TOJ Pick Six – New York Jets Mock Draft 1.0

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With the third part of the Dream offseason I’ve outlined for the Jets, I will now conduct my first mock draft. To recap, here is how I would create cap space and who I would sign

As the Jets approach the draft in this Mock offseason, the Jets have $18M in cap space (due to the $10M increase in the salary cap projection), 8 total draft picks (a comp pick for Damon Harrison and a 4th rounder for Sheldon Richardson) and their starting lineup is as follows:

Offense:

  • QB: Geno Smith
  • RB: Matt Forte
  • WR: Brandon Marshall, Quincy Enunwa, Robbie Anderson
  • TE: Austin Sefarian-Jenkins
  • OT: Andrew Whitworth, Sebastian Vollmer
  • OG: Brian Winters, James Carpenter
  • C: Wesley Johnson

Defense:

  • DE: Mohammed Wilkerson, Leonard Williams
  • NT: Steve McClendon
  • OLB: Melvin Ingram, Jordan Jenkins
  • ILB: David Harris, Darron Lee
  • CB: Stephon Gilmore, Buster Skrine
  • FS: Doug Middleton
  • SS: Calvin Pryor

Special Teams:

  • K: Steven Hauschka
  • P: Lachlan Edwards

Amendments:

With Richardson’s less than stellar play and his latest incident, I think the Jets aren’t able to met a 2nd rounder so they settle for a 4th. After the injury to Gilchrist and Middleton being a younger option I think the Jets move on from him as well. The Gilchrist release nets the Jets an extra $4M in cap space, which puts them up to $22M. With the Patriots claiming Michael Floyd, I don’t see them letting him go and he won’t hit the market. That leaves the Jets with $26M in cap space entering the draft. They could use this money to resign Brian Winters and Quincy Enunwa before they can even sniff free agency. With the offseason set, now we draft. I used FanSpeak’s mock draft to see who’d be available when the Jets would pick.

NFL Draft:

6. LSU Safety Jamal Adams

Why?: The Jets miss on Clemson QB Deshaun Watson at 5 and instead opt for the playmaking safety from LSU. Adams replaces Gilchrist in the Jets base defense, and becomes the playmaker the defense needs on the backend. At 6’0″ and 211 pounds, Adams is big and nasty as a a tackler. He is intelligent, can decipher plays, and is very instinctive in coverage. The Jets can bring him up to the line to cover slot WRs, or have him play the deep cover one safety. With Gilmore and Skrine at corner Adams will get plenty of opportunity to make plays from that deep safety look.

37. Michigan TE Jake Butt

Why?: Despite Austin Sefarian Jenkins’s presence, the Jets are in need of a consistent TE to help whoever the QB is. Enter the soon to be former Wolverine, Butt wins on contested throws and is an animal after the catch. In the middle of the field, he is another big body target that can clear out linebackers. He isn’t as vertical a threat as OJ Howard and he can stand to improve as a blocker, but with the Jets hoping to develop a 21st Century Offense Butt fits right in. I was tempted to go with Desmond King or Cordarea Tankersley in round 2, but Butt represents solid value.

70. Washington EDGE Joe Mathis

Why?: Despite signing Melvin Ingram in free agency and the presence of Lorenzo Mauldin, Mathis at this spot is too good a player to pass up and he is the coveted edge rusher the Jets have been missing. Pairing him with Ingram gives the Jets two really good pass rushers that can cause QBs to step up into Williams and Wilkerson. Some will argue that the Jets shouldn’t take Mathis because of his foot injury, but in round 3 it’s great value and he should be good to go by training camp. Before being shut down Mathis led the Huskies with five sacks and was top 10 with 25 tackles. Mathis, Ingram, Mauldin, and Jordan Jenkins give the Jets a young four man outside linebacking group to build around going forward.

128. North Carolina WR Ryan Switzer

Why?: The Jets need a return specialist and will need WR depth going forward. With Marshall, Enunwa, Anderson, Switzer, Devin Smith, and Jalin Marshall the Jets are equipping whoever their QB is with weapons of different skill sets. Switzer can start as a returner as a rookie, and contribute in packages as a WR whether he lines up on the outside or in the slot. He is dangerous with the ball in his hands, takes great angles, and he has gotten better as a return man. Switzer also provides insurance and depth for when the Jets move on from Brandon Marshall after next season.

