The New York Jets need to fill quite a few holes in the 2020 NFL Draft. So let’s see if they fill them in this first mock draft.
The New York Jets mock draft simulation site first-pick.com was used for this mock.
- Traded down with Atlanta for the No. 16 and No. 47 picks
- Traded down again with Las Vegas for No. 19, No. 80, and No. 81 picks
Round 1, Pick 19: Josh Jones, OT, Houston
Josh Jones is a moldable piece of clay. He has some holes in his game and — similarly to Mekhi Becton — is a high ceiling/low floor prospect. His footwork in pass protection needs a little work, but that’s ok, he doesn’t have to start right away, and may be able to start at some point in 2020.
Round 2, pick 15: Cesar Ruiz, IOL, Michigan
Versatility is the name of the game here. The Jets did sign a center during free agency, but Connor McGovern also has experience at guard. This would be an intriguing camp battle. A strong and athletic interior lineman who would fit perfectly into what the Jets want to do.
Round 2, pick 16: Bradley Anae, Edge, Utah
The Jets haven’t had a quality edge rusher since John Abraham, and while Anae isn’t a top-tier edge rusher in this class, he has the strength, quickness, and football IQ to handle the tackles at the NFL level. He also can play with his hand in the dirt or standing up which is a plus in Gregg Williams’ defense.
Round 3, pick 4: K.J. Hamler, WR, Penn State
Hamler is the perfect replacement for Robby Anderson. He’s a burner who is both an excellent deep threat, but he’s also a quality receiving threat underneath who can take the ball the distance on short passes as well.
Round 3, pick 15: Troy Pride, Jr., CB, Notre Dame
The first of three consecutive picks. So, in essence, it doesn’t matter what order they’re in. Pride Jr. is a good man-to-man cover corner who recognizes routes very well. He can make plays by undercutting the route in both zone and man coverage. His man-to-man ability is key as Gregg Williams loves to be aggressive with the pass rush.
Round 3, pick 16: Michael Pittman, Jr., WR, USC
Pittman is the opposite of Hamler. He’s a big strong receiver who uses strength to create separation. He’s a reliable pass-catcher who will make the contested catches and understands the entire route tree.
Round 3, pick 17: Anthony McFarland, Jr., RB, Maryland
McFarland Jr. is a two-down running back who will make tough runs and break the big gains. He’s also a reliable pass-catcher out of the backfield. That being said, he’s a liability on third down, because he’s not much of a blocker. Like Le’Veon Bell, McFarland can also line up in the slot, and that means they could use both of them on early downs.
Round 4, pick 14: Shane Lemiuex, IOL, Oregon
Lemieux has shown toughness and grit as well as a good football IQ while at Oregon. However, he’s still a developmental prospect who needs to work on his hand placement and footwork to be a viable starter in the NFL. With the right coaching, he can develop into a reliable NFL starter.
Round 5, pick 12: Kindle Vildor, CB, Georgia Southern
Vildor will be a specialist at the beginning of his career. He will be a coverage player only. His man-to-man skills are excellent due to his athleticism, but his tackling issues in the running game will limit his playing time. That being said, he’s a fit for the Gregg Williams scheme and his limitations against the run may not hold him back.
Round 6, pick 12: Cole McDonald, QB, Hawaii
McDonald is a long-term backup prospect with a lot of work. He needs to work on his ball placement and needs more accuracy to be an NFL caliber quarterback because he lacks arm strength. He’s more of a third-string/practice squad player in the beginning, but he can make it as a long-term backup with time.
Round 6, pick 32: Braden Mann, P, Texas A&M
Lachlan Edwards is still sitting out there as a free agent, and the New York Jets need a punter. He has a booming leg with the ability to coffin corner punts and also can be a weapon in short punting situations. His one major flaw is hangtime. He will need to work on that so his coverage team can get to the returner more quickly and help improve his net average which regressed in 20219.