The Jets go into the draft with the third overall pick and six total picks. The Jets have a few glaring needs with the pass rush being the most obvious.
New York drafted their franchise quarterback last season by selecting Sam Darnold. They also have some pretty good receivers on the outside with Robby Anderson and Quincy Enunwa as well as good pass catching tight end Chris Herndon. Running back is a spot of concern although Elijah McGuire showed great progress last season after he returned from injury.
What they need to attack is the offensive line as they rated as the worst team blocking the run. They also have zero pass rush as they had two players on defense tied for the team lead in sacks with seven. One of those players was Henry Anderson who is an unrestricted free agent this summer. Here is how the draft should pan out for them.
Round 1, Pick #3 Josh Allen, Edge Rusher- Kentucky
Josh Allen had a solid NCAA career leading up to his Senior season where he burst into first round consideration. Allen finished 2018 with 88 tackles (56 solo), 21.5 tackles for a loss, 17 sacks, four passes defended, five forced fumbles, and two fumble recoveries. All this was also done in the best conference in NCAA football, the SEC. Allen can play in any defensive scheme as he has the perfect combination of size, strength, and speed to win as a defensive end or outside linebacker.
The Jets lack any true stud at the pass rushing positions. Josh Allen will step in and make an instant impact and could easily come up with double digit sacks in his rookie season. One thing that is highly overlooked on Josh Allen is his ability to drop into coverage. He actually drops back into coverage very well masking what the defense is doing. The Jets could get crafty and use Allen in the Kyzir White mold.
Round 3, Pick #68 Erik McCoy, Offensive Lineman- Texas A&M
Erik McCoy may very well be the best interior offensive lineman in this year’s draft. He fits perfectly in zone blocking schemes as he pulls from the middle seamlessly and blocks at the second level very well. He has excellent technique and very good footwork so he could easily block in a power run scheme as well. Long defenders can get into his chest at times but has great leverage and recovers well+.
The Jets ranked dead last in run blocking last year. McCoy steps right in and becomes the starter and I believe also becomes a star on the interior of this line. The Jets need to have balance in their offense to help Sam Darnold excel and make the next step in his career. McCoy is a perfect fit for the Jets.
Round 3, Pick #94 Beau Benzschawel, Offensive Line- Wisconsin
Wisconsin has a history of pushing out NFL offensive line prospects and Beau Benzschawel is no exception. He is a very strong guard and is a people mover. This should bode well for that worst ranked run blocking line. The Wisconsin product is also strong in the screen game, he pulls very well outside and blocks down field well in the second level.
The Jets need help in the run game. Beau Benzschawel is a man who can create gaps for the offensive line and by putting him next to Erik McCoy the Jets add some great punch to the inside of their offensive line.
Round 4, Pick #106 Ben Banogu, Edge Rusher- Texas Christian University (TCU)
The Jets complete lack of pass rush forced them to grab Josh Allen at number three overall and here in the fourth round they hit on the position again. Ben Banogu of TCU has had a highly productive collegiate career. In 40 games he totaled 156 tackles (98 solo), 45 tackles for a loss, 20 sacks, three passes defended, seven forced fumbles, three fumble recoveries and a touchdown.
Banogu is built similar to Josh Allen as they are both very strong as well as quick and athletic. Having to deal with blocking the edges with these two coming at you could cause a lot of issues for teams. The Jets could very well go into the 2019 season with two rookie starters on the edge.
Round 5, Pick #141 Penny Hart, Wide Receiver- Georgia St.
Penny Hart is a small and shifty wide receiver in the mold of Danny Almendola. He stands at 5’8 and 180 Lbs. coming from the mid major school of Georgia St. Hart has had two seasons during his time in the NCAA with over 1,000 yards receiving. In 39 games he finished with 203 receptions, 2,960 receiving yards and 19 touchdowns. That is an average of about 75 yards per game.
The Jets employ Robby Anderson and Quincy Enunwa on the outside but do not have a real slot presence. Hart could come right in and play in three receiver sets as the slot receiver. Sam Darnold could use a shifty slot receiver to help move the chains on third downs.
Round 7, Pick #219 Miles Boykin, Wide Receiver- Notre Dame
Miles Boykin is a large receiver and a very good red zone threat that the Jets could use. With great size he comes in at 6’4 and 228 Lbs. He bears a striking resemblance to a Devin Funchess type player but has limited time on the field. He has only played a total of 26 games in his college career. In 2018 though he had a breakout year where he played in all 13 games coming up with 59 receptions for 872 yards and 8 touchdowns.
The Jets already look set on the outside with Anderson and Enunwa but the latter is a bit injury prone. Boykin brings insurance to the team if Enunwa struggles again this season with his health. Because of his size he can also be inserted in the red zone to give the Jets a big body around the goal line.
The Jets had two glaring holes going into the draft. Those were the pass rush which they addressed by selecting Josh Allen and Ben Banogu in rounds one and four. The other hole was the offensive line as they ranked dead last in run blocking. Erik McCoy and Beau Benzschawel were added to address that issue. Then with their other two picks they grab a shifty slot receiver in Penny Hart and a red zone threat in Miles Boykin giving Sam Darnold a few more weapons.
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