134. Auburn DT Montravius Adams

Why?: Steve McClendon has been better than expected in the middle of the Jets base 3-4, and Deon Simon has been a good late round find by Mike Maccagnan. However, adding the monster Adams in the middle as a rotational piece before he eventually joins Williams and Wilkerson as a starter in 2018 is a good investment. Adams has great initial quickness and he attacks the gaps almost effortlessly, but the one knock against him is that he has been known to be consistently disruptive. At 309 pounds, he can occupy blocks and you’ve now combined girth to speed in your front 7 in an attempt to return it to its glory.

160. Arkansas OT Dan Skipper

Why?: Despite signing Vollmer and Whitworth, the Jets would stand to benefit from developing Brandon Shell as Vollmer’s heir apparent and finding Whitworth’s in the draft so they don’t repeat the same mistakes of past regimes. Skipper from Arkansas stands at 6’1″ and 319 pounds, and is a developmental prospect at best right now. His hips are stiffer than you would want for a LT, but what he lacks in athleticism he makes up for in solid technique. He doesn’t get beat often, and has shown the ability to excel against very good competition in the SEC.

165. San Diego State CB Damontae Kazee

Why?: Taking Kazee, the Mountain West Defensive Player of The Year, at 165 and adding him to the depth you’re accumulating in the secondary is a steal in my option. Kazee had 8 INTs and 7 passes broken up last year, and he followed that up with 7 INTs and 8 passes defended this year. He’s a big reason why the Aztecs won 11 games this year. He’s not a shy tackler at all, finishing with 65 tackles, and he is a ballhawk with really good cover skills. Anytime you can add a potential starter this deep in the draft you do it, and Kazee is that guy right here.

196. Pittsburgh RB James Conner

Why?: Adding Conner as RB depth, similar to drafting Skipper as OL depth, allows the Jets to continue rebuilding the lower and middle class of this roster. At 6’2″ and 250 pounds, Conner is more of a power back that could spell Forte and Powell next season before potentially becoming a feature back in 2018. A feel good story for beating cancer and returning to the field, Connor has also worked on improving his receiving ability and would be incredible value in round 6.

Post Draft:

The Jets will then be able to have their roster look like this after the draft and as they have ample cap space to participate in the second wave of free agency:

Offense:

  • QB: Geno Smith, Bryce Petty, Christian Hackenburg
  • RB: Matt Forte, Bilal Powell, James Conner, Khiry Robinson
  • WR: Brandon Marshall, Quincy Enunwa, Robbie Anderson, Devin Smith, Jalin Marshall, Ryan Switzer, Charone Peake
  • TE: Jake Butt, Austin Sefarian-Jenkins
  • OT: Andrew Whitworth, Sebastian Vollmer, Brandon Shell, Dan Skipper, Brent Qvale
  • OG: Brian Winters, James Carpenter
  • C: Wesley Johnson

Defense:

  • DE: Mohammed Wilkerson, Leonard Williams
  • NT: Steve McClendon, Montravius Adams, Dion Simon
  • OLB: Melvin Ingram, Joe Mathis, Jordan Jenkins, Lorenzo Mauldin
  • ILB: David Harris, Darron Lee, Erin Henderson, Bruce Carter
  • CB: Stephon Gilmore, Buster Skrine, Justin Burris, Demontae Kazee, Marcus Williams
  • FS: Jordan Adams, Doug Middleton
  • SS: Calvin Pryor, Rontez Myles

Special Teams:

  • K: Steven Hauschka
  • P: Lachlan Edwards
  • LS: Tanner Purdum

The Jets would need a backup center, two backup guards, and a backup defensive end to complete their 53 man roster.

Photo Credit: LSU.com 

  • JD

    And now back to reality.

  • charles zarrell

    Any draft analysis that starts with Geno Smith returning is as good as the Jets were in 2016. Cuts will likely include Clady, Mangold, and Giacomini. Revis can also go, and Brandon Marshall might as well, which would sadden me. That frees up $38M more in the cap.