NFL Draft 2013 – Turn On The Jets Mike Nolan Mock Draft 1.0

Turn On The Jets Draft Writer Mike Nolan submits his predictions for the first round of the 2013 NFL Draft

With the first round of the NFL Draft only 9 days away, it is time to ramp up the mock drafts. This version does not account for trades, which will happen. Some teams in the top half that I can see making trades on draft day are Cleveland, Miami, and San Diego. There will be QBs taken in the 1st round, just not with any of the current picks, as a team like Arizona or Buffalo could trade into the mid to bottom first round to get a QB.

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2013 NFL Draft: 7 Round New York Jets Mock With Projected Trades

Lead NFL Draft Editor Chris Gross with a New York Jets 7 Round Mock Draft, including hypothetical trade scenarios.

With just over two weeks until the 2013 NFL Draft, speculation is running more rampant than ever. Analysts, fans, NFL personnel, and everyone in between continue to project what they believe teams will do at certain positions in certain spots over the 3 day long event at the end of the month.

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NFL Draft 2013: Frank Giasone’s Mock Draft 2.0

Turn On The Jets Staff Writer, Frank Giasone with an updated NFL Mock Draft. Who does he see the Jets landing at 9? Find out right here and be sure to check back daily for updated draft content right as we inch closer to the big night next month.

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Turn On The Jets NFL Mock Draft 2.0

Chris Gross with the Turn On The Jets post combine 2013 NFL Mock Draft.

With the 2013 NFL Combine officially in the books, we are beginning to get a better idea of where prospects rank throughout the entire draft pool, as well as at their respective positions. The Franchise Tag deadline came and went on Monday, and with that, it is becoming slightly more feasible to identify team needs throughout the NFL. While these needs are subject to major change once the free agency period begins at the start of the new league year next week, let’s take a look at how the first round of this year’s draft could shake out, if it were to take place today. Continue reading “Turn On The Jets NFL Mock Draft 2.0”

TOJ New York Jets Mock Draft 4.0

TOJ rounds up all the final mock drafts and gives his prediction for what the New York Jets will do with their pick

Christmas Eve. The NFL Draft is finally upon us, starting with the first round in primetime tomorrow night. Here is a look at a collection of final mock drafts and our selection for what the New York Jets will do with the 16th pick. We can’t promise we will be right but it certainly wouldn’t be unprecedented if we were.

Mock Drafts

Don Banks, Sports Illustrated – Dontari Poe, Defensive Tackle, Memphis

Michael Lombardi, NFL.com – Melvin Ingram, Outside Linebacker, South Carolina

Pete Prisco, CBS Sports – Courtney Upshaw, Outside Linebacker, Alabama

Rob Rang, CBS Sports – Courtney Upshaw, Outside Linebacker, Alabama

Pat Kirwin, CBS Sports – Nick Perry, Outside Linebacker, USC

Walter Football – Michael Floyd, Wide Receiver, Notre Dame

Charley Casserly, NFL.com – Quinton Coples, Defensive End/Outside Linebacker, North Carolina

Chad Reuter, NFL.com – Riley Reiff, Offensive Tackle, Iowa

Pro Football Talk – Melvin Ingram, Outside Linebacker, South Carolina

Chris Gross, Turn On The Jets – Courtney Upshaw, Outside Linebacker, Alabama

Justin Fritze, Turn On The Jets – Mark Barron, Safety, Alabama

Joe Caporoso, Turn On The Jets –  Melvin Ingram, Outside Linebacker, South Carolina

Analysis The opinions of what the Jets will do has only got cloudier in the days leading up to the draft. There is no player who is anywhere near being a consensus pick and no clear cut favorite of the team. Courtney Upshaw, Mark Ingram and Quinton Coples have watched their draft stock fall, while Mark Barron and Michael Floyd have been steadily rising.

I am not abandoning my belief that Ingram will end up on the Jets now. However, could they get him without trading up? It doesn’t sound like he will be a top ten pick, so the only real threat is Seattle at #12. Could the Jets move up to #11 without having to give up their second round pick or should they risk staying put and hoping Ingram falls into their laps?

At this point, it seems like Upshaw should be available at #16, while there is no chance Mark Barron will be. If the Jets want the clear cut top safety in this draft, they are going to have to move up a few spots…maybe even as high as #9, where Carolina remains a logical trade partner given the team’s history of working together.

