The draft, which was scheduled to take place in Las Vegas, was successfully completed virtually from the homes of coaches, general managers and other front-office staff because of the coronavirus pandemic.
Here's a pick-by-pick look at how each player New York has selected will fit.
Round 1, No. 11 overall: Mekhi Becton, OT, Louisville
My take: Becton's drug test at the NFL scouting combine was flagged, but the risk-reward was too good for the Jets to ignore. Listed at 6-foot-7, 364 pounds, Becton has the highest upside of any tackle in the draft, according to some scouts. With tackles Jedrick Willis Jr. and Andrew Thomas off the board, this became a no-brainer. The Jets could have opted for a wide receiver -- they were tempted by CeeDee Lamb and Henry Ruggs III -- but they made the right call by locking down Sam Darnold's blind side. This was a long time coming. The Jets most recently took an offensive lineman in the first round in 2006, when they doubled down with tackle D'Brickashaw Ferguson and center Nick Mangold. The line rebuild, promised by general manager Joe Douglas, appears complete.
Mountain man: Becton was a three-year starter at Louisville (21 games at left tackle, 12 at right tackle). He showed tremendous improvement in 2019, demonstrating elite skill to go with his rare size. He ran the 40-yard dash in 5.11 seconds, making him the heaviest player to run below 5.2 at the combine since 2006. NFL Network draft analyst Daniel Jeremiah, a former scout, said Becton and Indianapolis Colts standout guard Quenton Nelson are the two best finishers in the running game that he has evaluated since 2003. This pick will make running back Le'Veon Bell happy. Becton allowed only five sacks in three seasons. The flagged drug test makes you wonder about his decision-making; he reportedly never flunked a test in college. His weight has gone as high as 380. Alert the team nutritionist.
Strength in numbers: When the Jets began the offseason, they had only three experienced linemen under contract. Now they have numbers and flexibility. Imagine that. They can start Becton at right tackle and keep newcomer George Fant at left tackle -- or vice versa. This is the kind of flexibility that Douglas covets. The projected guards are Alex Lewis and newcomer Greg Van Roten or Brian Winters. Connor McGovern, the most important addition, is expected to play center. Suddenly, the once-maligned line looks -- dare we say it? -- solid. For a change, it has legitimate depth.
Round 2, No. 59 overall: Denzel Mims, WR, Baylor
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My take: Say hello to the new Robby Anderson. At 6-foot-3, 207 pounds, Mims is tall, lean and fast (a blistering 4.38 in the 40-yard dash at the scouting combine). The Jets took him after trading down 11 spots with the Seahawks and picking up a third-rounder in the process, so kudos to Douglas for maximizing value. The question is: Can Mims contribute as a rookie? He's still a raw talent, and he comes from an unsophisticated passing offense in which he basically ran one-cut routes. The Jets were impressed by his Senior Bowl performance, which factored into this decision. Mims caught 66 passes for 1,020 yards and 12 touchdowns in 2019. He should be a red zone factor for Darnold. In Mims and Breshad Perriman, the Jets have two big targets who have world-class speed. They will see a lot of Cover 2, which could open up the running game. Scouts like Mims' long-term potential, but this might take time.
Round 3, No. 68 overall: Ashtyn Davis, S, California
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My take: A safety? It's one of the Jets' strongest positions, with Jamal Adams and Marcus Maye. But take a closer look: Adams' contract situation could get messy, and Maye, the free safety, is entering the final year of his contract. Davis is a free safety, a pure center fielder with seven career interceptions. He's a Gregg Williams kind of player: tough, fiery and fast. He's a former walk-on in two sports (track) and a terrific special-teams player. He's a former cornerback, so he brings versatility and could contribute in a "big nickel" package. Basically, he can play anywhere, which appeals to the defensive coordinator. One concern: Davis had groin surgery in December and didn't perform at the scouting combine. Without a pro day, he had no official 40 time, so he made a tape of himself doing positional drills and sent it to teams.
