Kevin C. Cox
SB Nation's Mocking the Draft has a new mock draft out today. They now have the Jets taking University of Alabama guard with the ninth pick.
If the top pass rushers are off the board, the Jets should look at Warmack to help bolster the team's running game. The Jets are thin at guard and Warmack can be plugged in on either side for a decade.
Just for context, the players off the board in this mock are Luke Joeckel, Geno Smith, Sharrif Floyd, Dion Jordan, Dee Milliner, Barkevious Mingo, Eric Fisher, and Jarvis Jones.
I would not complain a bit if the Jets ended up with Warmack. People say you shouldn't take a guard that high, but Warmack is a special prospect. The Jets built a Super Bowl contender a few years back around a dominant offensive line with no weak link. Say the Jets re-sign Brandon Moore and take Warmack. The Jets are suddenly going to be able to pound the ball on anybody with a big, physical offensive line. If Moore leaves, Warmack is an ideal replacement. The Draft is about adding to your talent base. If you can add somebody who will play every down and be one of the best at his position for a long time, it is worth considering.
I will say I have gotten on the Cordarrelle Patterson bandwagon a bit, though. The receiving corps on this team looks thin. The offense badly needs playmakers. Even if Stephen Hill pans out, another receiver needs to be found for the long term so Jeremy Kerley can stay in the slot, where he does most of his damage.
I'm a believer in drafting for impact. With that in mind, if all things are equal, the Jets should really focus their first pick on offense. When you compare the offense with the defense, a good offensive player will have a much bigger impact. That side of the ball is not functional. I am not saying the Jets should pick offense even if a defensive player is far and away the biggest impact guy available. I am saying the Jets should pick defense only if a defensive player is far and away the biggest impact guy available.