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.
When Adam Gase worked behind the scenes to get then, New York Jets General Manager Mike Maccagnan fired during the offseason heading into the 2019 season, he might have finally altered a very dysfunctional system of drafting. A few weeks later, the Jets signed Joe Douglas to a six-year contract. Douglas finds himself with the colossal task of supplying the organization with players to fill the multiple holes on their roster.
Douglas brings an impressive resume of finding productive players wherever he was part of assisting in the draft. However, in the what have you done for me lately NFL, Jets fans will not be impressed unless he achieves similar success.
The Jets currently own four picks in the first three rounds of the 2020 NFL Draft. Regardless of the players available, the Jets have too many holes to be content with only four picks.
Every loss from over the final four weeks of the season secures the Jets additional leverage in building the best scenario for the franchise.
The higher up on the draft board the organization finishes, the higher return should Douglas should trade it, which he definitely should.
Since I am hiring myself as the Jets general manager for a day, I would set a goal to secure seven picks in the first three rounds.
HOW CAN THAT REALISTICALLY HAPPEN?
The first thing that I would be doing is shutting down key players that are my building blocks for the future. Both Sam Darnold and Jamal Adams should be placed on IR for the remainder of the regular season. The last thing the Jets can afford is a severe injury to either player. Adam’s injury against the Bengals should scare the Jets into what they would look like without his ability to blitz, cover receivers, and running backs, along with making tackles coming up the line of scrimmage.
Darnold is seemingly running for his life every week. God forbid Darnold hurts himself and risks his future being the franchise QB behind the worst offensive line in the NFL. Sam I am has shown enough during their three-game streak of 34 points to see what the Jets needed.
TEAMS WITH MULTIPLE PICKS IN FIRST THREE ROUNDS
First Round: Raiders (2), Jaguars (2), and Dolphins (3) all have multiple picks in the first round.
Second Round: Colts (2), Seahawks (2), Bears (2), Dolphins (2) and Falcons (2)
Third Round: Broncos (3), Raiders (3) and Jets (2)
If the Jets draft in the top three:
Trade first and the lower of their third-round picks to Dolphins for lowest two of their first-round picks and both second-round picks. That gives the Jets six picks in the top three rounds. In this scenario, I would exceed that original number of seven, by trading the higher of my two second-round picks to the Broncos for their two highest third-round picks.
Total picks in first three rounds: Eight
If the Jets draft Fourth or Fifth:
Trade first-round pick to the Raiders for both their first-round picks. Trade the lowest of the first-round picks obtained from Las Vegas to the Dolphins for both second-round picks and their lowest third-round pick.
Total picks in first three rounds: Seven
In Part II of my article on being Joe Douglas, I will discuss the draft picks that will make the Jets a playoff team in 2020.
Albert Einstein once described insanity as “doing the same thing over and over again, but expecting different results.” Although the New York Jets franchise was not in existence when he uttered those words, I believe he was predicting the future of the team.
On Monday Night Football in front of a Prime Time audience, the Jets once again showed that they are not a real football team. This game was not the result of the Jets having an off game. This game was not the result of just poor execution by the home team. This game was not the result of the Patriots defense setting records for holding offenses through their first seven games. Those not familiar with the New York Jets franchise could believe those were crucial factors in the New England Patriots 33-0 victory. They were not.
The Johnson Brothers (Johnson & Johnson) purchased the team back in 2000 after longtime owner Leon Hess passed away in May of 1999. They Johnson Brothers deserve the vitriol of a fan base that is forced to hide in humiliation. Week after week, season after season, year after year, decade after decade, a quarter-century after quarter-century and a half-century after a half-century, Jets fans take verbal abuse.
The latest clown in the circus that is the New York Jets is Adam Gase. Just like his predecessors, Todd Bowles, Rex Ryan, Eric Mangini, and Herman Edwards, Gase cowers in fear of the mighty Patriots.
I don’t enjoy being vicious with my words of choice when describing a professional sports franchise. However, the Jets effort on Monday was not the effort of a real franchise. It was not the effort of a functioning organization. The Jets were an embarrassment and a black mark on the National Football League on Monday.
PATRIOTS CONTINUE TO OWN THE JETS
Monday Night’s 33-0 victory was the Patriots’ eighth straight victory over the hapless Jets, setting a franchise record for most consecutive wins against them. Since the Jets supposed landmark victory over New England in the 2010 AFC Divisional Round, the Patriots are winners of 16 of 18. In eight of those victories, Tom Brady and company scored 30 or most points. Six of those wins saw Foxboro’s heroes triumph by 20 or more points.
Jets vs Patriots
Last 8 Prime Time Games
Tom Brady TD-INT
Jets QB TD-INT
>>Patriots 32 Jets 14
More disturbing than those dominant figures are the consistent beatings Brady’s teammates have laid upon Gang Green in prime time.
The Patriots have won the last eight meetings against the Jets by an average of 18 PPG (32-14). Tom Brady’s passing numbers are almost perfect, throwing 19 TD to 1 INT.
On the flip side, the Jets quarterbacks suffered many nights as Darnold did on Monday. Darnold is the sixth different quarterback to start for the Jets during this stretch. All of the Jets quarterbacks combined to throw 5 TD to 19 INT.
In closing, I would like to make a simple request to the NFL. PLEASE do not schedule Jets-Patriots prime time games anymore. Airing such destructing programming could permanently scar young children.