Every Monday we take a look around the league to see what the experts are predicting for the New York Jets as it pertains to the 2018 NFL Draft.
It’s one of those love vs. hate relationships between New York Jets fans and mock drafts. You can’t just ‘like’ a pick. It’s either you love it with every fiber of your being or you hate it with the passion of molten lava from the underworld.
With that cherry image in mind, let’s take a look at what the experts are saying about the green and white. Jets Team Reporter Ethan Greenberg revealed that seven experts across the league have varying opinions on what the gang green should do with the No. 6 pick—shocker:
Saquon Barkley, Running back, Penn State
As talented as Barkley is, the Jets should pass (pending the layout of the NFL Draft). There are plenty of holes to fill for the Jets and the ‘easiest’ should be running back if you look at the draft analytics.
Josh Allen, Quarterback, Wyoming (three votes)
There’s nothing I can do to prevent multiple experts from penning Allen to the Jets, so maybe I should just accept this as a brutal reality. General manager Mike Maccagnan loves his prototypical sized quarterbacks and Allen fits the bill to a tee. Let’s just hope someone else drafts him before the Jets.
Baker Mayfield, Quarterback, Oklahoma
Mayfield’s stock should be one of the most interesting storylines as we progress through the offseason. Where he ultimately lands could be decided at the NFL Scouting Combine and Pro Day in those interview processes.
Denzel Ward, Cornerback, Ohio State
This potential very much depends on the Jets impending free agency spree. The Jets have a ton of needs and a fat allowance to spend, they may have already filled this need come April. But on the other hand, you can not have enough good corners in this league.
Minkah Fitzpatrick, Defensive back, Alabama
Now I get the people who say draft the best player available, but legitimately you can only play two safeties on the field and the Jets have a dynamic duo already. Sure Todd Bowles could play a three-man safety look (as he flirted with in post-draft conversations when Calvin Pryor was still on the team), but it’s not worth it. He’s a safety and I’ve spoken with enough insiders who say he can’t play corner at the next level to believe them. You shouldn’t draft experiments with the sixth pick, that’s not good business.