Who will the New York Jets have to look forward to with the 6th overall pick in this year’s NFL Draft? I thought it would be interesting to take a statistical look at what the mock drafts are predicting for the Jets. I have compiled the results of thirty mock drafts from respected outlets such as SI.com, Bleacher Report, CBS Sports, SB Nation, ESPN, and several newspapers and tallied their predictions to see who are the mock draft favorites for the Jets at six…
1. Marshon Lattimore – CB, Ohio State (Mocked 7 times)
The Ohio State defense was impressive in 2016 and loaded with NFL talent. One of the standouts in that group was redshirt sophomore Marshon Lattimore. In his first year as a starter, Lattimore totaled 9 PBU’s and 4 INTs, one of which he returned for a touchdown. At 6’0”, 192lbs, he has ideal size for the position and is regarded as a more talented prospect leaving school than teammate Eli Apple was a year ago, who was drafted 10th overall by the Giants. There are some concerns about his experience, as he was a one year starter who struggled to stay on the field last year due to a nagging hamstring injury, but the limited sample size is a very impressive one.
2. Deshaun Watson – QB, Clemson (Mocked 4 times)
Deshaun Watson’s pedigree and his play largely speak for themselves. The top QB prospect coming out of high school in 2014, Watson would go on to be a two year starter and two time Heisman finalist for the Tigers. He holds pretty much every single season and single game passing record at the school, and is 2nd on most career lists. He would have surely eclipsed those career totals had he decided to return to Clemson for his senior year. Watson has thrown for over 8,600 yards and 132 touchdowns over the last two years, as well as shredding Alabama’s pro-laden defense not once, but twice in consecutive National Championship Game appearances. A dual threat at QB, Watson has also ran for over 1700 yards as a starter. At 6’3”, 215lbs, he has prototype size. Some concerns include accuracy issues and spotty decision making (he’s thrown 30 INTs over the past two seasons).
3. DeShone Kizer – QB, Notre Dame (Mocked 4 times)
Another two year starter, Kizer has helmed the Fighting Irish offense in each of the last two seasons. Also has ideal size at 6’4”, 230lbs and can be seen on tape repeatedly running away from defensive backs, which is startlingly impressive given his size. Has a big NFL arm that can make all the throws. However, many scouts seem to think he may have come out a year early, as he is still quite raw and would benefit from the polish of another year as a starter. Inconsistency was an issue for Kizer as well. At times he would look all-world, like in the season opener against Texas, but struggled midseason and lost some snaps to backup Malik Zaire. The talent is there though, and many writers see Kizer as the prospect with the biggest ceiling in the entire class.
4. Mitch Trubisky – QB, University of North Carolina (Mocked 3 times)
Mitch Trubisky is another prospect where his draft status is based largely on his ceiling. A one year starter, Trubisky put up impressive numbers for the Tarheels. He was inconsistent at times, but over 3700 yards and 30 TDs with only 6 INTs is nothing to sneeze at. Many, Bleacher Report’s Matt Miller included, view him as the most accurate quarterback of the group. He is Miller’s top QB prospect largely for that reason. To see Trubisky at his best, look no further than the TD drive at the end of this past year’s Sun Bowl versus Stanford. With just over 90 seconds remaining, Trubisky marched the Tarheels 97 yards for what would have been the game-tying TD if Stanford’s Solomon Thomas didn’t single-handedly ruin the 2-point conversion, as he single-handedly ruined most of the game. Even more impressive, Trubisky basically threw that last drive TD three times, as his receivers let him down with two brutal drops in the end zone before finally catching the third. But that one drive aside, Trubisky is another prototype sized QB. But the question is, would he be ready to start year one?
5. Jalen “Teez” Tabor – CB, University of Florida (Mocked 3 times)
A player who does not leave you wanting in the experience department is Florida CB Teez Tabor. The Junior has been a full-time starter for two years, and even started five games as a freshman where he garnered Freshman All-American honors. Half of possibly the best cornerback duo in the nation, Tabor had another great year with 6 PBUs and 4 INTs. At 6’0”, 201lbs, he can use his size to match up with receivers on the outside. Sometimes struggles with deep speed, but he can cover in the NFL. He’s an experienced, accomplished college standout who could help the Jets in a desperate position of need.
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