Borrowed from another website. Not my offseason view. Here is my vision for the NY Jets 2021 Offseason. First and foremost, on Monday December 28th, 2020 Joe Douglas will call Adam Gase into his office, thank him for his years of service to the Jets and for getting him the 2021 #1 overall pick, and hand him his walking papers. Jets fans everywhere rejoice!!! New coaching staff: After a month-long coaching search, the New York Jets name Matt Eberflus as their next head coach. Eberflus will bring a much-needed jolt of energy to the New York Jets that they haven’t had since Rex Ryan’s early days as head coach. The job Eberflus has done in Indianapolis shows that he is ready to take the next step and he beats out the usual cast of characters (Bienemy, Harbaugh, Roman, Campbell) due to his energetic personality and his desire to work for the win. To pair Eberflus’ enthusiasm and energy, the Jets hire Phil Longo as their new offensive coordinator and QB coach. Longo is a proponent of Mike Leach’s "Air Raid" offense, although he does like to run the ball as well. Longo is currently running the offense at UNC working for Mack Brown. In 2019, the Tar Heel offense ranked 12th overall with a freshman signal caller, Sam Howell (more on him later). While Eberflus will be hands-on with the defense, he brings in Kris Kocurek to be his defensive coordinator. This will be Kocurek’s first time as a defensive coordinator, but he is a highly respected defensive line coach who revitalized the 49ers defensive line after stops with the Lions and Dolphins. It will be Kocurek’s primary focus to get everything he can out of Quinnen Williams. Free Agency: To free up some more cap space, the Jets cut Henry Anderson (8.2 million savings), George Fant (7.4), Alex Lewis (5.4), and Ryan Griffin (1.7). This puts the Jets potential cap space at $105 Million due to their cap commitments and rollover from 2020. As their top priority, for the second straight year, Joe Douglas attacks the offensive line and signs Joe Thuney to a 4yr $62 (50 guaranteed) million contract, making him the highest paid Guard in the NFL. Sorry, but we will still need to overpay, and we need his stability on the interior OL. This is a huge upgrade over Alex Lewis and will hopefully get Connor McGovern back on track. As priority two, Joe Douglas fulfills his promise to Sam Darnold (more on him later) and provides him with a true #1 WR, Allen Robinson at 4yr $80 (50 guaranteed) million. The Jets give Robinson the identical numbers to what Keenan Allen received from the Chargers, making him the 3rd/4th highest paid WR in the NFL. Additional notable signings: Brian Poole 3 yrs – $16 (10 guaranteed) – he has proven himself (Extension) Jamison Crowder 3 yrs $24 (12 guaranteed) – lowering his 2021 salary to 8 Marcus Maye 5 yrs - $40.5 (18 guaranteed) – looked at Micah Hyde’s deal and upgraded a bit Jamaal Williams 2 yrs – $8.5 (4.5 guaranteed) – JD special 2 year deal only 1st guaranteed – prove it Vernon Hargreaves 2 yrs – $6.5 (3.5 guaranteed) – JD special 2 year deal only 1st guaranteed – prove it 2021 NFL Draft: Sorry for all of the TLaw fans out there, but this is a rebuild and the Jets need to do that through the draft. The #1 overall pick could be used to get 1 potentially great player, or another great player +++ and I am going with the +++. I used PFNs Mock Draft Simulator tool for this. With the #1 overall pick, the New York Jets have traded the pick to the Jacksonville Jaguars for the #2 overall pick, the #25 overall (Ram’s pick), their 2nd rounder #34, as well as their 2021 1st and 2nd rounders. 1st Round #2 overall: OT Penei Sewell, Oregon – Rationale – The Jets need to build a wall of protection around their QB. Sewell is an absolute beast and is said to be the next great NFL left tackle. He is another mountainous individual standing at 6’6" and weighing 331 lbs with freakish athletic gifts. In conjunction with this pick, the Jets will move Mekhi Becton over to the right tackle position where his dominant run blocking can be taken advantage of. Bookend tackles for the next decade…..Check. 1st Round #21 overall (Seahawks pick): WR Jaylen Waddle, Alabama – Rationale – The Jets need more firepower for their QB. Waddle has slipped due to his season ending (maybe) ankle injury. He had been thought of at or near the level of Chase and Bateman, so the Jets are happy to see him at this spot. Waddle slots in as the #2 WR behind FA acquisition Robinson and ahead of last year’s 2nd rounder in Mims. A top 4 of Robinson, Waddle, Mims and Crowder is a giant leap forward from the 2020 WR group. 