What Will the Jets Do in the Draft?


Anthony Bearese, Staff Writer

The 2020 NFL season for the Jets was underwhelming to say the least as the team went 2-14 with head coach Adam Gase leading the helm. This off season for the Jets started first with firing now former head coach, Adam Gase, this was for sure one of the happiest moments a Jets fan could have to get rid of that joke of a coach. To bring some energy into the building, Jets GM, Joe Douglas, brought the defensive coordinator from the 49er’s, Robert Saleh, who is certainly gonna bring in the right mentality for this young squad as this teams new head coach.

It doesn’t stop there. The Jets had a damn good free agency with bringing in edge rusher Carl Lawson and defensive tackle Sheldon Rankins who can both be big time players on this defensive line. The Jets also brought some weapons for next years offense in running back Tevin Coleman who was with Robert Saleh back with the 49ers last season and Cory Davis that had a career year with the Titans and just missed his first one thousand yard season with 984 receiving yards.

The real excitement for Jets fans is what we’re going to do with the second overall pick and what position are they going to address. With former first round pick Sam Darnold having a lackluster tenure in New York with him performing in almost every game he’s played in. The Jets didn’t do Darnold any favors by surrounding him with no weapons or running game around him. Sam was set up to failure in New York so Joe Douglas is giving him an opportunity to show his full potential by trading him to the Carolina Panthers for some good draft compensation in a sixth round pick for 2021 , and a second round pick and fourth rounder in 2022.

Now that Darnold is gone it is almost certain that they will draft their next quarterback of the future in Zach Wilson or Justin Fields. It’s almost certain that the Jets will pick Zach Wilson with the second overall pick in the draft as he best fits the west coast offense that he ran at BYU. That’s the same system that Saleh’s coaches ran with the 49ers.

In the next two drafts the Jets have a total of twenty one  draft picks and they have seven of those picks in the first two rounds of the NFL draft over the next two years and they certainly need to hit on all of them to be successful and for this coaching staff to keep their jobs. The mistakes that this organization has learned from Sam Darnold is that they need to surround their next young quarterback with weapons to make his life easier with a offensive line that won’t let their leader get killed on the field every Sunday.  This is the only way that this team can win football games and create a winning culture that Jets fans can say they’re proud to be a fan of this team and not feel ashamed or embarrassed  to wear their Jets gear out in public.

Now it’s only a waiting game till draft night to see how the Jets organization will bet on themselves by choosing their next franchise QB to lead this team to a Super Bowl in the coming years.