New York Jets 7 Round Mock Draft

 

As the draft draws nearer we start to get a better picture of what teams could potentially do. With the Jets, the biggest debate is should they use their first-round pick on an offensive tackle or a wide receiver? While they can’t really go wrong with either in this episode I give you my opinion of who they should take in the first-round but throughout the entire draft.

 

New York Jets 7 Round Mock Draft

With the NFL Draft approaching let’s take a look at the New York Jets. Here is our full seven round mock draft for the New York Jets 

 

Round 1: Josh Allen: QB Wyoming 

At three the Jets hope they find their franchise quarterback in Josh Allen.

The Jets paid a hefty price to move up to the third pick in the upcoming NFL Draft. In my mock draft I have the Cleveland Browns picking Sam Darnold with the first pick and the Denver Broncos selecting Josh Rosen with the second after trading up with the New York Giants.

Physically, There may not be a more intriguing prospect than Allen who displayed his big arm at the Wyoming pro day and has the size and mobility reminiscent of a young Big Ben. The big drawback for Allen was a completion percentage of under 60% but he did show better accuracy in the Wyoming bowl game and in workouts.

Allen would be in an ideal situation with the Jets where he wouldn’t have to play right away and develop behind Josh McCown and Teddy Bridgewater. Another big plus for Allen is that he is coming out of the same pro style in college that Carson Wentz had which could make the transition to the pros easier.

Allen has the highest ceiling of all the quarterback prospects. However, he will need to work on his accuracy but the good news is the Jets can develop next season while McCown or Bridgewater starts until Allen is ready.

 

Round 3: Josh Sweat: Edge: Florida State

The Jets need to add pass rushers on the edge.

Josh Sweat could fall in the draft because of past knee issues. If his knee checks out, the Jets should look to draft Sweat who is a speed rusher off the edge that they desperately need. With 5.5 sacks last season, if healthy Sweat has the speed to be an edge rusher and while he could use some work on his technique, has the physical traits you look for in a rush outside linebacker.

Even if he cannot be an every down linebacker, Sweat would be valuable in pass rushing situations especially with New York no longer having Sheldon Richardson and Muhammad Wilkerson on the defensive line. The Jets don’t have a true speed rusher off the edge and could be a compliment with Darron Lee giving the Jets two speed linebackers that could drive offensive coordinators crazy.

Even if he is only on the field in passing situations, Sweat could be the pass rushing specialist off the edge that New York has been looking for.

Round 4: Shaquem Griffin: LB: UCF

Griffin is one of the most inspiring stories in this year’s draft, but the truth is he can play.

Shaquem Griffin was the feel good story of the NFL combine. Despite only having one hand, he lost his left hand due to a prenatal condition, he impressed with a 4.38 forty yard dash and 20 bench reps. Griffin can play inside and outside linebacker and was a playmaker with UCF 74 tackles and 7.5 sacks in 2017.

Griffin would be a versatile roll player in the Jets defense that could line up both inside and outside. Don’t forget the team has had issues with former first round pick Darron Lee, who was suspended for a game after missing a team meeting last season. Griffin would give the linebacking core some much-needed depth and with his speed would be a valuable member of the special teams. A pick that adds depth, versatility, and speed to the defense. It makes too much sense for the Jets to draft Griffin.

 

Round 5: Dalton Schultz: TE: Stanford

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With the Jets unable to sign Austin Seferian-Jenkins they have a big hole at tight end. While the front office is high on Jordan Leggett, it wouldn’t hurt to have another tight end in the fold.

Schultz was limited in school with catches and despite not being a blocking tight end, is no slouch when it comes to the running game. The lack of passing numbers is without question a result of Stanford’s dominating run game last season. However, the skillset and athleticism bode well for Schultz to be a productive tight end at the next level.

Stanford head coach David Shaw, who is one of the most respected coaches in college football has gone on the record to say that Schultz was the most complete tight end the program has ever had. A well-rounded tight end that could compete for the starting role in the fourth round makes too much sense for the Jets to pass up here.

