In most divisions in the NFL, we see teams dominate for a couple of seasons before giving way to another team to take over for a while. It’s all part of the business of a league where the salary cap dictates the rise and fall of many teams. One of the exceptions to the rule is the AFC East, which has been dominated by the New England Patriots, who have won it in each of the past 11 seasons. With Tom Brady now out of the picture and getting ready to play with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, there is a sense that we might be about to see a shift in the balance of power. The New York Jets appear to be well off the pace at the moment, but let’s take a look at their 2020 NFL Draft picks to see if they might just be edging closer and which are their odds to win the Super Bowl LV.
NFL New York Jets SB Odds & Analysis After Draft
Every season, we see a couple of players emerge as what you would call risky 1st round picks. These players tend to fall into the high-risk high-reward category, which is the direction that the Jets went with OT Mekhi Becton out of Louisville. He was not in the top 5 highest ranked at this position in the draft, plus his drug test was flagged at the combine. That aside, this is definitely a player worth taking a risk with.
The New York Jets traded down to get into this spot, where they took WR Denzel Mims out of Baylor. Mims is big and fast and should prove to be a very good weapon for Sam Darnold. Mims lit it up in the Senior Bowl, which upped his stock, but he is still a little rough around the edges, so it is going to be interesting to see how much he contributes in year one.
After the trade with the Seattle Seahawks to get that 2nd round pick, the Jets ended up with an extra pick in the 3rd round. One of the positions where the Jets look solid is at safety, and while taking S Ashtyn Davis looks like a bit of a waste, we need to remember that their two safeties are potentially going to be in sticky contract negotiations a year from now. With their second pick in the 3rd round, the Jets went with DE Jabari Zuniga, and while the Jets love the character of this kid, there are some concerns about his injury woes.
This was a busy round for the Jets, as they had 3 picks to make here. They started by going with RB La’Mical Perine out of Florida. They needed a legit #2 behind LeVeon Bell, and they may have got it with Perine. Similar to the RB situation, the Jets were looking for a QB that they could develop into a #2 behind Darnold. They went with James Morgan out of FIU.
With their final pick in the 4th round, the Jets selected OT Cameron Clark out of Charlotte. This is more of a depth pick, although Clark does have some serious upside.
This may well have been the poorest pick for the Jets in this draft. They desperately needed a CB, and while they got one in Bryce Hall out of Virginia, this is a guy coming off a major ankle injury.
The Jets punted a lot last year, and not always with great success, so it was no surprise that they looked to upgrade at the position by taking P Braden Mann out of Texas A&M.
This was, for the most part, a very good draft for the New York Jets, but it does not change the fact that they are a team in rebuild. They are in at +6600 to win the Super Bowl.