First Round Picks: #2, #23 (from Seattle Seahawks)
Top Positional Needs: QB, OL, DL, CB
No surprise after a 2-14 season, but the Jets have a lot of holes on their roster that need to be filled. After trading away Sam Darnold, it’s a safe assumption that the Jets will draft a QB at the #2 spot, (likely Zach Wilson) but who they’ll take at 23 is anyone’s guess. The offensive line still needs shoring up, even after drafting Mekhi Bekton last year, as does the defense. Getting a strong pass rusher or lockdown corner option are immediate first steps to fixing the defense that could be addressed at 23.
Who Could Be Available (at #23):
Caleb Farley, CB, Virginia Tech
Farley is big (6’2, 207) but has the quickness and athleticism needed to succeed at the next level, not to mention the ball skills to be a playmaker on Sundays (the former QB started his career as a WR at Tech.) He’s one of the best corners in the draft but has battled injuries throughout his career so may fall right into the Jets’ laps.
Azeez Ojulari, EDGE, Georgia
A quick, dominant pass rusher who consistently got to the quarterback in college. He has some experience in coverage and versatility to play a few different spots, but this is a pure pass rush draft pick, which is exactly what the Jets need.
Teven Jenkins, OL, Ohio State
This dude is massive and just flat out nasty. He’s of the most powerful run blockers in the draft right now who finishes blocks better than anyone on the board. If the Jets can add him to their line with Bekton, they’ll have both tackle spots locked and loaded for the forseeable future.
Sleeper Draft Pick:
Rashod Bateman, WR, Minnesota
The Jets desperately need weapons and Batemon could be that guy. Standing 6’2 with impressive frame and hands, he averaged over 20 yards per catch in college and has downfield big play ability. Don’t be surprised if the Jets snatch up a playmaker at this spot.