Yeah, I know: "Guard, is one of the few position the Jets DON'T need, you idiot, and even if they did, its not smart to take a Guard so early." Just hear me out.
DeCastro is one of the best players in the draft. The only reason he may be available at 16 is that he's a Guard. He will most likely be gone, but there are a good minority of mock drafts, including NFL Network and USA Today, where he is still available.
DeCastro has no holes in his game. He is a devastating drive blocker and puts defenders on the ground. He is excellent at pulling out to the edge and trapping. He is also a solid standup pass blocker. I just watched a replay of the Stanford USC game. Luck throws a bad pick in the 4th Qtr, and after getting the ball back, they need a TD to tie with the clock running out. What do they do? They run right behind DeCastro until they score.
The Jets bring in Sparano. They want to play I formation, run it up the middle power football. What would be better than seeing Greene run up the middle behind the Terminator between Mangold and DeCastro. Make meaningful yardage on 1st downs, convert on 3rd and short and control the clock. DeCastro has more value to the Jets than just about any other team.
Slauson is just OK and Moore is on the downside. You can disagree with that, thats OK, but please don't say that DeCastro would not be a major upgrade. Under Ryan, the Jets have only been a great team when they run the ball well, and that's why Sparano is here.
He would also be a rock in the locker room. He is a rare superior athlete who is mature and intelligent, but plays with a real mean streak. His attitude would bring up the whole line and the whole team. Good Lord, haven't the Jets filled their quota of boneheads?
If you are a BPA advocate, no other player who may be available at 16 has a higher probability of going to multiple Pro Bowls.
Now, the Jets need to improve their pass rush, I agree. If Ingram is there at 16, they take him over anybody else. I can also see the argument for Coples. But what if they're gone and DeCastro is still there? Besides these two, the potential game changing pass rushers are more of a project. Well, there are project pass rushers at 47, too. For example, is Mercilus that much of a better prospect than somebody like Bruce Irvin that you would pass on DeCastro to take him. No way.