Here's a look at my very early Jets 2014 Mock Draft:
Eric Ebron, TE UNC - It's well known that the Jets severely lack offensive playmakers but Ebron has the talent to change that. He's a very athletic and fast TE that has the ability to stretch the field and be a match-up nightmare. Blocking is still a bit of a concern but is also something that can be improved. Other options for the first round are Marquise Lee (who likely will be gone), Jordan Matthews, and Allen Robinson.
Deone Bucannon, S Wash St. - While Dawan Landry is a steady player and Antonio Allen began to show potential this season, the Jets are still in need of top player at Safety who can make plays consistently. Bucannon has a nose for the football with 6 INTs this season and led the Pac-12 in tackles with 114. Other options include Brandin Cooks and Michael Sam.
Round 3 (from TB)
Jared Abbrederis, WR Wisconsin - Jeremy Kerley is a fine slot reciever and the only real weapon this team has as a pass catcher. Sure David Nelson was a surprisingly solid WR 4 too but this team is still in need of a legitimate WR (or two) on the outside. There is still a chance Stephen Hill could be that guy, but the chances for that are continually dwindling with each passing season. Abbrederis is a guy who can come in from day one and start on the outside and is one of my favorite WRs in this draft. He's a tough, smart, hard-working player who has great hands and is quick (not very fast, but quick) who also runs great routes and creates separation easily. Not a great frame and not super athletic but he uses what he does have to make up for that very well. My only concern is that he will be off the board by this pick which is why I would definitely take him if Bucannon is off the board in the 2nd round.
Dee Ford, OLB Auburn - I think that Quinton Coples is going to have a very productive 2014 as he seemed to be settling into the new position towards the end of the season. However I have a hard time believing that Pace will be able to duplicate his pass rushing numbers from the previous season. Even with the return of Antwan Barnes, it would serve the Jets well to grab another pass rusher who could eventually develop into a fultime player. Dee Ford can do this, he is an explosive pass rusher with great burst on his first step. He is fast enough gain the edge on the Offensive Tackle which will serve him well in the NFL. Ford would be transitioning from DE to OLB so he probably wouldnt be able to start from day 1 as he would need to improve coverage skills and his ability to set the edge on running plays. still a great pick late in the 3rd round.
Stanley Jean-Baptiste, CB Nebraska - Antonio Cromartie was terrible this season and it appears that he is losing the athletic ability and speed that he always relied on. He will likely be a cap casualty opening up another spot at CB. Jean-Baptiste is a very big CB at 6'3" 220 lbs but he is an athletic guy who has good ball skills. He isnt as physical as you would want him to be but is still a very good prospect. He's similar to a young more raw Antonio Cromartie in a lot of ways as well.
De'Anthony Thomas, RB/WR/OW Oregon - Thomas is the electric player the Jets have missing for yearson offense. He can serve as WR, or a change of pace RB that we hoped Mike Goodson could be this year. Thomas is lightning fast and elusive as anyone. his small frame (5'9" 179 lbs) and his lack of a steady position are what causes him to fall this far in the draft despite spectacular physical ability. He is an absolute weapon as a role player on offense and as a returner on special teams.
Colt Lyerla, TE Oregon - Lyerla is a physical specimen who could end up being the steal of the class or an absolute burn-out. there is no question he has prototypical size and superior speed and athletic ability to play the position. He can do everything a TE needs to do and more from a physical standpoint. However the main question with him is mental readiness. He left Oregon early this year "to focus on training for the NFL" and just a few weeks ago was arrested in for Cocaine possesion. If a team can get him to straighten out, they just scored big late in the draft.
Tom Savage, QB Pittsburgh - While Geno Smith is the likely starter in 2014 it make sense to bring in more copetetion. along with a Free Agent veteran, why not bring in a a late round guy with a great resume from a less relevant school. Tom Savage may just be the best QB nobody's heard of. He is one of the most fundamentally sound QBs in college right now. He's got a good arm with good accuracy and can make all the throws. The only real problem with Savage is that he played against sub par competition through most of his career. He's a guy who could make serious noise in pre-draft events and training camp for the team who selects or signs him. Gil Brandt of NFL.com wrote a great piece on him a few weeks ago that really outlines what kind of player he is.
While it still may be very early to predict who will go where in the draft, its never to early to start looking at possible players who could be on your team next year. if anyone has any questions or comments you can tweet me at @Fodera80. Thank you all and keep scouting!