With new general manager Joe Douglas trying something new, it’s about time the New York Jets start winning on the latter stages of Day 2 and on Day 3 of the NFL Draft.
Hits and misses in the NFL Draft are going to happen. As Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News reported, Joe Douglas is trying a new approach to success in the draft. He’s tailoring his draft to fit the scheme of New York Jets head coach Adam Gase.
Time will tell on whether or not that approach works. However, one thing is clear. It’s not about success in the early rounds that’s going to determine success for Gang Green, but success late.
Typically, sleepers are the players that most people don’t see anything special about and turn into much more than expected. There are plenty of holes on the Jets that can be filled by sleepers. So, let’s take a look at some in this group of draft profiles.
Interior Offensive Line
Darryl Williams (Mississippi State)
Williams projects as a Day 3 pick. He has the size and athleticism to be a successful interior offensive lineman. He also has experience at guard and center, and the versatility is a plus.
Where Williams is lacking is hands and anchor. He needs to develop a more consistent punch and a more balanced lower half to be a starter at the next level.
Even though he’s a project, with the right coaching he could develop into a solid starter at the NFL level. He won’t be an All-Pro, but a good enough interior presence to be a consistent player in the NFL.
Lamar Jackson (Nebraska)
Jackson is a very limited corner. He can only play on the outside, and he’s likely going to be a man coverage specialist, and that’s what the Jets need.
Jackson has good length and size for the position. He’s average in terms of speed, but he can keep up with fast receivers.
Jackson has decent punch at the line of scrimmage, but still needs work on that. He’s a fit for the Williams scheme as a coverage player when they need a man-to-man press corner when Williams wants to blitz.
He’s likely to be a rotational guy throughout his career, but he can produce as a man specialist more than most Day 3 guys will.
Isaiah Wilson (Georgia)
Wilson measured at 6’6″ and 350 pounds at the NFL Combine. He’s a massive man, and he used that size to his advantage at the University of Georgia. Wilson has a good base and is hard to move. His overall technique (both hands and feet) need work at the next level. With the right coaching, he has the potential to be a long-term starter in the NFL.
He’s going to fall to the late second or early third round due to him being a developmental project. However, there’s a chance, when all is said and done, that Wilson looks like a first-round talent.