NFL Draft: Seven Picks For The New York Jets

Justin Fritze gives his guess who the New York Jets will take with their top seven selections in the NFL Draft

We will be going a little mock draft crazy here at TOJ in the final days leading up to the NFL Draft. Today, guest contributor Justin Fritze kicks it off with his projections for who the New York Jets will take with their top seven picks in the draft. Stay tuned for my final mock draft for the Jets and for the entire first round, along with Chris Gross’ mock draft. – JC

Let’s assume that Mike Tannenbaum doesn’t completely lose his mind and mortgage the future of the Jets in the 2012 draft. A move up of two or so spots in round one might do the trick, but nothing too out of the ordinary this year.

6th round – Brandon Lindsey, Outside Linebacker, Pittsburgh – Think about this scenario. 46 defense against a 2 tight end, 2 wide receiver set. AKA The Patriot formation. The Jets can roll out this package as a 4-3 speed rush while clogging up the middle against the draw. Lindsey on the left end, Kenrick Ellis and Sione Pouha as the Nose Tackles, and Muhammad Wilkerson sitting on the right edge as the other defensive end. Fill in the linebackers with David Harris/Bart Scott/Calvin Pace and you’ve got a pretty serious pass rush if you bring 6 and let Harris drop back into coverage.

6th round – Ryan Miller, Guard, Colorado – Sure he’s slow. Sure he needs to get down to 300 lbs to be effective in Tony Sparano’s offense. But this guy can smack around linebackers with the best of them. You know for a fact that Tony Sparano is going to have an open competition for all offensive line spots other than Center and Left Tackle, so it will be good to add some competition to guys like Matt Slauson, Wayne Hunter and Vlad Ducasse.

6th round – Jeff Adams, Left Tackle, Columbia – A good backup to Ferguson who hopefully learns right tackle so Wayne Hunter can spend less time getting our quarterbacks killed. Sparano is going to want to go to camp with no less than 15 offensive lineman, and most likely use 6-8 throughout the regular season, knowing injuries to offensive lineman are going to pile up with this new run heavy offense.

5th round – Robert Blanton, Cornerback, Notre Dame – One of my favorites in the list, Blanto  saved 6-10 touchdowns this season for a dreadful Notre Dame team. Again, scenario time. Dime formation. Jets love it against pass happy offenses. Cromartie and Revis one on one, Kyle Wilson taking the third receiver, and a safety covering the fourth receiver as Blanton rushes the QB along with the 4 defensive lineman. He can add pressure up front and also drop back while a safety blitzes from the edge.

3rd Round – Juron Criner, Wide Receiver, Arizona – He’s got size and length, but he’s going to need some serious coaching and consistency to compete at the next level. He’s a project, but in the red zone he can be a big help on the naked bootleg. Please come back Tom Moore.

2nd Round – David Wilson, Running Back, Virginia Tech – The antidote to the Jets lack of running success. Wilson, coupled with the previously mentioned additions to the offensive line, will fill the void left by LT and complement the speed of Joe McKnight and the Shonn Greene power running game. He’s a counter play machine, and he’s good for the occasional power sweep that will keep defenses honest if Tim Tebow lines up out of the spread option.

1st Round – Mark Barron, Safety, Alabama – The worthy (much improved) successor to Jim Leonhard. They’re probably going to keep Leonhard for one more season, and they should use it to have Leonhard teach Barron everything about the Rex Ryan defense. Add him to a 46 with Laron Landry and you could at any point have a safety blitz, a corner blitz or two linebackers blitz. A pick of Barron would be giving Ryan security in the secondary for the next 5 years.

New York Jets: Running Back Prospects In NFL Draft

A look at what running backs the New York Jets could consider in this year’s NFL Draft

The New York Jets are likely to add another running back to their current depth chart which features Shonn Greene, Joe McKnight, and Bilal Powell. Unless they are looking to make an unexpected power move into the top six, they probably aren’t going to end up with Trent Richardson who is the consensus top back in the draft. If for some reason Richardson begins to slide at all, I wouldn’t be stunned if the Jets made a strong push to move up for him. He is the type of player who could change the dynamic of their offense and is exactly the type of power back Rex Ryan/Tony Sparano craves. Regardless, it is more likely the Jets will spend one of their other nine picks on a running back. Here is a quick review of a few potential targets –

Doug Martin, Boise State – 5’9, 223 pounds, 4.47 forty – Martin has been climbing up draft boards and is expected by some to sneak into the bottom of the first round. The Jets would have to take a long look at him if he was still on the board at #47. Martin is a versatile, well-rounded back who could immediately push Shonn Greene for carries and develop into the long term number one back. He catches the football exceptionally well.

David Wilson, Virginia Tech – 5’10, 206 pounds, 4.40 forty – Another back quickly rising up draft boards, who the Jets could be hard pressed to ignore in the second round. Wilson had a monster combine and has potential to be a much needed home run hitter for the Jets. Similar to Martin, he catches the football very well and would immediately press for substantial playing time.

LaMicheal James, Oregon – 5’8, 194 pounds, 4.37 forty – A burner who projects to being a third down back in the NFL. If the Jets took him in the 3rd round, it wouldn’t bode well for Joe McKnight’s future with the team.

Chris Polk, Washington – 5’11, 215 pounds, 4.46 forty – A back the Jets could also consider in the third round. He has good size and is a power runner. Polk is cut from a similar mold as Shonn Greene and could be groomed as a replacement for him if he showed potential in his rookie season.

Isaiah Pead, Cincinnati – 5’10, 197 pounds, 4.41 forty – A player the Jets could look at in the 5th round. Pead has the skill set to be an explosive third down back, with his speed and ability to catch the football. He would compete directly with Joe McKnight for reps.

Robert Turbin, Utah State, 5’10, 222 pounds – 4.44 forty – Could be a very good value pick in the 5th round if he is still around. He has very good speed for a back with his size and is also elusive for a bigger back. He is the type of guy who surprise early in training camp and become a contributor immediately.

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