Twas the night before the draft, when all through the man cave, mockers were stirring, even Dave (Wyatt). A poet I am not, but maybe this 3rd edition of mocking, that Drew and I have concocted, will be a best seller. Time is up! The madness that is known as the NFL draft will soon be upon us. There will be wild speculation galore, not to mention a few frivolous shots at our team. It's too be expected. I am sure whoever we pick tomorrow, and beyond, will be met with unwarranted criticism. This mock is just for fun, but it's purpose is to find the players that will make this team better for the foreseeable future. Without further ado, here is our mock,
Round 1: Chance Warmack, G, Alabama
I know a lot of people hate the idea of a G in the top 10, but it may turn out to be the safest pick we can make. I believe Austin, Ziggy and Mingo, will all be gone by 9. Anyone else at 9 carries a lot of questions with them, especially Jordan. Warmack is the most NFL ready player in this year's draft. He can step right in, and elevate the output of our o-line. I know a guard isn't a sexy pick, but try not to think of it as only a guard we are investing in. We are taking a high caliber guy that will be integral for the success of our o-line. The o-line as whole can make or break our offense, no matter who our QB is, or who he is throwing to. Austin is a huge playmaker, which will make him highly sought after. It is very likely he will be gone by 9. Don't fear though. There are plenty of receiving playmakers later in the draft. This pick makes too much sense not to make.
Round 1 (Tampa Pick): Tank Carradine, DE, Florida State
With this pick, the Jets grab possibly the purest pass rusher in the draft. Before his injury, Tank was making a name for himself. He took advantage of the opportunity he was given, when Jenkins went down. In the games I watched to see Werner play, I found myself wide eyed for his counterpart, Tank. It was unbelievable how silly he made o-linemen look. It seemed like on every play, tackles were praying their QB would get rid of it fast. A lot of the time, they weren't. Tank showed a variety of moves to get by the offensive beef with relative ease. The only concern with this pick is his injury. He went down late in the year with an ACL. The incredible thing is, he is flying through the recovery, and had an amazing workout for scouts recently. Teams will have to account for Tank. If you mix him in with Coples and Wilk, we will have a formidable pass rush. For those of you that want Jordan, beware. He is a one trick pony, that lacks the strength to hold up in the NFL. On top of that, he looks very uncomfortable with his hand in the dirt.
Round 2: Terrance Williams, WR, Baylor
I know many of you are in love with Austin, but I feel we should be looking elsewhere. When you look at our receivers, where does our strength lie? Is it with quick slot/outside hybrids that are great with short and intermediate passes, or is it with big downfield passing? Our strength lies with the former. We need to get the ball downfield. We hope that Hill can grow into that roll, but we need some insurance for our big play guy. Terrance Williams is the best deep ball threat in the draft. There isn't a single other WR that matches up with what he has been able to do the last two years, with two different QBs. Austin and Bailey aren't even close to being downfield threats. The vast majority of their production came within 5 yards of the LOS. Williams will give us another deep threat to spread out the defense. If the only WRs we can count on, catch all their balls within 5 yards of the LOS, defenses can key in on them. Austin might look like the best WR, but not for our downfield needs.
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. Kelce should be able to step right in and start for us at TE. He can be our very own Gronk 2.0 without the gimpy dancing after a Super Bowl loss hopefully.
Round 4: Le'Veon Bell, RB, Michigan State (Chris Ivory*)
This pick might very well be traded for Chris Ivory during the draft. If this isn't the case, we will still need a RB with similar qualities. 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: Brandon McGee, CB, Miami
The trade we Jets fans feared the most, has come to pass. Our pride and joy, Mr. Revis is no longer with us. This opens up some space in our secondary. We can expect Cro and Wilson to shift into the starting spots, but there will probably be some competition brought in. McGee has been linked to the Jets earlier this off-season, and for good reason. McGee has all the talent and skill in the world. His only problem is that he is inconsistent. Under the tutelage of Rex, he can become more consistent, and a more than serviceable CB.
Round 7: Joe Vellano, DT, Maryland
We could use some depth on our D-line. With Pouha, and Devito gone, our depth is sort of thin. Vellano was very productive during his senior season, with 14 TFLs, and 6 sacks. He is sort of a NT/DE tweener, which makes him perfect for our multi-front defense. Rex has a way of turning these no name beefy guys, into lovable big bodies for us to root for. No matter what, we will be bringing in depth at this position.
I feel like this mock hits just about every area of need except for QB. I believe the future of our QB, should not be rushed into out of desperation. The best thing we can do is wait for next year, when the crop of QBs should be much better than this year. If we take a guy too early this year, the team will invest energy and time into him. This will eliminate our chances of taking a top guy next year. Whoever our QB is, he will have a revamped offense. Holmes, Hill, Williams, Kerley, Bell (Ivory) Goodson, Kelce, Warmack... On defense, we add depth and two starters at positions of need. Tank and Duke WIlliams can contribute almost right away, and keep this defense in the top 10.