It is nearly impossible to know how the board will fall come May. With that being said, the Jets needs are obvious. Things will change after free agency, but lets take at some potential prospects the Jets might select.
-Not one single person has a clue how the board will fall. While some players may seem like a reach and some may seem unrealistic, keep in mind there is no way to have a very “realistic” mock draft.
-If I ignored a need, it is because I feel like it has the potential to be addressed in free agency.
Round 1, 18th overall pick: Brandin Cooks, WR, Oregon State
The 2013 Biletnikoff winner is a dynamic athlete that has the production to match his ability. In 2012 Cooks had over 1,100 receiving yards playing across from future Pittsburgh Steeler Markus Wheaton. After Wheaton left for the NFL, Cooks became the focus of the offensive game plan and never looked back.
In 2013 he reeled in 128 catches with over 1,700 receiving yards. Although he is only 5’10 and 186 pounds, he plays bigger than his frame and found his way into the end zone sixteen times.
Cooks is a nice fit for the Jets as he is the best at gaining separation in a deep wide receiver class. His underneath route running reminds me of Wes Welker, but he is extremely dangerous after the catch. Him and Jeremy Kerley could form a very nice tandem of chain movers for Geno Smith and the offense.
Round 2, 49th overall pick: Xavier Su’a-Filo, OG, UCLA
I’ve been an advocate of bringing back Willie Colon and also think Brian Winters will figure it out next year. With that being said, Su’a-Filo is a perfect pick to fuel the run game. He was a monster in UCLA’s “drive blocking” scheme.
The 6’4, 305 pound guard played tackle his freshman year and guard his final two seasons. He”s versatile, athletic and extremely powerful. With Willie Colon coming off a torn biceps injury (if brought back) and Winters being a question mark, adding Su’a-Filo gives the coaching staff more to work with.
Round 3, 69th overall pick (from Tampa Bay): Jarvis Landry, WR, LSU
Even if the Jets sign a wide receiver in free agency, I have no problem with them selecting two in the first three rounds. Landry does not “wow” anyone on tape, but does all of the little things right.
He has really good hands and led LSU in both catches and touchdowns the past two seasons. Landry fights for the ball and has zero fear going across the middle. Although he is a hair under six feet tall, he is one of the more vicious blockers out of the wide receiver group. Adding Landry continues the trend of adding tough, fearless, team first players to the Jets roster.
Round 3, 80th overall pick: Aaron Murray, QB, Georgia
Murray seems to be the forgotten man in the quarterback class due to his season ending knee injury. Throughout his career at Georgia, Murray was a four year starter. He threw 121 touchdowns to only 41 interceptions.
The Jets would be wise to add young competition for Geno Smith. Murray was a late round 1, early round 2 projected pick before his injury. If he slides to the 3rd, which many reports seem to suggest, he is excellent value.
Round 4, 111th overall pick: Keith McGill, CB, Utah
The 6’3, 215 pound former safety is a physical corner that could fit Rex Ryan’s man scheme quite nicely. While he is far from a finished product, his size and potential is perfect to develop for a year or two.
His long arms find their way to the ball often. His style of play is similar to Antonio Cromartie, who has played his best football under Rex Ryan.
Round 5, 142nd overall pick: Morgan Breslin, OLB, USC
The 6’2, 250 pound Breslin led the Trojans with 13.5 sacks in 2012, but missed 2013 with various injuries. He is a vicious player off the edge with a great motor. His biggest question mark is if he can stay healthy enough to contribute to an NFL team. In the 5th round, he is well worth taking the risk.
Round 6, 179th overall pick: Crockett Gilmore, TE, Colorado State
Gilmore stand 6 feet, 6 inches and weighs over 250 pounds. He is a very average receiver who had 47 catches for over 500 yards and two touchdowns this past season. As a blocker he has a nasty edge to his game and holds up quite well against larger defenders.
He might go higher than the 6th round as he is a former defensive end that seems to be gaining momentum at the tight end position. He ran a 4.89 at the combine and seems like a solid blocker and red zone target in the NFL, rather than a complete tight end.
Round 7, 210th overall pick: Max Bullough, ILB, Michigan State
One of the more mysterious players in the entire draft, Bullough had been in hiding since his pre Rose Bowl suspension until the NFL combine. At the combine he called his suspension a “personal matter” and gave very little information during his interview.
On the other side of things and more importantly on the football field, Bullough is a two year captain. He was the leader of the Spartans defense and did a ton of dirty work in the middle of the field.
I remember evaluating Vontaze Burfict two years ago. Much like Bullough, he had some off the field problems and ended up going undrafted. Bullough has a nasty edge to his game but lacks top end speed for a linebacker, much like Burfict. If he could sit behind David Harris and learn the Jets scheme, he seems like a worthy gamble in the seventh round.
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