One last point, do not write off the Jets trading up for Trent Richardson. If you think it is crazy for them to trade up into the top five and make that big of a splash, you haven’t been watching Mike Tannenbaum the past 6 years.

Here are my projections for the Jets first round pick, in descending order of likelihood:

5. Stay Put Or Trade Up For Michael Floyd – If he is there at 16, he will be very tempting. If he gets near 16 and the Jets miss on Ingram and Barron, they could consider doing what it takes to get him.

4. Trade Up For Mark Barron – He isn’t getting to number 16. The Jets could swap picks with Carolina at #9 to have a shot at the draft’s top safety.

3. Stay Put And Take Courtney Upshaw or Chandler Jones – If the Jets miss out on Ingram and Barron, I don’t think they risk trading back. They will take whomever they have rated higher, Upshaw or Jones with their pick.

2. Trade Up For Trent RichardsonThe mega deal that Mike Tannenbaum is known for. The Jets get themselves an elite back to lead their Ground and Pound. It will cost them but if Richardson turns into an All-Pro, isn’t it worth it?

1. Stay Put Or Trade Up For Melvin Ingram – Ingram may fall to the Jets at 16 but they could avoid the risk of losing him by trading up to #11.

TOJ’s Final Mock Draft

AJ’s final mock draft before the festivities kick off this extended weekend…

1. Carolina Panthers – Cam Newton

Everyone has Newton going with this pick, and I can’t argue.

2. Denver Broncos- Marcell Dareus

Denver had a thrilling competition with the Texans last year for the league’s worst defense, I was really tempted to put Patrick Peterson in this spot as that is what I would do but it seems the Broncos like Dareus more.  Denver might also look to trade out of this spot, if the price is right.

3. Buffalo Bills- Blaine Gabbert

Buffalo looks to land their franchise QB.  Chan Gailey will let Gabbert sit at least the first half of the season behind Ryan Fitzpatick before giving him a shot.

4. Cincinnati Bengals – AJ Green

The best WR in the draft, doesn’t get out of the top five. It will be interesting to see how the circus in Cincinnati plays out this year.

5. Arizona Cardinals- Von Miller

Miller experiences a bit of a slip, but should feel a lot better going to Arizona than Buffalo or Cincinnati.  The Cardinals get a very nice consolation prize with the top two QB’s off the board, and new defensive coordinator Ray Horton gets a new toy to play with.

6. Cleveland Browns – Julio Jones

The Browns have a tough choice between Jones or Robert Quinn, I’m going to go with Jones here, Mike Holmgren will want to improve the offense ASAP, and Jones is a physical receiver who will be able to get open over the middle for Colt McCoy.

7. San Francisco 49ers – Patrick Peterson

I wouldn’t be able to sleep if I dropped Patrick Peterson any lower; he is the best player in this draft and is prime for a long and prosperous career.

8. Tennessee Titans – Nick Fairley

Once a contender for the #1 pick, the buzz on Fairley has cooled off a bit, but that does not mean the kid can’t play.  While the Titans could look in different directions, I don’t think they will be able to pass up on him, even if he does have football character issues, which are the worst variety in my opinion.

9. Dallas Cowboys- Tyron Smith

The Cowboys are a bit handcuffed into drafting an OL and the best one will still be on the board with the #9 pick.

10. Washington Redskins- J.J. Watt

The Redskins pick up a very talented player here who is versatile enough to move back and forth between the 5 and 3 techniques.  However, look for the Redskins to perhaps trade out of this pick, they apparently really like Jake Locker, so if they think they could move back, pick up some extra picks, and get Locker I think that’s what they will do.  They could also potentially trade back into the 1st round with the Jets if Locker is available at 30.

11. Houston Texans-Robert Quinn

The Texans war room is ecstatic that Quinn, a definite top ten talent, drops to them at 11.  Quinn on the other hand is not happy at all and will use this as motivation for an explosive season and an even more successful career.

12. Minnesota Vikings – Anthony Costanzo

The Vikings pass on a couple of high quality defensive prospects to fill a pressing need at Tackle.  Costanzo is the top rated tackle at this point and the BC Offensive Line reputation speaks for itself.

13. Detroit Lions- Prince Amukamara

The Lions find themselves in unfamiliar waters this year as they pick outside of the top ten.  But fear not, they still are able to land a very highly touted CB.

