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New York Jets Mock Draft Roundup 3.0


Throughout the year and leading up to the 2021 NFL draft, we will update our New York Jets Mock Draft Roundup showing picks for the New York Jets from several prominent sites and draft analysts.

For a more inclusive lists of mock drafts for the New York Jets, check out our 2021 New York Jets Mock Draft Database.

The following are picks in recent mock drafts for the Jets:

EDSFootball - Hanson (1/1)

2. Zach Wilson, QB, BYU

There is absolutely zero mystery with the first pick, but it gets interesting (in terms of suspense) when the Jets are on the clock.

Given a roster full of holes, the Jets could go in a number of different directions here. Even though Sam Darnold has missed at least three games in every season and has not (yet) shown that he is the long-term answer, he won't turn 24 until June.

Perhaps the Jets will draft Ohio State's Justin Fields, Oregon's Penei Sewell or trade back, but Wilson has enjoyed a pre-draft rise similar to that of Joe Burrow last year. Charted by PFF with the lowest rate of turnover-worthy plays this season, Wilson uses his mobility to make and extend plays and is accurate throwing downfield.

27. Derion Kendrick, CB, Clemson

Recruited to Clemson as a five-star wide receiver prospect, Kendrick made the position switch to cornerback in 2019. Only 20 years old (turns 21 in August), Kendrick has outstanding ball skills with the upside to warrant a first-round pick.

The Jets rank in the bottom five in the league in passer rating allowed (101.2), completion percentage allowed (69.0%) and passing touchdowns allowed (30).

San Diego Union Tribune (12/31)

2. Penei Sewell, OT, Oregon

GM Joe Douglas has three options here. Take whoever he believes is the second best quarterback in this draft class, trade for a stockpile of picks (always my preference) or select a potential franchise left tackle in Sewell. Drafting the 2019 Outland Trophy winner -- he opted out of this season due to the threat of COVID-19 -- would enhance Sam Darnold's prospects of success in Gotham. He didn't allow a pressure, hurry or hit in nine of 14 games as a sophomore.

27. Travis Etienne, RB, Clemson

Landing the top offensive tackle and running back in the 2021 draft would go a long ways in rebuilding a floundering offense. I was shocked when Etienne decided to return for his senior season. He was recently named a finalist for the Doak Walker Award (best running back) for the third straight season.

Touchdown Wire - Schofield (12/31)

2. Zach Wilson, QB, BYU

A year ago, it was the rise of Joe Burrow.

This season, it is BYU passer Zach Wilson who is rocketing up boards. With his combination of arm talent, ability outside the pocket, athleticism and competitive toughness, Wilson has overtaken Ohio State's Justin Fields in the eyes of many evaluators.

Now, the Jets do not need to force a quarterback pick here and could go in a number of directions. They could trade out and get an absolute haul in return, given the number of teams that will be clamoring to get to the top of the board to pick a quarterback. They could stay put and pick the best player available. Imagine pairing Penei Sewell at one tackle spot with Mekhi Becton?

If they go quarterback, however, Wilson is the pick.

27. Chris Olave, WR, Ohio State

As the Jacksonville Jaguars did, so too do the Jets. With Zach Wilson coming to the Big Apple as the new face of the franchise, Joe Douglas gives him a weapon in Chris Olave from Ohio State. Olave moves very well and does a good job working in the intermediate area of the field. He also displays good feel for finding soft spots against zone coverage, or getting into a defender's blind spot when facing man.

Pairing him with Denzel Mims gives the Jets a great 1-2 punch at the receiver spot. Mims can be the traditional “X” receiver, working along the boundary and in the vertical passing game while Olave gives New York that “Z” role, working in the intermediate area of the field and between the numbers. Add tight end Christopher Herndon into the mix and you're cooking with gas.

