"We played well.  Granted, it was the Colts JV team or whatever they want to call it.  They still had Colts uniforms on."  Rex Ryan

New York Jets 2020 Draft Grade: B+

Mekhi Becton is a game changing left tackle who sets the tone at 365 pounds with decent feet.  We had second rounder Denzel Mims ahead of a number of the receivers taken in the first round.  As we say every year, the Jets don't typically develop players in the passing game but Mims is a real talent.  Third round safety Ashtyn Davis was in our top 50 until a medical red flag surfaced at the Combine.  DE Jabari Zuniga has upside as a pass rusher. 

New York Jets 2019 Draft Grade: B-

Their first round pick is an A.  Quinnen Williams is going to be a superstar sooner rather than later.  He has a freakish ability to get into the backfield and is immovable in the run game.  It's kind of scary, but he looks like he still has some growing left to do.  The Jets only had two more picks, and we thought DE Jachai Polite, who plummeted after a bad post-season, and T Chuma Edoga were nice upside picks in the third.  That's all they had though and it's hard to hit multiple home runs with only a couple of swings.

New York Jets 2018 Draft Grade: D

Everybody started loving Sam Darnold later in the draft process.  We can't figure out why.  Every time we look at his stats those turnover numbers show the same thing.  Those problems rarely get better.  He was a late first round talent even if he went to an organization with a track record of developing players in the passing game.  The Jets are the worst in the NFL at doing that. Their passing game draftees in the top three rounds since 2002 reads like this:  Ardarius Stewart, Chris Hackenberg, Jace Amaro, Geno Smith, Stephen Hill, Dustin Keller and Kellen Clemens.  The problem isn't the player, it's the organization.  Nathan Sheperd in the third is at least a year away from developing, if he ever does.  6th round corner Parry Nickerson was the best player they drafted.

New York Jets 2017 Draft Grade: B-

The Jets had a solid draft in theory, but they will rue the day they passed on Deshaun Watson.  We are fans of first round S Jamal Adams, and we like the idea of taking two highly rated safeties (Marcus Maye) in the first two rounds. After that they went heavy in the passing game taking WRs Ardarius Stewart and Chad Hansen and TE Jordan Leggett.  The Jets have been historically bad at developing talent in the passing game so we'll see if that changes, but not getting a quarterback when Josh McKown is your starter and the two time Davey O'Brien Award winner is on the board is dicey.


New York Jets 2016 Draft Grade: D

The Jets haven't developed drafted players in the passing game in a decade.  Even passers that were accurate in college arrive in New York and look terrible.  So they take Christian Hackenberg, the most innacurate passer in this draft, in the second round.  It's the worst pick of the 2016 NFL draft.  Darron Lee is a measurable guy without football instincts.  He's going to be decent, but not great.  The only picks we sort of liked were Jordan Jenkins in the third and Charone Peake in the 7th.  This is how bad organizations draft.


Some people questioned taking Leonard Williams with the 6th pick because the Jets have two Pro Bowl defensive ends in Muhammed Wilkerson and Sheldon Richardson, but we thought it was the right move.  Wilkerson wants huge money (rightfully so) and will probably be gone after this season.  Adding Williams also frees the Jets up to trade Wilkerson who would surely draw at least a first round pick.  We aren't fans of Devin Smith so we didn't like the trade up to get him in the second, but then again the second round was a wasteland for most teams.  If Bryce Petty hadn't gone to passing game hell in New York, we'd feel he was one of the best picks in the draft. New York has finally jettisoned Rex Ryan so maybe things will turn around for the passing game.  Lorenzo Mauldin is an intriguing prospect with boom or bust potential.

UDFA Most likely to make the team:  Taiwan Jones- LB, Michigan State


We aren't big fans of Calvin Pryor.  When his scouting report talks more about him being a hitter than a cover guy, we're skeptical.  Big hitters mostly get to visit the Commish rather than the Pro-Bowl and he has some limitations on the angles he takes in the pass and run game. Jace Amaro in the second round was their best pick, but the Jets are a wasteland for offensive talent so we don't know what he will do with rotating, scattershot arms throwing to him.  Most of their mid round picks were reaches with the exception of guard Dakota Dozier of Furman who has plenty of potential if he can make the small school leap. Tajh Boyd is a steal in the 6th but again we have no confidence in the Jets developing a tosser. 7th round Linebacker Trevor Reilly of Utah is a second round talent but he's 26 after doing some very expensive mission work.