14. St. Louis Rams – Aldon Smith

The cat is out of the bag that the Rams would love to have Julio Jones playing for them next year, but with him off the board St. Louis drafts a player who is able to get to the QB.

15. Miami Dolphins – Mike Pouncey

In my first mock I had Ingram at this spot to help the Dolphins running game, but Pouncey has the opportunity to improve their running game just as much if not more than Ingram.  Pouncey comes in and starts day one for the Phins and replaces my least favorite player in the AFC east not named Tom Brady, Richie Incognito.

16. Jacksonville Jaguars- Ryan Kerrigan

The Jaguars try to bounce back from one of the most perplexing picks since Darius Heyward-Bey in Tyson Alula.  Like the Jets, the Jags have an aging defensive line and will need to infuse some youth (and talent) sooner or later.

17. New England Patriots – Cameron Jordan

Jordan is the best available DE at this point in the draft and will fit well in a Belichick defense (who doesn’t).  The Patriots continue to reload on the defensive side of the ball and put more pressure on the Jets to sure up their offensive line.

18. San Diego Chargers – Corey Liuget

The Chargers are fortunate to get Liuget at this point in the draft who has tremendous upside and will be able to make an impact in 2011.  Liuget plays both the run and pass very well.

19. New York Giants- Gabe Carimi

The boring team in New York misses their guy in Pouncey but is still able to find a quality lineman in Gabe Carimi.  It seems that offensive line is the pick here for the Giants and they will take the best available linemen whether he plays guard or tackle.

20. Tampa Bay Buccaneers- Da’Quan Bowers

Da’Quan Bowers’ draft stock has been like a game of shoots and ladders.  Lately, he’s been riding the biggest shoot on the board but finally lands in Tampa Bay, and for the second year in a row the Bucs get a very talented defensive line prospect.

21. Kansas City Chiefs – Derrick Sherrod

Sherrod should be able to step into the right tackle role that the Chiefs so desperately need.  If nothing else, Sherrod has experience on his side playing 50 games and only missing three to injury.

22. Indianapolis Colts- Nate Solder

Solder is a monster at 6’8’’ 319 pounds and should be able to help the Indianapolis running game that struggled all of last year.  While the trendy thought is that the Colts will pick up a QB with this pick, I don’t think they pull that trigger yet and instead address a more pressing need.

23. Philadelphia Eagles- Brooks Reed

The Eagles are pretty much set on the offensive side of the ball and while they need a tackle, with Sherrod and Solder off the board, a OL would be a reach at this point.

24. New Orleans Saints- Adrian Clayborn

Defensive end is a big need for the Saints and Clayborn is a great value pick at 24.  Clayborn’s battle with Erb’s Palsy, which leaves him temporarily paralyzed in the upper arm, has been well documented in the last couple of months which is why he drops this far, but he is a top 15 talent that has overcome a lot in his life and will continue to defy odds as a Saint.

25. Seattle Seahawks- Jake Locker

While I think Mallet is probably the third best QB prospect in this draft, he seems to be doing everything wrong and might even slip into the third round.  Locker is an extremely athletic player that Pete Carroll will love to have on his team.  Accuracy is a concern which is why he goes this late in the 1st round.

26. Baltimore Ravens- Jimmy Smith

Jimmy Smith is an exceptional talent that has been hurt by “character issues,” meaning he got drunk in college. (OMG!) He is an absolute steal at this pick as he can go toe for toe with Prince Amukamara.

27. Atlanta Falcons- Justin Houston

The Falcons take a bit of a gamble with Houston, as the biggest concern with him is his motor.

28. New England Patriots- Mark Ingram

Ingram is a tough back who will compliment everyone’s favorite story Danny Woodhead in New England’s offense.  Ingram has been dropping like a ton of bricks lately but he finds a home with New England.

29. Chicago Bears- Danny Watkins

There is no getting around it in Chicago, Jay Cutler has gotten ROUGHED UP during his time in the Windy City and the Bears need to do something about it immediately.

30. New York Jets- Muhammad Wilkerson

Why not? This would be a huge steal for the Jets at this point as teams seem to really like Wilkerson’s skill set.  He is exactly what the Jets need and offers a lot more hope than Phil Taylor who is practically already drafted by the Jets if you look around different mock drafts.

