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This was a popular feature last year, so I'm bring it back for it's 2nd year. While I have the time today (watching Skyfall for the fourth time) I thought I would collect all the mock drafts that I could find, pack them all under one roof so you don't have to go around rooting for who people are pairing with your very own Jets this year at #9.
19 Mock Drafts included
7 Offensive projections, 12 defensive projections
1 WR, 2 QB, 12 OLB's, 4 OG's
Most popular defensive selection: Jarvis Jones (OLB Georgia)
Most popular offensive selection: Chance Warmack (OG, Alabama)
My least favorite selection: Tyler Wilson (2 Mocks)
My favorite selection: Dion Jordan/Jarvis Jones/Chance Warmack
The Jets have one of the most depleted rosters in the NFL right now, but they're not going to find an answer to their quarterback problem in this scenario. That means finding a competent right tackle, a young pass-rusher (Calvin Pace likely to be cut) are at the top of the priority list. Jones would fit the bill as a pass-rusher. He's versatile, closes quickly and looks to jar the ball loose when he gets to quarterbacks or ball carriers.
Yes, they really need skill position upgrades, with wide receiver, tight end and running back all areas of need. But the value is an issue, so if the Jets don't trade down, they're better served going with the best player available at another position of need. I'm a big fan of the interior, with Muhammad Wilkerson and Quinton Coples in place, but the Jets could really use an edge rusher. Jordan is light, but he has long arms, great athleticism and I think can be a guy they don't need to shuttle in and out depending on downs and matchups. He has star potential, and the pass rush gets some help.
With tons of holes thanks to a poor cap situation, New York has to take the best player available who makes sense for the roster. The Jets' inability to get to the quarterback needs to be fixed, so Bjoern Werner makes lots of sense. Werner is viewed as more of a 4-3 prospect, but the Jets run a hybrid defense with tons of 4-3 looks. Werner would be a good fit.
To bring back "ground and pound," the Jets must fortify the front line with big, physical blockers who can move defenders off the ball. Not only is Warmack a monster at the point of attack, he might be the best overall player in the draft
As bad as the offense is, the pass rush needs a boost as well. Mingo is the best player available, and could be a game changer one day.
The team’s new GM likely doesn’t want Mark Sanchez or Tim Tebow to be the face of the team, and finding that new QB would be the cheapest of the options for them. Plus, Tyler Wilson is the type of "commander" to assume a point of leadership for this scattered team and organization.
I wouldn't be surprised if Jones goes later than this. His speed around the edge is undeniable, but I think Jones will struggle with length, height/weight, and possibly medicals. I won’t touch on the last part, but my biggest issue with Jones is his ineffectiveness after his initial momentum is stopped. He will need to build a counter in the NFL. I compare Jones more to Bruce Irvin than Von Miller, which is not an insult
Concerns about Jones' long-term health are a bit overstated. He is a dynamic pass-rusher who could be an All-Pro contributor immediately.
The J-E-T-S are in salary cap hell, so will need to use the draft wisely if they hope to return to the playoffs in the near future. A major problem for the defense is improving an anemic pass rush. Mingo led LSU with 12 quarterback hurries, and had 33 tackles this season, including 5.5 tackles for a loss and 4.0 sacks. Even with a healthy Santonio Holmes, an upgrade is sorely needed as the Jets will be grooming a new QB in 2013.
Ideally, the Jets would like a pass-rushing linebacker. But Warmack fills a desperate need at guard. He will immediately move to the top of the depth chart in New York.
Mark Sanchez had a disastrous season, and the Jets desperately need to address the quarterback position. New York could choose to address the position through trade or free agency, but the possibility of Alex Smith or Mike Vick can't be too exciting. Tyler Wilson would bring a live arm and tons of competitiveness to an offense that could use both at the quarterback position.
Chance Warmack would be a big upgrade over Left Guard Matt Slauson and/or Right Guard Brandon Moore. Warmack would give that Jets running game a boost!
amontre Moore makes a ton of sense at this point but I’m going a little less traditional on this one. They are lacking weapons in a major way. Whether its Mark Sanchez or someone else at the helm, they are going to have to find a legitimate threat at the WR position. Patterson lacks experience and needs some work but finding a more physically gifted receiver is an impossible task. He brings rare athletic talents to blend plus size.
Johnny Manziel gets all the publicity, but Moore’s been a major force for the Aggies all year. The Jets have needs all over, so why not take a prospect who can play multiple positions?
The Jets address one of their biggest needs by taking this big mauling guard with the 9th pick. No it’s not sexy, but it will improve their running game and their team in general.