I recently posted a 5 round mock in which I was trying to prepare Jets fans for the fact that it is entirely possible the Jets could go defense in round 1. Another writer from our blog created his own 5 round mock with emphasis on offensive weapons but still trying to address defensive deficiencies. We would love to see varying opinions on this mock.
Round 1: Marqise Lee (WR, USC) - Lee gives the Jets a playmaker on the outside who can also play in the slot. At 18 he should be right up there as the best player available and he fills a huge need for the Jets. If Lee had not been injured last season and had been playing with a competent QB he would be projected in the top 10 most likely. If Lee is on the board at 18 I think the Jets would be making a big mistake to pass on him.
Round 2: Troy Niklas (TE, Notre Dame) - Niklas gives the Jets a huge target in the red zone and makes Geno Smith's life a lot easier by giving him a big reliable target in the middle of the field. At 6'6 270 Niklas also has the size to develop into a great run blocker. Overall a great fit.
Round 3: Dion Bailey (S, USC) - Bailey is a physical and very versatile player who has the ability to both come up and make tackles in the run game as well as play man coverage on tight ends and slot receivers. Bailey would be a great addition to an already good Jets defense that needs some work in the secondary.
Round 4: Adrian Hubbard (OLB, Alabama) - Hubbard is an edge rusher with some good potential. In round 4 I think he is a great value. He would probably be a situational pass rusher in his rookie year but could develop into a player who gets more snaps.
Round 4: Antone Exum (CB, Virginia Tech) - Big physical corner who looks the part of a safety but has the coverage ability of a corner. Would fit in well with the Jets defense. Has position flex and could be put in multiple positions based on the situation.
Round 5: Jerick McKinnon (RB, Georgia Southern) - A bit of a wild card here but Mckinnon proved at the combine that he has the athleticism to succeed at a high level in the NFL. Mckinnon has played RB, CB, and QB in his time at Georgia Southern. Would give the Jets a guy who could excel as a return man as well as covering both kicks and punts.
This draft would address most of the Jets need at this point other than CB. My hope is that between now and then the Jets will have addressed that spot to some degree. If the Jets were able to come away from the draft with something like this it is possible that their offense will be much better next year. With guys like Lee, Decker, Kerley, Niklas, Cumberland, Chris Ivory, and Bilal Powell the Jets would have enough weapons to threaten defenses as well as truly evaluate Geno Smith's ability.