Round 2, pick 41
There isn’t as much information about the following rounds. The deeper a mock draft goes the more of a guessing game it becomes. Different writers may have great internal sources, but there are so many variables in play that it makes predictions very difficult. It’s easier to identify a position of need and then see who the best players available when the New York Jets pick.
This is a deep draft for offensive linemen. Gang Green has three selections between picks 41-76. It would be smart to use two of them on the o-line. Douglas could also put together a package and get back into the first round as well if there is someone the brain trust really likes.
At this point, there is no point in assuming a trade, so on to round two and the 41st overall pick. Four mocks covered round two and there are four different opinions. Players the draft experts see going to the Jets here are:
Terrell Lewis, Edge, Alabama – 1
Calvin Throckmorton, T, Oregon – 1
Xavier McKinney, S, Alabama – 1
J.K. Dobbins, RB, Ohio State -1
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McKinney and Dobbins are both stretches. Picking one of them assumes either Jamal Adams or Le’Veon Bell won’t be with the team in 2020. Will the Jets make that kind of major move
Throckmorton and Lewis, however, are intriguing. If Douglas doesn’t take an offensive lineman in the first round, he almost has to in the second. Protecting their biggest asset, Sam Darnold is not optional. Throckmorton is a good player on a good Oregon team. He’ll need some work but can be a steady starter in the NFL.
Lewis is tall and athletic at 6-5, 255-pounds. He’s quick (not explosive) to the ball and isn’t afraid to bang bodies with an offensive lineman. The edge rusher has only played in 13 games in three years for Bama, due to injuries. His lack of experience makes Lewis more of a project, it may be a year or two for him to get comfortable at the next level.
Looking at round three, there aren’t any mocks I’m comfortable with going that deep just yet. Check back with us next month for our next edition.