It's been brought up to me that my previous draft looked too much like Bleacher Report's and I wanted to make something that was my own draft so here's my revised draft:
Barkevious Mingo OLB, LSU
With Taylor Lewan and Jake Mathews are going back to school and Luke Joeckel likely falling out of our reach the Jets are unlikely to draft in the offensive line in the first round, Jarvis Jones and Geno Smith are also are out of reach. Mingo seems better than Dion Jordan to me because of his speed and athleticism (and let's face it anyone is better than Calvin Pace at this point). He will be a big upgrade at OLB and even if we can't get him Dion Jordan or even Ziggy Ansah are great options, either way we're going to get a good OLB to bolster our poor run defense.
Matt Elam SS, Florida
Laron Landry is going to ask for money that we quite frankly just don't have so we're going to have to rely on the draft for a safety. I would love to draft Kenny Vacaro in this round but sadly it's just not happening (unless we trade Revis or maybe Cromartie for a first round pick but I'm against it), he'll be taken in the first round so that leaves us with Matt Elam as the second best option. Throughout his Florida Career Elam has shown his ability rush at the line of scrimmage and drop back in single high coverage showing that he's a versatile safety that Rex Ryan could use in his defense. His size may be a concern to some but that hasn't stopped him from getting 6 picks, 78 total tackles, 2 forced fumbles, and 11 tackles for a loss, showing his athleticism, instinct, and physicality. The only problem one could see with Matt Elam is his size but he's shown that that's no a problem, his ability will allow Rex Ryan to get very creative in his defensive plays and blitzes.
UPDATE: I'm hearing things about him getting drafted late in the first round so if we can't get him I'd like T.J. McDonald he's reminiscent of Taylor Mays only a little less athletic (but how can you be as athletic as Taylor Mays he ran a Chris Johnson 40 time and he's huge!)
E. J. Manuel QB, Florida State
Even though my signature says "Mark Sanchez for comeback player of the year" That wish is unlikely to be fulfilled and even if it is the Jets will find a way to bench him anyway. Despite a strong performance, the Senior Bowl MVP still has his inconsistencies, it will depend on his upcoming performance to see if his draft stock rises or falls in the coming months. He struggles to read defenses and his field vision is a bit low sometimes (remind you of someone?). However he's physicality is fantastic at 6' 5" and 240 lb., having a great arm, and plus he's mobile too. Unlike Sanchez he's had four years under his belt, completing 65% of his passes, had 41 TD's to 18 INT's. His draft status is comparable to what Collin Kaepernick was 2 years ago. If we do draft him we can get the dynamic offense we were promised by Rex Ryan with him and Giovani Bernard. On a hypothetical note, let's say Mark Sanchez does have a comeback player of the year, year it'll be just like the 49ers we'll be able to start EJ Manuel in his second year and Trade Mark Sancehez to some team that needs a QB or backup QB.
Kenny Stills WR, Oklahoma
Let's break down the receiving core situation shall we? On the bad we have Santonio Holmes coming off a Lisfranc injury which he may never recover from, plus he may get cut in the future as he's grossly over-paid and we have Stephen Hill who is a project with a lot of potential that we still haven't tapped and has a bit of an injury bug. On the good we have Jeremy Kerley and hopefully Braylon Edwards who may be able to help Hill develop. While Braylon would be nice to have in our receiving core I don't think he has much gas left in the tank to be starter for much longer especially considering the hamstring problems that have hindered him for the past 2 years. So the only receiver we are guaranteed to get high production out of is the slot receiver, Kerley with no outside guys. With that we're going to need a receiver that guarantees production or to add depth to our depleted receiving core. Kenny Stills is the exact solid receiver that we need, he has great acceleration and agility making a great route runner, he's a very good deep threat, and has the balance to stay on his feet after a catch to make a play. However with that he does have some problems: he's fast, but not blazing fast, he doesn't have that elite gear to make 99 yard td plays, he is also not particularly physical when going up to get the ball and doesn't have much experience in press coverage. However I feel these problems can be solved with some guidance from Santonio Holmes who he may be replacing in the future in a good, young receiving core.
Tyrann Mathieu CB, Formerly LSU
As much as I didn't like him before the more I look at him the more I like him. Mathieu may have been considered a first round pick long ago but many teams won't touch him now given his reputation with drugs. I'm hoping that he has a change of heart because he has the potential to be a great slot corner or even a starting corner if Revis or Cromartie get traded. Despite his small size he has tremendous fierceness on the field in terms of hitting and will close the gap on his receiver. Hopefully he will pan out but if Revis and Cromartie stay and he can't beat Kyle Wilson (he's not a bad slot corner he's just no Revis or Cromartie) we can move him to free safety where him combined with Matt Elam will make our pass defense the definitive best in the league (Steelers step aside).
