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Covid boredom really hit today, so I took my shot at the Jets Offseason.  For the draft I used Profootballnetwork.

Re-signings

Brian Poole: 2 years $12 million.  Hes just a good player who the team knows and is worth keeping.

Marcus Maye:  4 years $50 million.  I don’t love him as a player but he is good, can play centerfield role in this defense and again is a known commodity as far as work ethic.

 

Free Agency

As much as I like Bud Dupree, I dont think he fits this defense, so I didnt spend on a true edge rusher.

Offensive Line:  We have enough holes and there are enough guys who fit, that I expect JD to have one big FA signing on the OL.  I am fine with Fant at $9 million and think he is a good fit in this scheme so im focusing on the interior OL.

 Lindsey or Thuney, at approximately $14/million over 5 years for either of them (Lindsey would likely be a little lower then Thuney but $1/2 million isn’t a big deal to ensure we get an elite player to join the OL).

Running Back:  Personally Im not against Etienne or Najee with our second round pick, but I don’t see that being the organizational philosophy.

Jamal Williams – he is going to come cheaper then any other RB on the market who has his skillset as a RB, receiver and pass protector.  He also has never fumbled.  I think even with a slight “overspend” of 3 years $12 million he is worth it to pair with Ty Johnson and a Rookie

Wide Receiver:  I think this is close to IOL as the best match of skillset, need and where the originating team is cash strapped.

Curtis Samuel – 4 years at $14 per should land someone like Samuel who can give us the versatile, game breaking player that we basically have never had.  He fits perfectly into this scheme, can play legit RB and run the type of plays (jet sweep, etc) that Crowder just cant. 

 

WILL LB:  We could go with a younger player here but that will involve a longer commitment and Id like to see a shorter contract for a veteran who can produce in this defense and help out the younger players.

KJ Wright: 2 years $7 million per year.  Yes hes on the other side of 30 but he fits what we are missing wont tie up 2023 and beyond cap.

Defensive End - As I mentioned earlier, I dont see this FA position as having a player worth spending big money on

Kerry Hyder:  2 year $8 million – knows the system and wont cost a lot. 

Corner Back – I think we use a draft pick here but I don’t see us investing in a pass rusher as the market is just so iffy at the position and very expensive, so Id rather spend on another short, veteran contract.

Jason Verrett: 2 years $12 million.  Experience in the system and somewhat of a good value given his injury risk. 

Trade

Trading Sam Darnold for the Bears 2nd round pick, #52.  I loved the Sam pick and the time and do think Gase’s ineptitude hastened his decline, but I just don’t see him getting it all together and a 2nd round pick is a good return when we could get nothing in a year.

Draft

2 Zach Wilson QB – Wilson is a great fit in this offense and has the arm to play in the northeast in the winter.  I know hes a divisive player, but I think this is where JD goes.

23 Joseph Ossai  -  Texas – Finding a legit speed rusher isn’t easy, and Ossai has the upside that he’s worth taking with an extra first rounder.

34 Jaylen Mayfield-  OL Michigan – Mayfield is the athletic, versatile OL that can be developed as a possible starting guard, or replacement for Fant at RT in 2022

52 Asante Samuel-  CB FSU – Samuel is a good value at a spot of need at this point

66 Chax Surratt - OLB UNC.  Jabril Cox went one pick before us here who I like significantly better, but Surratt is the speedy, coverage LB that we need for this defense.

86:  Hunter Long - TE Boston College  - Long can block and catch and can be an excellent fit in 2 TE sets with Herndon who can also block better then he gets credit for

107 Chubba Hubbard – RB OSU we need to keep trying to hit on mid-round RBs and Hubbard was the best one still on the board

147 Shaka Toney - Edge Penn State – keep trying to hit on the edge rushers

155 Alaric Jackson -OT Iowa – development OT who can play in an athletic system

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I admire the effort. Good players in FA. I hate Zach Wilson and I have other edge options I prefer over Ossai. I like Mayfield and I think he is a strong possibility at that spot. I like Samuel, but I think he's a slot corner, so he is redundant with the Poole signing. 

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27 minutes ago, maury77 said:

I admire the effort. Good players in FA. I hate Zach Wilson and I have other edge options I prefer over Ossai. I like Mayfield and I think he is a strong possibility at that spot. I like Samuel, but I think he's a slot corner, so he is redundant with the Poole signing. 

I hear ya on Asante, as far as likely being a slot CB.

Who do you like as edge rushers over Ossai?

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55 minutes ago, BCJet said:

I hear ya on Asante, as far as likely being a slot CB.

Who do you like as edge rushers over Ossai?

For the Jets scheme? Phillips, Rousseau, Tryon, Pat Jones. I like Ossai more in a 3-4. 

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For RB... possibly our 2nd rounder (or maybe another 2nd rounder we get in a possible tradeback) 

RB Javonte Williams, North Carolina 

5'10, 220lbs (runs a 4.4-4.5 40) runs very violently, gets comparisons to Nick Chubb and Aaron Jones 

 

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Not for nothing, but I think it’s BS that BCJets mock off-season gets kicked off the main board, but other posters get to keep their mock offseason’s on the main board


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22 hours ago, BCJet said:

I hear ya on Asante, as far as likely being a slot CB.