Round 6: Amari Coleman: CB: Central Michigan

With Buster Skrine’s large cap number for a slot corner, the Jets could look to bolster the secondary in the later rounds

The Jets made a splash in free agency signing Trumaine Johnson and bring back Morris Claiborne as the team’s starting cornerbacks. While the Jets have a few corners on the depth chart, the could still use some depth which would also allow them to cut Buster Skrine and his large cap fit.

The Jets have already had Coleman for a workout and at 5’10 and 190 pounds, he has the skill set to be a slot corner in the NFL. The Jets have been known to look at small schools in the late rounds and could add depth with Coleman at corner and on special teams. He has the ability to make plays on the ball, eight picks in his collegiate career, but more importantly can make plays with the ball returning three of those picks for touchdowns.

With his ability to make plays the Jets could be looking at turning Coleman into a returner as well. The Jets did invest two picks in last year’s draft at corner, but in today’s NFL you can never have enough productive corners and Coleman could be a nice late round addition for next season.

 

Round 7: Bilal Nichols: DE/DT: Delaware

What was once the Jets strength, now needs help.

How things have changed so quickly. Last year during the draft the Jets strongest and deepest unit was its defensive line. Twelve months later, the Jets have moved on from Sheldon Richardson and Muhammad WIlkerson and what was once their strength has now become a big question mark for the defensive unit. The Jets could add a veteran or two for depth before the start of the season, but experts have noted the Jets have strong interest in the draft specifically in Delaware’s Bilal Nichols.

At 6’4 and 306 pounds, Nichols has the size to play a 3-4 end or inside at defensive tackle. At Delaware he flashed the ability to get after the quarterback with 5.5 sacks, four passes deflected, and a blocked kick. At the very least Nichols gives the Jets depth at both the end and defensive tackle position. This unit lacks depth and will need to add some in the draft. Finding an athletic 306 pounder in the seventh round is a good flier for the Jets to take. Even he doesn’t become a starter, Nichols at the very least would be a backup to a unit that is lacking bodies.

 

 

 

New York Jets 7 Round Mock Draft: Post-Super Bowl Edition

Round 1 Pick 20: Ezekiel Elliott: RB: Ohio State

ezekiel-elliott-vs-alabama-3c93244266d567e1Last year Mike Maccagnan went with the philosophy of taking the best player available when he selected Leonard Williams with the sixth overall pick. In 2016 look for the Jets to follow that same philosophy as they select the best running back in the draft class. Elliott has proven he can be an every down workhorse with back to back 1800 plus yard seasons including 23 this past season for the Buckeyes. Given the devaluation of the running back position, Eliott falls to the Jets at 20 and gives the Jets a workhorse and potential star at running back. Given that the Jets have three unrestricted free agents at the position, and Pro Bowler Chris Ivory in line for a major pay day Elliot not only gives the Jets a talented first rounder, but fills a crucial need.

Round 2 Pick 51: Le’Raven Clark: OT Texas Tech
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The Jets have two problems at tackle. On the left side D’Brickashaw Ferguson is past his prime and beginning to show signs at regression, while on the right side Breno Giacomini has been a huge disappointment and figures to be a cap casualty given his bloated salary. Clark figures to solve both those problems and could start at right tackle while being groomed to take over the blind side eventually. Clark will have to adjust from playing in a two point stance primarily at Texas Tech, and while he could struggle initially in run blocking there is no question that he has the skill set to protect the passer. Clark is a project but is the best offensive lineman and player available at this point for the Jets.

 

 

 

Round 3 Pick 83: Jordan Jenkins OLB Georgia 12669494.jpg

The Jets need to upgrade their pass rush and address that need in the third round. The outside linebacker position was anything but set in the Jets base 3-4 last year. While Lorenzo Mauldin played well enough to seemingly earn a starting spot at one of the positions, it’s clear the Jets need another edge rusher. While Bruce Irvin is an enticing free agent that the Jets will pursue, you can never have to many pass rushers and anything would be an upgrade over the 35 year old Calvin Pace. Jenkins finished with 10.5 tackles for a loss, 12 QB hits, and 4 sacks for Georgia last season. a hybrid pass rusher who can stand up on the outside or put his hand in the dirt, Jenkins knock is that he is not a great coverage guy. However, he shows great pass rushing ability and was a great leader as the team’s defensive captain. A smart player with a constant motor, he fits the bill of the type of player that Todd Bowles is looking for an could finally give the Jets pass rush a big boost.