1st Round #25 overall (Ram’s pick): TE Pat Freiermuth, Penn State – Rationale – Unfortunately, Kyle Pitts was off the board already, but Freiermuth is an instant starter for the Jets at TE. Baby Gronk is considered by many draft analysts to be the best TE in the 2021 draft. While not as explosive as Pitts, Freiermuth is considered the more complete TE who can catch and block. 2nd Round #33 overall: DE\Edge Carlos Basham Jr., Wake Forest – Rationale – The Jets have neglected the outside pass rush for a long time, not anymore. Basham Jr. is the cousin of current Jet Tarell Basham who had 11 sacks in his redshirt junior season. At 6’5" and 284 lbs, he will slot in as the weakside DE in the Jets 4-3 defense under Eberflus. 2nd Round #34 (Jaguar’s pick) overall: CB Asante Samuel Jr., Florida State – Rationale – After neglecting the defense in round 1, the Jets pick two defenders at the top of round 2. Samuel Jr, son of 4-time pro bowler Asante Samuel is the top CB available at this point of the draft. He would slot in as the Jets’ #2 CB behind FA acquisition Vernon Hargreaves at the start of the season and hopefully grow into the #1 CB before the end of the season. This completes the 2021 portion of the Trevor Lawrence trade. In return for Lawrence, we get a starting LT, a starting TE, and a starting CB in addition to a 1st and 2nd rounder next year to build through the draft. 3rd Round #65 overall: S Paris Ford, Pitt – Rationale – BPA at this point in the draft and with the failure of Bradley McDougald, Ford will provide depth at both safety positions and could potentially start at some point over Ashtyn Davis as he is more polished than Davis was when coming out of college. 3rd Round #84 (Seahawk’s pick): TE Brevin Jordan, Miami – Rationale – Jordan had a 1st round grade until an injury this season dropped him down into the 3rd round. His receiving skills are the primary focus of his game and he will provide a nice complement to Freiermuth in two TE formations. The Jets’ TE room is atrocious and needed this double-up to make things competitive. 4th Round #96: CB Derion Kendrick, Clemson – Rationale – Solid depth corner, slots in at #3/4/5 on the depth chart with Hall and Austin. 5th Round #135 (Giant’s pick): OT Daniel Faalele, Minnesota – Rationale – There was way too much McDermott and Edoga playing in place of injured players like Becton and Fant in 2020. Faalele is another mountainous individual at 6’8" 400 lbs and moves well for his size. He becomes Becton’s immediate backup. 5th Round (Trade) Jets send #128 and #211 to Carolina for #136 and #167 and at #136 select: Edge\DE Shaka Toney, Penn State – Rationale BPA at a position that needs depth. Toney slots in behind the Basham cousins and into the mix with Zuniga as a situational pass rusher. He will need to make his mark on special teams. 6th Round #160: RB Chuba Hubbard, Oklahoma State – Rationale – A little surprised that Hubbard was still around, but he would have a chance to compete for carries in the Jets backfield with LaMical Perrine and Ty Johnson. 6th Round #167 (Panther’s Pick): IOL Michael Saffell, Cal – Rationale – Injuries have somewhat derailed what looked to be a promising college career. Saffell could make the 2 deep at either Guard or Center with a solid training camp. 2021 Depth Chart: QB: Sam Darnold, James Morgan RB: Jamaal Williams, LaMical Perrine, Chuba Hubbard, Ty Johnson WR1: Allen Robinson, Denzel Mims WR2: Jaylen Waddle, Jeff Smith WR3: Jamison Crowder, Braxton Berrios (KR\PR) TE: Pat Freiermuth, Brevin Jordan, Chris Herndon LT: Penei Sewell, Chuma Edoga LG: Joe Thuney, Michael Saffell C: Connor McGovern, Josh Andrews RG: Greg Van Roten, Andrews\Saffell RT: Mekhi Becton, Daniel Faalele SDE: John Franklin-Meyers, Jabari Zuniga DT: Quinnen Williams, Nathan Shepherd DT: Folorunso Fatukasi, WDE: Carlos Basham Jr., Shaka Toney OLB: Tarell Basham, Bryce Huff MLB: CJ Mosely, Blake Cashman OLB: Neville Hewitt, Harvey Langi CB1: Vernon Hargreaves, Bless Austin, Derion Kendrick CB2: Asante Samuel Jr., Bryce Hall Slot: Brian Poole SS: Marcus Maye, Paris Ford FS: Ashtyn Davis, Matthias Farley PK: Sergio Castillo P: Braden Mann LS: Thomas Hennessey Summary: While many are hoping for Trevor Lawrence to be the franchise savior, I firmly believe that we have too many holes to fill to be blinded by the bright shiny object. I am giving Sam Darnold one more shot to see if, with a better supporting cast of OL and WRs\TEs, he can live up to his potential. I believe this team, with some solid play from the QB position can challenge for a playoff position having filled quite a few of the existing holes and bringing in some competent coaching. If Sam Darnold fails with this cast, just remember the Phil Longo\Sam Howell connection that I mentioned earlier. In this event, the Jets could have two top 10 picks (Jets and Jaguars) in 2022 plus a 3rd first-rounder (Seahawks) to move up and get Howell if they need to.