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New York Jets Mock Draft Roundup 7.0


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 - Donahue (3/23)

2. Zach Wilson, QB, BYU

This is where the draft really begins and it could go in many different directions this year. The Jets certainly have the ammo to make a trade for a big-name quarterback but as of now, it looks like they may stay put and instead trade away who was recently considered their franchise QB. Neither GM Joe Douglas nor new head coach Robert Salah was part of the process in drafting Sam Darnold, so it would make sense that they are ok moving on from him and bringing in their own guy.

Enter Zach Wilson, who has seen the biggest rise up draft boards in the past year. His 2020 season justifies the praise he has been receiving as he threw for 33 TDs and only three interceptions while completing 73.5% of his passes.

23. Najee Harris, RB, Alabama

I had Azeez Ojulari here in the first mock, but with the Jets signing Carl Lawson to a three-year deal coupled with Ajulari's disappointing pro day, I think the Jets go a different direction. New head coach Robert Salah saw first hand in San Francisco that you could still have success on offense with the running game being more of a focal point.

With a rookie QB and a lack of depth/talent of running backs on the current roster, I could see the Jets wanting to shore up that position to take some pressure off of Wilson, and who better to go to than the all-time rushing yards leader in Alabama history. Even with his impressive rushing stats that saw him average over six yards per carry during the course of his college career, it's his 43 catches at 9.9 yards per catch last year that could catapult him into the first round.

NFL.com - Brooks (3/23)

2. Penei Sewell, OT, Oregon

If the Jets' new coaching staff believes Sam Darnold is fixable, New York could opt for an edge blocker to complete an O-line rebuild and enable the team to become immediately competitive under Robert Saleh.

23. Travis Etienne, RB, Clemson

The Jets' shift to a Shanahan offense could make Etienne the perfect fit as a one-cut runner with home run speed and acceleration.

The Athletic - Beat Writers (3/23)

2. Zach Wilson, QB, BYU

The Jets essentially confirmed their desire to trade Sam Darnold when general manager Joe Douglas said he'd take calls on his quarterback. They'll likely deal him before the draft. Douglas could try to get cute and trade the No. 2 pick for a ransom, move back a few spots, then take Justin Fields or Trey Lance, but odds are, after BYU's Pro Day, there won't be any doubt who the No. 2 pick is. Wilson is tailor-made for this Jets offense. The only question: Will he be ready Week 1? -- Connor Hughes

23. Wyatt Davis, IOL, Ohio State

The Jets bowed out of the Joe Thuney sweepstakes once they realized the Chiefs were in it. The amount of money it would cost to convince someone to play with a quarterback-to-be-named-later instead of Pat Mahomes? That's just not in Douglas' wheelhouse. The problem: After Thuney there … weren't really any great guard options. The Jets desperately need an improvement over Greg Van Roten and Alex Lewis, and Davis is that player. He's arguably the best pure guard in the draft. He'll be a Week 1 starter for New York, and hopefully for the next 10 years. -- Connor Hughes

ESPN - Kiper (3/22)

2. Zach Wilson, QB, BYU

I'm down to 50-50 here on the Jets keeping quarterback Sam Darnold. Free agency didn't tip off general manager Joe Douglas' plan; he went out and got much-needed receiving help with Corey Davis and Keelan Cole Sr., but this team needed weapons regardless of who is playing quarterback. We still have a ways to go until Round 1 begins, but this is the scenario in which Douglas gets a second-round pick for Darnold -- maybe from the 49ers, Broncos or Panthers, if my upcoming mock trade doesn't happen -- and the Jets move forward with a new face of their future. Wilson has a superstar ceiling.

23. Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah, LB, Notre Dame

I like what general manager Joe Douglas has done in free agency, but the Jets have to address their defense with this pick. I'd keep an eye on every position outside of defensive tackle -- Quinnen Williams is a future superstar -- and draft the best defender on the board. For me, that's Owusu-Koramoah, a sideline-to-sideline tackling machine. Yes, New York gets back C.J. Mosley, and it added Jarrad Davis in free agency, but coach Robert Saleh & Co. can find ways to get all three of them on the field. Owusu-Koramoah has some coverage traits that could make him valuable on third down. If one of the top corners drops to No. 23, the Jets should pounce.

CBS Sports - Wilson (3/22)

8. Mac Jones, QB, Alabama

Well, well, well. The Jets trade down six spots and still get a quarterback -- along with an extra '21 third-rounder and a '22 first-rounder. Not bad, especially since Jones, in our mind, is the quarterback most ready to play right away after only Trevor Lawerence.

23. Gregory Rousseau, EDGE, Miami (FL)

Rousseau opted out in 2020 and in the process saw his draft stock fall with the emergence of Ojulari, Paye and his Miami teammate Phillips. Still, Rousseau is a high-upside prospect who hasn't played the position long but will continue to improve with experience and coaching.

PFF - Renner (3/22)

2. Zach Wilson, QB, BYU

Wilson's fit in Mike LaFleur's offense is seemingly too perfect. No one in the country posted a higher grade off play action last year, and it wasn't even close. Wilson's 96.5 passing grade on such passes was a far cry from the next best in the draft class -- Alabama's Mac Jones at 92.9.

23. Kwity Paye, EDGE, Michigan

The Jets have the draft capital to swing for the fences a bit. It would be a big swing to get Paye here, but he has absurd burst and cornering ability at his size. The encouraging thing is how much he's improved every year of his career. Robert Salah gets another horse on the edge to try and replicate his success in San Francisco.

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