The NFL’s offseason meat market (aka pre-draft analysis course of) begins in earnest at Senior Bowl week in Cellular, Ala., the place prospects might be dissected with the hope of uncovering future contributors. Breaking information: The Jets roster wants loads of upgrades.
Here is a have a look at 5 gamers to control this week:
1. Wyoming QB Josh Allen
Allen was the third wheel within the Sam Darnold-Josh Allen lovefest this season, however some NFL expertise evaluators imagine he may be one of the best of the bunch when it is all stated and performed. His 6-5, 233-pound body and tantalizing upside would possibly flip him into the No. 1 choose in a couple of months. Scouts know higher than to obsess over his less-than-stellar statistics. Though he solely threw for five,066 yards and 44 touchdowns in his profession, together with only a 56 p.c completion charge up to now two seasons, his ability set and potential are by way of the roof.
Allen was woeful towards Energy 5 opponents in his profession, however that was in all probability as a lot a perform of a subpar supporting forged as the rest. He performed in a pro-style system throwing to receivers operating pro-style routes. The Jets might be available in the market for a sign caller with the No. 6 choose relying on how issues shake out in free company.
2. Oklahoma QB Baker Mayfield
The Heisman Trophy winner may be essentially the most polarizing participant within the draft. Mayfield’s numbers soar off the web page — he threw one fewer landing go this season than Allen did in three seasons, for Pete’s sake — however there are truthful questions on his comparatively small dimension (6-1, 220 kilos) and maturity. There are additionally authentic issues if Mayfield could make a profitable transition from a variety system to a pro-style scheme.
Mayfield might be cross-examined by all quarterback-needy groups just like the Jets about his off-field choices, together with his arrest final February for public intoxication. There’s little doubt that Mayfield possesses management qualities — his teammates love him — however would he have the ability to survive within the crucible that comes with enjoying in New York/New Jersey? (Word: The Broncos, who choose simply forward the Jets at No. 5, might be teaching Mayfield and Allen for the North crew in the course of the week.)
three. Texas-San Antonio DE Marcus Davenport
The Jets’ greatest want apart from quarterback would possibly simply be go rusher. They want a presence that may persistently get residence. Leonard Williams, who performed effectively after his ailing wrist calmed down within the second half of the season, might use some assist. Davenport in all probability wasn’t in your radar three months in the past, however search for his public inventory to soar throughout this analysis course of. The 6-7, 255-pounder had eight ½ sacks and 17 ½ tackles for loss final season, however NFL evaluators might be paying shut consideration to how he fares towards stiffer competitors this week. Might he be that edge man who wreaks havoc for Todd Bowles?
four. San Diego State CB Kameron Kelly
It is no secret that the Jets want upgrades at cornerback. In a great world, Gang Inexperienced would like to re-sign Morris Claiborne and add a real No. 1 cornerback in free company. Regardless, Kelly is an attention-grabbing choice given his dimension and flexibility. The 6-2, 200-pounder made a pleasant transition from security to cornerback this season. Senior Bowl week might be pivotal for Kelly, who might be an attention-grabbing mid-round choice if he impresses this week. Talking of cornerbacks, additionally control Southern’s Danny Johnson.
5. San Diego State RB Rashaad Penny and Arizona State RB Kalen Ballage
The Jets might be available in the market for backfield upgrades. Veteran Matt Forte might be gone. Bilal Powell is creeping up on 30. Mike Maccagnan and Todd Bowles might be evaluating choices to deliver extra juice to an offense that languished within the backside third of practically each statistical class. The 5-11, 220-pound Penny might be a punisher for Gang Inexperienced. Ballage was within the shadows for a lot of his collegiate profession (fewer than 10 carries per recreation), however he may be a Day three steal.