The areas where the new Yok Jets are needed and how it will affect their approach to the NFL combine
The New York Jets picked up a lot of strategic intelligence being one of the coaches who worked in the Senior Bowl for NFL prospects earlier this month. The next step in that information-gathering process will take place this week at the NFL Combine in Indianapolis, which returns after a year-long hiatus for Covid-19.
Measuring official 40-meter heights, weights and running times will be key here, as will player interviews. Of course, players have been coached on how to answer questions, which is why the face time the Jets got in the Senior Bowl will be so important.
With that in mind, here are the areas the Jets need and how they play into how they’re doing their due diligence in Indianapolis. The Jets currently own the fourth and 10th overall picks, but that’s subject to change, of course.
This unit fared much better as the season went on after a very shaky start and, truth be told, part of the problem was that then-rookie quarterback Zach Wilson often held the ball a little too much. long time. But general manager Joe Douglas has pledged to do everything he can to protect Wilson.
And there are question marks, including the weight of 2020 first-round pick Mekhi Becton. It remains to be seen if he will ever be adapted to the new Shanahan-style attacking system, which favors smaller and faster tackles. With Morgan Moses set to hit free agency, the Jets could use some help here sooner rather than later. Expect Douglas to take a close look at North Carolina State left tackle Ikem Ekwonu and Mississippi State’s Charlie Cross.
The Jets have a hole in their right guard. Boston College guard Zion Johnson played for Team USA in the Senior Bowl, the team the Jets did not coach. Still, they were able to hang out with him, and Johnson was named best practice player while he was there. He could continue to mount editorial boards depending on what he does at Indy.
Corey Davis, who has had an uneven 2021 season, is the only front-line player already under contract for 2022. Again, given Douglas’ commitment to helping Wilson, he will consider this position. USC’s Drake London is considered a hot prospect but suffered a season-ending ankle injury. The medical reports on him will be important. This kind of information was more difficult to glean last year due to the circumstances.
The Jets seem to have managed to get out of the park by finding home run threat Michael Carter in the fourth round last season. Douglas and his team could once again be on the lookout for a Day 3, or perhaps the end of Day 2, to fly as a complementary fullback.
The Jets still need help here, especially if run-stuffer ace Folorunso Fatukasi leaves free agency. But this is a lower priority and they probably wouldn’t consider it until later rounds.
This is where I cut and paste the sentence about the Jets not having a fearsome pass rusher, which really changes opponents’ game plans, since John Abraham was traded before the 2006 draft.
The Jets will need to assess prospects such as Oregon’s Kayvon Thibodeaux, Michigan’s David Ojabo and Florida State’s Jermaine Jones. Of course, they won’t overlook Michigan’s Aidan Hutchinson, although it seems unlikely he’ll be on the board at No. 4.
Yes, head coach Robert Saleh has said how happy he is with young cornerbacks. And the philosophy in San Francisco, where he comes from, was to write corners in the later rounds and develop them. Still, the Jets need to improve in this area, and the odds of finding a big corner are generally better with a first- or second-round pick than trying to find a sleeper later.
Cincinnati’s Sauce Gardner is intriguing, and the Jets should dive deep into the medicals of talented but injury-prone Derek Stingley Jr.
Notre Dame safety Kyle Hamilton is considered by most pundits to be a generational talent in the position, which is why many expect him to be in the top 10. The Jets have a major need to this post. But would they go in that direction after the Jamal Adams drama? Adams, selected sixth overall by New York in 2017, is the only safety to have been selected in the top 10 in the last 11 drafts. And, of course, he’s the reason they own, the 10th overall pick, acquired in the 2020 trade that sent him to Seattle.