Mock Drafts are opinions. And opinions are like @ssholes, everyone has one. So here is mine after the jump. My Mock Draft that is.
The Jets apparently worked out several players who are considered first or early second round grades making them all potential picks at 30: Ryan Kerrigan, DE/OLB; Gabe Carimi, OT; Corey Liugit, DT; Phil Taylor, DT; Muhammed Wilkerson, DT; Akeem Ayers, OLB; Jimmy Smith, CB; Randall Cobb, WR; Justin Houston, OLB; and finally Andy Dalton, QB.
Except for Andy Dalton, I suppose an argument could be made for any of the players listed above being picked at 30 by the Jets (if they fell to us). Carimi could solidify our O-Line and bring them back to being the best O-Line in the game. Jimmy Smith could allow us to move on without Cromartie without missing a beat. Even Randall Cobb has value because he would allow us to move on without Santonio Holmes or Brad Smith. The Jets are expected to pick for defense here though and if any of the above defensive players are there, they could help us out. However, if any of these players are still there, they would also allow us some trade value. With other 3-4 defenses in Pittsburg, GreenBay and New England picking directly behind us, there may be room to make a deal for the 30th spot.
San Fran has alot of picks this year. They also run the 3-4 defense. They also have alot of needs. They could be a good trade partner for any of the players above. Since they have an early pick on day 1, perhaps they are getting anxious to move back into round 1 again. The trade would be our 30th pick (Rd 1) and 94th pick (Rd 3) for their 45th pick (Rd 2), their 76 pick (Rd 3), their 108th pick (Rd 4) and one of their 7th round picks to even out the value.
In the 2nd round, the Jets could be looking at Martez Wilson, OLB, or Brooks Reed, OLB. I'd be happy with either. If both are gone I'd be looking at Jarvis Jenkins, DT.
In the 3rd round, the Jets should be looking at Kenrick Ellis, DT. If I had already grabbed Jenkins in the 2nd, then I would take Dontay Moch, OLB. If I had gotten the LB in round 2, and Ellis is gone, then I'm taking WR Edmund Gates as BPA and looking for Sione Fua in the 5th. If I've missed on LB in round 2 and 3, then I'm still taking Edmund Gates and looking for Doug Hogue, OLB in the 5th and Malcolm Smith, OLB in the 7th.
In the 4th round, with the trade, there are now 2 picks. I would target Jaiquawn Jarrett, FS and Jah Ried, OT. If either are missing at the pick, I would reach for Joe Lefeged, SS or possibly a receiver such as Denarius Moore who seems to be ranked anywhere from the 3rd to the 6th depending on where you look.
In the 5th round, I am looking at Joe Lefeged, SS/KR. If he is not there, then I am taking Robert Sands, S, or Jeremy Kerley, WR/KR.
In the 6th round, I am hoping for Jeremy Kerley, WR, or Denarius Moore, WR, to fall. Whatever happens, I'm taking a WR here, so its gonna be best WR available.
In the 7th round, with the trade, there are two picks. I would look for Ray Dominguez, G, and Malcolm Smith, LB.
I really like Martez Wilson because of his versatility and I could see him providing Tanny with some leverage in the Harris negotiations, or replacing Scott or Bryan Thomas in a year. Kenrick Ellis size speaks for itself. A double-dip at safety in Jarrett and Lefeged would be outstanding for the secondary; our Safeties are a serious weak spot. Ried and Dominguez could affordably fix the holes in our O-Line and don't comprimise the development of Ducasse. While I have been arguing the value of WR for a while, ultimately I think we can get Braylon Edwards back, pair him with Cotchery, find someone in the 6th for the slot, and bring in UFA like Scotty McKnight, Michael Galatas, or Vidal Hazelton. Finally, Malcom Smith helps on Specials and provides Rex with a small quick LB for coverage packages.
I am not sure I am throwing anything new or remarkable out here, but what would you think of this draft?