The New York Jets will enter the 2019 NFL Draft with quite a few holes to fill. We look at how to address those needs with a new 7-round mock draft.
The New York Jets enter the 2019 NFL draft with quite a few needs. The Jets are giving Mike Maccagnan another shot to be the general manager, and he’s going to have to get this offseason right, or he’ll likely be gone at the end of the season.
Part of the reason they’re in this hole is due to his inability to draft, though. He’s going to have to figure that out in order to keep his job. The Jets secured the No. 3 overall pick, and will have to use it on the defensive side of the ball, as the best players in this draft are defensive players and the Jets have a clear need to get an edge presence.
The rest of the draft is up in the air, based on how team will draft around them. The Jets should trade down, but they likely won’t find a trade partner willing to trade to No. 3 overall and give them the haul they’d want. That means they’re stuck at No. 3.
Who will they take there, and in the rest of the draft? Let’s find out
(Note: This draft was run on FanSpeak On the Clock draft simulator. The entire draft result can be found here.)
Round 1: Josh Allen, Edge, Kentucky
Last year, the Jets got their franchise quarterback when they moved up to get Sam Darnold. This year, they should trade down, but there won’t be any suitable options to move down to, but they will get their franchise pass rusher in Josh Allen.
When you watch this guy play, you realize why he’s considered one of the best edge rushers in the draft. You have to find the guy on tape before you run the tape, because he’s so fast he will finish the play before you know it. There was one running play where I was looking for him, and he blew up the play before I could find him. Not only can he make plays in the backfield, he can chase down runners trying to break away outside and limit long runs and long gains on screens.
When it comes to the pass rush — which everyone is enamored by — he’s got all the moves. His speed and quickness will defeat any lineman at the point of attack. If they want to slow him down, opponents will have to chip with a tight end or back. One-on-one will not suffice.
When it comes to coverage, he’s good too, not great but good. He can matchup with tight ends in man-to-man, and he can keep plays in front of him in zone coverage. He’s an all around linebacker, and the man for the future on the edge for the Jets.