I'm back with my second attempt of a mock draft for our beloved Jets. In case you missed it, here is my first mock draft from about a month ago. http://www.ganggreennation.com/2014/1/23/5336814/darkforces-mock-draft-1-0
Now that the combine has taken place, I wanted to make another mock draft before we hit free agency. This one, is very tough. There's a lot of guys that I want, and have become "smitten" with. I am trying to expand the options and see who would realistically fall to us. So, here it is, my second mock draft.
Note that is without compensation picks.
1st Round (18th) - Eric Ebron, TE, North Carolina. Height: 6-4. Weight: 245.
Now, I'm really in a bind here. I really think we could go either way, and pick Brandin Cooks here. And I would be perfectly okay with that. In fact, I don't care which one we pick, I want both. But, I had to pick one, so I went with Ebron. Why? In my previous mock, I picked Amaro, but it has since become apparent that Ebron is the cream of the crop of this year's tight end class. For Geno to succeed, he needs to have that "security blanket" to check down to if nobody on the outside can get open. Ebron would open up the passing game, and would create many mismatches that this team sorely needs.
2nd Round (49th)- Davante Adams, WR, Fresno State. Height: 6-2. Weight: 216
Here he is, the second time I have mocked him. I cant tell you why, I just love Adams and what intangibles he brings to the table. Do I believe that he is the number 1 receiver that we have been missing? I can't tell you for sure. I believe he has the potential to grow into that role. Now, let me be clear. If we flip flopped these picks and went Cooks in the first and a TE in the second, I would be just as happy. But for argument's sake, I have to pick one side. I like Adam's height as compared to Cooks. He has that "move the chains" ability about him, which will free up Ebron and the running game to do some serious damage.
3rd Round (69th)- Ka'Deem Carey, RB, Arizona. Height: 5-10. Weight: 196.
I tell you what, Carey has heart, hes got that drive to succeed, you can just see it in his eyes. We need a slasher, a game changer to pair with Ivory's bruising style. This is our guy. At first, I didn't think he would drop this far. But after the combine, I feel like he will drop just enough to fall into our lap at 69. This kid is electric. A threat to take it to the house every time he touches the ball. Look at his production the last two years, insane. 3,800 yards and 48 TDs in 2 years?? Are you kidding me? Not to mention, he has the ability to catch the ball out of the back field when needed to, adding 62 catches the past two years. This kid will be special. I can tell you that much.
3rd Round (80th)- Jimmie Ward, S, Northern Illinois. Height: 5-10. Weight: 191
Man, does our secondary suck. I can't tell you how many times I was let down thinking, we just gotta stop them here! And let up a pass for a first down. We need secondary help in the worst way. Tell me, when is the last time that we actually had a cover safety? You know, not the hard hitting kind that can play the run really well and line up in the box like a linebacker, I'm talking a true center fielder that will roam and read plays and track down the football. It's been a good while. Ward may be a bit small, but he has great instincts for the ball and solid cover skills. And actually, hes a pretty sound tackler too. Having him in our center field position would greatly help our team, and not put to waste the effort of our front 7, because too many times last year the back 4 let us down. This is a step in the right direction.
4th Round (111th ) - Phillip Gaines, CB, Rice. Height: 6-1. Weight: 195
Man, have I fallen in love with this kid, and fast. I actually had never heard of him before NJJetFan made him known to me in his Fanshot. Ever since then, I have been watching his film, and after his great combine, I'm convinced that he is worth a fourth round pick. His ball instincts, are insane. Yes, his level of competition may not have been the greatest, yes, he may have some issues, but you cant deny that the amount of pass breakups he has is insane. Additionally, look how quick he reacts to the ball. He always puts himself in great position to make a play on the ball. He's also fast. Very fast. 4.38 fast. With the speed to stay with the best of them, I believe he would be a great addition to this team and a solid replacement for Cro next year. He obviously needs some work, but the instincts are there.
5th Round (142nd)- Michael Sam, DE/OLB, Missouri. Height: 6-1. Weight: 260.
Okay, stop. Hear me out on this. Do I care that he is gay? No. Not at all. And neither should you for that matter. You might say, I don't want the media attention that comes with this, and I say, get over it. The Jets have media attention with or without Sam, that's just the way it is. Let's be real here for a second. Sam is a good football player. In the 5th-7th rounds, you are probably not getting guys who are going to be starters for your team. Most of the time they don't even make the roster. You are trying to strike gold. Why not draft a player, who has had success, at a position of need, that can make a difference for your team? Yes, his combine was awful. I believe that's partially to blame because of all the attention he has been getting. It's because of his poor combine, and the media attention that comes with him, that force me to believe that he will in fact be here in the 6th round. He might even be gone by then. Because, I tell you what, there are 31 other teams out there, and one of them is bound to take a risk on him, because he can certainly pan out. You don't become the SEC defensive player of the year for nothing. Bringing him in the locker room with an old teammate in Richardson who would welcome him with open arms might be the best place for him.
6th Round (179th)- Spencer Long, G, Nebraska. Height: 6-4. Weight: 315.
This is my second repeat from my previous mock draft. I will just copy what I wrote about him in my last mock, in case you missed it. 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 6th 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.
7th Round (211th)- Colt Lyerla, TE, Oregon. Height: 6-5. Weight: 246
I've said it before, I will say it again. Why the hell not?! You have nothing to lose from risking a 7th round pick on a guy that obviously has talent. If he doesn't pan out, it was only a 7th round pick. Pick freakin' whoop. This is exactly the guy that you look for in the later rounds, someone with talent that has something that caused their draft stock to plummet. Having him as our second or third tight end would radically change this offense. Seriously, match him up with Ebron, and tell me we don't have the best two tight end set in football (assuming he can pan out at least some).
There you have it, as you can see I do have some similarities from my previous mock, but that's because some of these guys are guys that I have decided that I want on our team. Please take the time to critique this, it would help me out a lot. Thank you and Go Jets!