Joe Douglas and the New York Jets absolutely killed the 2020 NFL Draft. The had one of the best drafts from all over the league and their best one in years. They strengthened the exterior of their offensive line by picking Louisville tackle Mekhi Becton. Then they traded down to get Denzel Mims 59th overall to get Sam Darnold another weapon.
However, the Jets staff didn’t finish its work even after the 255th pick went down and the 2020 Draft came to its conclusion. Many players went undervalued and Joe Douglas, just like he did with Mims and Bryce Hall, took chances, this time in the free market.
We are going to update all of the Jets’ undrafted free-agent signings through the next couple of days here:
Lamar Jackson, Cornerback, Nebraska
Jackson had four really strong years with the Cornhuskers. Last season, he was second within the Big Ten in interceptions (3) and passes defended (12). In 12 games, he allowed just 55.7 in passer rating when in coverage. Although he was initially projected to go in the sixth round, he was overlooked and Douglas exploited this to get his for next to nothing.
“The early cornerback pick might be critical to the rotation. If depth at the position is ignored in the fifth round, they might as well as do that here.
Lamar Jackson’s efforts are starting to gain more and more momentum. Just wishful thinking might not be enough for him to stay in the sixth round, but there’s still hope. There’s no doubt that, for any team, that would be a pick that would have immediate dividends, no matter the depth of the unit.
You’ve perhaps heard of the dominance of Lamar Jackson, the Ravens wild-running quarterback and current NFL MVP. Well, now get ready to meet his defensive counterpart, out of Nebraska. Jackson is a late-round version of Damon Arnette, who might have an even higher ceiling. Like Arnette, Jackson is a force to be reckoned with in man coverage and the vertical passing game. Jackson recorded career-high 12 passes defended, second to only Indiana corner Tiawan Mullen in the Big Ten.
Furthermore, his reaction to the situation is always swift and adequate. He’s fast coming in the box to stop runs and also is a great open-field tackler. In each of his last three seasons, he had 25-plus total tackles, including 40 in his most recent campaign in 2019.
Jackson is not just a corner with a high ceiling against wideouts but a promising overall contributor to the Jets defensive unit. Depth in the running and pass-protecting units may be more critical at the moment. However, if the Jets draft a corner in the early-to-middle rounds and then get Jackson, the stakes will be even higher for the secondary, especially if Jamal Adams remains on 1 Jets Drive.”
Lawrence Cager, Wide Receiver, Georgia
Cager was quiet for the Bulldogs after transferring from Miami (FL) for his senior year. The Baltimore native recorded 476 yards and scored four touchdowns while racking up just 33 receptions, averaging 14.4.
George Campbell, Wide Receiver, West Virginia
Before switching over to West Virginia from Florida State, Campbell had caught just 13 passes for 286 yards in seven games over three seasons. Last year, he broke out but was still not utilized frequently, recording 19 receptions for 469 yards. Good news: he was still second on the team in yards. Bad news: his 19 catches still discredit these numbers.
Jared Hilbers, Offensive Tackle, Washington
Hilbers has played a total of 29 games over the last three years for the Huskies. In 2018, he started 11 of 12 total appearances as Washington’s top choice at left tackle. The following year he played every single of the team’s 13 games as the starting right tackle.
Sterling Johnson, Defensive Tackle, Coastal Carolina
After failing to get a starting job in three years at Clemson, Johnson transferred to Coastal Carolina, where he then recorded 6.5 sacks in 21 games.
Domenique Davis, Defensive Line, UNC Pembroke
Bryce Huff, Linebacker, Memphis
Much like Jackson, experts also projected Huff to go in the middle or late rounds but that was far from reality. In the past two years, Huff has recorded over 15 tackles for loss each and ranks eighth in AAC conference history with 40. In addition, he also has 16 sacks since the start of the 2018 campaign.
Javelin Duidry, Cornerback, Utah
Guidry has played ten-plus games in each of his three years with the Utes. In addition, he ranked sixth in the Pac-12 in defended passes back in 2018 with nine. He was a star at the NFL combine in March when he ran the 40 yards in 4.29 seconds. Like fellow Pac-12 defensive back and Jets draftee Ashtyn Davis, he is a former track star.
Shyheim Carter, Cornerback, Alabama
Carter is versatile and could play both safety and cornerback. He’s an avidly good tackler and has a total of 100 tackles over four years, including 43 in both 2018 and 2019. The 2018 campaign was his strongest with two interceptions and 10 passes defended. OTH Texans writer Anthony Miller projected him as a fifth-round pick for Houston, which shows he could be a high-reward/low-risk addition.
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