31. Pittsburgh Steelers – Phil Taylor

Taylor doesn’t slide after the Jets pass on him as the Steelers defense looks to avoid the curse of Super Bowl losers and get back to the playoffs.

32. Green Bay Packers – Cameron Heyward

Cameron Heyward got out of Ohio State at just the right time and his luck continues as the defending Super Bowl champions draft him with the last pick in the first round.  Dom Capers will coach the heck out of Heyward and he should fit well in his defense.

TOJ Mock Draft – Version 1.0

AJ takes his first crack at projecting the first round in the NFL Draft…

1. Carolina Panthers- Cam Newton, QB, Auburn

People with more inside information than me seem to think Carolina is leaning towards a QB and a “face of the franchise,” Cam Newton would be both

2. Denver Broncos- Marcell Dareus, DT, Alabama

Another rumor floating around is that John Elway would love to draft a QB at this spot, but I don’t see that happening if Newton is picked #1overall.  Dareus is a disruptive player that any team would love to have.

3. Buffalo Bills- Nick Fairley, DT, Auburn

I don’t think I need to tell anyone how bad the Bills were against the run last year, they need an anchor for that new 3-4 they implemented, and Von Miller isn’t good enough against the run to warrant this pick.

4. Cincinnati Bengals- A.J. Green, WR, Georgia

If I am a Bengals fan, and thank god I’m not, I would be praying they take Green in this pick instead of Julio Jones.  Green a natural born route runner who could provide an immediate impact.  He also has the best first name in the draft.

5.  Arizona Cardinals- Blaine Gabbert, QB, Missouri

Cardinals need to get their QB situation together; John Skelton might be a good story out of Fordham, but Larry Fitzgerald deserves better than him.

6. Cleveland Browns- Patrick Peterson, CB, LSU

Haden and Peterson at the corners? Scary.

7. San Francisco 49ers – Von Miller, LB, Texas A&M

If I’m Von Miller I am not happy about dropping this far but this would give the 49ers a very good and young linebacker core, which they could build off of.

8. Tennessee Titans – Robert Quinn, DL, North Carolina

The Titans would obviously love for one of the top two QB’s to drop to them, or maybe they think about trading up, but at this point, they should pick the best player available, which is exactly what Robert Quinn is

9. Dallas Cowboys- Mike Pouncey, OL, Florida

Pouncey Tweeted that he would be surprised if he weren’t a Cowboy next season after he visited with the team.  Hey, I’ll go to the Looney Bin with you bro.

10. Washington Redskins – Julio Jones, WR, Alabama

The Redskins have more holes than Augusta and should be happy to pick up a quality receiver here at #10.

11. Houston Texans – Da’Quan Bowers, DE, Clemson

Once considered a top 5 pick, Bowers’ draft stock has taken a hit because of questions about his knee coming off surgery.  But he’s got the talent, and a combination of Bowers and Williams would have Peyton Manning shaking in his boots.

12. Minnesota Vikings – Cameron Jordan, DE, California

Jordan has great ability and with the Vikings most likely set to lose DE Ray Edwards, they are going to need someone to fill his role immediately

13. Detroit Lions – Prince Amukamara, CB, Nebraska

The Lions have been doing a funny thing lately, drafting quality players, they will continue the trend this year by drafting Amukamara who is flying under the radar a bit because of super-prospect Peterson.

14. St. Louis Rams – Corey Liuget, DL, Illinois

The Rams two biggest needs are probably WR and DL. They aren’t going to pick up Green or Jones, but should be very happy to pick up Illinois’ Corey Liuget who is good against both the run and pass

15. Miami Dolphins – Mark Ingram, RB, Alabama

This has been a popular pick for sometime now, Ingram is the type of hard runner that Tony Soprano loves, but I mostly put Ingram here because I don’t want to think about him going to the other division rival with one of their two picks

16. Jacksonville Jaguars – Aldon Smith, DE, Missouri

Aldon Smith is the physical lineman Jack Del Rio is looking for to solidify his defensive front.  Smith could potentially transition to an outside linebacker, but the Jags would try to use his athleticism with his hand in the dirt.

17. New England Patriots – Ryan Kerrigan, DE, Purdue

Kerrigan is known around the league as a pretty safe pick.  While his ceiling is not as high as some of the other prospects at the DE position, he is a proven football player who is smart on the field and was productive throughout his collegiate career.

