Douglas traded back three different times in the draft, accumulated picks and executed. The team came into the draft with lots of holes, specifically at Offensive Line, Wide Receiver, Edge and Secondary. Douglas not only addressed each one of those needs, but filled them with impact players.
2020 NFL Draft Picks
Round 1 (11th overall): Mekhi Becton, OT, Louisville
Arguably the biggest hole the New York Jets needed to fill in the draft was Left Tackle. Douglas wasted little time doing just that. Mekhi Becton was one of the four left tackles in this draft that were viewed as potential All-Pro caliber players. With two of them off the board early, Becton became an easy choice for Joe Douglas. Protecting Sam Darnold is priority number one, and that was addressed early.
Round 2 (59th overall): Denzel Mims, WR, Baylor
Douglas traded out of the 48th pick with Seahawks to acquire the 59th and 101st pick. This left some Jets fans worried as there were receivers going at an alarming rate. In impressive fashion, Douglas moved down, picked up an additional impact pick and still got his receiver. Denzel Mims is an accomplished receiver from Baylor who, with some work, could transcend to a number one. Darnold need weapons, Mims is a weapon.
Round 3 (68th overall): Ashtyn Davis, S, Cal-Berkley
In a surprising move, the New York Jets went defense early in the 3rd, selecting Ashtyn Davis. Davis profiles as a Safety, but in Greg Williams’ defense, expect him to be all over the field. Davis is a former track star at Cal-Berkley with the type of speed to make an impact in the passing and blitz game. Williams will have the ability to get creative with Davis, which should include three safety sets with Jamal Adams and Marcus Maye.
Round 3 (79th overall): Jabari Zuniga, Edge, Florida
With their second selection the 3rd, the New York Jets took another area of need by selecting Edge, Jabari Zuniga. The former Gator was a very productive player for Florida, but in his senior year was hampered by injury. Zuniga has the potential to be a disruptive player being coached up by Williams, he just needs to stay healthy.
Round 4 (120th overall): La’Mical Perine, RB, Florida
On Day three, the Jets started the day going running back, taking La’mical Perine. Perine has the ability to run with power in-between the tackles as well as split out as a wide receiver. The Jets were looking for any boost to their 31st ranked rushing attack last year and Perine could be that. If his versatility translates to the NFL, he and Le’Veon Bell could be a formidable one-two punch.
Round 4 (125th overall): James Morgan, QB, Florida International
Douglas went for the shock factor later in the 4th round. First, he traded with New England (for already a second time in his short career) and moved down in the 4th. Then, he used that first pick to acquire a quarterback, James Morgan. Morgan is player with a big arm who can do damage in the pocket. He does a great job reading his progressions and hanging in-between the tackles. The Jets feel they can mold him into a productive number two.
Round 4 (129th overall): Cameron Clarke, G, Charlotte
The Jets addressed the interior of the line by grabbing 2x All-Conference USA lineman, Cameron Clark. Clark, originally a left tackle, is a player who will provide competition for a starting guard spot this season. He has plenty of experience, playing in 49 total games for Charlotte in his career.
Round 5 (158th overall): Bryce Hall, CB, Virginia
Douglas gets a potential steal here in the 5th round going for cornerback, Bryce Hall. Hall was looked upon as a first round talent after his junior year, but decided to come back to school. After broken fibula, his season was cut short, hurting his draft stock. Hall is a physical player, right up Greg Williams’ alley.
Round 6 (191st overall): Braden Mann, P, Texas A&M
The Jets have been inconsistent in the punting game for a long time. The struggles on offense in the past get escalated when the punter can’t flip the field. Braden Mann has the ability to completely flip the field position.