Round 4 Pick 115: Cardale Jones QB Ohio State 

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There’s an old saying in the NFL. Draft a quarterback every year until you find the right one. Cardale Jones has tools that are off the chart including a rocket arm and great mobility. However, New York would be the perfect situation for Jones to learn and develop as a quarterback and not face the pressures of being the starter in year one. Given Gailey’s quarterback friendly system that gives the quarterback plenty of passing and throwing lanes, Jones could thrive in New York once he gets a year or two under his belt learning the offense. A sleeper pick that has top notch tools, Jones could be a franchise quarterback in the making if New York can develop him.

 

 

 

Round 5: Bralon Addison WR Oregon

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No team lined up with more 3 or 4 wide receiver sets in 2015 then the New York Jets. Given their value on the wide receiver position, Gang Green could always use another weapon. Addison is another burner from Oregon who not only could stretch the field, but give the Jets a slot threat they lacked in 2015. Another perk to drafting Addison is he would be an explosive returner for New York, something they severely lacked last season. A player that fills two needs is right up the Jets alley.

 

 

Round 6: Pick Traded to Houston for Ryan Fitzpatrick 

Round 7: Nile Lawrence-Stample DT FSU 

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In 2015 Damon Harrison was the best nose tackle in football. The problem? With Muhammad Wilkerson likely to get the franchise tags, big snacks will probably be playing somewhere else in 2016 as New York doesn’t seemingly have the cap space to keep every member on the defensive line. However, if Harrison has taught the Jets anything it’s that you don’t need to spend a high pick to find a quality nose tackle. Harrison was an undrafted free agent but New York will look for his replacement in round 7 with Lawrence-Stample from FSU. A second All-ACC selection last season he is a big run stopper in the middle which is what the Jets stout run defense will need. If Bowles wants to continue with a 3-4 base instead of a 4-3, the Jets will need to find a nose tackle to fit the scheme. Lawrence-Stample has the upside to be a great nose tackle in the NFL.

New York Jets Mock Draft (3.0)

Round 1: Brandin Cooks WR Oregon St. 

The home run threat the Jets have been looking for

The home run threat the Jets have been looking for

Even after signing wide receiver Eric Decker earlier this offseason the Jets still desperately need play makers at the receiver position. To complement the big bodied possession receiver in Decker, Cooks would be an excellent yin to Decker’s yang. What he may lack in size at 5’10, Cooks makes up for with blistering speed and great hands. With the Jets probably missing out on Desean Jackson, Cooks could be a game breaker from game one. With his 4.33 40 yard dash and pro day still ahead, Cooks keeps shooting up draft boards. He may not be a physical receiver, but his speed and ability to make plays in space could give Gang Green a great offensive playmaker.

Round 2: Troy Niklas TE Notre Dame 

A solid all around tight end who could start from day 1

A solid all around tight end who could start from day 1

Even with Jeff Cumberland returning to New York, the Jets still need an upgrade at tight end. While he may not be the most explosive tight end in this draft, Niklas is a well rounded tight end. True, he doesn’t have game breaking speed, but he has soft hands and at 6’6 is a big target in the red zone or on third down. Plus, he’s a very good blocker which is important for a team that runs the ball as much as the Jets. Niklas has all the tools to be an opening day starter for the Jets in 2014.

Round 3: Cyril Richardson OG Baylor 

Some more power for the power run

Some more power for the power run

I can already here the complaints about this one. Why do the Jets need an offensive guard in round 3? Didn’t they just sign Willie Colon? Colon did resign, but only for one year and there are still questions about the offensive line. What was once a great strength is now a huge question mark for the Jets. Ferguson and Mangold did not look like their former pro bowl selves last season. To help sure up the offensive line the Jets should bring in Richardson who is a run blocking road grater at 329 pounds. Not only can he pave the way in the running game, but Richardson has great feet and is a solid pass protector. Richardson could be the Jets guard for the next 10 seasons and help bring stability back to a depleted offensive line.

Round 4: Terrance Brooks FS Florida St. 