18. San Diego Chargers – J.J. Watt, DL, Wisconsin

J.J. is flexible enough as a defensive lineman to play the 3 and 5 technique.  A true Big Ten guy, Watt is a smart and high energy player who always seems to be around the ball.

19. New York Giants – Tyron Smith, OT, USC

The Giants get an absolute steal here with Tyron Smith, while they would love to get an interior linemen like Mike Pouncey, Smith is the best lineman available in the 2011 draft and at this point cannot drop any further, the Giants get a gem here and will find a place for him on the field.

20. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Muhammed Wilkerson, DL, Temple

If you followed my Prospect Watch at all you know that I really like this guy and I think he should be at the top of the Jets wish list for this draft.  Unfortunately it probably won’t happen as his stock has been steadily increasing since the draft season began.

21. Kansas City Chiefs – Anthony Castonzo, OT, Boston College

Another prospect out of Offensive Line U (BC) Castonzo is considered NFL ready.  The Chiefs had a surprise season last year and they will attempt to form a foundation for future consistent success, and there is no better way to do that than sure up your OL.

22. Indianapolis Colts – Gabe Carimi, OT, Wisconsin

Carimi and Castonzo could flip flop these picks but either way, the Colts are going to have to improve a line that has been in steady decline for the last couple of years.  The Colts will hope Carimi can improve a Colts run game that struggled all last year.

23. Philadelphia Eagles – Nate Solder, OT, Colorado

After a dormant first half of the draft OL lineman are coming off the board fast in the meat of the 1st round.  The Eagles will want to make sure they protect Mike Vick as much as they can or he will only be around for one or two more years.

24. New Orleans Saints – Adrian Clayborne, DE, Iowa

Like the Jets, the Saints ran into problems getting to the QB without blitzing last year.  Clayborne comes from a great program in Iowa and it shows in his discipline during the games and on the practice field.  He drops a little because of a medical condition restricting movement in his arm, but it didn’t seem to bother him too much in college and he should be prime for a productive pro career.

25. Seattle Seahawks- Jake Locker, QB, Washington

Locker has had to work his behind off after having a sub-par season at Washington.  The Seahawks’ QB problems are well documented, Hasselback belongs in a retirement home and the Whitehurst trade was one of the strangest things I’ve ever seen.  A training camp competition between Locker and Whitehurst could be good for both players.

26. Baltimore Ravens- Jimmy Smith, CB, Colorado

Smith could be a great fit for Baltimore, he has great speed and a high ceiling, with some teaching from a veteran Ravens defense, he could really shine in years to come

27. Atlanta Falcons- Akeem Ayers, OLB, UCLA

Ayers has dropped in this draft and it is very possible that if he slides this much a team could trade up and grab him.  Nevertheless, the Falcons are looking for a future replacement for John Abraham and someone who could take some reps from him immediately.

28. New England Patriots – Brooks Reed, OLB, Arizona

The Patriots spend another pick to improve their defense and they pick up another quality player in Brooks Reed.  A pass rushing specialist with some serious size, Reed would fit perfectly in the Patriots defense.

29. Chicago Bears – Phil Taylor, DT, Baylor

The Bears pick up a player who has got to be high on the Jets board.  A prototypical NT, Taylor could potentially be a beast playing the 3 technique in the Bears 4-3 defense.  They do need a OL but any prospect might be a reach at this point so the rich get richer as the Chicago defense improves tremendously with this pick.

30. New York Jets – Justin Houston, OLB, Georgia

And now the moment you’ve all been waiting for.  Everyone knows that the Jets DL is in most need of an adrenaline shot, but Rex is creative and can get anyone to play hard for him.  I think they should wait until their 3rd round pick to start working on the DL.  This leaves us with pass rushing specialist Houston, who could excel in the role that Jason Taylor played last year until he is groomed enough to be a full time starter.

31. Pittsburgh Steelers – Brandon Harris, CB, Miami

Harris brings the speed and athleticism for a nickel/ dime package corner.  If he can figure out some character issues and get serious about playing the game he could be a very good NFL player.

32. Green Bay Packers- Cameron Heyward, DE, Ohio State

Here we go, the defending champs, The Packers pick up the best player available here in Heyward who suffered a bit of a drop.