Attacking The Offseason – New York Jets

Written by Jordan Merritt @jordm87 on Twitter

Free Agency

Bring back – Marcus Maye and Laurent Duvernay-Tardiff

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Re-signing safety Marcus Maye would be a good move for the Jets in the secondary. Injury derailed his 2021 season, but Maye still can be an important player. He knows the Jets scheme and brings experience at the age of 29. It’s risky after the Achilles injury but his salary price should be a lot lower because of this.

The Chiefs letting guard Laurent Duvarney-Tardiff leave just before the trade deadline was a little surprising. The Jets capitalised on this by snapping him up. Starting the last 6 games of the season LDT improved the offensive line, protecting rookie QB Zach Wilson significantly. It could be out of the Jets hands as the 30 year old ponders his future, with him potentially following his other career path as a doctorate in medicine. If he does decide to come back to football, the Jets should snap him up.

Bring in –David Njoku and Patrick Peterson

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David Njoku has been criminally underused for most of his time in Cleveland. The Jets need a tight end who is a reliable pass catcher and Njoku is that guy. He has the speed to get downfield and is excellent in contested catches. It may take a bit of money to pick up Njoku, but they have decent cap space to make a play.

Yes, Patrick Peterson will be 32 years old before the season starts, but he still has a little left in the tank. Getting the veteran in on a 1-year deal wouldn't break the bank and it would add some experience to the position. With a young group of cornerbacks in the building, it could be an excellent move in also learning from one of the best to play the position.

The Draft

Round 1 Pick 4 – Andrew Booth Jr, CB, Clemson

Improving that offensive line is high on the list, so taking tackle Ikem Ekonwu was something worth considering. The Jets secondary is a mess and It has to be the first choice, especially if the Jets resign LDT. Although Stingley Jr could well be the better prospect, there are too many red lights regarding him. The Jets need a day 1 starter without any questions and Andrew Booth Jr is that guy. He will still be a good fit for Saleh’s scheme as well as Stingley.

Round 1 Pick 10 – George Karlaftis, Edge, Purdue

With a player like George Karlaftis still on the board at 10, it would be criminal not to make him a Jet. Karlaftis nicknamed the ‘Greek Freak’ would be a dominant force from the edge. His size and athleticism are at a high level and he still, has lots of room to improve. If Karlaftis happened to be gone I wouldn’t be inclined to take David Ojabo, despite being a raw talent.

Round 2 Pick 35 – Jahan Dotson, WR, Penn State

Giving Wilson more reliable targets is something that needs to happen in FA, the draft or both Crowder, Barrios and Cole are hitting FA (probably at least one coming back) and Davis has had a stop-start first year with the Jets due to injuries. Jahan Dotson is a big time playmaker with unbelievable body control that would make for a reliable weapon for Wilson.

Round 2 Pick 38 – Lewis Cine, S, Georgia

A few guys were on the board that I could argue the case for. Texas A&M tight end Jalen Wydermyer and Alabama linebacker Christian Harris. Safety Lewis Cine has caught a lot of traction in 2021, especially with his performance in the play-off final. Cine is excellent in stopping the run and is good enough in pass coverage. He will be asked to improve more at the next level but he can start straight away in the Jets backfield.

Round 3 Pick 69 – Abraham Lucas, OT, Washington State

Abraham Lucas is a monster offensive tackle that moves extremely well. Lucas has the potential to be a starter at RT for the Jets. There is still work to be done, such as being all around more aggressive. Robert Saleh will get a closer look at Lucas at the Senior Bowl.

Round 4 Pick 108 - Terrel Bernard, LB, Baylor

Terrel Bernard is another player Saleh will see at the Senior Bowl. Although undersized at the position, Bernard is still a playmaker. He gets off blocks well and has great speed, which is on show when used in blitz packages.

Round 4 Pick 114 - Jeremy Ruckert, TE, Ohio State

If the Buckeyes tight end Jeremy Ruckert is still here in the 4th round, rush to the phone to call the pick in. Ruckert is not only a solid receiver, he also has value as a blocker. Yes, some things need ironing out and not a lot of production. When he has been called upon, he looks like an exciting prospect.

Round 5 Pick 145 - Brian Robinson Jr., RB, Alabama

Michael Carter has been a great pickup in the 2021 draft for the Jets. Carter was a round 4 selection and when it comes to running backs, you have a decent chance to grab a late steal. Alabama's Brian Robinson Jr. has had to bide his time behind many top Bama RBs. 2021 he has shown that he has the ability. A big-bodied RB, he would be useful in short yardage and as a 3rd down back.

Round 5 Pick 162 - Jaylen Watson, CB, Washington State

Yet another player that the Jets will have eyes on at the Senior Bowl. Jaylen Watson has great length and makes plays on the ball. He would make a good plug and play guy in Saleh's defensive scheme.

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