Who do you like as edge rushers over Ossai?

Jaelan Phillips, Miami 

A consensus 5-star recruit, Miami EDGE Jaelan Phillips played his first two seasons at UCLA before transferring to Miami where everything came together in 2020. Phillips was flashy at UCLA but played a modest amount of snaps across 11 games in two seasons. Ankle, wrist, and concussion issues limited his time on the field for UCLA before his move to Miami. Phillips’ performance in 2020 was exactly what the Bruins thought they were getting in the former prized recruit. A balanced defender, Phillips is a playmaker against the run and pass, where his exciting blend of size, length, power, technique, and athleticism make him a challenge for offenses to neutralize. Phillips is a versatile player that has experience playing with his hand in the dirt on the edge, rushing from interior alignments, and playing in space in a standup role—which makes him a fit for all teams in the NFL. The areas of concern for Phillips entering the NFL are playing with better pad level, developing consistency with his hand technique, and becoming more consistent reducing his surface area while establishing a half-man relationship with his opponents as a pass rusher. Phillips has all the makings of an impact defender at the next level, although a large sample size of high-level production in college would have been preferred. 

Ideal Role: Starting 4-3 DE/3-4 OLB.

Scheme Fit: Phillips is scheme-versatile with equal appeal to even and odd front teams. 

FILM EVALUATION
Written by Joe Marino 

Games watched: Louisville (2020), Clemson (2020), NC State (2020), Virginia Tech (2020), Duke (2020) 

Best Game Studied: NC State (2020) 

Worst Game Studied: Louisville (2020) 

First-Step Explosiveness: Phillips is smooth releasing out of his stance, pairing a quick first step with the ability to gain depth to start his rush. He is experienced operating from both a three- and two-point stance, with neither revealing issues with false steps or tardy releases. The issue with his first step is a bad tendency of not keeping his pads low, robbing him of burst, and exposing his frame to blockers. 

Flexibility: Phillips has more flexibility in his hips and ankles than expected for an edge rusher with his body composition. He’s fully capable of cornering the outside edge track while turning a tight angle. There is some tightness in his upper body that limits his ability to reduce his surface area and he offers a fair amount of pads to blockers to get their hands on him.  

Hand Counters: Phillips has good variety when it comes to the pass rush moves he executes well, including a cross/swim, spin, one-arm stab, and dip/rip among others. With that said, timing and placement with his hands is still a work in progress and there are reps where his hands are late to activate. Phillips isn’t deficient in hand technique and combatting skills, he just has room for growth that will make him an even more effective player.  

Length: Philips has the ideal length for playing on the edge. With that said, he can develop his hand usage more effectively and his length will become a bigger asset for him. For now, his length mostly shows up as a tackler, where it allows him to finish outside of his frame and extend. He’s also deliberate about using his length to get his hands up and take away throwing windows from the quarterback. 

Hand Power: Phillips has good pop in his hands and when his punch is deployed with proper timing and placement, it will stun blockers and open up options for him to defeat the block. On long and late downs, the pop and suddenness in Phillips’ hands are impressive. 

Run Defending: Phillips is a very good run defender that does a great job of maintaining outside leverage and stringing out plays. He has the functional strength to set a firm edge and squeeze gaps. He’s outstanding from the backside to contain and then commit in pursuit. Overall, Phillips understands how to defend the run and his role in the defense. 

Effort: Phillips plays with terrific hustle and urgency on every snap. He’s aggressive in backside pursuit and will chase from distance. There are reps where he finds himself on the ground and he quickly battles to find his footing and get back into the play. There are no questions with his motor. 

Football IQ: Despite a limited amount of reps entering 2020, Phillips showed a strong understanding of diagnosing plays and his role on the defense. He played well throughout the 2020 season but really started to hit his stride during and after the Clemson game, four games into the year. His ability to acclimate and illustrate growth throughout the season speaks to his football intelligence. That said, penalties were a bit of an issue in 2020. 

Lateral Mobility: Phillips is loose and agile working laterally in backside pursuit or working toward the sideline. While it wasn’t a regular part of his role, Phillips did have a few zone coverage drops in each game that I watched where he looked comfortable moving in all directions and playing in space.  

Versatility: Phillips is a scheme-versatile prospect that I can see having success as a 4-3 defensive end or standing up as a 3-4 outside linebacker. Miami gave him plenty of chances to operate with his hand in the dirt and from a two-point stance. Phillips has playmaking ability as a pass rusher and run defender, enabling him to make an impact on every down. 

Prospect Comparison: Trey Hendrickson (2017 NFL Draft, New Orleans Saints)

SCOUT GRADES
TDN Consensus: 87.75 / 100

Kyle Crabbs: 88.00/100

Joe Marino: 84.50/100

Jordan Reid: 85.00/100

Drae Harris: 85.00/100

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