Final Mock Draft with Analysis of Picks

I used the mock draft simulator from I decided not to make any trades and stuck with all 12 original picks.

Round 1 Pick 18: Brandin Cooks, WR, Oregon State

Cooks is my #2 ranked WR in the draft. He isn’t built like a prototypical #1 wide receiver. But if you use him correctly, I think he is going to be a huge weapon, who offensive coordinators are going to have to game plan around. He is very similar to Tavon Austin, who put up monster numbers playing with Geno Smith at WVU. But I also think that he plays a lot bigger than his size, which will allow him to have success on the outside.

Round 2 Pick 17: Austin Seferian-Jenkins, TE, Washington

Honestly, I find it a little unlikely that he will still be available in the middle of the 2nd round. But if he is still on the board, this pick is an absolute no brainer. Players with his speed, size, and catch radius are nearly impossible to find in the NFL. I also think he has the potential to develop into a good in-line blocker. He has a very similar build to Gronk, and can be a dominant redzone target right away.

Round 3 Pick 16: Marcus Smith, DE, Louisville

Smith is a little raw, but he has tremendous upside as a pass rusher. He had a great season for Louisville racking up 42 tackles (18.5 for a loss) and 14.5 sacks. He needs to develop more moves as a pass rusher, but he has all the talent in the world. I also considered Breeland here, but I think we can find some solid CB’s later in the draft.

Round 4 Pick 4: Carlos Hyde, RB, Ohio State

Running back isn’t a huge need for us, but I think Hyde would be a great value pick here. Hyde along with Ivory and Johnson would give us a great trio of backs. Hyde is a big, powerful back that doesn’t go down without a fight. He also has some nice upside as a receiver.

Round 4 Pick 15: David Yankey, OG, Stanford

Yankey is a mountain of a man who can be a dominant run blocker in the NFL. His best fit is at LG or RG in the NFL. He can compete for a starting spot with Winters and Colon. If he needs more time, he can provide us with quality depth at guard and take over for Colon next season, or Winters if he struggles.

Round 4 Pick 37 (COMP): Antone Exum, CB, Virginia Tech

Exum sat out for almost the entire 2013 season after tearing his ACL in the previous season. He spent time at cornerback and at safety in college. He doesn’t have a lot of experience in man coverage, but I think he has the physical tools to do so. He is extremely aggressive and has a great size for a corner.

Round 5 Pick 14: Ahmad Dixon, SS, Baylor

Dixon isn’t going to be the next Ed Reed in coverage, but he is exactly the type of safety that Rex loves. He has good size and speed for the position, and loves to come up in the box and make plays against the run. He will need to develop his coverage skills, but all of the tools are there.

Round 6 Pick 19: Tom Hornsey
, P, Memphis

Qugiley was OK last season, but the Jets could use an upgrade at punter. With three 2nd round picks, it makes sense to use one and take the top player available at the position. Hornsey was the best punter in the country last season, averaging 45.2 yards per punt.

Round 6 Pick 33 (COMP): Bennett Jackson
, CB, Notre Dame

It’s unclear whether Jackson will stay at CB in the NFL or convert to safety. But either way, I think he is a great pick at the bottom of the 6th round. I think that with his size and physical style of play, he has the ability to develop into a good press corner.

Round 6 Pick 34 (COMP): Jeff Janis
, WR, Saginaw Valley

Just a few months ago Janis was relatively unknown DII prospect. But that changed after he blew up the combine, measuring 6’3" 220 and running a 4.42 40 definitely. Even though he is facing inferior competition, he shows some nice ability on tape. I think he can develop into a good possession type receiver.

Round 6 Pick 37 (COMP): Khairi Fortt, OLB, California

I think he can contribute immediately in coverage and on special teams. He has ideal size and speed for a 3-4 inside linebacker, but is versatile enough to play outside as well.

Round 7 Pick 18: Brandon Thomas, OG, Clemson

Personally, I can’t imagine him falling this low, even after tearing his ACL. He would likely miss the entire 2014 season, but he has early round talent. I think he would be a great option to take over for Colon after next season. He could also be developed as a tackle.

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