NFL Draft

Jets select five more players on Saturday

Admin - April 25, 2020

GM Joe Douglas and Co. had six selections going into the last day of the 2020 NFL Draft. They used five of them, as the last one (#211 overall) was traded to the Colts in exchange for CB Quincy Wilson.

Early in the fourth round (#120 overall) the Gang Green selected RB La'Mical Perine from Florida, effectively ending RB Bilal Powell's career with the Jets. Douglas had chosen not to re-sign Powell, the longest tenured Jet, so it became highly probable that running back would be one of the Jets' selections in this draft. Perine, 5'11", 216 lbs, should become a solid 3rd down back. He amassed 2,285 yards in 4 seasons in Florida, scoring 22 rushing touchdowns along the way. He also caught 40 passes for 262 yards, 5 TDs in his senior season, which makes him a dual threat.

Five selections later the Jets went offense again. They drafted QB James Morgan from FIU. Morgan, 6'4", 215 lbs, has a prototypical size for a QB, great arm strength and mobility. He started his NCAA career at Bowling Green and later transferred to FIU. He completed 61.5% of his passes for a total of 5,312 yards, 40 TDs, 12 INTs in two seasons at FIU. He's a raw prospect who will need to do a lot of work before becoming a solid NFL backup QB.

Douglas decided to add another offensive lineman with the last of the three fourth round picks. The Jets selected OT Cameron Clark from Charlotte at #129 overall. Clark, 6'4", 308 lbs, was his team's offensive MVP in 2017 when he started in 8 games at left tackle. He then started in 12 games in 2018 and in 13 games in 2019, all at the left tackle position. You can never have enough offensive linemen (the Jets had quite a few of them injured last year), so adding another one was really a no brainer.

The Gang Green selected CB Bryce Hall from Virginia in the 5th round (#158 overall). Hall, 6'1", 202 lbs, is a solid backup who could eventually challenge for a starting spot. He had 5 INTs and 38 defended passes in 4 seasons at Virginia. He had his best year as a junior in 2018 when he intercepted 2 passes, defended 21 (best in NCAA), and forced 2 fumbles. He suffered an ankle injury in his senior year, which could have been the only reason why he dropped so low in the draft.

In the sixth round (#191 overall) the Jets addressed their need on special teams, as they selected P Braden Mann from Texas A&M. Mann, 5'11", 198 lbs, averaged 47.1 yards per punt as a senior, which ranked him in the top 5 nationally. He also had 7 tackles in coverage and placed 26 of 57 punts placed inside the 20. Mann can also handle kickoff duties, one of the reasons why the Jets decided to select him. This obviously means that P Lachlan Edwards will not be back with the Gang Green.

The Jets used their last selection to acquire CB Quincy Wilson from Indianapolis. Wilson, 6'2", 193 lbs, is a former 2nd round selection. He started in 10 games in 3 seasons for the Colts but none last season. He has 2 career interceptions and 8 defended passes. The Jets are quite thin at the cornerback position, so any live body might do at this point.