It’s time to talk draft New York Jets fans . . . draft picks, rounds, team needs, and prospects to watch.
by Nat L. Faybian • Senior Writer • @natlfaybian • nlfmockdraft.com • Feb 1, 2019 • Updated: April 6, 2019
Adam Gase is the new head coach for the Jets. He’s recently spent three years with the Miami Dolphins, where he went 23-25 as their head coach. Before that he worked as Payton Manning’s QB coach in Denver, and long before that he worked for Nick Saban at LSU.
Gase is an offensive minded coach, so hopefully he and QB Sam Darnold will be able to build a chemistry together that will benefit the whole team. A priority for the Jets, then would be to protect Darnold. Grabbing a quality left tackle in the draft or in free agency would be key.
No doubt about it, the Le’Veon Bell signing was a terrific addition for the Jets. With that signing, the Jets can now use the draft to focus on the OL and DL.
2019 draft picks
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*Indicates Compensatory Pick
- Offensive Tackle
- Defensive Tackle
- Defensive End
- Wide Receiver
Gase will need to begin by revamping the offensive line. They need more than just a left tackle, they could use upgrades at center and guard too. A wide receive who can stretch the field should be on their radar, as would be a versatile pass catching running back.
Gregg Williams comes in as the new Defensive Coordinator. Under former HC Todd Bowles, the Jets ran a 4-3 scheme, but are expected to moved to a 4-3 under DC Williams. One of the keys to Williams schematic success has been having good edge rushers. They Jets could use to add a couple, either via the draft or free agency.
Prospects to watch
Quinnen Williams, DT, Alabama
The Jets have a history of drafting top-tier defensive linemen – John Abraham and Sheldon Richardson immediately come to mind. Williams has the quickness to dart around opponents and an uncanny ability to disengage and shed blocks – making it look effortless.
Andre Dillard, OT, Washington
No offensive lineman has garnered more attention since the Senior Bowl than Washington’s Andre Dillard. He’s light on his feet, a hard worker, and studies the game. Pass protection is his strength, but he’s plenty strong to move opponents in the run game.
Kyle Phillips, DE, Tennessee
Phillips is a strongside defensive end that is receiving plenty of attention from teams since the East-West Shrine game. He had his best year at UT in 2018 – totaling 56 tackles, five sacks, eight tackles-for-loss, an interception, five passes defended, a forced fumble, a fumble recovery, and a blocked kick.
Lamont Gaillard, OC/OG, Georgia
Gaillard was one of the more popular athletes at the Senior Bowl. He started on the DL, and has only played on offense for three season. He’s a bit raw and fiery, giving OL Coach Rick Dennison plenty of tools to work with.
Players to Watch: S Johnathan Abram, Mississippi State; OLB Josh Allen, Kentucky; CB Sean Bunting, Central Michigan; CB Amani Oruwaniye, Penn State; DT Immanuel Turner, La. Tech; and WR Reggie White, Jr., Monmouth (NJ).
General Manager: Mike MacCagnan | Head Coach: Adam Gase | Offensive Coordinator: Dowell Loggains | Defensive Coordinator: Gregg Williams
Recent Top Draft selections:
2018: R1 Sam Darnold QB | R3 Nathan Shepherd DT
2017: R1 Jamal Adams S | R2 Marcus Maye S
2016: R1 Darron Lee LB |
R2 Christian Hackenberg QB
2015: R1 Leonard Williams DE |
R2 Devin Smith WR