Omoregie Uzzi OG, Georgia Tech
You may be thinking that I'm addressing the offensive line issue a bit late but I'm not, OG's tend to fly off the draft board slower than most other positions. With Brandon Moore or Matt Slauson probably leaving (preferably neither but what's the likeliness of that happening) we'll need a new guard as Vlad Ducasse is definitely not ready to be a starter or at least not without some competition. Omoregie Uzzi is not Chance Warmick, but the Jets are likely not going to draft Chance as the OLB position is a bigger need to fill. Omoregie Uzzi was an important part of Georgia Tech's top 4 Run Blocking O-line and could be a viable replacement for Moore or Slauson while maybe rotating in and out with Vlad Ducasse.
Joseph Fauria TE, UCLA
I have an itch that Dustin Keller will return to the Jets next year at an affordable price due to his unfortunate injury-prone season and his inability to be very productive with anyone but Sanchez. Either way we need a new TE as Sanchez is likely on his way out. Meet Joseph Fauria a monster of a man at 6'7" and 257 lbs Fauria who's main use will be to create mismatches, with this he is solid receiving TE and should be a viable replacement should Dustin Keller leave. However he is limited when it comes to blocking but Jeff Cumberland should be back next year and he'll be a good blocker and would make a good tandem with Fauria as Fauria becomes a better blocker.
Adressing other needs:
The other OLB - Sadly we don't have unlimited draft picks so Garret McIntyre (who's basically a young healthy Bryan Thomas, which to say is mediocre) will have to suffice or if we keep DeVito Coples can rotate Between DE and OLB
RB This was the thing I was most sad about that I couldn't draft, there's some talent in the 2nd-5th rounds but there are bigger holes to be filled, so unless we magically find an Arian Foster as an UFA we'll have to look into free agency. Chris Ivory is my back of choice as the only reason why he doesn't start is because he's among the best group of RBs in the NFL
The other Safety - Either Mathieu or Wilson can move to safety along with the one we draft. If we do trade Cromartie or Revis we'll have a second round pick or a first round pick respectively. Wilson and Mathieu can fight it out for Corner the loser becoming the slot, Elam or McDonald will be the safety or we can draft both if we trade Cromartie or Kenny Vacaro if we traded Revis which is a big :(
RT - haven't seen any good tackles this year except Luke Joeckel and we're probably not getting him so not this year and Howard is OK anyway
Moore/Slauson - Keep both if possible sign Moore to a 1 or 2 year contract as he's getting old sign Slauson for a longer deal, we can still draft Uzzi and rotate him in with Moore as Moore will start to show age
Dustin Keller - Keep if possible he's likely to ask for bigger money and its not worth franchising him so more than likely Mark Sanchez' favorite reciever is gone unless what I said above happens
Shonn Greene - Gone unless his old self from 2009 and 2010 show up again or he can't find a job and will accept a low salary, he won't fit into Morhinwegs system anyway
Laron Landry and Yerimiah Bell - Both are likely gone as we'll be able draft a young safety and probably convert a corner into a safety, if not keep Bell for a year more Landry will be unaffordable.
Braylon Edwards - KEEP, KEEP, KEEP In just 4 games Braylon showed why we should've taken him over Santonio Holmes: he has a good attitude even in a losing effort (although that may be because he's looking for a job), he added a spark on offense making some nice catches he will be a weapon to bolster our receiving core for a couple more years, I wouldn't be too reliant on him though because as I said above he has only a few years left in the tank. But he's cheap and he wants to stay with the team what more could you want for a fan favorite.
Clyde Gates - Who? I think at some point he was the number 2 reciever he obviously doesn't belong there, however he does have great potential with blazing speed, he is like Hill a project and needs to develop but he's young and cheap and the Depth Chart will look like this next year (assuming we go through with my draft picks): Santonio Holmes, Kenny Stills/Stephen Hill, Jeremy Kerley, Braylon Edwards, Stephen Hill/Kenny Stills, and one last spot for the 6th man Clyde Gates the perfect spot for a project like him. Given this we will have a strong receiving corps next year and for the future given that Hill, Kerley, Stills, and Gates develop