Round 1, 11th overall pick
There is a consensus but on position. The New York Jets are going offense as 23-of-24 mock drafts have Gang Green headed in that direction. 17 believe they take a tackle, while the other six think the pick will be a wide receiver.
These numbers represent a huge change over the previous mock compilation. Last time Alabama wide receiver Jerry Jeudy was the favorite and had one less selection than the next three people combined. The fact that there is a shift toward an offensive lineman shows that the experts know the New York Jets have to fix their line issues before anything else can get better.
The players most likely to be selected are:
Mekhi Becton, T, Louisville – 10
Tristan Wirfs, T, Iowa – 4
Jerry Jeudy, WR, Alabama – 3
University of Louisville tackle Mekhi Becton is the new favorite. We talk about offensive lineman as being big, but Becton is absolutely huge at 6-7, 369-pounds with a seven-foot wingspan. Along with his huge frame comes massive strength. At Louisville, his ability and athleticism started to catch up to size and power making him one of the top tackles in the Atlantic Coast Conference. Le’Veon Bell would love to run behind Becton.
"If Sam Darnold is going to live up to his full potential, the Jets need to find him a true franchise left tackle to keep him upright. Becton is a massive force with rare athleticism for his size, and while he may not be as polished as some of the other top tackles in this class, his upside gives him the nod for the Jets here. – Luke Easterling, USA Today Draftwire."
On many big boards, Jeudy is the top receiver. He has good, not great size at 6-1, 195-pounds but makes up for it in other ways. Blessed with great hands, Jeudy is also a gifted route runner who can get the deep ball with outstanding speed. Our Evan Desai wrote a nice profile on Jeudy and how he fits in with the Jets.
Wirfs anchored Iowa’s offensive line in 2019 and can do it in the NFL as well. That is due to his size, strength and exceptional footwork. The biggest issue in drafting him is that he plays right tackle and doesn’t protect the quarterback’s blindside.