New York Jets Day 3 Draft
The New York Jets entered the final day of the 2020 NFL Draft with six draft picks. As a result of Jets GM, Joe Douglas orchestrating two different deals on day two. The Jets added a third-rounder by trading down in Round two and then moved that selection for two 4th rounders and a sixth in 2021.
Thus far, the Jets checklist has included a premium offensive linemen in Mekhi Becton, a big-play threat in Baylor Wide Receiver Denzel Mims, a jack of all trades defensive back in Safety/Kick Returner Ashtyn Davis, and a pass rusher in Jabari Zuniga.
The New York Jets selected Florida Running Back La’Mical Perine with the No. 120th overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft.
The Gators leading rusher the last two years, Florida Team Captain La’Mical Perine (5’11 216) is a low center of gravity runner, who should provide the Jets with a power running back behind Le’Veon Bell. Perine also showed well as a receiver at Florida (41 receptions in 2019). Perine has a family pedigree in the NFL. He is the cousin of Bengals RB Samaje Perine and Jaguars linebacker Myles Jack.
The New York Jets selected Florida Atlantic Quarterback James Morgan with the No. 125th overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft.
To many Jets fans, this is not a surprise. The team had issues last year at Quarterback behind Sam Darnold. The surprise is that James Morgan is the Quarterback that they selected.
James Morgan, a team captain at FIU, has the size (6’4 229) and arm talent to develop into a future starter in the NFL. Morgan, a Wisconsin native, has modeled his game after Green Bay legends Brett Favre and Aaron Rodgers. Morgan stands tall and is fearless in the pocket.
The toolbox is there, but James Morgan had an up and down college career that started at Bowling Green, and then ended at FIU. Morgan is a developmental prospect. The question is, would he be ready if the Jets needed him in 2020. The answer is that most Jets fans don’t want to be presented with that scenario.
The New York Jets selected Charlotte Offensive Tackle Cameron Clark with the No. 129th overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft.
You had to know that Joe Douglas would continue to address the Jets offensive line. Cameron Clark was a team MVP and Captain at Charlotte. A three- year starter at Left Tackle, Clark (6’4 308) could project inside to guard, but his position versatility makes him a valuable depth piece on the Jets front. Clark has high character and starter upside. An on-going theme for this Jets draft class.
The New York Jets selected Virginia Cornerback Bryce Hall with the No. 158th overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft
Value. This is what the Jets get here in round five. Cornerback is a position of need for New York. Especially on the outside. Hall (6/1 202) has the size and press man skills to start in the NFL. Many pundits felt that Hall made a mistake in returning for his senior season with the Cavaliers. After leading the FBS with 24 passes defended as a junior. Hall missed the second half of the 2019 collegiate season after a severe left ankle injury, which required surgery. The injury hurt his stock in 2020, but it ends up benefitting the Jets to land him at this point.
The New York Jets selected Texas A&M Punter Braden Mann with the No. 191st pick in the 2020 NFL Draft.
The Jets draft another team captain. Braden Mann, the former Ray Guy Award winner at Texas A&M, is not your average punter. He’s also an excellent kickoff specialist and recorded seven tackles in coverage last year. Mann averaged just under 49 yards per punt and was one of the better directional kickers in the nation. Anytime a Punter is selected in the draft, It puts the incumbent on notice. Lac Edwards is a quality punter, but the writing is on the wall.
The final pick of the 2020 New York Jets draft was traded away. The Rex Hogan-Colts connection continues for New York. The Jets current assistant General Manager, Hogan, was the VP of player personnel for the Indianapolis Colts. The Jets traded their 211th pick in the sixth round for cornerback Quincy Wilson. The former second-round pick in 2017 joins ex-teammates Pierre Desir and Nate Hairston in the Jets secondary. Wilson, the 6’2 defensive back, has starting experience and will help the Jets depth.
Final Jets Draft Analysis
The New York Jets completed one of the most productive drafts that they’ve had in recent memory. An unorthodox franchise took a logical path towards building their team. It all starts and ends with what the team has done upfront on their offensive line. A big part of the theme of this draft was upside and character. One good draft is not a cure-all for a football team, but it’s a start in the right direction for the New York Jets.
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