The draft is tomorrow! I couldn't be happier that it is all so close to being over. I have been looking at prospects from as early as 2010. It will be a huge relief to see how it all shakes out. Without further ado, here is my last Jets Mock of the year.
Round 1: Melvin Ingram, DE, South Carolina
Personally, I don't think there is any way Ingram falls to 16, but if he does, this pick is a no brainer. In all likelihood, this pick will be Upshaw or Chandler Jones. With Ingram, we will be getting a bionafied play maker for our front 7. His versatility is off the charts, and would make an impact at a variety of positions. When you look at Melvin, it may be difficult to see an "elite" pass rusher. I would agree with that assessment, but I would tell you he is on his way. The amount of energy, and violence he plays with, will make him effective at whatever position we ask him to play. What he puts into every play, is something you can slow down, but not stop.
Round 2: Mohamed Sanu, WR, Rutgers
With our second pick, we give Mark and Tim a legit #2 WR. I had the pleasure of watching a lot of game tape of Sanu this year. When I watch Sanu, I see a player that can make the chain moving catches that Cotchery and Chrebet are known for, but can also make the game changing play down the field. His strong rout running skills will compensate for his lack of speed in most cases. Sanu would also be serviceable in our running game as a blocker.
Round 3: Robert Turbin, RB, Utah State
I am a big fan of going back to the ground and pound this year. The only problem is, I don't think we have the personnel to pull it off right now. I can see Greene wearing down as the season goes by, and McKnight is not the kind of RB that will make defenders cringe when making a tackle. Turbin on the other hand is the perfect answer to this problem. Robert is a very strong, powerful runner, who can pound it up the middle. A nice bonus is that Turbin also has 4.44 speed and good hands. He is a well rounded back, that should make this offense reminiscent of the one with Jones and Greene. I can't think of any defense that would be happy about tackling Greene, Turbin, and Tebow 30 plus times a game. If you sprinkle in some Mcknight, you have a decent 4 headed monster.
Round 5: Julian Miller, DE, West Virginia
I strongly believe that we should double up on the pass rusher position. Next year, I predict both Calvin Pace and Bryan Thomas being gone. This year's draft has a good number of sleeper picks that I think could be very good pass rushers in the NFL. Jullian Miller inches out Cordarro Law as my 5th round sleeper, based on versatility, and level of competition. Miller didn't get any favors from his coaching staff in W. Virginia. In their 3 down linemen defense, they had Miller playing DE, and NT. Against all odds, this 256 pound beast held his own at every position he played. He was surprisingly able to hold the point of attack very well, and his pass rushing skills were very underrated. Even though he was severely out of position, Julian managed to amass 6 sacks, and 11 tackles for a loss.
Round 6: Brian Stahovich, P, San Diego State
The field position battle is one that sometimes goes unnoticed. When we got rid of Weatherford, we lost a great punter. This was made painfully clear to us, while we were watching him tear it up for the Giants. The Jets have show interest in Stahovich this offseason. I think they pull the trigger on him with their first 6th round pick.
Round 6(Comp): Ronald Leary, OT/G, Memphis
Since it seems like Rex and Tanny don't see O-line help as a pressing need, I don't expect them to draft an O-linemen too early. A lot of the O-linemen they have looked at, are hybrid tackle/guards. Once such prospect is Ronald Leary. He isn't someone who will jump out at you as a great tackle, but he has the size and strength to get the job done. He played both left and right tackle at Memphis, but a lot of scouts think he can be moved inside. I would be happy with some new depth on the O-line.
Round 6 (Comp): Isaiah Frey, CB, Nevada
I know the Jets have shown interest in Raiders CB, Chris Johnson, but even if we sign him, we need more depth. We lost both Cole and Strickland. Neither are irreplaceable, but bodies will be needed. Frey had a decent senior season with 5 INTs and 16 passes broken up. I think he can be brought into camp, and find a spot on this team as both a special teamer and a CB/S hybrid. Some other CBs that could be picked here are Omar Bolden and D'Anton Lynn
Round 7: Vontaze Burfict, ILB, Arizona State
I absolutely hate Burfict as a prospect, but if he falls this far, which he may, It wouldn't hurt to give him a shot. Maybe Rex can smack some sense into this kid. If not, it's only a 7th round pick. If he does pan out though, he could make a huge impact as an ILBer next year when Scott is shown the door. I think it just came out that he failed his drug test at the combine. That should ensure that his presence at the end of the draft.
Round 7(Comp): Korey Williams, ILB, Southern Miss
Korey Williams is my favorite sleeper pick in the draft. If the Jets pick Korey Williams, I will be a very happy man. If Williams didn't go down with a knee injury for the year, there isn't a doubt in my mind that he would have gone somewhere between the 2nd and 4th rounds. Korey is a special kind of talent that shouldn't be overlooked just because he missed most of his senior season, and goes to a small school. He only played in 4 games in 2011, but was on track to end the year with 113 tackles. With Bart Scott most likely not coming back next year, a replacement needs to be groomed. If he doesn't work out, next year's ILBer draft class should be really good.
Round 7(Comp): Chad Faulcon, S, Montclaire St
I believe that any significant moves at the safety position will be made after the draft. It might be signing Leonhard or Atogwe. We could also draft Rambo in the Supplemental Draft if he chooses to come out. Faulcon could be brought in to be a camp body, and compete to make the team as a special teamer. The Jets have been interested in this hometown guy for a little bit now. Who knows, he might be a late round gem.