Jets NFL Mock Draft 2.0: Caleb Farley may be too good to pass up

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The Jets’ first pick is clear. Now, the focus is on what they will do with No. 23 and No. 34 overall. Jets general manager Joe Douglas has a number of different directions he can go with the picks.

In our second seven-round NFL mock draft of the year, we fill two giant needs with those picks. We used The Draft Network’s mock draft machine this week to determine who would be available at the Jets’ spots. Dane Brugler’s Draft Guide on The Athletic was used for some of the statistics and scouting points. Here is our draft:

Round 1 (pick 2 overall) — QB Zach Wilson, BYU

This pick does not need much explanation. Let’s get on to the interesting ones.

Round 1 (pick 23) — CB Caleb Farley, Virginia Tech

There is an injury risk here that might scare Douglas away. He just had back surgery in March but recently said that doctors told him he would be ready for training camp. If not for the surgery, he may have been the first or second cornerback taken this year. A former high school quarterback, Farley is a freak athlete who could solve the hole at cornerback for the Jets. He opted out of the 2020 season and has only played the position for two years after moving there as a college sophomore. Still, his athletic ability may be too good to pass up.

Round 2 (pick 34) — C/G Landon Dickerson, Alabama

The doctors could make this one impossible. Dickerson has had major injury issues in college with four of his five seasons ending with an injury. He started his career at Florida State, becoming the first true freshman lineman to start there since 1982. He has torn the ACL in both knees, including the left one in November. Ankle injuries ended two other seasons. If the doctors OK the pick, Dickerson could be a steal. The Jets could use him at either guard or center.

Round 3 (pick 66) — LB Jabril Cox, LSU

Cox spent his first four seasons at North Dakota State before transferring to LSU last year. He is very good in coverage (nine career interceptions), something the Jets need in Robert Saleh’s defense. He was a team captain (something Douglas looks for) in his one year with the Tigers.

Round 3 (pick 86) — RB Michael Carter, North Carolina

The Jets need to add to the running-back room and Carter is an intriguing prospect. He is small (5-foot-7) so he won’t be doing a lot of work between the tackles, but is capable of making big plays (23 plays of 20 yards-plus in 2020).

Round 4 (pick 107) — EDGE Victor Dimukeje, Duke

One pick after taking a Tar Heel, we go down the road for a Blue Devil. Dimukeje started 49 consecutive games at Duke and had 21 ½ career sacks. Saleh needs some depth on the defensive line and Dimukeje could provide that.

Round 5 (pick 146) — WR Seth Williams, Auburn

I would have loved to take a wide receiver earlier but this team has so many holes to fill that I waited. Williams is a value in the fifth round as some have him going higher. He is 6-foot-3 and can win contested catches.

Round 5 (pick 154) — CB Ambry Thomas, Michigan

Another pick looking for value. Thomas was only a one-year starter at Michigan and then opted out last year, but he is an athletic corner who has some upside and could play special teams early in his career.

Round 6 (pick 186) — EDGE Jonathon Cooper, Ohio State

A two-time team captain for the Buckeyes, Cooper missed the 2019 season with an ankle injury but returned last year to register 24 tackles and 3 ½ sacks in eight games.

Round 6 (pick 226) — WR Demetric Felton, UCLA

Felton played both running back and wide receiver at UCLA and could be a versatile offensive weapon like the 49ers had with Deebo Samuel in this offense.

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