Round 2, 48th overall
This is when things get interesting. Between 48 and 79, the New York Jets own three picks. There is a slight chance Douglas could move up or down in the first round. Starting in the second, don’t be surprised to see some deals made. It’s also why it’s so difficult to make predictions the further along the draft goes.
Of the 26 mock drafts, we used, half go into the second round. Different drafters have their own sources but plenty can happen in the 32 picks between Gang Green’s first and second selections. Trying to figure that out means a consensus is hard to find. One player did come up twice, Boise State offensive tackle Ezra Cleveland.
As is the case with players around this spot in the draft, as well as, ones from the Group of Five schools, people either love him or hate him as a starting tackle prospect. Additionally, Cleveland gutted out a foot injury sustained at the beginning of the season so he wasn’t close to 100 percent.
Cleveland is seen as an excellent zone blocker and would do well in that type of system at the next level. He is smart and very athletic for his size. According to scouts, Cleveland isn’t the big mauler-type that teams like to see in a left tackle. To back it up they site his lack of “finishing off” his man in run situations. Not that he can’t run block, he’s actually very good at it, but he won’t steamroll his assignment, a lack of “killer instinct” if you will. In the end, his athleticism and positioning will make him hard to pass up.
Any other players mentioned received one selection each. There were two additional tackles, Austin Jackson, USC; Lucas Niang, TCU; four receivers, Laviska Shenault Jr., Colorado; K.J. Hamler, Penn State; Tee Higgins, Clemson; Brandon Aiyuk, Arizona State; two edge players, Julian Okwara, Notre Dame; Zack Baun, Wisconsin; a cornerback, Bryce Hall, Virginia, and a defensive tackle, Justin Madubuike, Texas A&M.
Second-round note: Keep an eye on Baun, he’s been a big mover of late. If the Jets don’t go with Jeudy in the first round, Higgins would be a steal at 48.