Armed With Just one Day 2 Pick, Jets Should Look to Move Down or Target one of These Players

Joe Douglas

Round two of the NFL draft is under way and the New York Jets will eventually be on the clock with pick number 43.  Their top choice should be to trade down and add picks, but if they stay put, here are some targets they should be considering.

BYU OT Blake Freeland: The BYU offensive tackle showed just how explosive he was with a monster performance at the NFL combine and has the film to match.

Syracuse OT Matthew Bergeron: The Syracuse product shows great feet and can play either left or right tackle.  If the Jets take a tackle today, it should be one with the ability to flip from side to side given the questionable health of their current tackles.  Some feel Bergeron is better suited to play guard but tackle isn’t out of the question.

North Carolina WR Josh Downs: Downs is only going this late because he’s not a few inches taller, but as an option of of the slot who has great hands, speed and elusiveness, he’d be a welcome addition.


ILB Daiyan Henley: A long shot to go in this spot but one we felt the need to mention.  The converted wide receiver has a skill set that fits what teams look for in today’s ‘backers.  Despite not having a round 3 pick, the Jets hosted Henley on a visit who will certainly not be there in round 4.

Minnesota C John Michael Schmitz: Michael-Schmitz is regarded by many to be the top center in this class a day 1 starter.  The Jets brought Connor McGovern back, but a move for JMS should not be ruled out.

Wisconsin C Joe Tippman: For those who don’t have Michael-Schmitz listed as their top center in the class, they likely have Tippman in that slot.  A player who flattens opposing linemen and linebackers on tosses and swings, he’d be a nice fit with the Jets.

Wisconsin DL Keeanu Benton: Benton’s selection may not go down well with those fans looking for more fire power on offense, but teaming him with Quinnen Williams in the middle would be lethal.

Georgia TE Darnell Washington: Washington is a player who teams may look back at years from now and wonder how he fell this far.  Washington’s height (6′ 7”) makes him an immediate red zone threat and his blocking is legitimately on par with some offensive linemen you’ll see.  He’s a guy who will give offenses fits.

Alabama OT Tyler Steen: Steen is one of the few tackles the Jets in their building on a visit and could garner some consideration if Freeland or Bergeron don’t get the nod.

OL Cody Mauch: We’re listing Mauch as a lineman and not a tackle because the general consensus appears to be that he’ll be able to line up at any spot on the O-line.  Mauch worked at center during senior bowl week.

Northwester DL Adtomiwa Adebawore: Adeboware is one of the most physically gifted players in this class and could be highly effective next to Quinnen Williams.  We profiled the big lineman right here just a few weeks ago.

UCLA RB Zach Charbonet: There are several names you could put in this spot if the Jets chose to add another running back and to pair with Breece Hall.  Charbonet is a powerful runner who has the feet of a much smaller back in evading tacklers and also shows excellent hands.

This Article Was Written By Glenn Naughton

Glenn Naughton

Glenn was Born in the Bronx, New York and has followed the Jets religiously despite being stationed in several different countries and time zones around the world. He now resides in England and has been a JetNation member since 2005. Glenn will bleed green with the rest of us through the highs and lows.



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