Jets Draft Needs Ahead of the 2020 NFL Draft
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The 2020 NFL Draft is just days away and the Jets have multiple needs to fill. This will be the first draft for GM Joe Douglas, so we’ll fans will get their first impression of how good he is at player scouting and draft selection. In this article, I will consider the most pressing New York Jets draft needs.
2020 Draft Picks
Round 1, pick 11 (No. 11 overall)
Round 2, pick 16 (No. 48 overall)
Round 3, pick 4 (No. 68 overall)
Round 3, pick 15 (No. 79 overall)
Round 4, pick 14 (No. 120 overall)
Round 5, pick 12 (No. 158 overall)
Round 6, pick 12 (No. 191 overall)
Round 6, pick 32 (No. 211 overall)
Early Rounds (1st-3rd)
Yes the Jets have signed five offensive lineman so far in free agency. The Jets still lack a franchise tackle either on the right side or left. They could also add depth on the interior line. The Jets would love to snag any of the top four tackles to at pick 11: Wirfs, Becton, Thomas, or Wills. I consider offensive lineman the number one need for the Jets because GM Joe Douglas’s main goal this offseason is to protect QB Sam Darnold.
This is another major need. Getting weapons for Sam Darnold, though I don’t think it will come in round one, must be a priority. In either round two or three, I expect the Jets to take a receiver.
This is a very deep receiver group which allows them to wait until day two of the draft to address the need. While the Jets did lose Robby Anderson in free agency, and they countered that loss by signing Breshad Perriman. He is not a number one wide receiver, however, and the Jets need to find one in this draft if the hope to maximize output from their young quarterback.
The Jets have lacked a pass rusher for quite some time now. Even though they probably won’t be taking a pass rusher early, they will definitely target one in rounds two through four. There will be plenty of options to choose from later in the draft. Re-signing Jordan Jenkins in free agency was a start. But, adding a rusher to play opposite Jordan Jenkins would be ideal.
Later Rounds (4th-7th)
Adding depth at the cornerback position would be smart. Though the front office would probably like to pick a corner in the early rounds, they have bigger needs to address there. I anticipate the Jets will wait and take a corner in rounds four through seven.
Yes they have star running back Le’Veon Bell, but head coach Adam Gase loves to use multiple backs. Running backs Ty Montgomery and Bilal Powell aren’t expected to return, leaving Trenton Cannon and Kenneth Dixon as the primary options behind Bell.
So, I anticipate the Jets will target a running back in the later rounds to add depth. A between-the-tackles, power back to complement Bell’s slippery playing style would be a welcome addition.
Who Will They Pick?
Check our our LDC Writer’s Mock Draft here to see how the Jets fared.