The combine ends today and I've seen pretty much everything I wanted to see from the future NFL prospects. Again some people helped themselves as others really hurt their draft stock. I posted a mock draft for shits and giggles after the Senior Bowl and I had so much fun doing it I thought I'd do one after the combine. I watched a majority of the workouts mainly eyeing the positions that I thought the Jets should be targeting in April. Now a lot can change between now and April especially with FA yet to occur, but we will cross that bridge when we get there. For now just enjoy the mock.
Round 1 Pick 16- Whitney Mercilus, OLB Illinois
This was my original pick and I'm sticking to it. The Jets are in a wonderful position at 16. As last years draft class was loaded with Defensive Tackles this class is loaded with pass rushers. As a result of the heavy Defensive Tackle class last year Muhammad Wilkerson slipped to us at 30. Since this class is loaded with pass rushers and teams at the top have glaring needs at other positions, I don't see the first pass rusher coming off the board until maybe #7 overall to the Jags. See we are in great position to snag someone who slips. I have been on here banging the table for Whitney Mercilus and I truly believe if he is there at 16 the Jets have to take him. I prefer him over the other pass rushers on the board but I think those guys come off the board before we pick anyway. As I stated in my first mock draft I expect Mercilus to rise due to being a one-year wonder and the athleticism he displayed at the combine. He ran 4.65 in the forty yard dash at 6'4 261lbs. Even more impressive was his 10 yard split at 1.56. He was smooth at his size and proved yesterday that he can stand up and play 3-4 OLB. He would be a perfect fit opposite Calvin Pace. He would provide the consistent pass rush this defense is missing. Other Possibilities: Courtney Upshaw, Melvin Ingram, Nick Perry, Michael Floyd, Cordy Glenn, Mark Barron.
Round 2- Trumaine Johnson, S Montana
We all know how big of need we have at Safety. Previously in this spot I had Brian Quick the WR from App State. I really like him as a prospect but there are so many big receivers that we can get good value later on. Safeties however are very limited this is why here we get the small school Cornerback and move him inside to Safety. He is big at 6'2 204lbs and ran fast at 4.50. He is very athletic and would fit in right at home at Safety roaming center field and also coming down and covering TE's and slot receivers. He is also phyiscal in run support and would be more than able to make this transition. The only question about Johnson is the level of competition he played at. That has never stopped Rex and Tanny before so this is a pick that can definitely happen. Other Possibilities: Stephen Hill, Alshon Jeffrey, Brian Quick, Harrison Smith, Mike Adams.
Round 3- Marvin McNutt, WR Iowa
In my last mock draft I had George Iloka in this spot. Obviously we've already filled that need in the 2nd Round with Trumaine Johsnon. Now we still need a receiver to line up opposite Santonio Holmes. That guys is where Marvin McNutt comes in, he's big at 6'3 216. He has decent speed at 4.54 but he is a long strider and knows how to use his big body to go up and get the ball with his 37" vertical jump. He went to Iowa, so you know he can run block, because at Iowa you don't play unless you block. The former QB understands the nuances of coverage and can find the soft spots. His route running is good for a big guy and came from a pro style offense so understands the concepts of roue running. I believe he would be a wonderful pickup for the Jets in the 3rd round.
Round 4- Jake Bequette, OLB Arkansas
Previously I had the Jets taking Ladarius Green the TE out of UL Lafayette in this spot, he showed up light at the combine and only did 16 reps on the bench press. He needs to show an ability to be a run blocker before the Jets can select him. Jake Bequette would be great value in the 4th as a 3-4 OLB. He can eventually be our Jarret Johnson or Bryan Thomas setting the edge and also being able to provide something in the pass rush department. He's a hard worker and will come in and compete from day one. The only question about him is his athletic ability but he answered some of those questions during the combine.
Round 5- Mitchell Schwartz, RT Cal
Previously in this spot I had the Jets taking Brandon Lindsey, OLB from Pitt. Mitchell Schwartz is quietly rising up some draft boards including mine. I had us taking him in the 6th round but he should be off the board before then. He is big at 6'5 318. He is a technician on the Offensive Line with a mean streak which is a recipe for success when it comes to Offensive Linemen. He is adept in pass protection and a mauler in the run game. He played Left Tackle at Cal but if selected by the Jets will undoubtedly make the move to Right Tackle. He will come in from day one and compete for that starting spot at RT.
Round 6- Demario Davis, ILB Arkansas State
Previously in this spot I had the aforementioned Mitchell Schwartz. Now we have Demario Davis the fast and hard hitting LB from Arkansas State. He played all over the field for Arkansas State but would fit right inside for the Jets in our 3-4 Alignment. He uses his speed to make plays all over the field showing his instincts to always be around the ball. He is extremely physical and could come in and be a contributor on special teams right away with his speed and athleticism. He would also provide depth and youth to a position we need it at right away.
Round 7- George Bryan, TE NC State
Previously in this spot I had us taking Russel Wilson the QB from Wisconsin. The reason I change my pick is because we got McElroy last year as our backup of the future, and I see the Jets signing someone in FA to compete with Sanchez.So we go to someone Wilson used to throw to while at NC State. In a day in age where the TE position is changing guys like Bryan will fall. Your more traditional in line blocking TE, Bryan also has the soft hands and big frame (6'5 265) to be an asset in the passing game. He compares to Scott Chandler in Buffalo or Jake Ballard with the Giants. Doesn't have the speed to consistently beat people deep but has good enough hands to make contested catches. He would be a great blocking compliment to Keller, who also happens to be entering a contract year.
Let me know what you guys think.