Final Grade: A-
Joe Douglas did an outstanding job in his first draft as the New York Jets General Manager. Of course, we won’t know how it all works out until the players hit the field. For now, Gan Green fans can’t ask for anything more.
Douglas addressed every need the team had with potential impact players. Becton brings a future cornerstone left tackle for their franchise quarterback. Mims has all the tools to become a top playmaker in the league. Davis is a versatile defensive back who has the opportunity to shine in the secondary. Perine and Clark can have an impact on the offense very quickly. Finally, Hall could end up being the steal of the draft.
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The reason the grade is an A- and not an A or A+ is for two reasons. It seemed as if Douglas reached a bit for James Morgan and Braden Mann. In the fourth round, the team could have addressed added another piece in an area they are thin in, like a receiver or linebacker. At the very least, find a player that could be a force on special teams.
Also, the sixth-round was pretty high to take a punter. Mann does possess a big leg. However, he would have been available later in the draft. Douglas could have traded down and still reeled in his man.
Douglas traded the 211th pick to the Colts for former 2017 second-round corner, Quincy Wilson. There is plenty of potential with him, and he adds more depth to the secondary. The grade was originally a B+, but this trade, although not an actual pick, turned a sixth-round pick into a recent second-round pick. As we said at the beginning, Douglas knocked this draft out of the park.