A huge shout out to the rest of the team here at Turn On The Jets who did an awesome job of loading this site up with preview content for the 2016 NFL Draft. Yesterday, I offered up some analysis on what the Jets strategy could potentially be. Today, here is my one and only mock draft.
Round 1 (20th Overall) – Taylor Decker, Offensive Tackle, Ohio State – There has been limited buzz about Decker and the Jets recently, maybe because many think he will not be available at number 20. The same thing happened last year with Leonard Williams. Most of the smoke around the Jets today is about the wide receiver position and their level of interest in Paxton Lynch. If Lynch or Laquon Treadwell is on the board, neither pick would shock me and the same goes for defensive options like Noah Spence, Darron Lee or Shaq Lawson. However, I’ll go with the Jets matching good value with need as Decker falls a little further than he should.
Round 2 (51st Overall) – Xavien Howard, Cornerback, Baylor – The Jets won’t be shy about looking to boost their cornerback position as Darrelle Revis begins to decline, Buster Skine remains a better fit in the slot than outside and Marcus Williams still has plenty to prove. Howard is a big (6 foot, 201 pounds), physical CB who is built to strive in man to man coverage and has the look of a natural outside corner in Todd Bowles’ system. Internally, the Jets are not counting on Dee Milliner or Dexter McDougle to provide anything long term and want their own homegrown corner to develop.
Round 3 (83rd Overall) – Jordan Jenkins, Outside Linebacker, Georgia – The Jets find their long term outside linebacker to pair with Lorenzo Mauldin in the same round they found Mauldin in 2015. Jenkins isn’t getting the hype of Leonard Floyd but could very well end up being a better, more consistent pro. Despite lacking top end burst, Jenkins is strong at the point of attack and should be able to reliably set the edge at the next level while providing some juice in pass rush situations.
Round 4 (118th Overall) – Nile Lawrence-Stample, Nose Tackle, Florida State – While the Jets like Deon Simon’s potential, they have quite a body to fill at nose tackle with Damon Harrison gone. This is a critical position in the Jets defense and Lawrence-Stample is built to be a two down run stuffer in a 3-4, providing an intriguing long term option after Steve McLendon spends a year or two here.
Round 7 (235th Overall) – Tom Hackett, Punter, Utah – The Jets correct a long standing sore spot by addressing the punter position with one of their two seventh round picks. Hackett is a rugby style kicker who has been about as good as a college punter can be the past two years. This won’t be an “exciting” pick but is a necessary one as the Jets look to improve their abysmal special teams.
Round 7 (241st Overall) – Ricardo Louis, Wide Receiver, Auburn – Raw on his route running and inconsistent with his hands, Louis still has intriguing long term potential because of his size and physicality. He plays like a running back with the ball in his hands and will have a year or two to learn behind guys like Brandon Marshall and Eric Decker.
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