I am sick and tired of waiting for the Jets to make a move with Revis. I keep popping out these mocks, but it pains me, because a Revis trade would change everything. This waiting game is not favorable for an impatient mocker like myself. As a Jets fan though, I love that Idzik is holding out for the deal he wants, and not just getting what he can get. In the scenario I will be drafting with today, we get Tampa's 1st and 3rd. This would give us two in the 1st, one in the 2nd, two in the 3rd, one in the 4th, one in the 5th, one in the 6th and one in the 7th. Here we go!
Round 1: Barkevious Mingo, DE/OLB, LSU
With the 9th pick in the draft, the NY Jets select one of the safest pass rushing prospects. The safest pick would be Okafor, but 9 would be a reach for him. Mingo has two things that Rex and Dunbar love. Those are natural athletic ability, and versatility. It's these attributes that attracted us to Coples last year. Mingo hasa high ceiling, and can finally be that speed rusher we can count on going around the edge. That's why the Jets will love him. This is why I do. There are three numbers I would like to mention. 3.63, 0 and 0. 3.63 is the AVG time it took for Mingo to get to the QB for a sack. This is one of the fastest AVGs in the draft, except for Okafor. This is exceptionally fast. The 1st 0 is the amount of coverage sacks Mingo racked up. The 2nd 0 is the amount of sacks that came off of being unblocked or a blown assignment. If you put all these stats together, you get a very athletic pass rusher who can beat his man, and get to the QB very quick.
Round 1 (Tampa Pick): Xavier Rhodes, CB, Florida State
I have two favorite CBs in the draft, and neither of them are top rated Milliner. My guys are Trufant and Rhodes. What I love about Rhodes, is that he is a very physical corner that flat out gets the job done. Only 6.9% of passes thrown in Rhodes' direction were completed. This is one of the lowest completion percentages in the draft. Is Rhodes limited to one side of the field like other great CBs? Nope! He is just as comfortable on the left side of the field as he is on the right. Another stat that I love about Rhodes, is that 80% of the completions against Rhodes, were short of the 1st down mark. The 6'2" 210 pound frame doesn't hurt either. Xavier had a decent combine also. He ran a 4.44.
Round 2: Larry Warford, G, Kentucky
Right now, one of our weakest positions is the G position. Right now the only G of quality, is Bronx native, Willie Colon. Even he isn't a sure thing. His health has been a question at this point in his career. It's almost a guarantee that we draft a guard. The only question is when. Warford is one of my favorite guards in the draft. Warmack is the cream of the crop, but Warford isn't too far behind. He is a day 1 starter. Another guard will need to be brought in, but Warford and Colon would be a good start.
Round 3: Travis Kelce, TE, Cincinnati
Right now, Cumberland is a our starting TE. I don't know about you guys, but that isn't good enough. TE is another position that has a lot of depth this year. One of my favorite TE prospects is Travis Kelce. At 6'6" 260, Kelce is a very physical specimen. His biggest strength is how well rounded he is. A TE that can block as well as he receives is something we have been missing for a while. He can be our very own Gronk 2.0 without the gimpy dancing after a Super Bowl loss hopefully.
Round 3 (Tampa Pick): Terrance Williams, WR, Baylor
Terrance Williams is a WR that I love this year. There are no receivers in this draft, that are better than Williams with the deep ball. Over 21% of his receptions were over 20+ yards. A big play guy is what Williams is. That's great in many people's eyes, but there is more to Terrance than just the deep ball. Williams has the best hands in the draft. It's this kind of reliability that we missed so much last year. What really impressed me about Terrance is that he was able to thrive in a system not ran by RGIII. Putting up the kind of numbers that he has, under different QBs, tells me he can produce no matter who is chucking the rock to him. I would be more than happy if our receiver stable looked like this. Holmes-Hill-Kerley-Williams
Round 4: Le'Veon Bell, RB, Michigan State
Goodson was a great pickup by Idzik, but alone, our RBs don't have much teeth. Even though Goodson has big play potential, he is not an every down back. Powell and McKnight are good for a play here and there, but they aren't really a change of pace. Bell would be the perfect compliment to Goodson. He is a monster of a back. I couldn't think of anyone I would want more on short yardage plays, and goalline situations. He brings a lot more to the table than just being a big body to pound through bodies. He is excellent at pass blocking and receiving. If we have him in on a 3rd and short, it doesn't mean it is an automatic run. Goodson, Bell, Powell, and McKnight would be a very good stable of RBs.
Round 5: Duke Williams, S, Nevada
I know some of you might be a little iffy about waiting until the 5th to grab a safety. When you see how deep this class is with safeties, you can see how waiting this long isn't as bad as you might think. Most times 5th rounders aren't starters right away, and we might need 2 new starters at each position. If the Jets want to go the cheap rout, they might just elevate Bush and Allen to starting positions. Either way, depth will be needed. Duke Williams is an interesting prospect out of Nevada. Some see an undersized safety, with red flags in his freshmen year. We see a very physical/athletic safety who can step in for Landry, and possibly be better at coverage in the slot. Sure, there were some character concerns his freshman year, but he turned everything around, and didn't have any other incidents. Duke was invited to the Shrine Game, Senior Bowl, and the combine. After an underwhelming performance at the Shrine game, Williams came back with impressive stuff at the Senior Bowl/combine.
Round 6: Quanterus Smith, DE, Western Kentucky
Other than guard and safety, the OLB/DE position will be the most hit by this offseason. Sure, I have us taking Mingo in the 1st, but more is needed. Quanterus Smith is our pick in the 6th. Smith racked up a quiet 12.5 sacks this year. 3 of those bad boys came against Alabama. That is no easy achievement. Smith was knocked out at the end of the year by an ACL injury, which is why we have him dropping to the 6th. If he is there, I think he would be a great guy to have get healthy and grow under Rex and Dunbar.
Round 7: Dexter McCoil, FS, Tulsa
It's always nice to have options at a position. When this offseason started, we barely had any at either safety positions. Dexter McCoil would bring tremendous size to the defensive backfield. Along with huge size, Dexter offers some decent ball skills, and coverage skills. We could go from having almost no safeties to a deep stable of young talented guys. Allen, Bush, Williams, and McCoil can all develop into exactly what we need at safety.