Jets normal supervisor Joe Douglas is making ready for his third, and arguably most essential, NFL draft on the job.
Douglas is armed with 4 top-40 picks after he executed two massive trades, delivery Jamal Adams and Sam Darnold out in alternate for draft picks. Now, he wants to show these picks into gamers.
There is loads of time to dissect what Douglas would possibly do in subsequent month’s draft, however we thought it could be instructive to have a look again at Douglas’ first two draft courses to see if there are any detectable trends in what Douglas seems for from faculty prospects. Douglas has made 19 draft picks in all. Here’s a breakdown:
Douglas has drafted solely three gamers from non-Power Five conferences. The most notable is quarterback Zach Wilson, the No. 2 general choose in 2021. While BYU is just not in an impartial and doesn’t play in a significant convention, it hardly qualifies as a small program. The different two gamers from non-Power Fives are quarterback James Morgan from Florida International and offensive lineman Cameron Clark from Charlotte, each drafted within the fourth spherical in 2020. These are Conference USA colleges, so that they actually usually are not soccer powers, however they don’t seem to be FCS or Division II groups. Douglas has not drafted any gamers from exterior the FBS.
So, don’t search for any small-school sleepers when you find yourself determining the Jets’ draft plans.
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Captain, my captain
Douglas and coach Robert Saleh (and earlier than him Adam Gase) talk about a participant’s character very often. Saleh and Douglas discuss wanting gamers who love soccer. Douglas has adopted via on that in his draft execution. Eleven of the 19 gamers the Jets have drafted prior to now two years have been crew captains in faculty.
There have been some headlines about Wilson earlier than final 12 months’s draft as a result of he initially was not a captain at BYU, however he later was made a captain after he received the beginning job for the Cougars. Wilson was elected a Jets crew captain as a rookie.
The cut up between offense and protection is remarkably even. Douglas has taken 9 offensive gamers and 9 defensive gamers with punter Braden Mann because the lone particular groups consultant.
What stands out, although, is how Douglas has prioritized offense early and protection later within the draft. Douglas has used all 5 of his first- — and second-round picks on offensive gamers — Mekhi Becton, Denzel Mims, Wilson, Alijah Vera-Tucker and Elijah Moore. In 2021, he used his first 4 draft picks on offense. He then went heavy on protection within the later rounds. The earliest he has taken a defensive participant is the third spherical when he drafted defensive finish Jabari Zuniga and security Ashtyn Davis in 2020.
It will likely be attention-grabbing to see if Douglas turns to protection earlier in 2022 after the Jets’ protection completed thirty second within the NFL final 12 months.
While Douglas has targeting offense early within the draft, the place group he has drafted probably the most is on protection. He has taken 5 defensive backs, however none sooner than the third spherical (Davis). He drafted three cornerbacks within the fifth and sixth rounds final 12 months. The subsequent place group he has drafted probably the most is offensive line with three choices, utilizing first-round picks on Becton and Vera-Tucker. He has drafted two large receivers, two defensive linemen, two operating backs, two quarterbacks, two linebackers and a punter.
It is notable that Douglas has not drafted a decent finish. It appears unlikely he’ll once more this 12 months after signing C.J. Uzomah and Tyler Conklin in free company.
Douglas has made three draft-day trades in every of his two drafts. The most notable commerce got here in 2021 when he traded up from No. 23 to 14 to get Vera-Tucker. He parted methods with two third-round picks along with the No. 23 choose to maneuver up and get the guard.
Douglas is armed with 9 picks. It wouldn’t be stunning to see him attempt to maneuver across the board with these picks and probably choose up further picks in 2023.
Speed on the surface
Looking on the 40-yard sprint instances for the Jets draft picks, it’s clear Douglas needs burners at large receiver and cornerback. Looking on the two receivers, Mims ran a 4.38 40 and Moore ran a 4.35. At cornerback, Michael Carter II (4.36), Jason Pinnock (4.45) and Brandin Echols (4.36) all ran quick instances. Bryce Hall didn’t run as a result of he was injured. Becton turned heads with a 5.10 40 on the 2020 mix, a outstanding time for a 370-pound man.
Douglas has taken some gambles on gamers who have been injured in faculty, however not sooner than the third spherical. The greatest gamble he made was on Hall, who missed most of his final 12 months at Virginia with a foul ankle damage. Hall grew to become a starter within the second half of his rookie season and has proven promise for the Jets.