PFF - Gayle (12/29)

2. Zach Wilson, QB, BYU

Renner also recently compared BYU signal-caller Zach Wilson and Ohio State's Justin Fields in an article for PFF.com, in which he said:

“The only way I'd go Fields over Wilson is if I had an offensive coordinator who needed a rushing threat at the quarterback position. Otherwise, Fields' issues with holding onto the ball combined with Wilson's elite off-platform ability and arm talent ultimately gives the BYU quarterback the nod.”

PFF's Seth Galina also praised Wilson in his article comparing the former Cougars quarterback to another significant pre-draft riser in Joe Burrow, calling out Wilson's notable arm talent as a key separator between the two prospects. And no quarterback in college football has a higher grade than Wilson in 2020.

While some Jets fans are encouraged by what Sam Darnold has shown in flashes throughout his three-year NFL career, the former USC standout simply hasn't shown enough to warrant passing on a talent like Wilson at No. 2 overall.

27. Nick Bolton, LB, Missouri

Bolton is a hard-hitting off-ball linebacker prospect who flies sideline to sideline. He's been one of the best coverage linebackers in the country over the past two seasons and has more than proved he has the movement skills to have success at the position in the NFL.

CBS Sports - Wilson (12/29)

2. Penei Sewell, OT, Oregon

Same as last week, in part because Sam Darnold continues to show glimpses of why he was once a first-rounder and also because questions loom about Justin Fields' readiness at the next level. There are far fewer questions about Sewell, who is the second-best prospect in this class.

27. Tyson Campbell, CB, Georgia

The Jets would love to get an offensive playmaker here but the top WRs are already off the board. Instead, they bolster the secondary with one of the best DBs on the board.

Pro Football Network - Miller (12/26)

2. Zach Wilson, QB, BYU

This is the word. It is not recency bias. Wilson was on the radar of the league long before fans. Don't forget that Andre Ware placed him as the QB2 early in the college football season, and everybody lost their collective minds.

Wilson's physical abilities are everything we search for in the modern QB. He possesses an effortless arm that can generate velocity from any platform and multiple arm angles. His deep ball placement is incredible at times, and his mobility is an added weapon.

Unless Justin Fields puts on a show during the College Football Playoff, it seems Wilson will be the second QB off the board.

27. Wyatt Davis, IOL, Ohio State

Protect your young quarterback at all costs. Davis still needs to grow from a consistency perspective, but his physicality at the position should allow the run game to open up a bit in New York.

He survived in an Ohio State offense that runs many long-developing pass concepts that put him on an island for a long time against pass rushers. This is a bit of an upside pick, but the Jets must spend resources protecting Zach Wilson.

PFF - Renner (12/23)

2. Zach Wilson, QB, BYU

No need to overthink this. Sure, Sam Darnold could turn things around next season after an injury-plagued Year 3 that's seen him earn a 52.7 passing grade so far. But why take that chance when you have to immediately pay him if he does? Wilson is uber-talented, and he has tape that's littered with special throws.

26. Jayson Oweh, EDGE, Penn State

The Jets are in a position where they can swing for the fences on some projects. With reportedly sub-4.3 speed yet middling production in his first year as a starter for Penn State this season, Oweh qualifies as such. He only managed 20 pressures in seven games, but Oweh is only scratching the surface of what he could become.

Bleacher Report - Miller (12/22)

2. Penei Sewell, OT, Oregon

The Jets were projected to draft a quarterback in Lawrence if they had the No. 1 pick, so what's different? The gap between Lawrence and the next best quarterback in this class. Would Joe Douglas rather have Sam Darnold or the choice between Justin Fields and Zach Wilson? Don't be surprised if New York loads up on supporting Darnold this offseason instead of giving up on him.

26. Chris Olave, WR, Ohio State

If the Jets are going to try to build around Darnold, they have to do more than just protect him. It will be key to give him weapons to go along with promising young players in Denzel Mims and Ty Johnson. Olave is a bit of a possession player, but he's perfectly suited to be the route-runner opposite the athletic, big-play Mims.

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