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 re- signed their former 2015 first-round pick from USC to a new deal when his contract expired. At that point, the New York Jets would have received a compensatory pick at the end of the third round in 2021. So trading away Williams moved them way up the board.
Figuring out how the draft plays out gets to be more and more of a hard job in the third round. Now is the time when differences in scouting and preference show up a little larger than other rounds.
For example, both Draft Site and Ryan Wilson of CBS believe Notre Dame defensive end Julian Okwara is going to the Jets with the 68th pick. Dane Brugler of The Athletic and Tankathon.com have him headed to the New York Jets at 79. Meanwhile, The Washington Post’s John Clayton has Okwara off the board much earlier, as the 36th overall pick to NYG. Getting him to Gang Green with either third-round pick is a win.
"Athletic pass rusher who can line up in a three-point stance or stand over tackle. Rarely off his feet, breaks down well and uses his hands to protect himself. Fluid when asked to twist or stunt, easily changes direction and plays with balance. Gets depth on pass drops, covers a lot of area on the field and bends off the edge. Keeps his feet moving and wraps up tackling. – Tony Pauline, Pro Football Network. More from New York Jets Caesars New York Promo Code: Win $250 Bonus GUARANTEED on ANY Bet! New York Jets: It’s Time to Move on from Sam Darnold How Adam Gase and Joe Judge Can Succeed in 2020 New York Jets Still have Elite Talent in Running Back Le’Veon Bell New York Jets: C.J. Mosley Opts Out of 2020 NFL Season"
Right behind Okwara (4) in total third-round selections is Mississippi State cornerback Cameron Dantzler (3). The former MSU Bulldog thinks he’s bigger than his 190-pounds. Dantzler plays with no fear of making big hits. He sounds like the type of player the Jets want.
If Dantzler is gone, Damon Arnette from Ohio State is a viable option at cornerback, as well. He and Florida edge rusher Jonathan Greenard are the only other players with multiple mock selections in this round.
Other players of note who went to the Jets in the third round of mock drafts include Terrell Lewis, edge, Alabama; Curtis Weaver, edge, Boise State; Bryce Hall, CB, Virginia; Chase Claypool, WR, Notre Dame; and Hunter Bryant, TE, Washington.
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