Fix-it Friday: The New York Jets

Sorry, Jets fans, this article does not include a route to obtain Trevor Lawrence. All is not lost, though; the Jets do have the second overall pick and a lot of cap space. They fired their head coach and have a promising future ahead of them.

Despite a head coaching hire and free agency occurring before the draft, the Jets’ future all falls on the decision they make with the second overall pick.

The Jets finished the 2020 season with a 2-14 record, a record that would normally lock up the first overall pick. They haven’t had a winning record since 2015, and 2010 before that. Over the past 10 seasons, the Jets have a record of 59-101. It’s clear the need not only needed a new coach, but a complete culture change.

Cap Space: $70.7 million

Head Coach and General Manager:

The Jets fired Head Coach Adam Gase after the 2020 season. They signed General Manager Joe Douglas to a 6-year deal in 2019, so he went into the offseason with his job seemingly safe, just with the task of finding a new head coach.

That man turned out to be now former San Francisco 49ers Defensive Coordinator Robert Saleh. The first things that jumps out to you about Saleh are intensity, discipline, and dedication. The Jets went with the philosophy of hiring the opposite side of the ball coach you just fired, in this case hiring a defensive mind after firing an offensive mind.

My only concern, and I’m sure Jets fans would be fine with this if it were their biggest concern, is if the offense turning things around and their offensive coordinator then leaves for a head coach job, leaving Sam Darnold with yet another offensive coordinator.

But like I said, that’s a good problem to have. I fully expect Saleh to have a huge imprint on the culture of the Jets. This was a fantastic hire.


The Jets are in a similar boat as the Jaguars this offseason. Both have the top two picks in the draft, both have a lot of cap space, and both don’t really have contracts that they need to dump.

Henry Anderson, DE – $8.20 mil

Anderson was great against the run this year, but he doesn’t provide much of a pass rush. The money is just too much for just a run stopper.


Marcus Maye, FS

Brian Poole, CB

Bradley McDougald, SS

Jordan Jenkins, EDGE

Patrick Onwuasor, LB

Neville Hewitt, LB

Pat Elflein, IOL

Tarell Basham, EDGE

Arthur Maulet, CB

Free Agency:

The Jets are in a special tier when it comes to free agency, and it’s not exactly a good one. They have a lot of cap space, but without the first overall pick in the draft to land Trevor Lawrence, and the questions surrounding the owner of the Jets, Woody Johnson, I’m not sure how enticing a destination this is.

Tier One:

Allen Robinson, WR

Chris Godwin, WR

Brandon Scherff, G

Joe Thuney, G

Justin Simmons, FS

Kenny Golladay, WR

Juju Smith-Schuster, WR

Matt Judon, EDGE

Hunter Henry, TE

Shaquill Barrett, EDGE

Tier Two:

Melvin Ingram, EDGE

Sammy Watkins, WR

Mike Pouncey, C

Kenyan Drake, RB

Corey Linsley, C

Bud Dupree, EDGE

A.J Green, WR

Patrick Peterson, CB

Russell Okung, OT

T.Y. Hilton, WR

Anthony Harris, FS

Yannick Ngakoue, EDGE

Lavonte David, LB

Alex Mack, C

Markus Golden, EDGE

K.J. Wright, LB

Corey Davis, WR

Jadeveon Clowney, EDGE

Alejandro Villanueva, OT

Jason McCourty, CB

Leonard Floyd, EDGE

Mike Hilton, CB

Malik Hooker, S

Olivier Vernon, EDGE

Jared Cook, TE

Keanu Neal, SS

Nelson Agholor, WR

Desmond King, CB

Tier Three:

Marvin Jones, WR

Josh Norman, CB

Willie Snead, WR

Tyler Kroft, TE

Ryan Kerrigan, EDGE

Cordarrelle Patterson, WR

Kyler Fackrell, LB

Everson Griffen, EDGE

Sean Lee, LB

John Ross, WR

Daniel Sorensen, SS

Austin Blythe, G

Jimmy Smith, CB

Will Fuller, WR

Karl Joseph, SS

Demarcus Robinson, WR

Daryl Williams, OT

Andrew Sendejo, SS

Matt Skura, C

Quinton Dunbar, CB

Telvin Coleman, RB

Curtis Samuel, WR

Chidobe Awuzie, CB

Jason Verrett, CB

Taylor Moton, OT

Tedric Thompson, S

James White, RB

John Johnson, SS

Shaquill Griffin, CB

Tim Patrick, WR

Levi Wallace, CB


Each pick will have multiple options, all depending on who may be available. These may be all options at one position, or a couple options at different positions.

