A 7-9, 2019 season record means the New York Jets pick 11th overall in the 2020 draft. Who will Gang Green select? We compiled 35 different mock drafts to get a consensus.
This our final NFL mock draft compilation of 2020. Empire Writes Back gathered data from a host of internet mock drafts. Rather than our readers search the expanse of cyberspace for who the New York Jets will pick, EWB brings you our exhaustive consensus.
NFL teams are doing their final player background checks and interviews for what will be the most interesting draft in recent times. Due to coronavirus travel restrictions, pre-draft scouting has been dramatically hampered. Since the Early March Combine, teams, and players haven’t met in person, there were also no on-campus Pro Days.
Teams conducted online meetings with prospective players. Virtually, the same way this draft will go down. A lack of ANYTHING happening in the sports world, that isn’t on Twitter, has left fans hyper-focused on the draft. Any scrap of information will do.
We went the extra mile this time around and used 35 different mock drafts. Some of the mocks used have changed from version to version, but they are credible. Sources for this version include Walter Football, Pro Football Focus, ESPN – Mel Kiper, NFL.com, NBC Sports, CBS Sports, Fox Sports, New York Post, New York Daily News, nj.com, Tankathon, USA Today Draftwire, Athalon, Draftsite.com, San Diego Tribune, Baltimore Sun, Toronto Sun, Draft Diamonds, Washington Post, Draft Geek, The Draft Network, and The Athletic.
The New York Jets 2019 season was a wild ride. Gang Green opened with losing seven-of-eight games before they turned their season around with a 6-2 record in the second half. As a result, NYJ has “earned” the 11th overall draft pick.
The down and up nature of last season, combined with several possible trades has made figuring out who the Jets will select even more difficult. Offensive line was one area New York updated in free agency, but a steady tackle to anchor it and protect quarterback Sam Darnold is a necessity. Additionally, Darnold could use a weapon in the passing game to throw to. Some depth at running back and a tight end couldn’t hurt either.
On defense, Gang Green was solid against the run in 2019, allowing the fewest rushing yards per game. Against the pass, however, work remains to be done. At the top of General Manager, Joe Douglas’ defense wish list has to be a cornerback as well as a solid edge rusher.
Douglas is in the draft “hot seat” for the first time since joining the Jets. He has said all the right things leading up to the event. Now it’s time to back it up.