USA TODAY Sports Weekly - - Mock draft - Bridge­wa­ter


The Jets missed out on the Kirk Cousins sweep­stakes and had to set­tle for Teddy Bridge­wa­ter and re­sign­ing Josh McCown. While Bridge­wa­ter is still young, the Jets traded up to the third pick in the first round with the pos­si­bil­ity of draft­ing a quar­ter­back.

Of­fen­sive tackle

Kelvin Beachum might be good at left tackle, but right side is a ques­tion, with Bran­don Shell and Brent Qvale strug­gling. Us­ing a Day 2 pick on some­one with left tackle po­ten­tial would be ideal.

Run­ning back

Matt Forte re­tired and Isa­iah Crow­ell was signed to pro­vide a be­tween-the-tackle run­ner. Look­ing to im­prove their 19th-ranked rush­ing at­tack, the Jets will look to draft an­other run­ning back to go with Crow­ell and their best back, Bi­lal Pow­ell.


Wes­ley John­son was the 35th-rated cen­ter ac­cord­ing to Pro Foot­ball Fo­cus. Spencer Long and Travis Swan­son were signed, but that might be viewed more of a depth move.

De­fen­sive end

Find­ing an ath­letic pass rusher to come off the edge would do won­ders for this de­fense and com­ple­ment those tal­ented in­te­rior pass rush­ers.


For Todd Bowles’ scheme to work, he needs an elite cover corner, and the Jets are hop­ing the sign­ing of Tru­maine John­son can pro­vide that. Com­bined with Mor­ris Claiborne re-sign­ing, the Jets are set with their starters but could use a young de­vel­op­men­tal player to groom and even­tu­ally re­place Claiborne.

Wide re­ceiver

Robby An­der­son and Jer­maine Kearse, along the three rook­ies, give the Jets some qual­ity re­ceivers. What they lack is a big re­ceiver who can win jump balls and help move the chains. There are an abun­dance of 6-3 or taller re­ceivers in this draft.

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