It was an interesting season for the New York Jets. They opened the 2019 season 1-7, before turning it around with a 6-2 record in the second half. Gang Green will select 11th overall.
Now through the NFL draft in April, Empire Writes Back will compile data from various mock drafts. Rather than our readers chase across the internet for insights on who the New York Jets will pick, EWB gives you the consensus.
This is a monthly feature through the Super Bowl and then we ramp up from there. The sources may change a bit from article to article, but they are credible. This month we used 19 different mock drafts from sources such as CBS Sports, NBC Sports, NFL.com, USA Today, NJ.com, Tankathon, The Sporting News, Fox Sports, The Athletic, San Diego Union-Tribune, Athlon, Sports Illustrated, Draftsite.com, Pro Football Focus, and Walter Football.
The way the New York Jets 2019 season played out, figuring who they will draft next spring is still a fluid situation. Due to their rebound, Gang Green has gone from picking second to picking 11th overall. This is shaping up to be a good draft for New York to get help in the positions where they need it. The question is where do the New York Jets need help the most?
Offensive line is the first area that comes to mind. The rushing game was stagnant even with Le’Veon Bell. They ranked tied for last in the NFL in yards-per-carry. Also, Jets QBs were sacked a fourth-most 52 times. Sam Darnold would benefit by having a little more time in the pocket. One other thing Darnold could use is a weapon in the passing game.
Wide receiver presents a big area of opportunity. Robby Anderson will be a free agent at the end of the year. Quincy Enunwa missed the season due to another neck injury. It’s unsure if he can come back and even if he does, Enunwa has publicly called out the team for the way they have handled his rehab.
Defensively, stopping the run wasn’t a problem, the New York Jets allowed the fewest rushing yards in the AFC, yielding a paltry 68.9 yards per game. Their pass defense is a work in progress. Adding a steady cover cornerback and or impact edge rusher will take their overall defense from good to great.
This will be GM Joe Douglas’ first New York Jets draft. He can make an impact almost immediately.