, but his versatility and outstanding physical abilities make him an intriguing late-round option.
Fourth round: Tyler Allgeier, RB, BYU
Douglas said a week before the draft the Jets were focused on doing everything they could to help Zach Wilson. And adding a familiar face from his days at BYU to bolster the running room certainly wouldn’t hurt. Allgeier had a stellar 2020 season alongside Wilson, then had an even better year in 2021 with 23 touchdowns and 1,601 rushing yards. At 5-foot-11, 224 pounds, he would give the Jets a power comeback with wide receiver potential out of the backfield.
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Fourth round: Neil Farrell Jr., DL, LSU
After the departure of Foley Fatukasi, the Jets need more depth on the inside defensive line. And Farrell, who weighs 6-foot-4 and 330 pounds, has plug-and-play potential in the Jets’ D-line rotation as a rookie. There are concerns about his technique and his injury history, but his mix of speed and strength gives him a high ceiling and he should be given the opportunity to improve his craft by joining a team that doesn’t demand of its players. of defensive lines to play every snap.
Third round: Daniel Faalele, OT, Minnesota
Douglas has taken an offensive lineman in the first round of each of his first two drafts as general manager. The o-line is better this time around, and the Jets have plenty of other needs at the top of the draft, but we don’t expect Douglas to ignore the o-line in the top half of this draft. Faalele, who grew up in Australia and played rugby before learning football, is still going strong. But he’s massive at 6-foot-8, 384 pounds and would give the Jets significant short-term depth with the potential to become a long-term tackle answer.
Second Round: Roger McCreary, BC, Auburn
The Jets have confidence in their young cornerback room, especially after adding DJ Reed in free agency. But they still need talent and depth on the outside and McCreary would provide both. He is smart, basically sound, and has good instincts. There are concerns about how his size (5-11) will translate to the next level, but McCreary has already shown he can cover anyone in college football’s top conference.
Second round: Quay Walker, LB, Georgia
He’s only started for a year, so there are still a few questions to answer about how his game will translate to the next level. But he’s 6-4 and ran the 40-yard sprint in 4.52 seconds at the Combine. The Jets are thin at linebacker and adding a player with that mix of size, speed and athleticism to the middle of their defense could make a huge difference, especially against the run.
First round: Drake London, WR USC
Depending on how the top nine picks go, the Jets could have several good options to add a pass-catching weapon to No. 10. But London feels like the best fit for their offense because he doesn’t look like any receiver currently. on the list. At 6-5, he has the size to make plays in traffic, but he also has enough speed to create nightmarish clashes for opposing defenses and stretch the field vertically. His route will need to improve to the next level, but he’s proven he can make plays when a defense is designed to stop him, which is exactly what the Jets need.
First round: Kayvon Thibodeaux, Edge, Oregon
For a long time, it appeared that Thibodeaux would be off the board by the time the Jets picked No. 4. But now it seems possible he was there at No. 4, and it’s hard to imagine the Jets, who really need a pass rusher impact, dropping it further. He’s big (6-4, 254) and strong with the quickness and athleticism to miss blockers on day one and a knack for making plays behind the line of scrimmage – he’s had 35.5 tackles for a loss in 32 college games. He’ll have to keep improving to have that kind of impact at the next level, but he has the potential to be the impact rusher the Jets have been looking for for so long.
Andy Vasquez is the Jets Beats author for NorthJersey.com. For unlimited access to all Jets analytics, news, deals and more, please sign up today and download our app.