It's a pretty slow news day today so I thought I would put a collection of Jets Picks from around the Internet Mocks for this week. Mock drafts are usually updated on a weekly basis between now and April but right now here is where we stand:
. Being able to match up a big, athletic safety on the league's taller receivers and beast-like tight ends (Rob Gronkowski, we're looking in your direction) is the name of the game on defense these days. The Jets were at an obvious disadvantage on that front last season, but they'd be getting the best available talent upgrade in Barron.
Mark Barron, S, Alabama. The Jets have a star-studded secondary with Darrelle Revis, Antonio Cromartie and Jim Leonhard but there is a weak link and his name is Eric Smith. After a disappointing year in which his flaws were exposed, don’t be surprised if Rex Ryan opts to replace Smith in the offseason. Alabama’s Mark Barron is this year’s top safety prospect by a considerable margin and while he wouldn’t necessarily be a perfect fit alongside Leonard the two could certainly coexist. Not only does Barron possess an excellent blend of size and speed but his football intangibles also stand out............(Click link above for more)
More after the jump:
Melvin Ingram, DE/OLB, South Carolina. We changed up priorities a little this week in deference to Free Agency status of the Jets OLB's. Westerman and Maybin are restricted FA's, but if either are not retained, then a 34OLB becomes a higher priority. Going back into the previous 2 or 3 drafts, it seems that 34OLBs have always been the target of draft pundits for the Jets. But Mark Tannenbaum and Jets draft scouts avoided the position, which comes with a high bust potential once your draft pick exceeds the mid-teens. Last year the Jets picked at #30: they would have scored with Jabaal Sheard or Brooks Reed, but would have been left high and dry with Bruce Carter or Dontay Moch. Melvin Ingram's visibility has improved after leading South Carolina to a big Capital One Bowl win (1.5 sacks in that game, 10 on the year) - but he's been on the radar all along. Ingram has great speed - he was a kick returner and FB early on at SC. A first team All-American, this video puts his freakish athleticism and moves on display.
Rob Rang, CBS - Mark Barron, S, Alabama
Dane Bruglar, CBS- Mark Barron, S, Alabama
Walter Football- Michael Floyd, WR, Notre Dame
Is there any doubt the Jets will be targeting a receiver early? Rex Ryan will need to give Mark Sanchez as much help as possible before the USC quarterback turns into a complete bust. Also, it's hard to imagine Santonio Holmes being back with the team after what he pulled during the final week of the season.
The Jets really need to address the wideout position, and Michael Floyd is one of the top players on the board.
Ryan Van Bibber, SB Nation- Mark Barron, S, Alabama
Having the best cornerback in the league doesn't necessary make a team impervious to the pass. They gave up more than 800 passing yards to Tom Brady this year. A big-hitting, smart safety like Barron could really help the Jets against the Patriots' tight ends.
Draft Site- Melvin Ingram, DE/OLB, South Carolina
Bucky Brooks, NFL.com- Courtney Upshaw, OLB, Alabama
The Jets desperately need a pass rusher to help their defense return to the ranks of the elite. Upshaw's motor and relentlessness will allow Rex Ryan to scale back the risky blitzing in critical situations.
Elliot Harrison, NFL.com- Mark Barron, S, Alabama
Chad Reuter, NFL.com- David DeCastro, OG, Stanford
Charles Davis, NFL.com- Nick Perry, DE, USC
Peter Schrager, Fox Sports- Mark Barron, S, Alabama
Jets fans are far more concerned about the quarterback position this week, but safety was a sore spot all year, too. Offensive tackle is an area of need, as well, but after the first offensive tackles on the board this year, there’s a significant drop-off. I can’t see New York reaching. Barron’s a tough-nosed hitter who can make an impact in the pass coverage game, too. He can start right away. Get him in green
NFL's Future- Courtney Upshaw, OLB, Alabama
Upshaw is coming off a spectacular National Championship performance that garnered him defensive MVP honors. He can flat get after the quarterback with his blend of size and speed. He has the versatility to move all over the defense. Upshaw is nasty which should fit well in Rex Ryan’s scheme.
I love this pick and fit for the team and player. His build and game are reminiscent of LaMarr Woodley which should be good news for Jets fans. Mark Barron got some consideration with this pick.
Wes Bunting, National Football Post, RB, Trent Richardson, Alabama
If the Jets are going to be successful, they have to get back to their ground and pound ways. And the idea of Trent Richardson and Shonn Greene as their one-two punch might be too good to pass up.
There are a million mock drafts out there, but here are some of the top ones.