This morning, Matt Miller dropped his seven round mock draft and it opened up the floodgates to takes and takes and even more takes. It seemed like the appropriate time to draft my full seven round New York Jets mock draft, but as a counter to Miller’s work. This is how I would draft if the board broke the way Miller has it is breaking. Miller also completed his draft assuming the Jets land Kirk Cousins. I will do the same.
6. Tremaine Edmunds, LB, Virginia Tech
Why? The New York Jets need to upgrade their linebackers, and adding the 19 year old freak of nature is one way to do that. His athleticism alone lets him fly off the edge opposite Jordan Jenkins, and a foursome of Darron Lee, Jenkins, Demario Davis, and Edmunds is as freakish a linebacking core as you’re going to get. Lorenzo Mauldin is not a full-time starter, and the Jets can continue to masquerade CFL standouts as legitimate options off the edge all they want. Or, they can draft a 19 year old with enormous potential and turn him loose off the edge and watch him get double digit sacks.
37. Ronald Jones, RB, USC
Why? I was very tempted to go with Arden Key at 37, but decided to go with my RB2 with the first 2nd round pick the Jets own. If the Jets sign Cousins, which I expect, and do not add Le’Veon Bell, which I also expect, then the Jets are going to need someone to carry the rock effectively. Enter Ronald Jones, who is a three down back for a league that is now seeing the benefits of running backs that do not have to leave the field. Jones is elusive in the open field, and fits the Jets expected zone running scheme effortlessly. An offense led by Cousins, Quincy Enunwa and Robby Anderson is made that much more potent with the re-signing of Austin Sefarian-Jenkins, the drafting of Jones, and the expected addition of either Allen Robinson or Jarvis Landry.
49. Jaire Alexander, CB, Louisville
Why? The Jets will, most likely, either sign Malcolm Butler or Trumaine Johnson to man one of the corner slots. I would be very surprised if they re-signed Morris Claiborne, who had a very good eight games followed by ineffectiveness and injury. Adding Alexander opposite Butler or Johnson would give the Jets a nice young corner to mold opposite a veteran, and one that could take over the CB1 spot if the veteran they choose to sign becomes ineffective. Alexander had five interceptions and nine pass deflections, and for a defense that has struggled to generate turnovers consistently adding Alexander would go a long way towards rectifying that.
72. Luke Falk, QB, Washington State
Why? The Jets add Cousins, and add a developmental QB better than the two they drafted before. A QB room of Kirk Cousins, Luke Falk, and Christian Hackenberg isn’t the worst thing imaginable, and adding Falk allows the Jets to bring actual competition in for Hackenberg. Falk is my QB5, ahead of Mason Rudolph and Josh Allen, in large part because he has the accuracy and poise that Allen doesn’t and he has a stronger arm than Rudolph (though neither has a particularly great arm). Drafting Falk also allows you to release Bryce Petty. That is a bonus in and of itself.
103. Mason Cole, C, Michigan
Why? The Jets need to upgrade the Center position, which is really the only reason this was not a top tier unit last year. Kelvin Beachum was good, Brandon Shell continued his development into a top tier right tackle, and James Carpenter and Brian Winters are still one of the better guard duos in the league. Wesley Johnson? You are the weakest link, goodbye. Mason Cole displays excellent quickness, is very rarely caught off guard by interior defensive linemen and their pass rushing moves, and he has the technique you want to see from your starting center. He also played left tackle, which gives you so much versatility on an offense. Cole would be great value here.
148. Duke Ejiofor, EDGE, Wake Forest
Why? Duke falling this far is surprising, but you can never have enough edge rushers. He is probably better suited as a 3-4 OLB, but do you know how scary it becomes when you have Duke and Edmunds and Lee in a 3-3-5 look, and they are the extra rushers? That is a fast trio barreling down on opposing quarterbacks. He’s not very good at stopping the run, but represents an upgrade from Mauldin/Donahue/Bishop as a situational pass rusher.
165. Allen Lazard, WR, Iowa State
Why? I predict that the Jets will enter the 2018-2019 season with Jarvis Landry, Quincy Enunwa, and Robby Anderson as their starting WRs. I think Chad hansen has a leg up on ArDarius Stewart as a wide receiver, and adding the 6’5″ 223 pound former Cyclone puts the Axe Man on serious notice. Good teams plan for the future, and taking Lazard this late allows the Jets to have insurance in the event that they a) lose Quincy Enunwa next year or b) Enunwa is not healthy come training camp. Lazard was productive, albeit slightly raw, but the Jets have done a nice job developing young WRs and Lazard lands in a good spot here.
209. Kentavius Street, DL, North Carolina State
Why? Assuming the Jets part ways with Muhammed Wilkerson, the right move, then they will need to replenish the depth on the defensive line. Street played opposite Bradley Chubb this past year, but Street was arguably the best athlete on the Wolfpack’s defensive line. Adding a defensive lineman like Street allows the Jets defense to continue their transformation into one of the faster units in the league. Street also has untapped potential, and pairing him with Leo Williams and Steve McClendon would be really exciting because there is no denying that those two work hard.
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