The 2020 NFL Draft is just under a month away, which means that The Game Haus will be doing draft profiles for every team. Each NFL team will be looked at heading into this year’s draft including what their needs are and who they could be targeting. The New York Jets will be the eleventh team evaluated.
The Jets had high hopes this year of possibly sneaking into the AFC Playoffs. They paid big money to CJ Mosley, Jamison Crowder and Le’Veon Bell and traded for former All-Pro guard Keleche Osemele. They also fired Todd Bowles and brought in ‘quarterback guru’ Adam Gase to help develop Sam Darnold. The Jets season started roughly after losing their first game of the year to Buffalo by a field goal then dropping the next three because Sam Darnold had gotten mono. But overall the Jets didn’t have that terrible of a year overall going 7-9.
The offense didn’t really start meshing until late in the year and even then it wasn’t that great. Sam Darnold had shown against lower-level opponents that he has the potential to be a star, but looked extremely flawed against elite defenses like the New England Patriots. It is fair to say that he saw ghosts against them.
The blame for the lack of offensive production cannot be blamed on Darnold. He did the best that he could with what was around him. Even after adding superstar running back Le’Veon Bell, that was not enough weapons for Darnold. The Jets lacked a true number one receiver. Robby Anderson was listed as the team’s number one option, but isn’t consistent enough to be a team’s top receiver. Number two receiver Quincy Enunwa and Darnold’s favorite target tight end Chris Herndon both essentially missed the entire season. But their biggest issue was along their offensive line. The Jets offensive line was ranked at the bottom of the league and did Darnold and Bell no favors. They were so bad that Le’Veon Bell was held to 789 yards last season. Not to any fault of his own, he simply could not make it past the line of scrimmage because of his patient running style and the lack of offensive line production.
The Jets tried to fix that this offseason signing three new offensive line starters in George Fant, Greg Van Roten and Connor McGovern. They also re-signed one of their better starters from last season Alex Lewis. The Jets also replaced Robby Anderson who signed with the Carolina Panthers with former first-round pick Breshad Perriman who broke out with the Buccaneers late last season.
Defensively the Jets played extremely well though they were lacking high-end talent. Starting middle linebackers CJ Mosley and Avery Williamson both missed essentially the entire season due to injury but the Jets still had one of the best run defenses in the league. The Jets also traded disappointing former first-round pick, Leonard Williams, to the Giants. They almost traded former All-Pro Jamal Adams at the trade deadline as well, but elected to keep him and are trying to work on an extension. Gregg Williams turned a defense filled with young non-proven players into a unit that is not to be taken lightly. The Jets have added Pierre Desir to be their number one corner and also resigned edge rusher Jordan Jenkins who led the team in sacks this past season.
2020 NFL Draft Picks
First Round (one pick): No. 11
Second Round (one pick): No. 48
Third Round (two pick): No. 68, 79
Fourth Round (one picks): No. 120
Fifth Round (one picks): No. 158
Sixth Round (one pick): No. 191
Seventh Round (zero picks):
Wide receiver- Jamison Crowder was a nice target for Sam Darnold this past season and Breshad Perriman should be able to replace the production of Robby Anderson. But the Jets still need a number one receiver. With as deep of a receiver group as it is the Jets should be able to find that in the early rounds.
Edge Rusher- Jordan Jenkins has developed nicely leading the Jets with eight sacks this past year. But Gregg Williams needs two capable age rushers in order to run his defense to its full potential.
Offensive Tackle- Chuma Edoga and George Fant have the versatility to play on either side. The Jet should bring in another tackle to compete with Edoga for a starting tackle position opposite Fant.
Cornerback- Pierre Désir and Brian Poole are nice veteran cornerbacks, but the Jets needs some youth in their secondary. A young talented cornerback could be what the Jets need to compete this secondary.
Defensive Line- The Jets are getting old upfront on their defensive line Henry Anderson is 28 and Steve Mclendon is 34. It might be time to think about what this line will look like down the road
Running back- The Jets starting running back is on his second contract and don’t have anybody behind him. It might be a good idea to find a back to steal some carries from Le’Veon Bell or have one in place he got hurt.
2020 NFL Draft Targets
Pick No. 11: Jerry Jeudy, WR, Alabama
The New York Jets have addressed all of their needs except for a number one receiver for Sam Darnold. If all goes right, the Jets would get their choice of which one the three top receivers in the draft. Each of the three receivers have a specific skill set. Jeudy is like today’s modern number one wideout. He’s got some speed, size and he’s and elite route runner. He is the type of star wide receiver New York needs and with little development needed the New York media shouldn’t be too hard on Jeudy.
Pick No. 48: Curtis Weaver, EDGE, Boise State
The Jets can still sign a starting caliber pass rusher in free agency if they want to address the position immediately. They are reportedly still contenders to sign Jadeveon Clowney but, that seems unlikely to happen. Curtis Weaver has had great production in college, but lacks the size of a typical edge rusher. The same was said about Jordan Jenkins when he was coming out of Georgia. Weaver’s tape shows that he can get after the passer and should be abel to do that at the NFL level regardless of his size.
Pick No. 68: Cameron Dantzler, CB, Mississippi State
Cameron Dantzler was considered a late first-round/early second-round prospect until the combine. Dantzler ran a 4.64 40 times at the combine which is slow for a cornerback. But his game film is fantastic against big-name receivers and programs. Dantzler can develop next to the veteran corners around him and could be a reliable starter at the position barring playing any receivers with elite speed. Regardless of who he is covering Dantzler is faster in gameplay than his 40 time suggests.
Pick No. 79: Jonah Jackson, G Ohio State
Jonah Jackson doesn’t fill an exact need, but he is the best offensive lineman on the board. It is never a bad idea to draft an offensive lineman in the middle rounds regardless of the strength of the line. The Jets need to bring in as much offensive lineman as they can to fill out this line and. Even if Jackson doesn’t start in his first year he serves as a great back up and the Jets could opt out of Alex Lewis’ contract easily next year to get Jackson into the lineup.