BYU quarterback Zach Wilson to the Jets is essentially a lock for the second overall pick in this month’s draft.
But what about Jets general manager Joe Douglas’ second first-round pick this year?
He got it from the Seahawks in the Jamal Adams trade. Could Douglas now use that pick — plus a 2022 second-rounder he got from the Panthers in the Sam Darnold trade — to move up in Round 1?
It’s certainly possible, especially if an intriguing player falls out of the top 10.
But in the latest mock draft from CBSSports.com’s Chris Trapasso, Douglas stays at No. 23 and picks Tulsa linebacker Zaven Collins.
And here’s the rationale for the pick: “Collins looks like Anthony Barr 2.0, and the Jets need more talent on their defense.”
Collins is 6-foot-4 and 260 pounds — a versatile outside linebacker. The Jets are transitioning from a 3-4 defense to a 4-3 scheme under new head coach Robert Saleh, the 49ers’ former defensive coordinator. They signed edge rusher Carl Lawson in free agency, and they’ll plug him in at one defensive end spot. But they have significant questions at outside linebacker.
With that in mind, here’s the NFL.com scouting report on Collins:
Combines rare size and athleticism as a big outside linebacker. Collins is a team-oriented defender willing to plug gaps and spill the action wide for teammates to run down. He’s rangy with the burst and length to track and capture his…