A ball hawking safety Rex Ryan has been waiting for

A ball hawking safety Rex Ryan has been waiting for

With three forth round picks the Jets can take advantage of this extremely deep draft class. First, Brooks would be a welcomed addition to the depleted secondary. A well balanced safety who was plagued by inconsistency, Brooks has the talent to be an effective safety in the NFL. While he may not be a playmaker in the back end, he does have a good nose for the ball and has great athleticism. Considered a hybrid safety, his flexibility will play well in Rex Ryan’s defense where players must be flexible and are asked to lineup in different positions. A possible starter in the making, Brooks represents great value here in the early fourth round.

Round 4: Stanley Jean-Baptiste CB Nebraska 

Idzik struck out in free agency, he needs to hit a home run in draft

Idzik struck out in free agency, he needs to hit a home run in draft

If the Jets mishandled anything this offseason, there is no question that it was the cornerback position. After losing Cromartie and failing to sign top free agents, what was once a strength of the defense is now a liability. However, if the “Seattle Method” has taught us anything is that good corners can be found in the late rounds. At 6’3, Jean-Baptiste has the ideal size and strength to play man coverage in Ryan’s physical defense. While he maybe raw and require some development, Jean-Baptiste could develop into a very good corner for Gang Green.

Round 4: Dri Archer RB Kent St. 

The next Leon Washington?

The next Leon Washington?

Don’t let the size fool you. At 5’8 what Archer lacks in size he makes up for in blistering speed. With a sensational 4.26 40 at the combine, Archer is the faster player in the upcoming draft. Despite not being an every down back in the NFL, Archer could be a dangerous weapon as a slot receiver or with limited snaps in the backfield. Even in the passing game, Archer could be a great weapon on screen plays. Even if he isn’t an impact on offense right away, Archer would be a dangerous return man and give the Jets a great returner with the absence of Josh Cribbs.

Round 5: Ronald Powell OLB Florida 

After injuries in college Powell is hungry

After injuries in college Powell is hungry

A tweener linebacker and defensive end, Powell could be a good project for Rex Ryan. With Calvin Pace getting long in the tooth Powell could become a great backup or role player in 2014. With and ACL injury in 2012, there are red flags in terms of health, but in round five Powell would be a good value pick to at least add depth at the outside linebacking position.

Round 6: Cody Latimer WR Indiana 

Another receiver to add some depth.

Another receiver to add some depth.

After a great college career, Latimer’s size and leaping ability are a lethal combination. May not be a contributor every down, but would provide great depth a receiver and become a reliable red zone target. Could excel in a limited role.

Round 6: Reggie Jordan TE Missouri Western

A project at tight end

A project at tight end

Jordan has all the physical tools to play the position but not the refinement. Despite running poor routes and trouble with his weight, Jordan has an ability to make plays and could develop well. As the third tight end or practice squad could become an effective role player down the road.

 

 

Round 6: Larry Webster DE Bloomsburg

Small school, big potential

Small school, big potential

At 6’6 252 pounds, Webster is an athletic specimen. Despite playing at a small school his rare athleticism could translate into a very effective speed edge rusher. If the Jets can develop him he could be a very good answer for the lacking pass rush they have had. If that doesn’t work out, he has all the tools to be an effective tight end and the Jets could mold him into a tight end. Either way he could be a vital backup or practice squad player that could develop into a great future Jet.

Round 7: Walk Aikens CB Liberty 

Some more depth at corner

Some more depth at corner

Aikens is another big physical corner who thrives in man to man press coverage. He fits the Jets man cornerback prototype and has good size at 6’1. Seattle loves big corners, its time for the Jets to follow a similar model. Aikens would be competing for a backup role and would be perfect for the depleted cornerback depth. What do you think? Do you guys agree? Who should the Jets draft in 2014? Comment below!