Round 3, No. 79 overall: Jabari Zuniga, DE, Florida
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My take: You're probably thinking, "Oh, no, not another Jachai Polite." Don't worry, he isn't. Unlike his former Florida teammate, a third-round bust last season for the Jets, Zuniga is "a great kid," according to a personnel source. Don't worry about an attitude problem. Zuniga's issue is staying healthy. He played through injuries in 2017 and played just six games last season because of a high-ankle sprain. When healthy, he was highly productive: 18.5 career sacks and 34.5 tackles for loss. He's 6-foot-3, 264 pounds, and he ran the second-fastest 40-yard dash by a defensive lineman at the scouting combine (4.64).
For years, the Jets have been using Day 2 and Day 3 picks on edge rushers, hoping to strike gold. Will Zuniga end the slump? Hey, it was worth a shot. He was a solid value in the third round. "I definitely consider myself the steal of the draft," Zuniga said.
What's next: It'll be a busy Day 3 for the Jets, who have six picks. They picked up two fourth-round choices in a trade with the New England Patriots (yes, the Patriots!), giving Douglas a chance to build roster depth. He needs to address deficiencies at cornerback and running back (depth). Don't be surprised if the Jets take a developmental quarterback. Coach Adam Gase is looking to add competition behind Darnold.
Round 4, No. 120 overall: La'Mical Perine, RB, Florida
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My take: This addresses a major depth question at running back. Perine will get a chance to be the No. 2 behind Le'Veon Bell, who likely is entering his final season with the Jets. It's premature to say Perine is the heir apparent, but his style is similar to that of Bell. He's a physical runner at 5-foot-11, 216 pounds, and he can catch the ball (40 receptions, five touchdowns in 2019), an important trait on a Gase-coached team. Perine's problem is that he lacks speed -- 4.62 in the 40-yard dash. The Jets really could have used a speed back to complement Bell's bruising style. Perine was a grinder at Florida, rushing for a team-high 676 yards on 5.1 per carry. He was a team captain.
Round 4, No. 125 overall: James Morgan, QB, FIU
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My take: The Jets wanted to add another quarterback in the pipeline, someone who could develop into Darnold's primary backup. This gives the Jets four quarterbacks, with veteran David Fales and Mike White also on the depth chart. Chances are, they will carry three, with Morgan holding the clipboard as the No. 3. Morgan, who grew up near Lambeau Field in Green Bay, has the size (6-foot-4), smarts and arm strength -- a good foundation. He must work on his accuracy and decision-making. In 37 college starts (24 at FIU, 13 at Bowling Green), he threw 65 touchdowns and 34 interceptions. He idolized Pro Football Hall of Fame QB Brett Favre as a kid, which might explain his gunslinger mentality. The Jets came into the day looking to add a project at quarterback. The fourth round is a bit early for Morgan, considering the Jets' other needs, but Douglas recognizes the importance of a good backup QB. He was a member of the Philadelphia Eagles' front office when Nick Foles led them to a Super Bowl.
Round 4, No. 129 overall: Cameron Clark, OT, Charlotte
My take: Yes, another tackle. Clark will join first-round pick Mekhi Becton on the Jets' new-look offensive line. Clark and Becton actually know each other, as they worked out in the same facility this offseason. Clark (6-foot-5, 308 pounds) projects as a developmental player. He was a three-year starter and a two-time captain for Charlotte, where he gained attention for his performance in a 2019 game against Clemson. The Jets should have decent depth at tackle, with George Fant and Chuma Edoga and the two rookies.
Round 5, No. 158 overall: Bryce Hall, CB, Virginia
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My take: They waited too long to take a cornerback, a need position. Hall is a medical risk, as he underwent ankle surgery last October and missed the remainder of the season. Before the injury, he was trending upward as a top prospect. In 2018, the 6-foot-1 Hall broke up 24 passes. He was a four-year starter and finished his career with five interceptions. Like the three previous picks, he was a team captain. He will join a cornerback room that includes several unproven players. Aside from Pierre Desir and Brian Poole, the Jets are hurting for seasoned corners.
Round 6, No. 191 overall: Braden Mann, P, Texas A&M
My take: The Jets don't expect to punt as much as they did last season -- a league-high 87 -- but they still needed to upgrade the position. Mann, easily the best punter in the draft, was the Ray Guy Award winner in 2018. He numbers dipped last season, but his career gross average was just under 49 yards. He also handled kickoffs in college, producing a 66-percent touchback rate. Incumbent Lachlan Edwards, a free agent, won't be re-signed.