We’re still a long way from the 2021 NFL Draft, which begins April 29.
But it’s never too early to think about what the Jets might do.
So with that in mind, let’s bring you our latest Jets seven-round mock draft projection — for all nine of general manager Joe Douglas’ picks. He has two in Rounds 1, 3, and 5 (because of trades with the Seahawks and Giants) and one in Rounds 2, 4, and 6.
We used fanspeak.com’s mock draft simulator to do the non-Jets picks here, in order to make this exercise more realistic.
And remember, compensatory picks haven’t yet been handed out — the Jets aren’t projected to get any — so that will impact the draft order after Round 3. The first comp pick comes after the final regular pick in that round.
Here goes …
Round 1 (second overall): QB Zach Wilson, BYU
We don’t think Sam Darnold is franchise quarterback material. Trade him now, while his value is higher than it will be after he inevitably struggles again in 2021. And unless Douglas is able to trade for the Texans’ Deshaun Watson, the smart move is to take the best quarterback available (Wilson) with the second overall pick.
Sure, Douglas could retain Darnold, trade back, and accumulate picks as insurance against Darnold stinking in 2021 — if Douglas perhaps has to use those picks to trade up for a quarterback in 2022. But…