NFL Draft Odds Favor Andrew Thomas and Jerry Jeudy as Potential Top Pick for Jets

By michael obermuller
NFL Draft odds project the Jets to be leaning toward Andrew Thomas as one of their top options in Round 1.
NFL Draft odds project the Jets to be leaning toward Andrew Thomas as one of their top options in Round 1. / Joe Robbins/Getty Images

The era of Joe Douglas is underway in New York and stark changes have already been on full display. Most notably, the new general manager has refused to pay any player more than his initial valuation, and he has also made a concerted effort to rebuild a poor New York Jets offensive line.

Going off that last point, many have expected Douglas to select a franchise left tackle with the Jets' 11th-overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft. Georgia's left tackle Andrew Thomas (+290) could answer fans' prayers. He is currently tied with Alabama wide receiver Jerry Jeudy (+290) for the best odds to be the Jets' top pick, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.

Wide receiver is certainly a position of need, but offensive line is Douglas' specialty as a GM and scout, and one of the main reasons he was hired in the first place. Because of this, tackle still seems to be the likeliest outcome for the Jets if one is still on the board at 11. In this year's draft, there are four tackles that stand out: Tristan Wirfs, Mekhi Becton, Jedrick Wills Jr. and Andrew Thomas. Originally, Thomas was the top rated out of the four, but combine statistics and recent trends has flipped the order on its head.

Now most draft analysts are expecting Wirfs, Becton and Wills Jr. to be gone by the time New York picks, which is why Thomas has taken lead in the Jets betting odds. Some fans have also thrown their support towards wide receiver CeeDee Lamb (+340), out of Oklahoma, who some feel is the top wide out in the draft. The players with the top Jets odds that are not either OL or WR are edge rusher A.J. Epenesa (+2000) out of Iowa, and defensive tackle Derrick Brown (+2000) out of Auburn.

Either way, the Jets find themselves in a great spot heading into the draft. Whether they go tackle or wide receiver (two positions with plenty of first-round draft talent this year), they are filling a position of need, and hopefully correcting a massive weakness in 2020.

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