It’s fully potential that Jets basic supervisor Joe Douglas offers quarterback Sam Darnold another shot in 2021, the ultimate 12 months of his rookie contract.
And if that occurs, Douglas could be sensible to a minimum of think about buying and selling out of the second total choose within the 2021 NFL Draft.
Positive sufficient, that’s the projection in the newest mock draft from ESPN’s Mel Kiper Jr.
He has the Jets buying and selling right down to No. 4, in a cope with the Falcons — and taking Florida tight finish Kyle Pitts in that fourth spot.
Right here is Kiper’s evaluation:
The Falcons make a deal to get their quarterback. My comp for the deal is the Bears’ buying and selling up for Mitchell Trubisky in 2017. To maneuver up one spot and get the No. 2 choose, Chicago gave up choose Nos. 3, 67, 111 and a third-rounder the next 12 months.
So for Atlanta to maneuver up two spots, it’s going to should ship the Jets the No. 4 choose, doubtless its second-round picks this 12 months and extra picks. That’s so much to surrender, positive, however there may be going to be competitors. The Jets ought to take the perfect deal on the desk, and this one means they solely drop two spots and choose up prime property after that.
Kiper has the Falcons going with BYU quarterback Zach Wilson — and never Ohio State’s Justin Fields — at No. 2. Each are prospects for Douglas, if he needs to commerce Darnold and doesn’t wind up dealing for the Texans’ Deshaun Watson.
As for Pitts to the Jets at No. 4, right here’s what Kiper thinks:
So the Jets transfer down, add precedence picks and find yourself with among the finest gamers on this class. I nonetheless consider they’re higher off giving Sam Darnold one other 12 months and bettering the expertise round their quarterback. The 23-year-old is just too gifted to surrender on. Darnold has by no means had a pass-catcher like Pitts, both. The 6-foot-6 Pitts can line out vast and within the slot, and I’d goal him like a No. 1 vast receiver. As I discussed on the First Draft podcast, he’s going to finish up as my highest-graded tight finish ever. He’s additionally extraordinarily younger — he was born in 2000 and might be 20 when he performs in Week 1. By the way in which, for the reason that widespread draft period started in 1967, there has by no means been a good finish go this excessive. Pitts could possibly be the primary.
If Douglas stays at No. 2 and doesn’t need to choose Wilson or Fields, he may take Oregon offensive sort out Penei Sewell to play proper sort out, reverse final 12 months’s first-round choose, Mekhi Becton. Or he may take Alabama vast receiver DeVonta Smith, the Heisman Trophy winner.
Kiper, on this mock draft, has Smith going third to the Dolphins, Sewell going fifth to the Bengals, and Fields going seventh to the 49ers, after they commerce up 5 spots in a cope with the Lions.
The Jets even have a second first-round choose this 12 months (No. 23), due to the Jamal Adams commerce with Seattle. Kiper has Douglas taking Michigan defensive finish Kwity Paye with that choose.
And right here is Kiper’s rationale for that call:
I went with a good finish to the Jets with their first choose, and this choose could possibly be for the perfect defensive prospect obtainable. Robert Saleh’s protection may use assist in any respect ranges. Paye is subsequent up on my board. He had solely 11.5 profession sacks at Michigan, however he has athletic traits that NFL groups crave, which ought to push him into Spherical 1. You received’t discover many 270-pound defensive ends who can transfer like him.
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