Round 3, 68th and 79th overall
The Jets acquired pick number 68 when they shipped pending free agent defensive end Leonard Williams, down the hall to the Giants at the trade deadline. It was unlikely Gang Green would have signed their former 2015 first-rounder from USC to a new deal when his contract expired at the end of last season. At that point, the New York Jets would have received a compensatory pick at the end of the third round. So trading away Williams moved them up some 30 spots.
Figuring out how the draft plays out gets to be more and more of a hard job in the third round. There are ten mocks there are 15 different opinions as to who the New York Jets pick with either of their round three selections. It’s rare that over the two picks that a player’s name appears twice, but Virginia cornerback Bryce Hall came up three times.
If the New York Jets select Bryce Hall in the third round he is another player who scouts list intelligence as one of the player’s top attributes. In the NFL, Hall projects as a zone coverage corner. To play man, he’ll need help from a safety on deep routs.
Rather than being the fastest, Hall makes plays due to his positioning. He is strong enough to fight receivers for 50/50 balls. One of the reasons Hall is projected to be available in the third round is due to a season-ending ankle injury sustained in October, which required surgery. If fully recovered, Gang Green could get a great value.
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"His reactive quickness and ball skills fit nicely into zone-based coverages, allowing greater freedom to spy quarterbacks and squeeze short and intermediate throws. He can handle man coverage, but he needs protection over the top. Hall is a future starting cornerback but might garner attention at free safety at some point in his career. – Lance Zierlein, NFL.com"
Other players receiving consideration include Jalen Reagor, WR, TCU (2); Terrell Lewis, Edge, Alabama (2); Matt Peart, T, Uconn (2); Antoine Winfield Jr., S, Minnesota; Hakeem Adeniji, T, Kansas; Troy Pride Jr., CB, Notre Dame; Jeff Gladney, CB, TCU; Jason Strowbridge, DE, North Carolina; Bradlee Anae, OLB, Utah; John Simpson, G, Clemson; Nick Harris, C, Washington; Josh Uche, Edge. Michigan; Prince Tega Wanogho, T, Auburn; and Jonathan Greenard, Edge, Florida.
Third round note: If Winfield is still on the board at 79, I’ll eat my hat, but the Jets can’t let him slip past them at this point. Bradlee Anae is another player who could be an excellent value in this round.
We will have one more mock draft compilation before the NFL draft on April 23rd.