The New York Jets are in the midst of a cultural change within the organization. This started early this offseason when they hired Robert Saleh. Saleh is a well-respected coach who is coming from the San Francisco 49ers, who were just in the Super Bowl last season.
Saleh has some big decisions to make heading into his first draft as a Head Coach. He currently holds the second pick along with the 23rd pick in the first round. And with those picks and an additional three in the next two rounds, the Jets have a big decision to make at quarterback and whether they draft someone or sick with former first-rounder Sam Darnold.
I am going to draft as if the Jets decided to stick with Darnold and build around the former first-rounder:
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Pick 2: Ja’Marr Chase WR, LSU
Let’s get who I feel is the best wide receiver/playmaker in this draft class. Chase will give Darnold a stud receiver to go with last year’s second-round pick Denzel Mims.
Pick 23: Travis Etienne RB, Clemson
Etienne ended his college career as the ACC all-time leading rusher. He will look to bring that playmaking ability to the Jets, who desperately need and change in the backfield.
Pick 34: Creed Humphrey IOL, Oklahoma
Humphrey is a wide-body who has played all interior positions along the offensive line in college. He is a plug and plays lineman. Whoever plays QB in New York needs protection.
Pick 66: Carlos Basham Jr. Wake Forest, EDGE
Basham is a highly experienced end who makes explosive plays behind the line of scrimmage. In three seasons, he has 19 sacks and 33 tackles for loss. Basham will look to take over a much-needed pass rush in New York.
Pick 86: Andre Cisco S, Syracuse
Cisco is a playmaker. In just 24 games, he has 13 interceptions. Cisco is more of a free-roaming safety who is better in coverage than playing the run. Cisco should look to push for playing time if not a starting role in the Jets’ young defense.
Pick 106: Hunter Long TE, Boston College
Long was a highly utilized player in the Boston College offense. He showed that he can make plays when given the opportunity and a strong enough blocker in the run game. Long should fill a needed position as the number two TE on the Jets roster next season.
Pick 145: Sam Ehlinger QB, Texas
Ehlinger was impressive at the Senior Bowl with his team interviews. He is a coach’s son, so he really knows the game and will dive headfirst into the playbook. Ehlinger may make the team if they hold three QB positions; if not, he could wind up on the practice squad.
Pick 154: Malcom Koonce EDGE, Buffalo
Koonce is a long-armed defender who has experience playing in a three-point stance and off the ball defender. He is still needing to add muscle and strength to his frame. Koonce will need to have a strong showing in training camp and show he can help on special teams to make the roster.
Pick 196: Bryce Thompson CB, Tennessee
Thompson is a player that should have went back to school for his senior season. By coming out early he slides into the later rounds. Thompson has the size to player corner and a man to man skillset. Thompson will probably find himself on the teams’ practice squad.