Hello folks, I was the GM for the Jets with this pick. So who did I pick? I picked Jonathan Martin OT, Stanford. I fully expect to be reemed here, so I'll just go ahead and admit that both Courtney Upshaw and Whitney Mercilus were available. So why'd I do that? Here was my explanation:
Here's my thought process in narrowing down this selection. Looking at the Jets needs, they are RT, OLB, S, WR, in no particular order. Admittedly RT/OLB are probably greater needs than S and WR.As far as WR, this draft is deep enough at the position where the Jets could take one later on and with Michael Floyd already gone, I don't think another WR is worthy at this point of going at #16. And really, we are talking about a big bodied receiver who could replace the target Mark Sanchez has had in previous years in Braylon Edwards and Plaxico Burress and Kendall Wright doesn't fit that bill. We are now down to OLB and RT. The sexy pick here with the Jets is the pass rush/OLB spot. The guys left most likely to go here are Courtney Upshaw and Whitney Mercilus. I think Jets fans would jump all over these guys, but here's why I didn't. In my opinion, Mercilus is more of a prototypical DE in a 4-3, and though he played standing up in that scheme, it doesn't automatically mean he can be effective in space or coverage. If the Jets did this, I think it would be like fitting a square peg in a round hole sort of how Robert Ayers was moved from his natural 4-3 position by Josh McDaniels. Some might be wondering why I would pass on Upshaw here. I just don't think he's that dominant a pass rusher and at times he also got lost in run support. I think he's a solid all around OLB, but in my mind, the obvious shift in offensive philosophy with the hiring of Tony Sparano and even the trade for Tim Tebow, means that the OL takes precedence here. Johnathan Martin from Stanford is an intriguing prospect. Though he played LT in college protecting Andrew Luck's blindside, he struggled with speed rushers and is therefore thought to be better suited as a RT prospect at the pro level. He would be an immediate upgrade in pass protection over Wayne Hunter and Vlad Ducasse and is absolutely dominant in the run game which fits with the aforementioned return to the "ground and pound" philosophy on offense. For my money, this pick makes one side of the ball significantly better than had the pick been Courtney Upshaw. So folks, there you have it, what say you?