Hey all, I am posting for the first time, and in the spirit of everyone else coming out with mocks and offseason plans, I decided I would go ahead and make my first mock draft of the season for the Jets. There will be multiple ones of these, as time gets closer to the draft, and I will also come up with my take of our offseason plan once more information is given as far as additional cuts in the offseason, etc.
1st Round (18th) - Jace Amaro, TE, Texas Tech Height: 6-5. Weight: 260
There is a lot of talk here on which way to go, mainly Ebron vs. Amaro. To me, it is not even a question, Amaro definitely stands out, and is the better blocker. He was lined up as a WR a LOT, which is similar to the way Jimmy Graham is used in New Orleans. Amaro would give the Jets a massive upgrade at the tight end posistion, with the flexability to line out wide when needed on passing downs Hell, the guy averages 13 yards a catch. I am in love with this pick, and I feel like Amaro would give Geno the security he needs.
2nd Round (49th) - Marcus Smith, DE/OLB, Louisville Height: 6-3. Weight: 252
Now I know what a lot of you are thinking: we need offense, not another defensive player! Defense was our least problem this year, except the secondary. This is true, however, this is a BPA pick, and will give us something that has not happened during the Rex Ryan era: drafting a outside linebacker. This pick makes a lot of sense, Coples is not a true OLB, he has the versatility to move all around the line, and Pace, even though he just had a career year, is old and expendable. Its time to infuse some youth into the outside linebacker postition. Enter Marcus Smith. This kid has a great motor, and racked up 14.5 sacks last year. With this addition to the front seven, our pass rush can only get better.
3rd Round (69th)- Tre Mason, RB, Auburn Height: 5-10. Weight: 196
I don't know about you guys, but I would LOVE to have Mason on the Jets. I know all of you watched him run in the national championship game, but more than that, this kid has heart, and is very tough to bring down. He plays very low to the ground. I wouldn't be surprised if he is taken in the 2nd round. Between Mason and Ivory, we have the 1-2 potential to absolutely wear down defenses and open up the passing game.
3rd Round (80th)- Davante Adams, WR, Fresno State Height: 6-2. Weight: 216
Here it is, the receiver you have all been waiting for. Adams is my favorite WR prospect behind Watkins, who is obviously out of reach. Our offense is in dire need of playmakers, especially at the receiver position, and Adams is exactly that. The biggest knock on him is the level of competition that he played against, but I don't see this as an issue. With him and Amaro, and a free agent acquisition whoever that may be, our offense should look completely different next season.
4th Round (111th)- Aaron Murray, QB, Georgia Height: 6-1. Weight: 211
I believe that we need to take a QB at some point in this draft. Enter Aaron Murray. Murray is one of my favorite quarterbacks in this draft, even with the injury. Speaking of injuries, you are about to notice a pattern with these next few picks. I would love to see Murray on the Jets, and have someone be able to challenge Geno for the starting position that isn't named Mark Sanchez.
5th Round (142nd)- Spencer Long, G, Nebraska Height: 6-4. Weight: 315.
I believe much value can be attained from players that are coming off injuries or have off the field issues, depending on the situation. Spencer Long was having a great season before being injured, and I love how this guy plays. He is good in pass protection, but his real strength lies in the running game. Grabbing him in the 5th round, is an absolute steal. And he is only here because of his injury. He can instantly start for us, replacing either Colon or Winters.
6th Round (179th)- Aaron Colvin, CB, Oklahoma Height: 6-0. Weight: 181
This just in: Colvin tore his ACL this week. This also just in: in the 6th Round, you need to take BPA. Colvin is a second to third round prospect that falls because of his untimely injury and because of the time he will miss into this upcoming season. Colvin is a great choice here and gives us some depth when he is able to come back from injury, and could even replace Cromartie, allowing Wilson to stay in the slot.
7th Round (211th)- Colt Lyerla, TE, Oregon Height: 6-5. Weight: 246
Bet you didn't see this one coming, right? Haha. All kidding aside, I, like all of you it seems like, want to take a flyer on this guy. Unfortuntelty, a lot of other teams probably will too, so I doubt that he will be there for the taking in the 7th round. But, if he is, this is obviously a no brainer. Just imagine this: Lyerla and Amaro in two tight end sets. Think, unstoppable. If we are able to nab him, and keep him straight, this would be the best pick imaginable. But again, if he is so much on the radar of the guys of GGN, you can imagine what the scouts are talking about.
So there you have it. Please leave comments or suggestions, I would really appreciate it.