We are 8 days away from the NFL, one of my favourite times of the year. There are 1 million scenarios that could play out next weekend We have mulled over prospects, scouted them and even talked to a few but we really have no idea what's going to happen. I'll hold my hands up and honestly say that I have absolutley no idea, I have an idea of what I would like to see, I have an idea of a a logical way to draft but I'm not drafting and Mike T is rarely logical, so throw it out the window and made to hear it splatter.
However the draft is not just about the Jets, but every team will effect the Jets board in someway and effect the Jets team in 2012. So here are a few things I want to see in the 2012 NFL draft:
1) The Miami Dolphins selecting Ryan Tannehill at #8. I have never seen a QB raise his stock so much in one off-season without throwing a meaningfull pass. Ryan is not even a first round talent, let alone a top 10 talent. Is he even that much better than Matt Moore? I have severe reservations about Ryan and his complete lack of experience playing the position. It will be a Jake Locker and Blaine Gabbert type pick, and it'll end even worse in my opinion. Anything that hurts the Dolphins though, helps the Jets. So I hope they go ahead and select him.
2) The Buffalo Bills select an offensive tackle, the Jaguars select Coples and Miami takes Tannehill. Meaning that Melvin Ingram falls to the Jets at #16. The Bills will have an excellent defensive front next year, they need to help put points on the board. Coples has the most upside of any and the Julius Peppers references are too much for those in Jacksonville. Welcome to New York Melvin. You'll be great.
3) If number two does not play out, I want the Dallas Cowboys taking Mark Barron. I have a fear that almost keeps me up at night that if Barron is there at #16, the Jets are going to select him. No thank you, I've said it from the start of the process, he is not the safety that we need and certainly not in the first round. He is coming off an injury and a guy like Barron is tailor made for Dallas. Have fun with the cheerleaders in Texas and stay away from the Flight Crew.
4) No small school prospects in the first three rounds. I know we always like to show everyone how we can mould a player from a school where technique was overlooked for pure power and strength. Seriously though, lets leave these real developmental prospects until the later rounds. Vlad, Ellis, enough already. We have our two small school guys and if you want to take a couple in rounds 5,6 and 7 then that's fine. However lets pick from some established BCS schools, whose prospects are more pro ready.
5) May lord have mercy on Mr T, can I but see a trade down in our future. Bucking the trend, we move down from #16 to the early 20's we pick up Whitney Mercilus, gain another 2nd round selection and take Harrison Smith and either Bobby Massie or Shea McClellin. We come away with three impact players from day one, we add depth and everyone goes home just a little happier inside.