This week’s edition of #PickSix will focus on your New York Jets questions, sent to me via Twitter…
Can the argument be made that Vic Beasley is a better pass rusher than Dante Fowler? If so, should he be rated higher than Fowler for the Jets?
I do think Beasley is a better pure pass rusher than Fowler, which I think that’s why you have seen Beasley mocked in the top three for months now, whereas Fowler could go anywhere from 5th to 12th. Beasley’s motor is relentless, and he reminds me ALOT of Von Miller, who as you remember, went second overall. In regards to where he ranks for the Jets, I have Beasley as the second best player in this draft after Leonard Williams on my Big Board. If he’s there at 6 with Fowler, I think Beasley is a no brainer.
Do you think we will keep all those ILBs or will it be a camp battle and keep only 4 out of the 5? If so, who makes the team?
Yes, I think Joe Mays, Erin Henderson, and Jamari Lattimore all make the final 53. Latitmore’s value will be seen more on special teams, whereas Henderson and Mays will have opportunities in the base defense. Henderson has experience playing OLB as well, so that versatility helps. The reason I think all make the roster is because Demario Davis will get opportunities at OLB as well, where Bowles can use his speed and athleticism. The Jets have struggled in recent years because of a lack of depth. They have that now.
If the Vikes wanted the Jets second round pick and Milliner for Peterson should we do it?
No, and part of the reason is connected to the last question: depth. The Jets would be wise to not sacrifice that. Milliner is one injury away to Darrelle Revis or Antonio Cromartie to playing major reps on the outside. Trading the 37th pick in this year’s draft and a player taken in the top ten two years ago for an aging running back is a move Mike Tannebaum would make. The Jets aren’t one player (unless that player is Phillip Rivers) away from winning a Super Bowl.
Dane Brugler thinks Jay Ajayi’s knee is in bad shape. Do you think he will fall in the draft or still go high?
I have Ajayi as the 6th best running back in this class behind Todd Gurley, Duke Johnson, Melvin Gordon, Ameer Abdullah, and TJ Yeldon. If he falls, I don’t think it’s because of the knee injury as much as it will be because teams have players rated higher than him.
Who are your favorite potential prospects at #37?
In my mock draft for the Jets, I had them taking AJ Cann at 37. Let’s start there, because he is a day one starter that would immediately upgrade the Jets offensive line. Other names to watch for at #37 include WR Justin Hardy, who reminds me of Reggie Wayne and would be a steal. RB Duke Johnson, WR Devin Smith, OG Laken Tomlinson, OT Jake Fisher, CB Marcus Peters and OLB Shaq Thompson are all candidates.
What number will Dante Fowler Jr. wear with the Jets?
Number 99 like Lattimer from “The Program”and he’ll probably be wearing similar colors. (I think Fowler goes to Washington at 5).