 

New York Jets Mock Draft (2.0) Post Combine

  • Round 1: Odell Beckham Jr. WR LSUdt.common.streams.StreamServer.cls

While I would like to see the Jets take Eric Ebron from North Carolina with the first pick, with his great combine it looks like he will be off the board as a top 15 pick. If Ebron is here, he should be the pick, but I don’t see that happening. I also don’t see the top three receivers on the board at this point either, but there is still some great receivers available. While he may lack great size, Beckham makes up for it with a great ability to get open and soft hands. He is a guy that can do a lot of damage in space and can stretch the field with a 4.43 40 that he ran at the combine. Think of him as a Cecil Shorts or Desean Jackson, not a big target, but a receiver that needs to get touches in a game. If Geno Smith is going to develop the Jets need to give him some play-making receivers and Beckham would be a nice fit.

  • Round 2: Allen Robinson WR Penn St.

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Surprised the Jets would take back to back receivers? Don’t be. It’s no secret that this is a position the Jets need to upgrade either throughout the Draft or free agency. With the rumors of Holmes and Hill on the chopping block, The Jets will have holes to fill. After picking Beckham for his speed in round one, it’s time for the Jets to get a big bodied receiver in Robinson. While he had a lackluster combine running a 4.60 40, he would still be a great value pick in round 2. While he may not have great speed, he has great hands and would be a great possession receiver. His 6’2 size and 39 inch vertical make him a third and red zone threat the Jets have desperately been lacking.

  • Round 3: Troy Niklas TE Notre Dame

nba_a_troy_kh_576x324While the wide receivers had a great combine, tight ends not named Eric Ebron struggled. With the tight ends falling in this draft the Jets may luck out in the top of the third round by getting a second round tight end in Niklas. While he won’t be an explosive tight end, he is a guy that can run across the middle and make catches. What makes him really special is that he is one of if not the best blocking tight end in this class. Given that the Jets love to run the ball so much, a tight end that can catch and block only seems to good to be true.

  • Round 3: Terrence Brooks: FS Florida St.

46While the offense could always use another weapon here, you know Rex Ryan will need some help on defense. Brooks ran a great 4.42 40 at the combine and shows very good range in the secondary. While he may not be one of the elite safeties in this draft, he projects as a player whose range and ability to play physical man coverage fits right into Rex Ryan’s defensive scheme. A starter from day one who could help the Jets woeful secondary.

  • Round 4: Ross Cockrell: CB Duke 28fpz1x4084-640x426

It’s no secret Rex Ryan loves to collect cornerbacks in the Draft. With the Antonio Cromartie contract situation still up in the air, it would be wise to add some depth. While he may not have the best speed, Cockrell has that size at 6’0 that the NFL is looking for in cornerbacks. Idzik had success drafting big physical corners late in the Draft in Seattle, so maybe Cockrell will be on the radar. He may struggle in zone coverage, but he is very good in man to man coverage, which the Jets utilize the most. This could be an intriguing pick who could be a solid corner in the NFL one day.

  • Round 5: De’Anthony Thomas: OW Oregon

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It’s no question that the Jets need offensive weapons and there maybe limitless possibilities in terms of utilizing De’Anthony Thomas. While his 40 was 4.50, there is no question no player in college football was more dangerous in space then Thomas. With X factors like Percy Harvin in the league, the Jets should take a shot on Thomas. Best case scenario is he becomes an offensive weapon that can lineup at running back or receiver and can break off big plays. Worst case scenario is he becomes an explosive return man, another position the Jets are looking to upgrade.

  • Round 6: Aaron Lynch DE USF

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While the Jets certainly don’t need  another defensive end, Lynch is too enticing to pass up. at 6-6 250, he could be a great piece on defensive being able to play the stand up 3-4 outside backer or with his hand in the dirt. While his motor is a question, at this point this kind of athlete is too good to pass up. With a similar build and style to Quinton Coples, and with Coples beginning to turn the corner at linebacker, the possibility of both these pass rushers opposite one another on the Jets defense could be a nightmare for opposing offenses. There are risks here, but this is one risk the Jets should take.

  • Round 7: Tyler Larsen C Utah St.1147653

While Nick Mangold has been a great center for the Jets, last season he started to show some regression. The Jets should maybe start to groom a replacement for Mangold and Larsen is a perfect fit. He’s a versatile lineman that could provide depth at guard and center. A powerful blocker that can punish in the running game who is very comfortable snapping and pass blocking. While Mangold could rebound, this would be a smart investment to have a solid backup option just in case.

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