SB Nation's very own Dan Kadar thought he would take a look at the 2014 NFL draft prospects.
Now a lot of you will be saying it is too soon, and you are absolutely right. A down hasn't been played in college football yet, and a lot can happen in one season of football. Matt Barkley was widely considered the consensus #1 selection this time last year, and we've just seen him fall to the first pick of the 4th round.
But that's the fun of mock drafts. They're easy to put down. They're never accurate and a complete exercise in guess work. But you're reading this, so there must be some interest there. To cut out some of that guess work, redshirt sophomores weren't included. Johnny Manziel of Texas A&M and Marcus Mariota of Oregon have only started a season each. Even I'm not crazy enough to project them as NFL talents at this point.
The immediate snap judgement about next year's draft class is that it's going to be better than this year's. Of course, that's what you'd expect an NFL Draft fanboy to say. Regardless, there was no Jadeveon Clowney or Teddy Bridgewater in the draft this year. Not even close.
Before anyone complains too much about the order, it was based on the initial SB Nationpower rankings. The only change made was picks 30 and 31 to reflect a possible Super Bowl. Sorry Seahawks. You're welcome, sort of, Broncos.
So make sure you click the link above to see the full mock, but we're here for the Jets and the Jets only, so lets take a look at who Dan mocked to us.
Marquise Lee, WR, Southern California
Whether it's Geno Smith or Mark Sanchez taking the snaps this year for the Jets, they'll quickly realize Jeremy Kerley is not a No. 1 wide receiver. Although Lee doesn't have incredible size, his hands are peerless and he's a stellar route runner.
First of all, Teddy Bridgewater and Jadeveon Clowney were off the board when the Jets selected third overall. Now let me just say that I don't think anyone within the Jets organization believes that Jeremy Kerley is a no.1 wide receiver. I haven't heard that once and nothing we have seen even suggests that. Saying that, it's not certain Santonio Holmes will return and Stephen Hill is still such an unknown. So saying that, Marquise Lee is a logical selection.
He has just come off a 118 reception, 1721 yard, 14 touchdown season at USC and the hype for him entering the 2014 college season is unreal. However there is one kicker, he won't have Matt Barkley throwing him the football in 2014. Whether it is Max Wittek, Cody Kessler or Max Browne throwing him the football in 2014, he won't repeat those numbers, which is why statistics only tell part of the story.
It's just a little fun and take it all with a pinch of salt, but Lee makes sense.