Round One:

2nd Overall:

DeVonta Smith, WR, Alabama

Penei Sewell, OT

If the Jets can’t trade this pick back a few slots, Sewell should be the pick. He’s my top rated prospect in this draft class. Number two overall is too rich for a receiver. The Jets can line up Sewell and Mekhi Becton at tackles for the next decade.

23rd Overall:

Najee Harris, RB, Alabama

Elijah Moore, WR, Ole Miss

Joseph Ossai, EDGE, Texas

If the Jets don’t get Smith with their first pick, adding a receiver in Elijah Moore is a great option. They can wait for the second round fir a receiver, so Najee Harris is my top choice fir this pick. It’s not very popular to take a running back in the first round, but Harris is different. He’s built for longevity with the skill set of a back that can lead the league in touchdowns and yards. Adding to the edge rush position with Jospeh Ossai is also a great option for this team that lacks a pass rush.

Round Two:

34th Overall:

Travis Etienne, RB, Clemson

Jaycee Horn, CB, South Carolina

Terrace Marshall, WR, LSU

Quincy Roche, EDGE, Miami

If the Jets miss out on Harris or decide to draft another position, Etienne should be the pick here. Other than that, the Jets can use this pick for a receiver or edge rusher. In addition, the Jets still need to figure out their secondary. They need to resign Marcus Maye, they traded away Jamal Adams, and their starting cornerbacks are below average.

Round Three:

66th Overall:

Ronnie Perkins, EDGE, Oklahoma

Seth Williams, WR, Auburn

Landon Dickerson, IOL, Alabama

Chris Evans, RB, Michigan

Asante Samuel Jr., CB, Florida State

These five positions are the Jets biggest needs. They should hit at least 4 of these within the first 6 picks. You don’t draft for need, but these are 4 strong positions in this class, outside of interior offensive line. The Jets should be able to find good value with these positions with their first 6 picks inside the top 100 picks overall.

87th Overall:

Brenton Cox Jr., EDGE, Florida

Tyler Linderbaum, IOL, Iowa

Israel Makuamu, CB, South Carolina

Breece Hall, RB, Iowa State

Reggie Roberson, WR, SMU

Hunter Long, TE, Boston College

This is essentially the same group as the last pick, but I’ve added in a tight end. The Jets seem to like their starting tight end in Chris Herndon. However, they need more form the position, even if it is just adding a running mate for Herndon.

Round 4:

98th Overall:

Kylin Hill, RB, Texas A&M

Jahan Dotson, WR, Penn State

Hamilcar Rashed Jr., CB, Oregon State

Victor Dimukeje, EDGE, Duke

Jackson Carman, OT, Clemson

Tommy Tremble, TE, Notre Dame

I’ve switched in an offensive tackle instead of an interior offensive lineman in this group, mainly because I really like Jackson Carman. This can bring back the idea of being set at offensive tackle for the next decade.

Round 5:

129th overall:

Caden Sterns, S, Texas

Drake Johnson, IOL, Kentucky

Jeremy Ruckert, TE, Ohio State

As I said, the positions I listed above should be taken care of in the first 6 picks the Jets have in the first 98 overall picks. Now in the deeper rounds, the Jets can focus on depth in areas of less need. The Jets should bring back Marcus Maye, so Sterns will provide a good option behind him, or maybe even start next to him in a year or two. Drake Johnson and Jermey Ruckert aren’t at as key positions as some of the others mentioned earlier, but I’d still like to see an offensive lineman and tight end added at some point before the sixth round.

137th overall:

Merlin Robertson, LB, Arizona State

Dante Stills II, DL, West Virginia

Zamir White, RB, Georgia

Merlin Robertson and Dante Stills II provide great depth and two positions in need of depth. The Jets should draft a running back early, but that doesn’t mean they can’t take a second one late. White could be the perfect compliment to a workhorse running back.

Round 6:

172nd overall:

Dimitri Moore, LB, Vanderbilt

Tedarrell Slaton, DL, Florida

Tariq Thompson, S, San Diego State

T.J. Carter, CB, Memphis

Moore, Slaton, and Thompson are other options at their respective positions for the Jets to consider late in this draft. Similar with the running back position, the Jets would be wise to take one cornerback early and one late. Carter could be a nice depth piece that the Jets can scoop up late and out in situational roles his first two years before he truly develops.

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