If you read part one that I wrote two weeks ago, I should apologize because most of the draft scenarios I outlined will never happen.
Realistically, the New York Jets should try to add one of pick in the first three rounds of the 2019 NFL draft to give them five picks. Initially, I was hoping they could get seven, but that is a clear violation of sanity.
Right now, it looks like the Jets will draft anywhere from 6th to 12th. I would trade their first pick for another two picks. The Dolphins might be willing to move a few picks for this selection, as well as the Raiders or Broncos.
If the Jets can pick up another pick in the first three rounds, they could rebuild their offensive line in one draft. Here are the players I would target.
Austin Jackson – T, USC – Jackson might not be around the later the first round goes, but assuming the Jets keep a pick in the top 20, they should start the task of rebuilding the offensive line.
Alex Leatherwood – T, Alabama – One of the best lineman to play for Nick Saban at Alabama, Leatherwood is extraordinarily physical and at 6-6, 310 also very athletic. Excels in both run and pass blocking and would start right away for the Jets.
Creed Humphrey – C, Oklahoma – Humphrey is the most athletic center in the draft. Throughout his time at Oklahoma, Humphrey has been excellent at the point of attack and equally adept at both pass and run blocking. He also has been used to handing off to Heisman Trophy candidates.
Shane Lemieux – G, Oregon – Lemieux is one of the most athletic guards in the draft who can hit the second level very quickly in his run blocking. He needs to work on his pass protection as he allowed 12 hurries this year. Lemieux is one of the best in college at blocking for the WR screen.
Calvin Throckmorton – G/T, Oregon – A big athletic guard that can play both guard and tackle, Throckmorton has improved his strength and flexibility. Most likely a day two draft pick, Throckmorton should make an immediate impact.
Trey Adams – T, Washington – despite his injury concerns, Adams has extreme athletic ability for a man his size. Runs a 5.10 40-yard dash and also has terrific arm length and wingspan.
Laviska Shenault Jr. – WR, Colorado – not the fastest WR in the draft, or the best after the catch, but he is the toughest. In any other draft class, he would be a top-10 pick, but with the amount of depth at WR in this draft, he could slip into the second round.
Bryan Edwards – South Carolina, WR – Edwards is the latest Gamecock WR to warrant attention heading into the NFL draft. Most likely a day two draft selection, Edwards is big and possesses terrific hands. Edwards most recent predecessors Pharoh Cooper and Deebo Samuel, lacked size (both 5-11). Edwards (6-3) fits the mold of Alshon Jeffrey (6-3) and Sidney Rice (6-4).
DeVonta Smith – Alabama, WR – Smith broke into college by catching the game-winning TD in OT to clinch the 2017 National Championship for the Tide. Another likely day two prospect, Smith, is a quality route-runner, doesn’t drop passes, and can make things happen after the catch with his speed.
Bryce Huff – Memphis, OLB – perfect height, size, and speed the Jets need to rush the QB. Huff is one of the fastest LB in college (runs a 4.69 40-yard dash). Huff posted better sack numbers and tackles for loss in 2018 but should be perfect for what the Jets would ask him to do (rush the QB).
Keisean Lucier-South – UCLA, OLB – undersized OLB (6-4, 235), but fast enough (4.65/40) to make an impact as a later round pick. Missed time this season at UCLA due to academic issues after registering 11.5 sacks in 2018.
C.J. Henderson – Florida, CB – excellent cover back who can keep pace with elite receivers (4.49/40) and has tremendous recovery speed. His huge negative is a disinterest in tackling. Despite poor, consistent showings making tackles this season, rumors were that he was protecting himself from injury (really?).
Jeff Gladney – TCU, CB – one of the best corners in the Big 12 this season, finishing with 12 pass breakups and 27 tackles on the season. Was almost suspended for targeting Texas Tech’s Dalton Rigdon, making some around the NFL question his ability.
NUMBERS MATTER AS THE JETS LOOK TO FILL ROSTER HOLES
The Jets will be counting on the next few drafts to build a championship roster. Joe Douglass is the first general manager the organization has hired who can point to consistent draft success in his previous employment.
Douglass will need to add a few more picks early if he wants to set a standard going forward in what promises to be a deep draft.